Free Fiction: Dragons of Wellsdeep – Chapter 6

September 19, 2018

I wonder if novihomidraks get sick. I’ve never asked. I will have to the next time I have the opportunity.

I only think this question now because I have a headache, I’m a bit achy and feverish, and my ear feels strange. I hope I’m not working on an ear infection. Probably just me being tired. If I would get more than six and a half hours of sleep a night, I’m sure it would help.

Sleep is important. Don’t be like me.

Don’t sleep your life away either though. That’s bad too. Be like Goldilocks — just right!

Well, since I’m not on top of my game today and I know you want to get to the chapter, we’ll keep this brief.

Happy reading.

P.S. No, it’s not “con crud” — many convention vendors swear that “con crud” is a thing. I’m not one of them. If your immune system is healthy, then you should be fine. Keeping your immune system healthy is not something you start when you start to feel sick. It’s something you do when you feel well. It starts by taking care of yourself — yes, eating right and not putting toxins (i.e. drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, vapors, etc.) into your body. I also highly recommend DoTerra’s OnGuard formula and Sun Source’s Wellness Formula (the capsules, not the tablets which are flat out nasty). Speaking of which, I’m going to go kick up an extra dose in my system now just to make sure I don’t get knocked down. I have way too much to be doing.

Onto the chapter. Charge!

Dragons of Wellsdeep is an epic science fantasy story filled with action, adventure, space travel, magic, dragons, and flying. Chapter 6 is available for 1 week only! Then it will turn back into a pumpkin and a new chapter will appear! 

Previously: Moonhunter was born and his novimather (dragon mother) left him in the care of an older man named Balthier. Years later, during one of there missions, Moonhunter believes that Balthier’s informant has sabotaged them and they barely escape. Not that their lives were ever in any danger (maybe – depends on who is after them) because they are novihomidraks — new humans born of the dragon. After they get off the planet, Balthier begins to believe that Moonhunter is hiding something from him, but what could the kid be doing? Moonhunter, meanwhile is secretly trying to use his wings. It’s rare for a novihomidrak to have wings, so Moonhunter is afraid of what it’ll mean if someone finds out.

 

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Dragons of Wellsdeep

Chapter 6

by Dawn Blair

From the outside, the soot-encrusted windows of the bar didn’t look like they’d been cleaned in three years. Inside didn’t look much better. Smoke hung in the air like the discordant twangs of the band tuning their instruments for this evening’s entertaining. Wooden slats of the floor creaked, giving way to the occasional crunch of a nut shell or two as Balthier walked in.

A few of the tables were occupied, but hardly anyone looked up at the novihomidrak. Most people in here wanted to mind their own business, which suited everyone else just fine.

Balthier dropped down onto the stool at the counter and signaled the barkeep for a round. Getting a nod in response, Balthier turned to the man sitting beside him.

Teryn sighed as he glanced down at his drink and stirred the liquid inside the shot glass with a toothpick. “Aren’t you a bit in a hurry today? Usually you let me move down the bar to you.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Free Fiction: Dragons of Wellsdeep – Chapter 5

September 12, 2018

Are you ready for another chapter of Dragons of Wellsdeep? This is one that dredges up quite a bit of personal history here. It makes it that fine line where fiction and reality merge.

For starters, the thing (and I won’t spoil any of it) that Sapere Lyma tells to Balthier is something I remember my mother saying. It’s probably my way of saying that I miss her; those little things that slip in that make me think of her.

Then there is Moonhunter all hanging out in his cabin. Yeah, I wasn’t the best child. YOu know how everyone says, “Beware of the quiet ones”? Yeah, that was me. Quiet, shy, and always plotting something. Honestly, writing probably kept me out of a lot of trouble because I could disappear mentally from my small town onto some adventure with people I liked. (Yes, read what you will into that sentence — you probably won’t be far off.) When I wasn’t writing, I was certain that there were secrets to be discovered, adventures waiting for me to uncover, and getting into places I shouldn’t be. Generally I kept this all contained within the ranch where I grew up. My dad knew every cop in town, so I didn’t want anything out-of-line to get back to him. I walked a fine line between quiet and troublemaker.

As such, I was often up to something I didn’t want anyone else to know about. Honestly, I still don’t.

Side note: I was recently sent a picture of Loki. Across the top, it said, “Good girls go to heaven.” One the bottom, “Bad girls go to Asgard with Loki.” I was asked if I thought this were true. All I could do was snicker. Oh yes, when it is my time, I have no doubt that Loki will be waiting for me at the Rainbow Bridge. ‘Nuff said!

It’s a good thing I’m still a writer.

