All of them are essentially stand-alone stories. They don’t have to be read together or in any order, but for those that want to journey with this special orb through the galaxy, this is the trio. It also introduces Moonhunter and Balthier in Mystery of the Stardust Monk.
The “reading order” to follow the orb is:
Mystery of the Stardust Monk
This is a good place to start if you want to jump into my books but haven’t known where. This is an introduction to the Wells of the Onesong and the novihomidraks (new humans born of the dragons).
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.
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.
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.
Dragons of Wellsdeep
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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I’ve finally finished with all the “plug the holes” writing for Tangled Magic and I’m doing my final read through now. Hopefully, it’ll be off to my reader soon. I thought I was going to need to have someone do a continuity read through for me, but I think I’ve had enough time and space from the story now that I think I’ll be all right doing it myself. If I can read the story quickly. So, I’m pushing myself to get that done. That means getting my words done early and fast, then switching to editing. So far, that’s been easy so far this week, but tomorrow (I’m actually writing this on Tuesday night) I go back to work, so we’ll see what happens.
Right now, since it’s Christmas Day, it’s now time for me to go get dinner started. Have I mentioned lately that I love my Instant Pot? Yeah, because of the Instant Pot, it’s going to take me about an hour to cook everything. That means more time to play games with the boys.
Hope you all had a good holiday. Please stay safe with whatever your plans are for the New Year.
Oh, I want to talk about this chapter, but I don’t want to spoil it. This is me anxiously clapping my hands together. Ignore the woman behind the curtain.
I was glad to see that I still was a few chapters ahead, so there’s a bit more to go. I’ve been so busy working on Cirvel’s story (and yes, I really think I needed to be writing it before I really got back to Sacred Knight #5) that I haven’t been working on Dragons of Wellsdeep as much lately. There are just so many stories I want to be writing and I’m so far behind with my reviews of what I’ve written that I feel like I’ll never catch up. Even my new processes I’ve been writing about earlier in the year don’t seem to be giving me an advantage. Okay, so maybe follow-thru on some of these has something to do with it, but when you realize that you have to go back and rewrite a section of story, which also means updating the outline, it has just knocked the wind right out of my sails. It’s easier to just keep writing forward. Then I feel bad because I know I need to go back. Time is so limited and the words must be done. Rearranging words doesn’t get new words written. Yeah, I’m going to have to find balance somewhere.
While I’m figuring it out, why don’t you get to the story?
Dragons of Wellsdeep is an epic science fantasy story filled with action, adventure, space travel, magic, dragons, and flying. Chapter 18 is available for 1 week only! Then it will turn back into a pumpkin and a new chapter will appear!
Dragons of Wellsdeep
by Dawn Blair
Chapter 18 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!
I am well underway for working on this story again. I’m glad that I listened to the lessons I forcefully learned during my recent issues with Tangled Magic and Walk the Path and am now applying them to Dragons of Wellsdeep. Next is Stonecharmer and its sequel, Stonebreaker. I really do hope that after this is all said and done, I become a much more capable writer.
Onto the story.
Dragons of Wellsdeep is an epic science fantasy story filled with action, adventure, space travel, magic, dragons, and flying. Chapter 12 is available for 1 week only! Then it will turn back into a pumpkin and a new chapter will appear!
Okay, that’s it! The weeks must quit going by so rapidly. Someone needs to put the brakes on this speeding monkey ship!
Speeding monkey ship? That sounds like something Loki would say.
Well, you all are caught up to me and so I need to either work faster or time needs to go a little slower so I can get ahead. Either way.
I’m certain this is the result of having too many stories going at once. I’ll quit my complaining, take responsibility for it, and let you get to the story. Shall we be off?
Dragons of Wellsdeep is an epic science fantasy story filled with action, adventure, space travel, magic, dragons, and flying. Chapter 11 is available for 1 week only! Then it will turn back into a pumpkin and a new chapter will appear!
Yes, I confess to this being a short chapter. It’s actually one that I wrote into the story much later — in fact, I think I wrote this scene back when I was working on Mystery of the Stardust Monk because I always meant to go back in and have Balthier call his ship Rhonda at some point. I apparently never did that because I just checked and it’s not in there. Dang — this is why I have to always make notes, then make sure I don’t lose those notes.
Three years from now, I’ll probably come across a note that says, “Call the ship Rhonda,” and I’ll have no bloody idea what I was going on about. (grin)
I do know this was where I conceived of the scenes alternating in point of view from Moonhunter (who was supposed to be the sole point of view charaters, like Steigan in Sacred Knight) to Balthier. He has become such a fascinating character to me and I’m really excited to see what this holds for Balthier later on in the book.
Right now though, it’s getting to be time for me to be merging in pieces I’ve written and getting part of the story wrangled around so I can share it here. So, short chapter here, but there will be more rolling at you.
Oh, my gosh! I am working on some amazing things right now. I have about five stories all coming together. It’s fantastic. This is when it’s so nice to be trusting the process and following the flow.
I give it a week and it’ll probably go crashing down.
It’s not that I’m being pessimistic or anything like that, I just understand cycles. I often say that there is balance in all things. What many people see as duality (good/evil, light/dark, happy/sad, thin/fat, life/death, like/dislike, etc.), I actually see as circles. It is never day, then suddenly night, no matter how we feel like it is that way. There is a gradient as we go through sunset, then again at sunrise as night becomes day. We are never happy, then sad — again there is a decline, other thoughts intruding, etc. until we feel sad. We are always on some position within that cycle.
So, I know that when the story is working well, it won’t last forever. There will come the times when I want to pound my head on the desk in frustration.
But, I do wish for the impossible still. I wish the reader could be right there with me at this moment of creation, that point where the magic happens. It, of course, can never happen. I must always be ahead on the path. Still, I wish…