I suppose an update on the book is in order for those not in my writing group. The past few weeks I’ve been doing a lot of rewriting, editing, recalculating, and killing hundreds of my darlings. I’ve made a determination of what I think are the weak points in my narrative and what could be expanded. It took me a few days to hit my groove but it’s there now.
The series now has a working title: The Order of the Repentant. I know of some writers (especially younger ones) that obsess over titles and chapters to the point of ignoring the important point, writing something compelling. So for me, story first. But in doing some rewriting and polishing this name came to me. The Order is an important part of the book as the main protagonists all belong to it or are affected by its actions. I had not come across the a name for the group until a month or two ago. I played with the names of criminal gangs in the 1800s but none of those had the weight, the darkness. Then, while watching some old Brit movie, it came to me. Once that happened, some over things about the story fell into a new place and in a way, a bit more focused. The path to books two and three are clearer now.
I also came up with the oath that you must swear to if you join. If I ever get published and do readings, I am SO making people recite this bit of doggerel. I think it hammers home that our protagonists are not white knights.
The Oath of the Order of the Repentant
On this day, I renounce my past, my sins, my transgressions, for I am truly repentant for all the evil I have done. I now embrace the evil that I will do in the name of the Order.
On this day I swear that I will join with my sisters and brothers for the eternal fight against the tyrants, to drown their flames with blood. To their sun I bring the moon and stars. To their order I bring chaos. To their authority I bring anarchy. To their spring I bring winter. To their rebirth I bring eternal death. I will oppose them on this and every plane. This I do swear.
Now if I can just figure out the design for the tattoo each member gets I’m set.