Last March I posted a piece about my current projects, The Nun’s Dowry and the beginning of a new novel then entitled The Circus. Back then, I planned to forward the manuscript of Dowry to my editor in April. That proved a tad optimistic–I hope to send it off sometime this month, and publish before the end of the year.
I was 6,000 words into The Circus in March. As usual, it was a pretty hard slog early on but, also as usual, the pace has picked up considerably. My characters have it in gear now and are busily rolling out their story lines, hopefully coming together within the next year. We’re at 26,000 words and cruising.
I’ve changed the title of the new book because The Circus was really descriptive of only part of the story. The new title is Juvenal’s Lament, and it has a subtitle: A Political Fable. Set in Washington, D.C., it takes place in the near future, and portrays my admittedly jaundiced view of our nation’s capital.
Juvenal was a very interesting Roman who lived more than 2,000 years ago. His literary output was limited (16 “Satires”), but meaningful. I don’t claim to be Juvenal, but I’m going to give it my best shot.