I will be attempting various things I haven't done before. More dialogue, more action, and a much longer arc overall. I'm aiming for about 100,000 words in this book, and for this book, hopefully, to be the first in a series. Somewhat a la Miles Vorkosigan in style, starting with a 20-something protagonist and following them through many years. Female, though, and mixed-race. Connected to The Stars Change and "Jump Space"; same universe, and some characters may recur. I'm very excited about it. Also a bit terrified.
But today, an opening. 1250 words in an hour, and I think I like them. I won't write out here every day, but I am hopeful that this was an auspicious beginning. May there be many more productive hours to come.
"Maya hurried through the narrow cobbled streets of Old Town, lifting her heavily embroidered sari skirts out of the muck as she went. The stars were slowly emerging, faintly visible through the shimmering screen of the dome overhead"