Mysteries of Lilinar

One of my favorite things about being a “discovery writer” (that’s someone who doesn’t plot a story out, though I am thinking that some planning would help, but that’s a blog for another day) is finding little bits of story that are gems waiting to be uncovered.

There’s one “gem” though that I’ve been waiting for years to find out what the story behind the story is.

In Quest for the Three Books, I “knew” that the Shant’olin (nasty ghosts who eat souls) were tied to the ruins of Lilinar. I always figured Rivic had had something to do with this.  But as I prepare the ending of Walk the Path, sequel to Tangled Magic, I haven’t discovered the answer to how the Shant’olin were contained to the ruins, or even how they got there.

It remains a mystery.

Also, when I was working on all the stories in the Sacred Knight series, I know there is something special about the gates of Lilinar, perhaps that there is something buried beneath them, maybe right inside.  The observant reader will notice that the Shant’olin never approach near the gate in Quest for the Three Books. In later books, Steigan often has a strange sensation as he’s walking into Lilinar.  Again, I thought I would find out what was going on when I wrote Rivic’s books, since he was the one who built Lilinar. But Walk the Path ends with him just starting the building of Lilinar after he leaves Gohaldinest.

That leaves me with the question of what is going on?

There is another story here. Is there a character I’m missing? A bigger picture? Another story between stories?

Do you want to know the best part?

That means there is more to this story for me to start to discover. And that is my happy spot.

Gohaldinest – the ancient city

Here’s a little story you might not know about Gohaldinest.

In Quest for the Three Books, I needed a name for a place whose streets were supposedly paved with gold. The line, “The streets are paved with gold, but I seek a richer treasure,” kept going through my head. The streets of where? 

So, of course I went about naming this city by doing what I always do: starting with a letter and seeing where it goes from there. As you are probably thinking, the name became Gohaldinest. 

The streets of Gohaldinest are paved with gold, but I seek a richer treasure. If you’ve read the Sacred Knight series, then you know this is a line from the oath of a dominus. But Gohaldinest was never meant to be a real city. It was supposed to be an imaginary place, the setting of a fable. 

We have cities like this in our own history, those that seem to have been swallowed by time. As our archaeology and technology improves, we realize that sometimes the rubble of one city becomes the foundations for another. Many towns are built from the very stones of the buildings of fallen cities. 

This is what happened to Gohaldinest. It literally wasn’t until the third book, To Birth a Destiny, when Steigan is in Dubinshire that he discovers that Gohaldinest is real and that Dubinshire was built from the rock that had once formed the older city.

Now to have walked through Gohaldinest in the shoes of three different characters (Steigan: Quest for the Three Books, Rivic: Tangled Magic & Walk the Path, and Cirvel: Palladium) just for starters is pretty amazing and wondrous. The further back I go into the history of Gohaldinest (since for some reason I have to be writing these books pretty much backwards — it doesn’t quite count since I still need to write books 5 and 6 for Sacred Knight), the more of an amazing place this city becomes. 

I am so glad this city is mine to write about.

How Rivic’s story almost wasn’t

Did you know that Rivic’s story, Tangled Magic, almost didn’t happen? 

As I was working on the first three books of the Sacred Knight series and thinking about Alityka’s part, I started seeing scenes with Rivic and Alityka. I even wrote several of these scenes down. All were from Alityka’s point of view. 

Then in 2015, I started writing a story as part of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month held in November). I had fully intended it to be a rewrite of the start of a novel I had written many years ago and lost the beginning chapters. Soon, I realized that I was actually writing two books. Yes, I had the start of my lost novel, which I wrote nearly 30 years ago and I certainly don’t remember how it started then so this was fresh, but I also had a major piece of another story. I finished NaNoWriMo with over the 50,000 words needed to “win,” but I hadn’t actually finished the novel.

After giving it some time to cool down and really figure out what I had going on, I split the two pieces apart. Yet now I had to figure out the characters I had. I so much wanted to write Alityka’s story that I resisted telling it from Rivic’s point of view, yet I knew in my heart this was exactly what was what needed to happen. Yes, Alityka’s side of my Sacred Knight story needed to be told by Rivic. 

