Excerpted from my (then) current WIP (Eiathan’s Heir):
“I beg your pardon, your Highness,” the castle steward puffed, coming up at a run as Bjorn exited the alley between a long, low shed and the physician’s quarters. “If someone had informed me you was going to inspect the grounds, I’d have made myself available sooner!”
Bjorn grinned. “You’ll have to forgive me. I’m new to the whole royal routine, you see, and I didn’t realize I had to inform anyone.”
“Oh, no no no, of course not,” the steward gabbled, looked quite harried. “You’re king and can do what you like. Only, well, if you have questions, who better than me to answer them, your Highness?”
When I first wrote these words, several years ago, the friends who critiqued this section, said Bjorn was so busy, he wore them out! Oh dear!
When I first wrote this post, I had broken the 75,000 word threshold on Eiathan’s Heir, and was aiming for 90,000 words, which is a respectable side for a book, if not as long as A Shadow on The Land.
I was working on fleshing out a few more scenes and improving the flow.
And I also wrote this:
I should probably write at least one scene in somewhere near this particular quote that shows Bjorn stepping back and letting others take on some of his intense activity. But I already have a couple of those, so then again, I might not. Bjorn is quite energetic; he can handle all of this activity! If he can’t, what is he doing taking on this particular job description (i.e., king)?
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