Update: The Mountain Requires Blood

Mayan Temple at Tikal, Peten, Guatemala

I am pleased to report that I have accomplished one of my 2013 goals today! I have finished draft 2 of my novel about Guatemala, The Mountain Requires Blood!

Mayan Temple at Tikal, Peten, Guatemala

Mayan Temple at Tikal, Peten, Guatemala

This is the closest this monster has been to being done in a while. I plotted it in the back of my parents’ car on the way home from Albuquerque in September 2010, and I wrote most of the first draft in two sittings in 2011. The first draft barely hit 54,000 words, which is hardly enough for a novella.

Draft two is slightly more substantial: 77,000 words.

I still have quite a bit of cultural things to double check, and there are some details that need polish. But the way it stands right now I think is pretty fabulous.

In case you’re curious, here’s my (rough) pitch:

Jamie Logan is twice orphaned, once when his Guatemalan birth mother gave him away and twice when his adopted father dies suddenly. On his death bed, Jamie’s adopted father makes him promise that he will find his birth mother, but he doesn’t say why. So Jamie leaves the comfort of New England to seek out his birth mother in the jungles of Guatemala. Calling on the aid of local missionaries, Jamie searches from village to village to find the woman who gave birth to him and then gave him away. But Jamie doesn’t really know what he’s getting into. He wants to find his mother, keep his promise, and go home, but God has a different plan. On the journey, Jamie learns that faith is real, even though he never had it, and he discovers that sacrifices need to be made, although the most important one has already been given. Because what he finds in Guatemala has less to do with who his mother is and more to do with who his father truly was.

I’m going to be running this by some folks at the 2013 Glen Eyrie Writing Workshop in Colorado Springs in June. This is the first time I’ve ever written a novel about the real world. This is also the first time I’ve written a novel specifically for a Christian audience. So I have a lot of questions.

But questions aside, it’s good to get this thing done. Mainstream writing is hard work! I’m eager to get back to my fantasy worlds where I can just make stuff up if I don’t know an answer! =)


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