Palladium – Chapter 1

New story – same rules.

This is pretty much first draft as it is written so far. When I went in and looked at the story to get the first chapter, I realized that I’ve written less than 50,000 words for it and there’s not a whole lot of “chapters.” I have it broken into chunks really. I know some of these run very long and some are short. I’ll try to get everything evened out, but that might not always be possible. I very nearly chickened out on this story because it is in such a sad state, but I figured what the heck. I might as well put it out there and see what happens.

Palladium. The word is pronounced PUH-LEY-DEE-UM. (Okay, phonics was the worst thing that ever happened to me in school. It never made sense to me and ever since then if I can’t break a word down like this, I’m hopeless. I hate pronouncing words that I don’t know and haven’t heard before because phonics just ruined me.)

Palladium is defined as anything that is believed to protect or offer safety; safeguard (as I learned thanks to dictionary.com’s word of the day). For now, that makes a good title.

I really wanted to have a cover reveal, but I didn’t have the time. In fact, I’m not certain this is even the final cover, but it will work for now. I had to rush it in order to get it done.

For those of you who have read at least through To Birth a Destiny, book 3 of the Sacred Knight series, or who followed through Onesong (now Tangled Magic and Walk the Path) when I put it out here on my blog about a year ago, you’ll be familiar with Lord Cirvel of Gohaldinest. Palladium comes before Steigan’s and Rivic’s story, This is basically the story of how Cirvel comes to Gohaldinest (well, more or less, but let’s not split hairs here when I don’t even know how the story will yet end). This takes place when Cirvel is a novihomidrak (new human born of the dragon) and a champion for the forces of good. (Yeah, I saw that grin — I know what you’re thinking: Cirvel, good? No possible way! This is what happens when readers love your villians — they want to know how they got that way. Cirvel, by tantalizing my artist-child along, is oh so willing to oblige).

This story is meant for new adult audiences. It is rather mature in nature, not that there’s anything really detrimental, but it certainly isn’t meant for readers under 17 as there is content of a sensual nature. If you are younger or prefer completely clean content, please go no further with this story.

Let’s begin, shall we?


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Palladium

Chapter 1

by Dawn Blair

Cirvel walked through the marketplace, listening as the swirl of music got closer to him. The cries of “Opa!” made him smile though he tried not to. It seemed as if the three small, golden teapots hanging from his belt enjoyed the rhythm too, banging against his hips as he walked.

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Dragons of Wellsdeep – Chapter 26

This comes with a warning. This chapter is exactly as my artist-child gave it to me. Remember, she was ornery when she gave this to me.

It’s not terrible, but it decidedly feels like telling a story rather than showing a story. I love Stargate when they do the episode with Murray who is trying to put together a screenplay for the Wormhole Xtreme show he wants to film. “Hang the lantern” is a common phrase in our house because of that episode. That’s exactly what this chapter feels like — hanging the lantern in order to end the story.

Yes, my artist-child is a brat.

But this is it. This is the last chapter. Next week we will start something else.

Let’s get into the finish!

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Dragons of Wellsdeep

Chapter 26

by Dawn Blair

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Dragons of Wellsdeep – Chapter 25

This is the second to the last chapter. Next week will finish it up.

I know we’re all excited to see how the battle with the Grekish is progressing, so let’s get to it, shall we?

 

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Dragons of Wellsdeep

Chapter 25

by Dawn Blair

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Dragons of Wellsdeep – Chapter 24

Well, my artist-child had a snit last week after I said that I couldn’t get the rest of Dragons of Wellsdeep done for the blog. She stomped her little foot and screamed, “Oh, yeah! Just watch me!”

Then she hijacked the boat and wouldn’t let me write anything else until I had the book “done.” I carefully put that in quotes because I’m not sure it’s done — part of it feels like I’m “hanging the lantern” and that it really needs to be expanded upon. My artist-child insists that I do not. Personally, I’m going to let it sit for a moment before I decide because I have to really sit back and take a look at the whole story. When I was outlining it and defining the hero’s journey in it, I never did get to a large section of conflict I wanted to put in. But, now that I’m at the end, I’m not sure it’s relevant. But that’s why I need to go back through the story and see if it holds up. There’s a couple other touches I’d like to make and a few things I’d like to expand upon.

However, because my artist-child had the temper tantrum, I will be giving you the last two chapters of this after all. You’ll get to see this first ending. Lucky you.

Let’s get started, shall we?

 

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Dragons of Wellsdeep

Chapter 24

by Dawn Blair

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Dragons of Wellsdeep – Chapter 23

I suspect this is the end of the line for this story.

Sorry, folks, but the train stops here. I just don’t have any more for this story at the moment, nor have I felt like working on it. I suspect it’s in a cooling off period. There must be something coming.

On the bright side, this means that a new story will come up next week. I haven’t yet decided what to do. I’m kind of thinking about either Cirvel’s story, but since that hasn’t been finished, I’d hate to run two stories in a row where I didn’t give the reader some sort of conclusion for at least one of them, or Stonecharmer. It would be a good first look at that series. So far, it’s completely unrelated to anything else I’m writing. So far! It would also give me the opportunity to go back and write the outline for it. But, I also know I have people who are waiting anxiously to read about Cirvel. I hear their mischievous laughs in my head all the time. Of course, running one does not mean the other also won’t run at some point. Do you have an opinion?

