So this time last year I was finally tackling a story I had been wanting to write forever: the long version of The High King’s Golden Tongue. It was a wonderful prompt that deserved more attention than I had originally been able to give it, and I was bouncing off the walls excited to finally do it justice. Here we are a year later, right back into NaNaoWriMo and High King v2 makes its debut ^__^
My favorite part was probably being able to flesh out the existing characters and add new ones. Lesto and Rene probably got one of the most significant makeovers, as they go from unrelated figures to close brothers (and Sarrica’s deceased husband their other brother). And Lord Tara, Rene’s ex lover and the palace eccentric (but not eccentric because he’s trans). There was also all the world building, which is the favorite part of any fantasy junkie.
Mostly, though, I always have the most fun when I’m writing for someone. I wrote Missing Butterfly and all the other stores for Sasha and Sam. I wrote Tournament of Losers for Piper. Midnight was written for a prompt. And High King was definitely written for Fehu and everyone who loved the original and wanted a bigger version. My stories seldom get the kind of attention that High King drew, and it made me happier than I can articulate. And 2015 has been a rough year, especially these past couple of months. The kind words and anticipation and excitement for this story has kept me going even when I wanted to just quit the genre entirely a week ago.
So thank you. I hope you enjoy your story.