“Correagal was a city of bridges. One hundred and twenty-seven of them, on most days, spanning the width of the Cille river for nearly three miles. The city, which climbed the sharp banks of the river in a series of winding stairways and terraces, had turned bridge-building into a civic preoccupation. Houses, guilds and government bureaucracies competed for the talents of artisans and architects, pouring funds into efforts to outdo one another in the informal contest for status and prestige…”
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In 2002, I participated in my first National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), a world-wide month of creative insanity where writers of all levels of experience attempt to write a 50,000 word novel over the month of November. I finished my novel, Three of Dreams, in the time allotted, but as you might expect for a project completed in such haste, the quality was somewhat lacking.
In the years since, I have picked and prodded at the story, trying to salvage what I could—primarily the basic character ideas along with the world setting as a whole. Eventually, I returned to the characters’ origins, a decade or more before the events of the NaNoWriMo novel, and the city where they first met and became friends, Corregal. While the City of Bridges built itself in my head, and the backgrounds of the characters shifted more firmly into place, I could never settle on a satisfying novel-length plot to set them loose in. There have been a few aborted starts, an attempt to structure the city into a workable RPG setting, and a lot of time where my notes collected dust on my closet shelf.
But I never really let go of any world I’ve created…
Encouraged by a few friends, I’ve decided to take another stab at bringing this story to life—or stories, perhaps. The real star of this show is the City of Bridges itself, and I hope to include episodes and vignettes featuring many of its colorful inhabitants. If, along the way, my main characters happen to fall into that thus-far missing over-arching plot, so much the better. If not…well, hopefully it will be interesting reading anyway.
My name is Stace Dumoski, a professional editor with experience in magazines and business, and a few short fiction publications to my name. I was the editor of the expired webzine, Phantastes: The Online Journal of Fantasy Criticism, one of the creative team behind the long-lived online RPG, Castle Marrach, and the owner of the nascent FantasyCrafter.com. You can read more about me on personal blog, Artifacts.