Ah, the month of October. The month where the second installment of The Fable Avenue Saga™takes place. And, as it is, I am hammering, hammering, hammering out the second act for the second installment of The Fable Avenue Saga. I've reached the 280 pgs mark, and budgeting for another 250 pgs (to be on the safe side). I'm not looking for the second installment of The Fable Avenue Saga™to go too long. So, where am I exactly in my progress? It's been a while since an update has happened, but I've been hard at the most important work in an author's literary life. Writing.
I've hit chapter twenty, well within the second act of this new project. The female lead has been introduced and her character is fleshing out more than I've hoped. She's drawing upon an inner strength that I hadn't intended until I started writing her. I was so caught up in her backstory and the trauma she undergoes as a six-year-old child. But like many female characters composed before her within The Fable Avenue Saga™, she moves forward with a believable footing.
The character also brings with her two mysteries. Both mysteries are personal. One focuses on her mother and father. The other focuses on her intentions as she and her grandmother become reintroduced to the Fable Avenue community. It's nothing wicked, but it makes the character human, rounded and real. With her entrance, we also find another story from 12 Stories High as canon and connected to the Fable Avenue universe. Earlier in the book, another story was referenced as the lead male character has an experience that parallels a character from a story in 12 Stories High. This first reference, though subtle, will be expounded on later in the series. So that makes 3 stories so far that have their connection. The only one I can mention is Ah, Moor, having been referenced in Fable Avenue's first book (also known as the "Prologue book") The Ghost of Gabriel's Horn.
The villains have also been introduced early in this second act. They are a great parallel to the main male/female heroes of the story. And much like the main male lead character, who they are, and how they connect to the main characters, allows me to give a nod to my favorite comic book hero, Spider-Man and his villains. This part of Fable Avenue was supposed to be a graphic novel, as I've said before, originally titled The Nu Ancients, and then, Street Fables.
Four more chapters are lined up before the close of the second act, and they are heavy. The beginning of the second act was quick, as the setup of the first act took care of presenting the characters (obviously). Even with new characters poppoing up, the story moves forward at a quicker pace. My notes aren't as thick as with the first act, but I have outlined a good deal of events and placed them in the proper order of their presentation. I have been writing out the second act rather quickly. I'm far ahead of schedule, and I do hope that I'll be creeping into the third act by December, if not a good ways in. I'm already thinking ahead in terms of outlining the third act's pacing. The fourth epic poem is also expanded as the main female character adds her touch to the poetic narrative. I'm currently chopping away at this event. As well, festivities and celebration are in the air, but villains are around the corner in coming chapters.
We all know how second acts within narratives can go. Protagonists + antogonist/villains + perils/collision = dark and hopeless, emo-moody gloom and doom. But there is still a party, and nothing can be too gloomy with jazz playing. Just ask famous jazz pla-...no...he was a heroin addict. Okay, just ask famous jazz sing-...no...they were strung out too...and so was she... Okay, when you hear jazz, it's like seeing oranges in The Godfather.
The sky under Fable Avenue is falling, and everything including the kitchen sink, will hit the fan. But don't worry, we ain't got heroes for nothing. It'll seem like that, but they'll eventually get the job done.
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