In Transit

by Chris McMahon

Hi, everyone. I am sorry to say that I am stuck in transit & out of email contact so I will not be able to answer posts, but please feel free to start an open floor discussion.

My first draft of Sorcerer – third book in the Jakirian – is going well. I’m hitting the climax now, and up into the mid 90,000’s. It is a truly awesome experience watching the story come into existence on the page. The whole thing should shape up at a good length that will leave me room for redraft and adding the usual extras demanded by the editing stage and any other neat ideas I get. Both Calvanni and Scytheman – books one and two – in the Jakirian will be available soon in print from Naked Reader, with Sorcerer following toward the end of the year. It is tremendously exciting to see these books coming out. I have always loved the Yos universe.

My impending travel got me thinking about travelling as a theme. I guess writing itself is a journey, but I was more thinking about when the journey is the central theme of the work. One of the things I often enjoy about Fantasy is when there is movement in the story. I like that sense of action and movement. I guess it emphasises the sense that something new might be just around the corner. And having a set destination gives the story a sense of purpose.

Do you recall any works of fiction you enjoyed that had a journey as a central element?

4 comments

  1. Recently, Lois McMaster Bujold has written a fantasy series, The Sharing Knife, with a setting echoing the early days of the US expanding westward. The third book was a river trip on a flat boat. It was just amazing how the rhythm of the river trip slowed my usual headlong dash through a new book and imposed it’s own pace on me. And, of course, then the fourth book was horseback and wagon back home, and I loved that too.

  2. Chris sure gets captured by those Venusians often. I think it’s an excuse to see that smuggler’s daughter again.

  3. My Dog and Dragon book is currently “traveling.” UPS claims that they tried to deliver it but couldn’t leave it unattended. We’ve gotten UPS deliveries several times this week and someone has always been home.

    They didn’t deliver a biggish order to my husband at the beginning of this week and when he called they said “no one home” and when he said “not so, my daughter and my 21 year old son were home” they changed their story… the delivery guy heard the *vacuum cleaner* so that’s why no one came to sign for the package.

    My children.

    Vacuuming.

  4. I think that having characters in transit is sometimes hard. Weber’s _Oath of Swords_ does a great job, I think. I remember one book I read (I don’t remember which book) where the traveling was long and sort of skipped over, which is understandable, but then all of a sudden the characters were caught not having thought through the problem they had known for the entire trip that they were going to face at the end of it. That one threw me completely out of the story. The travel was too boring to follow for the weeks it took them, all they *had* was endless time to think. Bah. I can think of another story that had a lot of travel, but it didn’t work so well and I finally figured out that all the travel was reacting instead of acting. So although there was a great deal of *movement*, the result was passive.

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