Monday, January 23, 2023

January 2023 #3 update

 Chapter 10 is coming slowly, but it's coming. I need to finish it this week. At least I've mostly got last week's snow shoveled, and can concentrate on other things. 

Chapter titles so far, btw:

1. Llys-tyn-wynnan
2. Pengwern
3. setting out
4. the hound lord
5. the hill above the yew wood
6. the town outside the walls
7. the place of many gods
8. the waters of the goddess
9. the third time
10. the cave of ghosts

As usual with my Storyteller books, I'm planning on 31 chapters, so you can see I have a way to go!

Update 1/25/23: finished chapter 10 today. Now I have to do more research...

Saturday, January 14, 2023

Very slow progress


Mostly tinkering and thinking this week as far as the new book goes. I have got the party as far as Cheddar Gorge, where they are about to be trapped overnight by flooding. Chapter title: the Cave of the Ghosts.

Last Saturday Rowen and I attended the SCA's Caerthe 12th night - the first time I'd made it there in about four years - and I sold some books. Most of the sales were to people who hadn't seen my books before, and were either Storyteller, The Druid's Son, or one or more of the poetry collections. This is good so far as getting new readers, although I had expected more interest in The Fallen Stones. I need to follow up by finding more opportunities to merchant this year.

Monday, January 9, 2023

A New Year beginning...

 Well, having got through all the winter holidays (and the associated winter weather), I am finally starting again on chapter 10. At this rate, I will be lucky to finish the book this year, but we'll see. I'm not sure I am going to keep the present cover image, but haven't found anything so far that I prefer.

Thursday, November 24, 2022

November 2022 update


I'm finally getting a little writing done again on "The Old Gods Endure" - 1,075 words today on chapter 9. Late September and October were crazy, and it's taken me this long to get going again. There was also the usual research pause, with interruptions. Hopefully I'll finish this chapter in a few days and move on.

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Old Gods update 8.1

 Writing has been slow this month, but I finally finished Chapter 7 a few days ago, and after spending more time researching, map reading, and generally fiddling with the planned order of the next few chapters, I finally started Chapter 8 yesterday. This takes Gwernin and his friends to Aquae Sulis (Bath). It seems pretty clear that a lot of that Roman city was in ruins by our story date of 562 AD, but the hot springs were still there... and perhaps other interesting things.

Some nice cool damp weather here in Denver today, which matches the weather I'm describing in the story for a change. :)

Monday, September 5, 2022

Old Gods update 7.2


No writing progress for the last week while I researched this chapter, trying to decide what Gwernin will see when he gets to Aquae Sulis. As usual, I will just have to go with the flow, inevitably inventing a good bit. There's also the question of what we might see between Corinium and Aquae, specifically at Nettleton... And it's supposed to be hot again this week here in Denver, which won't help.

Thursday, September 1, 2022

Another publishing update


The ebook version of More Mac Criomthann Tales is now available at Smashwords: More Mac Criomthann Tales. I expect to have a paperback version on next month, and eventually on Amazon etc. In the meantime, here is the TOC: 

     Table of Contents
How Mac Criomthann First Came to Ériu
Mac Criomthann and Mount Airecal
Mac Criomthann and the Need for Light
Mac Criomthann and the Words that Kill
Mac Criomthann and the Men Who Disappeared

 The first, second, and fifth stories appear in slightly different forms in The Fallen Stones, but the third and fourth are new stories, written for this volume. There will be more.


Monday, August 29, 2022

Publishing update

I've spent the morning editing the Smashwords ebook into a Lulu paperback version, and it should be available now on the Lulu store. I'm not sure when it will be on amazon, but in the meantime: Ten Years A Bard is the Lulu link.


Sunday, August 28, 2022

Update 7.1

 Aside from the usual weekend activities, I've been doing more research as to what, if anything, Gwernin will find at Aquae Sulis when he gets there. Conclusion: lots of hot water, but not much in the way of Roman remains. Time to start writing again...

Regarding the 6th book, I have a good idea what will happen in the first third, vaguer ideas about the rest. This will involve another set of initiatory experiences for someone, another meeting with Fráechán mac Tenusán, and the death of King Díarmait mac Cerbaill.

Thursday, August 25, 2022

Update 7.0

 Not much writing today; mostly research for Gwernin's next stop. I also spent a little while designing a cover for book #6, which will be the 3rd in the "Gwernin's Quests" Trilogy. I'm hoping to have that one done by the end of next year. The water, by the way, is the Boyne at Newgrange.