Tandem

I trust the process.

Every time I say that, it’s an affirmation that I believe in the crazy ways that I tell my stories, even if that path doesn’t make sense. Often it doesn’t until something clicks and I see a larger picture in hindsight.

I’ve been working on Walk the Path (editing stage) and The Missing Thread (writing stage) in tandem. Many events from these stories tangle together. It would have been impossible to make them fit together if I wasn’t going through them together like I am now.

I can’t tell you how excite this entire world makes me. Sacred Knight and the Onesong series are so intertwined, as they should be considering that Onesong is pretty much the prequel, and they support each other so well. It literally amazes me every time I go back to look for information or even just in the whole writing/editing phases to see how they twist together. I am grateful for these stories. I am grateful for getting to a point where I can handle the vast scope of the story and multitude of characters without fear of it falling apart or shrinking back and taming down the story to something more manageable. I’m grateful for the surprises it brings to me each time. I’m grateful that I’m not a plotter because I would have killed the energy of this story if I were.

Okay, come closer if you dare. I’m going to take a moment to pull back the curtain and show you my world right now.

I’m going to talk about The Missing Thread since it’s what I’m writing. Right now, I have several characters going down into Gohaldinest. This is Steigan’s second time being there. It’s interesting to see it through his eyes now. I won’t include spoilers here, but I will say that Steigan has more to fear now.

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Dragzel, a creature who is basically like a kitten-sized baby dragon, is along for the journey as well. Now Dragzel has been a part of every story. I often read Dragzel’s lines aloud as I’m writing them because I love narrating this character as well as writing him. He’s so much fun and terribly mischievous. Steigan loathes this creature and with good reason. He doesn’t understand why other people adore it. In Gohaldinest, Steigan’s friend, Ithanes, is giving Dragzel the utmost respect. I think Steigan is about to lose his cool. (grin)

Having Dragzel here is fun because Dragzel’s memories of Gohaldinest are tumultuous at best. He probably has the most knowledge of anyone in the group at this point. The things he knows…

I just got chills up my arms.

I keep reflecting back on the scene in Tangled Magic where Dragzel is guiding Rivic through Gohaldinest. There is so much information, both spoken and unspoken in that scene, that makes it fantastically delightful for me as a writer. I want to pull that essence into the scene of this group walking through Gohaldinest now, but darker and with more creepiness. It ought to feel like Halloween night. That would be a deep contrast to The Quick Highlights of the City as provided by Dragzel in Tangled Magic.

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Well, now I’m inspired to get back to work, so off I shall be now and whisked away once more into my story. I hope you enjoyed your glimpse of what’s coming up.

Until next time, adieu!

Collectibles

When I wrote about Cirvel and his genie lamps last week, I had another quote from that scene which I knew would make a great follow-up. Here goes:

This is Cirvel’s response to Rivic asking why Cirvel would have the genie lamps if genies are such abominations. I love Cirvel’s answer and the implications that hang there for Rivic. Once again, it’s Cirvel not quite revealing all his hand, but subtly giving a peek.

I’m very thankful this story (Rivic’s as well as the entire Sacred Knight series which is part of it) has been mine to tell.

When delicious characters sparkle

Since I’m working with Cirvel in three different novels that I’m currently writing, I have really dug into his character. I feel that one of the traits that makes Cirvel such a delicious character (the kind where you want to hang out from him while you also know you should run away fast) is that he seems so open and willing to share information, but at the same time, it’s very select knowledge that he speaks.

I sometimes wonder if he does this to make people think. Let’s take the example above. Yes, he’s saying, “What purpose do they (genies) serve?” but he could equally be asking, “What purpose does a human serve?” That, for the matter, might be a more legitimate question.

The other thing about Cirvel is that he does like giving people knowledge. He is a true teacher. He has other purposes too, but I do think he runs the “school” at Gohaldinest because he enjoys it. This is a character who literally shouted me out of sound sleep to give me information. No joke! It was not even a piece of information I’d contemplated yet and I remember being inside this comfortable dream when I heard someone yelling over the top of it. If you’ve ever had someone physically wake you up, then you know exactly this sensation. Except that as I reached consciousness, I had him talking to me. I knew who it was as I became aware enough to realize it was still night and no one was present in my room. Talk about questioning your own sanity for a moment! Yet he was right: this was information I needed to know. He’d probably been trying to get it to me for some time, and shouting at me in an unconscious state was probably the only way he could get it to me.

I’ve never had another character do that, not even Loki who I would expect.

Oh, I’ve been on the verge of waking and suddenly a character will start talking to me. That’s common.

But it’s not familiar to have a character shout over the top of another completely unrelated dream.

