What is The Drowning?
The story is set in Borth, Taliesin, and West Powys in the not-too-distant future when sea level rise threatens low-lying dwellings and the smooth running of society.
It is a mystery story - what happened when a boy died one stormy evening on the moors north of Nant-y-Moch?
It is a story of the love-hate relationship between two very different boys from contrasting backgrounds forced to get on together in order to survive, and how the arrival of a girl affects this.
It mixes in and updates Welsh legends - specifically the origin of Taliesin and a reinterpretation of his character and this story, and the story of Cantre'r Gwaelod which, besides having obvious resonance with climate change-related sea level rise and weather events, is situated in this same area.
There are other elements as well, and one challenge of writing a blog about a work in progress is to not reveal the plot and spoil it for future readers!
I have so far:
- researched all of the mythological elements I wish to use
- walked in most of the areas where the story is set - but will need to revisit some during the writing
- done some research on the flora and fauna - need to do a little more
- conducted most of the research on the science of climate change and sea level rise; sources include articles in the New Scientist; Ranyl Rhydwen, a lecturer on climate science at CAT; a study of the Dyfi Valley coastline (near Borth) by a German researcher/Ceredigion Council; and Bill Thompson of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
- need to in particular find out more about the Eastern Greenland coast and the behaviour of melting ice sheets there
- I have worked on the characters, learnt some Welsh, and plotted the novel out on scene (index) cards)
- begun to write it (a week ago) - 2000 words completed. Projected length: 40,000 words, maybe less, mixed media format