Extending Greensky

I want to write about the children in Greensky, and while discussing the next story with Jon in the car on the way home tonight, it struck me that this would work as the next section…

And so I think my current plan is to round the first Greensky series off at ten books (as I am currently writing number 7), and then for the next ten, follow the children; Alid, Tomo, Reya, Hod and his sister. They are Mages, Healers, engineers, rebels and leaders; they will have their own paths in a world that I haven’t yet written, and is changing by the day. They’ll grow up in world where flying and electricity are taken for granted, or at least are everyday wonders; but a world where the status of magic, the science of Healing, and the political landscape is shifting dramatically.

So it will be very interesting to see where they go – and the Greensky series now looks like it will be even longer than I had thought!

The next chapter of Greensky

I was considering what the future of Greensky looked like. I know that S’ian and Rael currently have one child – Alid – and that her growing up process would be difficult. But I was pondering a few days ago, and the family began to unfold inside my head. There’s three children; Alid, her brother Tomo, and their younger sister Reya.

Dark-haired, dark-eyed, quick laugh.
Healer. Affinity for water, but no official Mage talent (could this show up in Healing somehow?)

She’s likely to move out to the Plains, and work from there – she’d be in a small community, having moved from the big city (Aleric). I can see her in our current house; a stone-built cottage, odd and unusual, with a roaring fire and sparklights. She’s standing at the door, light spilling out from behind her, and smiling down the path at the guest hurrying through the rain to the warmth of her home.

Takes after Rael again – dark-haired, dark-eyed.
Mage – probably Earth? Rael is Water, S’ian and Toru are Air.
Quiet and reserved; always in the shadow of father/mother/Toru?

Struggles with status; maybe rejects family for a few years? Always apart from them, trying to be separate; doesn’t exactly rebel, not trying to blaze a path, but just wants his own way apart from them.

Reya (or Aya)
Small, quick-tempered, fierce, stubborn, angry – not sure where her talent lies.
Has Toru’s engineering talent! Likes taking things apart to see how they work. Seen as destructive to start with?

I’m not sure what Reya’s path would be; I think she’d be a character who wrote herself as I gave her writing time.

My other interest with these characters is what would happen when Toru, Rael and S’ian died. Reya would be the most affected, and the most interesting – I think she would get Toru’s talent through an echo of her mother’s soul-bond (although it’s doubtful that they’d know that), and to lose that…and it would be bound up in grief, and the world changing. The deaths would be a shock to the whole family, and would be very interesting to play out in the context of the rest of the world.

I really want to start writing them; I really want to know what they do! My problem is that I don’t know what their world looks like. I’m still creating it as I go – I’m not able to look ten, twenty, thirty years into the future to see what spark’s done, what the fliyers have changed, what technology has done to my society and my world. I’ve got to keep my children in my head, and wait to see what their world turns into.