I do remember many days when I was a teen when I would head off to my room to be by myself. My mom, bless her heart, was certain that I was doing drugs. Never. Not once. (Again, I have the worlds that I slip through to via a hole in the paper — who needs drugs when you have that ability?) That is honestly what I’d do in my room. Okay, there was the pyromaniac part of me that burned stuff just to watch it burn — hence the smell which made my mom think “Drugs!” I swear it was just paper. Usually full of bad teenage poetry. Things I didn’t want anyone else to know about — better to burn it than to have it discovered! I would also write (obviously), listen to the radio (because the only time we could hear the rock stations was after it got dark), and dream about far off places and a life beyond a little town.

I always felt that this was Moonhunter in this chapter, waiting for his life beyond what he was doing now. Sometimes, I think that’s the hardest part about growing up.

Then, just when you reach it, you wish you hadn’t wanted it to come so badly.

To the chapter!

Dragons of Wellsdeep is an epic science fantasy story filled with action, adventure, space travel, magic, dragons, and flying. Chapter 5 is available for 1 week only! Then it will turn back into a pumpkin and a new chapter will appear! 

 

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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

Dragons of Wellsdeep

Chapter 5

by Dawn Blair

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Free Fiction: Dragons of Wellsdeep – Chapter 4

September 5, 2018

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.

Let’s get to it, shall we?

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Free Fiction: Dragons of Wellsdeep – Chapter 3

August 29, 2018

Are the days going faster? I can’t believe this week is half over already! I know (and accept) that the days are getting shorter as we move toward fall, but the temperatures are already rapidly dropping and I’m not ready for summer to leave yet. I’m already drinking hot chocolate in the evenings because I’m so cold.

I wonder if novihomidraks are bothered by the cold. You know, I’ve never really written about that. Hmmm…. Stuff to think about.

Okay, to the story.

Dragons of Wellsdeep is an epic science fantasy story filled with action, adventure, space travel, magic, dragons, and flying. Chapter 3 is available for 1 week only! Then it will turn back into a pumpkin and a new chapter will appear! 

Previously: Moonhunter was born and his novimather (dragon mother) left him in the care of an older novihomidrak named Balthier.

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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

Dragons of Wellsdeep

Chapter 3

by Dawn Blair

Chapter 3 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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Free Fiction: Dragons of Wellsdeep – Chapter 2

August 22, 2018

Until recently, I always thought this story would be told from Moonhunter’s point of view only, much like my Sacred Knight story is only told from Steigan’s point of view.

Then, as I was going back reading chapter 1 a few months ago, I realized that I’d slipped some of Balthier’s point of view in. Not to mention that the dragon had a good chunk of the first part of the beginning of the chapter. I suddenly wanted this to be told from more than Moonhunter’s point of view.

In opening up other view points, I didn’t expect what has happened. I’ve spent a lot of time writing this story from Balthier’s point of view and have really gotten to know him.

Oh, don’t worry. This story is still about Moonhunter (and what he does — hint: the answer is in The Doorway Prince). It’s just interesting to see the development of the story.

Just trust the process.

Okay, I know you want the story — let’s get to it! Don’t forget to share and get your friends reading too. It’ll give you all sorts of fun things to talk about!

Dragons of Wellsdeep is an epic science fantasy story filled with action, adventure, space travel, magic, dragons, and flying. Chapter 2 is available for 1 week only! Then it will turn back into a pumpkin and a new chapter will appear! 

Previously – You can still read chapter 1 here.

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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

Dragons of Wellsdeep

Chapter 2

by Dawn Blair

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Dragons of Wellsdeep – the painting that started it

August 16, 2018

It was brought to my attention (and I’m grateful for that tap on my shoulder which told me I could do things better) that I may have overloaded yesterday’s post with too much because of the painting. I broke the rhythm of my blog and how I run the chapters. So now I’m moving the painting part off to this post.

If you haven’t read chapter 1 of Dragons of Wellsdeep, I invite you to do so now.

I remember when I first saw the scene for the chapter you’re going to read today. I’ve written before about how I get ideas, how usually a character starts talking to me and I get transported into their story. Dragons of Wellsdeep was way different.

I painted him first. I was doing some of my planet paintings and there was one that I felt had a boy hunting on the moon of the planet.

planet study #4

Planet Study #4
8″ x 10″
acrylic on canvas
©2011 Dawn Blair

 

I showed it to my youngest son (when he was about 7 or so) who loves archery and he said, “Wow, he’s got a bow!” Read the rest of this entry »


Cover reveal: Dragons of Wellsdeep

August 3, 2018

I hope you’ve been enjoying Mystery of the Stardust Monk each week. Next up in a couple of weeks will be Dragons of Wellsdeep. Much like when I started posting Onesong, the story isn’t completely finished yet and what you’ll be seeing is an unfinished version of it.

Yes, you get to see all the mistakes in their grandeur. (grin) It’s a true look at how I work. Read the rest of this entry »