Perhaps not my rather rough writing, but I am glad I have put good work in each day so far. I’m up to around 8000 words, and I don’t think many of them are wasted. The story is developing as I had it in my head, which is rare for me. I often get sidetracked or bogged down by details.

For instance, the last time I tried to write this story I wasted hours researching prevailing winds along the coast of Croatia and whether they would be the same today as they were in 1412. Screw it! I’m just pushing through; I’ll settle up the details later on, once I have the thing in the can.

I found some really neat tools for writing since I’ve started this, and I want to share one with you here. It’s the Medieval Naming Guide for Slavic and Baltic names. Names need to be right, or it can make your story sound foolish. I can’t very well have George be a character when Juraj is the contemporary and geographically appropriate spelling. 

Thanks for your continued attention, and I’ve noticed quite a few hits on the blog from Croatia. I’d love to hear from you, as what’s driving my writing is a love for that region, and the crushing agony I was witness to in the 90s. Drop me a line…

Oh, and here’s a link to the story on Google Drive, newest stuff starts on Page 13. Enjoy.

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This is roughly the map and time I’m working with. Such an interesting neck of the woods, no?

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