Well, I've been hanging about long enough, trying to make myself a little at home here, hoping to take the edge off my nerves about doing this. No such luck. So, 'tis best to get it done with.
This is chapter 1 of my novel, The Cloud. The title is a working one as "The Cloud" is the series title and I'm still undecided on an actual title. This title introduces the main character (Micah) and his companions for the duration, his relationships with them and his community and does as much world-building as is feasible without getting wordy. It's written in first-person and will follow the MC throughout book 1. I've done all I can (this is the 3rd revision of the 4th draft) to make this novel as polished as I can. Only outside eyes can help me now. I'd ask you to be gentle but that would be defeating the purpose. 😁
It is a little over the 3k word recommendation. I apologize for that. Chapter 1 ran a little long at 15 pages and 4,813 words.
Thank you for your kind devastation as you make me a better writer!