Whichever way I go, I’m going to have to work up a cover.

On a personal note, I’m really not liking WordPress’ new editor. I hate everything about it. My workflow is so disrupted. I find this layout cumbersome and annoying! I hate the way my blog looks. Yeah, I’m very displeased with WordPress right now. I feel like the Grinch. Isn’t he supposed to go away after Christmas? Thank you for listening.

Okay, let’s get to the story.

P.S. I really HATE the new WordPress editor — on so many levels. The issues below with formatting are WordPress’ doing. I would never break a paragraph in the middle of a sentence — duh!!! I LOATHE this block style editor! I want my normal paragraphs back.

 

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Dragons of Wellsdeep

Chapter 23

by Dawn Blair

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Dragons of Wellsdeep – Chapter 22

Unless I write very fast and miraculously discover how this story is to end, we’re down the last couple of chapters. The world may just have to wait to figure out how this ends (including me). 

Yeah, I know — it would be so cool if I’d focus on one project at a time. Sorry, I just can’t write like that. My artist child is a 2 year old who wants to play with everything at once. And a new story is like a new toy — it gets the attention.

Aw, you know me too well! Yes, I have a new story. 

For some time, I’ve wanted to write the story of when Steigan and Martias ran away to go join the Palin Wars. For Steigan, it was all pretty cut and dry. He got in serious trouble afterwards. I kept telling myself that there was no story there. A series of events do not a story make. 

But on Monday, the story started “downloading” to me from Martias’ point of view. At first, I started thinking that there was no way that I could make it work from Martias. That’s not going to stop my 2-year-old artist child from whining and crying to get her way. So, I figured what the heck could it hurt to at least start writing it down and see how far it went. After the first session, I kept thinking that there was no way I could write it without giving away parts of Quest for the Three Books

Yeah, that’s definitely not making the artist child happy. She’s stomping and demanding that she can do, that she is a big girl and doesn’t need to listen to me. 

So far, she’s been right. 

She’s so giving me a raspberry, big and wet, full of thththtp sounds. 

We’ll see how far she gets. She just can’t tell this story without diving in deeply into Martias’ deep, dark secrets. 

On the other hand, I’m getting to know Martias pretty well. I know how this adventure changes him. I’m also seeing a character arc that I didn’t know was there. 

When I stop to think about my theory to “trust the process,” I realize that I’m probably needing to write this story now so that I can get back to work on The Missing Thread

Yeah, my artist child might be very right about this. So sorry that she doesn’t want to play with Moonhunter and Balthier at the moment. Who knows though. Sometimes she surprises me. Well, let’s get you to the story. 

 

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Dragons of Wellsdeep

Chapter 22

by Dawn Blair

Chapter 22 was available for one week and has now turned back into a pumpkin. If you missed it, click on the links below to find it or another great story to read. There’s also another free story or story excerpt somewhere around my blog – I try to post something new every Wednesday. Hunt the story down, read, and enjoy!

 

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Dragons of Wellsdeep – Chapter 21

These last two weeks have really been off for me. I keep thinking it’s Sunday, then I realize that it’s really Tuesday and I have to get these blogs out. Surprise!

I’m sure I’m not the only one feeling like this.

So, here we are at the first Free Fiction Wednesday of 2019. Can you believe that in 12 short months is will be the year 2020? Who woulda thought? *grin* My son and I are anxiously awaiting “the awakening,* what we’ve been jokingly calling the fact that any moment everyone is going to realize just how close to 2020 we are. Welcome to our boat. *grin/laugh*

Well, I want to go get some writing done. I’ve spent too much time last night (New Year’s Eve actually) and this morning (Tuesday morning) working on analyzing Excel spreadsheets I’ve been building. I even looked at PowerBI to try to learn to use it to analyze Excel data. Yes, I’m a little crazy and not good enough with numbers (I am better with words and pictures after all) to know what the heck I’m trying to achieve. But, once I get those graphs working like I expect, I’ll know it and I’ll have pretty pictures (aka graphs) to show me what I want to know. But, I’ve spent way too much time on it and my head hurts now. I must escape and find my happy place adventuring with my characters for a while. I’d like to paint some today too.  

Oh, and if you’re wondering what happened to the look of my blog, I had to leave behind my old unsupported theme (which I really liked) because WordPress decided to update their editor and I didn’t have features I needed. I haven’t taken a moment to really look through my theme options and find one that will work. You know, if it’s not one thing, it’s another! I hate always trying to hit a moving target. As I said above, I need to find my happy place. 

So, now that you’ve listened to me rant for a little bit, you can get to reading the next chapter. Have fun. 

 

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Dragons of Wellsdeep

Chapter 21

by Dawn Blair

Chapter 21 was available for one week and has now turned back into a pumpkin. If you missed it, click on the links below to find it or another great story to read. There’s also another free story or story excerpt somewhere around my blog – I try to post something new every Wednesday. Hunt the story down, read, and enjoy!

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Dragons of Wellsdeep – copyright © 2018 Dawn Blair Published by Morning Sky Studios Cover and layout copyright © 2018 by Morning Sky Studios Cover design by Dawn Blair/Morning Sky Studios Cover art copyright © Ingus Kruklitis | Dreamstime.com, © Digitalstormcinema | Dreamstime.com, and © Kalcutta | 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.