Lively comment conversations distract the author into joining in, and thus take time that might (no promises) otherwise lead to more blog posts. Naughty author! But this week the weather was also involved. Let’s see now. It’s certainly time for another snippet from Crown of Renewal, as we’re within 3 months of its pub date. Paksworld itself continues to push people onstage in my head and insist that we’re not yet done here (and refuses to allow other characters to come fully alive, which will disappoint my space opera readers.) I don’t know if a novel will come out of it–the short stuff continues to come in spurts, like this knitter v. knitter v. vindictive old…no, that’s spoilerish. Anyway, a snippet is below the break.
Where: Northern stronghold
Who: Arcolin and young Jamis
On the ride to Duke’s West, Arcolin told Jamis what to expect in the ceremony. “You won’t need court clothes, at your age, but your best clothes, certainly. Your mother will probably insist on a lace collar–”
“Lace is itchy.”
“Yes, but this is at the king’s court, where everyone wears lace and itchy clothes. It helps us remember we’re in a special place, very formal. I will wear lace too, and so will your mother.” Jamis nodded. “Now,” Arcolin went on, “our king here in Tsaia isn’t an old man, as my father was, but a young man…”
Other events have influenced Arcolin to choose a particular time to bring Jamis to court. Remembering my own childhood and the necessity of accepting itchy and otherwise uncomfortable clothes for certain occasions, I let Jamis react as a boy who’s been living a new, exciting, far less constrained life than before naturally would. Aside from his grandparents, he hasn’t missed Vérella since moving north.
Arcolin has been reassessing his past, and himself, in the past year, and is ready to expand in some new directions. His writer found some of the reassessment (from back in Oath all the way through) a bit tedious and hopes not too much of that came into the books. Necessity is pushing him, but it doesn’t have to push very hard anymore. Oath showed an Arcolin who had give up growth and accepted near-stagnation, only to be shaken out of that comfort zone by events. The end of Crown shows Arcolin well-established in his new identity, ready to respond quickly and with flexibility to the unexpected opportunity.