Who By Fire: I Will, current historical fantasy suspense WiP drafting starts today!!

My current Work In Progress: Who By Fire: I Will -Book 1, is part of a historical cycle. I’m starting to write (as in actual words in a document!!) my rough draft today!

I’ve been thinking about setting up a blog for the novel, with each major character posting every so often, so please leave note as a comment here, if you are interested in such posts.

I’m planning to start drafting in time to finish 100k words of a 1st draft as part of NaNoWriMo, so, I’m starting early. I’m starting #WhoByFireIWill drafting on October 1st in order to have my first 50,000 words done by November 1st so that the next 50,000 words in November can make the full 100,000 word rough draft.

I am currently outlining the scenes as a historical urban fantasy suspense or thriller.

I began writing this historical portal fantasy novel in June, 2020, when certain characters would not let me alone, and my ancestors seemed to demand that I write. I add notes and questions as they arise here, if they will seem interesting to fellow writers, such as my question from 23 September, 12020: was there a public library in 1838 Baltimore, and could Jewish or Colored people use it? -Working in a way to reference a classic, like the 1001 Nights, which would have been known in 1838…

Lucy, the -Protagonist’s Wife (J. Bell’s The Quadroon: Public Domain image from NYMet…)

Who by Fire: I Will is a historical fantasy novel cycle trilogy, I currently expect.

Working Cover for historical fantasy WiP


  “Forever is a very long time.”


To save his son, a desperate escaped slave must make a choice, but the price is eternally high.

The hero (aka the Protagonist) is an escaped slave, who dreams of buying his wife Lucy’s freedom and moving North with her and their son.

His particular friend is a Free Person of Color, one of the main characters, devoutly Christian, who teaches at night, and dreams of visiting Damascus as part of his Pilgrimage to the Holy Land, before he dies.

Progressive Jewish abolitionists befriended and struggled beside members of the Black community over the years in the United States, even during the period of chattel slavery.  M. is one such man standing with both Free People of Color, like our hero’s particular teaching friend, and with slaves.

As the work evolves, I may post articles from the point of view of different characters. Let me know if you, Dear Readers, would be interested in such posts, and I shall write them for you!

Action Items in support of my work, NaNoWriMo, and hope that you can take right now:

1.) Search for two different reasons to write your own novel, or write your Grandmother‘s story, even if it’s not in novel form.

2.) Share your reasons with us in the comments, here, please.

3.) Share your thoughts on how you plan to get started on that writing work,  perhaps with the help of a book on how to write, or as an update on your GoodReads reading,

4.) Write a blog post or tweet that uses a bit of that work, tells a good story, or just starts to make a difference. I’m working on that through this blog and my #WiP: #WhoByFireIWill. Once published, donate one or more copies to your local public library, as I intend to do.

Dear Readers, any additional ideas toward learning, especially multiple #LanguageLearning as part of on-going education and empathy-building, to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness,  #EndMoneyBail & achieve freedom for All HumanKind?

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking for CCOVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
Read, Write, Ranked Choice Voting and Housing for ALL!!!!, Teach and Learn !

Lesson 18, Lesson 17


September, 12020 HE

3 thoughts on “Who By Fire: I Will, current historical fantasy suspense WiP drafting starts today!!

  1. Claudia McGill has a few blogs covering the various aspects of her activities and it works well, so yes, a separate blog outlining the characters of your WIP is a good idea.

    Since your novel will be based on family history I laughed at: ”… fantasy suspense or thriller. ” (Forgive me!!)

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