It’s a choice I’m glad I made.

Tangled Magic

Ah, yes… in the post of my weekly chapter last Friday, I did mention that I would talk about why I’d been absent. Look at how well I dodged that!

Hehehehe!

Okay, well, if you figured from the not so discrete announcement, I’ve been busy getting Tangled Magic up. I had so wanted to let it have a longer pre-order time, maybe get some hype worked up for it. But after finding it delayed for nearly a year, I couldn’t do that. I just didn’t want to wait any longer.

So, I finally had to draw the line in the sand and say that I was getting it done.

I wish this here was even a better announcement, but I’m going to leave it at: the ebook for Tangled Magic is now available for pre-order (releasing January 28th) and the print book is out now. You can get an author signed copy here (Sorry, I’m not Amazon, I have to pay for shipping and this is a very heavy book — so heavy that it qualifies automatically for the priority mail).

Rivic’s story starts now.

Read it before the Sacred Knight story starts towards its conclusion with The Missing Thread (more on that to come!)

In case you are wondering, this story has changed significantly since it here on the blog under the working title of Onesong. Which, honestly, it should because the chapters I release here are merely work in progress to keep me moving. By the time I make them into a book, they should be worked out and cleaned up. It’ll be familiar, but (hopefully) delightfully different.

Let the adventure start anew!

The Strange Little Character

I’ve been preparing Tangled Magic for publication and I started thinking that I should add a map and a character list like I’ve done for my Sacred Knight series.

Now, keep in mind that I had this thought while I was actually working on a scene for Walk the Path, sequel to Tangled Magic, because this is where one of those odd synchronicities take place.

These two things made me start thinking about the character list in Sacred Knight. Did you know that there is actually a character missing from the cast in To Birth a Destiny (book 3) as well as Prince of the Ruined Land (book4)? I have mentioned it a few times and no one has ever come back to me saying that they have found the character.

Okay, yes, it is one character in a lineup of nearly 100. I admit that it’s probably not very obvious.

But here comes Tangled Magic and I have an opportunity to either list this very character (sort of – I’ll explain below) in the cast or not. The situation repeats for Walk the Path. If I really wanted to push it, I get another “chance” to hide this character in the character list for Palladium.

Now the reason I say that it’s the “very character” is because it’s not necessarily the same person. It is the same person in To Birth a Destiny and Prince of the Ruined Land, but in the other books, there’s a possibility that it’s more of a position, like a title.

And I am the one left laughing because I never did give this character an actual name in the Sacred Knight series.

As for the synchronicity, I was writing about this character in Walk the Path when I actually realized what was going on with this character.

Yep, now I’m really launched into my maniacal laughter.

I’m having fun wondering just how long I can “hide” this character. Maybe if I make it all the way to the release of Palladium without someone pointing it out, I’ll set up some kind of prize for finding the missing person.

Until then, I already consider the game afoot. (grin)

Sketchbook ramblings

Sometimes I like to go back through my sketchbook. I find interesting things.

Here’s a partially inked picture of *shock* Steigan. I use to draw him more than anything else. Not so much these days, but every now and then he pops up.

You can see that it’s over 2 years old.

More interesting is that on the next page, I found this statement that I wrote:

His eyes are older,

Yet they still mock me.

Temptation leave me be.

I am an idiot.

His eyes still haunt.

My heart grows none the wiser.

Just have to say, “Say what?” I found this to be a completely odd statement in my journal. Who the heck was I talking about? Was it just words that popped into my head? I have lines that do that sometimes, but I generally write them down in an idea file, not in my sketchbook. This makes me think I was actually referring to someone. Besides, words like “I am an idiot” don’t usually fill the snippets that land in my head; that also feels more like me talking in my head.

Since this was also dated around 2017 and there is absolutely no clue as to what I was thinking about on that day, I guess this will fall off into the mysteries of mankind. The world will never know what adventure I was on that day which led me to write these words.

Oh, and it’s more proof that I am no poet. But I do enjoy it when my past self leaves my future self some tantalizing mysteries.

Palladium – Chapter 38

I feel like I’ve spent weeks working on the plot design for five different novels.

