I love it the way my agent blithely says: Send me a synopsis, will you? - as if I can churn one out in ten minutes. I'd rather write a 5,000 word chapter than one synopsis for a single book, and I'd make a better job of it, too.
And this one is for a whole trilogy.
We are talking summarizing half a million words down into something that makes sense and sounds interesting. For a fantasy. Right. Aaaaargh!
So I sacrificed a whole day of novel writing to write a synopsis instead...and I still think it sounds like the lunatic ravings of someone on hallucinogens. I had actually done this before, a year and a half ago, but at the time the books were unwritten and the trilogy was actually going to be a quartet, so it needed changing drastically now that it is only 3 books and one and a half of them have already been written.
Imagine an arid, ancient land where it no longer rains without magical intervention.
Such is the Quartern, where rainlords sense and move water and cloudmasters make and break clouds to bring rain. Their abilities bring them unlimited wealth and power, as well as a burdensome responsibility.
If only I could stop there.