Today is the day that I work on the second chapter. It's going well, all things considering. The chapter lengths will definitely be longer than those of The Gathering Storm, at least by a page or so. I'm also going to work on it not being so rushed. In TGS, when I read over the chapters, it felt like everything was shoved together, with action on every single page, choking it down. With Phantom Races, I'm hoping for a more slower pace, one that will allow you to get to know the world I have created better. Amalaya is a hard character to write as, as she is most things I am not, but she has a strong spirit, and does things for her family that put her last. I admire that, as I have often had to do the same for my family.
I have written out a little of the plot basis, but once I reach the capitol of Alia, I freeze up. I'm hoping that once I write a few more chapters, it'll melt. I'm looking forward to the next couple of chapters. It's going to be intense, dramatic, and a little heart breaking. You'll get to see just how far Amalaya will go to keep her family safe.
I have to say, I am enjoying writing about Amalaya's family and pets. Though they all won't play an up-front, major role in the story, they all have a huge impact on Ama's decisions, and helped to build her into the character she is at nineteen years old.
Well, that's about all I can think to add right now. Stay tuned for more information and special, behind the scene tidbits. Who knows... There might be an excerpt in it for you.