Oh, wait! I have.

One of many of my whiteboards – blurred to prevent spoilers

So the whiteboard above is just one of many that I used to help piece this story together. This board is actually directly tied to Palladium. So many decisions to be made.

Now I’ve spent the last two weeks trying to line out Walk the Path. I feel that once I have it lined out, then I can start listing Tangled Magic for pre-order. It’s hard to keep the cart before the horse. I admit that I’m having trouble staying focused on that plan. However, considering the magnitude of this story, I need to.

I just hope I don’t have to divide Palladium up into two novels too. (grin) Of course, my chapters are a little longer than the “chapters” I list here because I’m trying to keep it bite-sized for readers who don’t have the time to read through thousands of words each week. But still, I see how much I still have to go in this story and, while I’m certain there are parts that I can take out, I want the tale to be solid.

Let’s get you to the story.


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Palladium

Chapter 38

by Dawn Blair

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Palladium – Chapter 36

This “chapter” starts to get into one of my favorite sections of the story.

It also makes me glad to say that I was wrong last week when I said I thought we were getting to a choppy portion of the story because I realized that we have a few more weeks before that happens. For some reason, I thought this came earlier but I couldn’t remember when. Then I was reading through this during the last week and saw that it was this upcoming scene. There’s a lot of work to be done — remember, you are seeing this as raw story — but I love the potential of this scene. It even makes me wonder if I need to rework a scene or two in Tangled Magic quickly before its release.

I am currently working on a scene where Cirvel goes to Plenelia, the area of this world where there is no magic. Because I have another Plenelia story in the works, I’m discovering a lot about this side of the world where I haven’t yet spent enough time. Oh, I’ve spent some, but that was nearly 30 years ago. Wow. I need to get back to work on that story, now that I know how I’m going to jump-start it (this was the other half of the NaNoWriMo story I did 4 years ago that got created when I pulled Rivic’s story, which became Tangle Magic and Walk the Path, into two stories. Don’t worry if you’re confused; I’ve got this! (grin) That’s just the way my brain works sometimes).

Well, now that I’m done writing confusing sentences, let’s get you to the story.


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Palladium

Chapter 36

by Dawn Blair

Chapter 36 has now turned back into a pumpkin. If you missed it, click on the banner above to go to the current posts for my blog. There’s another free story or story excerpt somewhere around my blog – I try to post something new every week. Hunt the story down, read, and enjoy!

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Palladium – Chapter 35

I’m reaching the choppy point in the story. From here on out, it might be a bit of a bumpy ride. I’ve been working on this in bits and pieces and I have yet to thread them together into something coherent, mostly because I’ve been busy doing that very process on Walk the Path.

Cirvel has been such a fun character and I know I’ve barely scratched the surface where I’m at. I realize that I’m going to have to get very seriously on his bad side in books 5 and 6 of the Sacred Knight series. But at least now I have understanding of his deeper motivations.

Well, enough chit-chat. Let’s get you to the story.


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Palladium – Chapter 34

I’m currently writing this on Sunday though it will post on Monday morning. I’ve spent several hours raking up leaves in the yard and driveway — my second round this year and I swear I have twice as many bags as I did last time. And, of course, the city did their courtesy fall clean up bag gathering last week, so I’ll either be making a separate trip to the dump with the bags, or getting rid of them slowly over several weeks in my garbage can. Ah, the joys of home ownership!

Bellyaching aside, my arms are actually what’s really sore. I’m too tired to write at the moment, so I thought I’d come and set my blog up now so it could be ready to go. Novel idea, right? (grin) Hopefully, doing this much work will spur me into wanting to get back to work on Walk the Path.

I’ve been reconstructing the first few chapters. There was part of it that just kept nagging at me that it was overly complicated and I needed to kick part of it out. Yet doing that makes a big change to the story early on. Oh well. I know I’ll like it much better when I’m done fixing it and the nagging goes away. Until then, I have to smooth out all the places in the story that it upsets. It’s just words, I remind myself often.

Okay, so let’s get onto the story, shall we?


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Chapter 34

by Dawn Blair

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