Let me start this by saying my goal is to have a polished manuscript ready to start submitting to agents by the end of this year. Perhaps it's far-fetched, but there it is. WIP has a working title of Beast Riders/ Wild Roses. They're interchangeable, really, and neither will be the final title. I started working on it at the end of January. As of now, April 10, I have 25,812 words and have completed 8 chapters. Aiming at a YA audience, so a length of roughly 55,000 words. Give or take. Of course, the story will dictate the length. Notes for me: Current things to work on: A. King Jereth's motivations for killing his aunt and uncle to take the throne. It's gotta be more than just wanting more power. 1) Possible connections to the Black Mages of Nyshtar? Something about him wanting to work with them and his aunt and uncle totally against it? Hmmm. i)If this is the case, then I need to figure out exactly how the Black Mages work and their relationship with the Drorm and how this would affect the kingdom of Valaria (Jereth's kingdom). B. The capture of Kaelie. 1) Two agents, working for the Vastels. Supposed to kill Kaelie, but one makes the other wait? (give time for the WRs to rescue her) C. The Vastels. 1) Moral ambiguity like BayView suggested? Alastair Vastel working for the king...didn't kill Kaelie when she was little bc he also had a kid and couldn't bring himself to do it, so he hid her but did his best to keep her away from the WR.