Closing on 4,000 words

I’m just under 4,000 words after the first weekend. I like the first two chapters, which have basically just introduced the main character and a secondary character that I think will have to become his sidekick.

I still don’t have a name for the organization to which the protagonist belongs, a society that trains children that exhibit the mental ability to manipulate electromagnetic energy (although in this society they don’t know that’s what it is). What should I call it–the Order? The Protectors? The Trust? The Few, the Proud…no. Anyway, they grow up to battle dragons that become problematic.

Most of them do, anyway. I imagine that some kids go insane, or decide to free-lance and use their abilities to rule over others. Of course, the elders of the Order/Trust would have to put a stop to that; superstitious people wouldn’t need much of an excuse to rise up against these adepts. So they use their powers wisely to serve and protect.

Well, that will have to come out in chapter three, which I’ll start on tomorrow.

I’m behind schedule. To get to 50,000 words by the 30th, I need to average 1,667 words a day. I guess if you count the 1,000 I wrote for my presentation at church, I’m on track in terms of production, but unless I can work a soliloquy about the Christian foundation of the United States into a fantasy/SF novel, I’m just going to have to work harder the rest of the week to catch up.

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