Free Fiction: Uploaded on the 4th of July

July 11, 2018

I was sorely tempted to post this last week and delay the ending of Onesong by one week, but I figured I might have readers coming at me with hatchets if I did that. **grin**

I have enough adventures like that already!

I am kind of disappointed that I couldn’t post this on the 4th of July, but it’s not a very happy story, so I thought it might be best if I wait anyway.

This is a story I wrote last year. My reader sent my comments back, but I honestly don’t think I’ve incorporated them into the story yet, so you’re seeing this pretty much just as my reader did. Nothing about this story here is final. This story kind of got lost in the events of last July — I’d really thought it would be my July 2018 release. But, yeah, llama face.

Obviously I’m still tired and words are not my thing right now.

I thought you might all like a short break before I start something else. I really did like running with a novel. We shall see what strikes my fancy for next week, but for now, a short story.

Enjoy!

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Uploaded on the 4th of July

by Dawn Blair

The end of the world happened on July 5th. People were too busy the day before with their barbeques and fireworks to notice. The crackles and thundering booms covered the multitude of crashes by computer systems all over in offices shut down for the day. The next day, it hit grocery stores and department stores which had had great sales on the 4th, but by the 5th were too busy restocking their shelves and preparing for the next sale to notice their systems being slowly infiltrated like smoke gliding under a door. Read the rest of this entry »

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Onesong – Chapter 50 (final)

July 4, 2018

Here it is: the last chapter of Onesong.

Thank you to all of you who have been with me since the beginning. Special thanks to Sally who read the whole thing and gave me feedback along the way. Keep going, girl, the rabbit hole only gets deeper. 🙂

It also was great to see how many people joined us along the way.

Next week, well, I’m not entirely sure what I’m doing yet. I have ideas, but no plan yet. Guess we’ll all be surprised!

I won’t keep you any longer. Let’s finish this!

Onesong is an epic fantasy story filled with action, adventure, and sword and sorcery. Chapter 50 is available for 1 week only! Then it will turn back into a pumpkin and a new chapter will appear!  Read the rest of this entry »


Onesong – Chapter 49

June 27, 2018

Only 1 week to go after this.

I’m not sure what I’m going to run next. I’ve been debating.

I just never actually thought I’d run this to the end. It made good practice for getting me to write even though I had a good start. I was terrified of the weekly blog catching up to and overtaking me. Honestly I probably should do the same sort of thing with Dragons of Wellsdeep — I have a good start on that novel (as well as the official cover done up in mock form, but it wouldn’t take much to finalize it), but it feels like I’m dragging my feet on it. Of course, I have only recently realized that I’m writing it in two points of view — another odd thing since I usually like to stick with one character, but Balthier really needs a voice too. Balthier is developing as a character and giving me some surprises. I really can’t wait to see what happens with that.

One the other hand, a couple shorter pieces would be nice too after coming off such a long stint.

Okay, fellow adventurer, I know you’re as excited as I am to get onto the next chapter, so let’s go!

Onesong is an epic fantasy story filled with action, adventure, and sword and sorcery. Chapter 49 is available for 1 week only! Then it will turn back into a pumpkin and a new chapter will appear!  Read the rest of this entry »


Onesong – Chapter 48

June 20, 2018

A quick intro before the quick chapter. It’s not quick as in length this time, but in action. Obviously from the first sentence, this came from an earlier chapter, but shortly blends with new information. The second half of this story is going to be so fun to sort out!

The first section of Onesong, Tangled Magic, is coming along well. I’m about halfway through it already.

Well, that’s all for now. Enjoy the chapter.

Onesong is an epic fantasy story filled with action, adventure, and sword and sorcery. Chapter 48 is available for 1 week only! Then it will turn back into a pumpkin and a new chapter will appear!  Read the rest of this entry »


Onesong – Chapter 47

June 13, 2018

Three weeks remaining after today.

Onesong is an epic fantasy story filled with action, adventure, and sword and sorcery. Chapter 47 is available for 1 week only! Then it will turn back into a pumpkin and a new chapter will appear!  Read the rest of this entry »


Onesong – Chapter 46

June 6, 2018

In this next section, you’ll see Ellonia talking about things that she has no knowledge about. I know that at some point Rivic and Ellonia need to have an important conversation to set up for this chapter, but I’m not sure where. Yes, it should have happened in the last chapter, but I really liked the idea of leaving it with a closed door love scene. I couldn’t interrupt. Believe me, I tried.

Yeah, the characters were all like, “Let’s not waste any more time,” and I’m all trying to have Rivic interrupt and say, “But in not wasting any more time, I need to have a serious conversation with you about this black dragon living down below Gohaldinest. Yeah, she’s my dragon mother and I need to take you down to see her.” He wouldn’t do it. Dang characters.

No, he’s right. I backed off.

I know that there is another scene coming, one that will give them more time together before this scene. It just hasn’t revealed itself to me. I’m excited to write it though; I have a cloud of what it will be in the back of my mind, so I have a small glimpse of it already.

Let’s get to this week’s chapter.

Onesong is an epic fantasy story filled with action, adventure, and sword and sorcery. Chapter 46 is available for 1 week only! Then it will turn back into a pumpkin and a new chapter will appear!  Read the rest of this entry »


Onesong – Chapter 45

May 30, 2018

Keeping it short and sweet this week.

I thought about adding the next chapter after this one to the story, but the ending of the first part really needs a good break, so I left it here. It might end up being in the end of the previous chapter since it’s not very long at all.

I have divided the book and am beginning my review of the Tangled Magic section of it. I’ll have to re-imagine the ending a bit because it’s not solid right now, but it will all sort itself out. I trust the process. And I know it will be spectacular.

Thank you to readers who have finished Prince of the Ruined Land and excitedly wrote to me to find out if I was going to have the 5th Sacred Knight out soon (The Missing Thread) or these books in the Onesong series. Yes, Onesong is up next. I feel that I needed this part of the story first. The Missing Thread is my current Frankenstein’s monster. Well, sort of. It’s more like pieces and parts lying all around my lab on shelves waiting for me to return to them.

I have wondered if Steigan’s uncertainty is what is keeping me from writing the scene where Keteria wakes up. This is my biggest unknown at the moment. It’s not like I haven’t written the scene where she wakes up; I’ve actually drafted 4 different versions of it, then threw them all out because they aren’t right. Steigan is so worried about her and what’s going to happen, that I now have the nervous jitters about it.  Read the rest of this entry »