I forgot, I was going to actually explain what Hubris is about. It’s an urban fantasy / comedy about a young woman who sets out to kill all the gods. Think Kill Bill (or Lady Snowblood, from which Tarantino borrowed liberally), except the fate of the universe hangs in the balance.
There’s quite a bit more to it than that, but since much of the plot is liable to change during the writing process, I’ll leave the description at that for now.
Making this novel work is going to be a challenge. My previous two books featured a single first-person narrator who told the story in chronological order. Simple stuff. But this book has an omniscient third-person narrator who assumes various characters’ points of view, and there are at least three parallel storylines: two set in the present, and one in the past, all intertwined with each other. Right now the second chapter takes a little diversion, explaining some of the background of the story; my original plan was to return to this broad POV periodically, but now I’m debating whether it will fit in with everything else.
The smart thing to do would be to write out each scene on index cards and move them around on a big table until I could figure out a good structure, but right now I’m just trying to feel out the rhythm of the story as I go. That was my approach with The Northerners, and it worked pretty well for a simpler story like that, so we’ll see how well it applies here.
One way or another there’s going to be a lot of revising for this book. I haven’t learned to like revising yet, but at least I don’t actively hate it anymore.