And now, you know that Tangled Magic has something to do with genies too. It could be the light sparkling off their magical lamps which you see.

The Stardust Collection

The Stardust Collection has recently been released. This boxed set contains Alexander’s Den, Mystery of the Stardust Monk, and Stardust all in one nice ebook.

These stories follow the journey of an unhatched dragon egg as it passes back into the possession of another dragon, then gets chased through the galaxy by a teen who is strangely attached to it, until it finally hatches and is saved by a orphaned girl.

As is typical, there are many more stories I wish to write which tie into this. I want to tell the story of Thomis finding the egg and also the stories of Reila and Stardust roaming the Wells of the Onesong together, but I’ll start here. Moonhunter is a main character in Mystery of the Stardust Monk and he also makes a cameo appearance in Stardust. His story, Dragons of Wellsdeep, is coming soon. I love this day and age we live in where I can tell the stories I want to and to publish them as I wish. Now, I just need more time to write!

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.

Palladium – Chapter 42

Tomorrow sees the release of the ebook version of Tangled Magic. It has developed so much since I was running it here on the blog as Onesong. In fact, it still continues to grow and change as I discovered another scene that I wanted in Walk the Path, the coming sequel to Tangled Magic. It’s fascinating to watch a story expand and deepen.

While Tangled Magic is still a day away from release, you don’t have to wait to get a story fixed. Let’s get you to Palladium.


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Palladium

Chapter 42

by Dawn Blair

Chapter 42 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 41

I’m trying to write and my faithful dog, Merlin, would rather have me petting him. This is a good problem to have. I’d rather have this than a lot of other dramas I see people inviting into their lives. Why a person would want to create that kind of stress is beyond me. I’d rather keep my life simple and let my characters have the drama.

Okay, I won’t go getting up on my soapbox today. The sun is shining, something we haven’t had a lot of the last month or so. I like my light. I couldn’t live somewhere that didn’t have a good amount of sunlight. Now if only the snow would melt off.

I discovered Merlin shedding today. Both him and my black cat, Coville, are trying to get rid of their winter coats. I tried telling them that it’s a little premature on their part; we still have more cold winter ahead of us. But do you think they listened? Nope! I think they both had the sun of their black fur and got a false sense of the warmth.

I hope my tulips are smart enough to keep their heads down for a while longer. The snow hasn’t melted yet and there’s more in the forecast. A little sun doesn’t equal spring! Even though I am also craving it very badly. I must wait too. Bring on summer. I had someone comment to me this last week that “didn’t the weather know that it was supposed to go Thanksgiving, Christmas, summer?” That’s almost a true story for Idaho weather, but I find it’s more like cold, cold, warm-ish, cold, cold, cold, flip switched, blazing hot! And I use to be one of these people that preferred the blazing hot to the cold. Not so much since I had heat stroke many years ago; hot weather saps my strength fairly quickly, but I will still take it over the cold. Everyone is always telling me that when it’s cold they can put on more layers, but when it’s hot they can’t take anything else off. I reply that I can always go jump in a pool but I hate being the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man!

Well, enough chatting about the weather. Feel free to let me know what it’s like where you live in the comments below. Meanwhile, let’s get you to the story.


Cover and layout copyright © 2019 by Morning Sky Studios
Cover design by Dawn Blair/Morning Sky Studios
Cover art copyright © Rodjulian | Dreamstime.com, ©
Xneo | Dreamstime.com, and © Gualtiero Boffi| Dreamstime.com

Palladium

Chapter 41

by Dawn Blair

Chapter 41 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!

***

www.books2read.com_tangled-magic

www.books2read.com/tangled-magic

***

If you have enjoyed my work, please tell a friend about my stories. Thank you!


Palladium – copyright © 2019-2020 Dawn Blair Published by Morning Sky Studios

Cover and layout copyright © 2019 by Morning Sky Studios

Cover design by Dawn Blair/Morning Sky Studios

Cover art copyright © Rodjulian | Dreamstime.com, ©

Xneo | Dreamstime.com, and © Gualtiero Boffi| Dreamstime.com

This excerpt is licensed for your personal enjoyment only. All rights reserved. This is a work of fiction. All characters and events portrayed in this book are fictional, and any resemblance to real people or incidents is purely coincidental. This book, or parts thereof, may not be reproduced in any form without permission.

 

 

Fan sale

Just wanted to drop a quick note about Tangled Magic being on sale for only $2.99 through the pre-order time to February 1st.

If you are already a fan or have yet to experience that (grin), this is a great time to get it. The price will be going up after the deadline and may vary depending upon how long it takes a platform to update their prices, so don’t wait.

Click the link to see if your favorite book-selling platform is listed — some might not come up until 1/28 because they don’t allow pre-orders. (Boo!)