Editing The Horned Scarab by Matthew Marchitto

The Horned Scarab is a fantasy novella set in a prolonged bronze age. It follows two self-titled Investigative Privateers in the river city Ghorad-Gha.  

There are a few different types of magic, but the main one is Channelling. Channellers can call on the power of the Nvir, a mysterious cosmic force, and create powerful blasts of white-hot energy. If they try to channel too much at once, then the Nvir will essentially overload them and they’ll turn to a crispy pile of not-alive. This is the power that the main character, Arn, has. Note: Names, terms, and details are all subject to change throughout the editing process.

That’s probably as brief as it gets, but I don’t want to detail everything right now.  

This is the novella that I took a month off from. I was having some difficulty with the plot, and rereading it now I still think there’s a good amount of work to be done. I had hoped for a late October release, but it might edge up into an early winter depending on how long the edits take.

I have to focus on getting the story, plot, and characters right. As the editing goes on I’ll make a few more posts detailing certain aspects of the world. For now, I’m going to stare at the manuscript and smash my head against the keyboard until it transmogrifies into something good. 

In Other News: I’ve been posting a blog twice a week, but I’m starting to think that’s a bit much. So, for awhile I’m going to try posting once a week on Mondays. This way there’ll be more time to work on each post since I won’t have to churn them out so quickly.