22.5k words done and I’m now starting on Chapter 4. I’ve chosen Cape Verde’s Santiago as the expedition’s second stop-over. A pivotal point in the plot, it will see the dynamics aboard shift dramatically and a number of those involved abandon the endeavour. Those remaining will take on stores and head for Macapa, Brazil and the mouth of the Amazon in pursuit of a young Dutchman’s dream. I’ve still to develop the second and third stages of the entire plot and introduce their appropriate characters, but the whole vision for the story is well and truly in place now.