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).
I’m currently out at FanX Salt Lake. We’re still an hour away from the show’s official start with VIP’s entering.
I hope I’ll get out to walk around tomorrow, but for now I’m sitting at my booth trying to get myself psyched up for the day ahead. Yeah, I was ready for this a week ago (grin) and now I want to be out adventuring instead. Maybe that speaks to my vibe being off.
Oh, I’ll get there again. I always do. I’m ready to rock this. I have new titles on my table: 1-800-CallLoki (the Loki Adventures omnibus), Let’s Make A Deal, and Space Ninjas Aren’t Real. I guess Prince of the Ruined Land is new to this show too, so if you have the first 3, you better come get #4.
I forgot my hat. That makes me a little sad. I wonder where it went because it wasn’t with the rest of my show stuff. As I wrote that, I wonder if I had taken it home. I think I did because I’d been planning on re-packing my shirts in there as soon as I had the dry cleaned. After I did that, I went to plan be and forgot my hat. Yeah.
Outside, the crowd cheers. They are really getting worked up. I hope the attendees have a great time.
I wrote about how ties and carpets have inspired ideas before, but here’s another thing that spurred an idea. You may actually recognize him from the cover of Mystery of the Stardust Monk.
This little monk statue was in the courtyard at the Anchor in Lincoln City, Oregon. Look at him closely and you’ll notice that he’s been cleaved in two it looks like. I always wondered how the split came about and what was holding him together. I think that’s why he sat in the back of my imagination.
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…
Correction: I had 2 stories accepted into a Kobo promotion!
Considering the number of times that I’ve tried, this really is an accomplishment I feel proud of. Believe me, when I saw the email I thought, “Oh, here’s my rejection again.” Then, in the preview of the email I saw the word accepted and nearly choked. I was in a state of disbelief for a couple of hours.
So what’s the deal? From August 1st to the 8th on Kobo, they are running a 3 for $9 deal for readers in the U.S. and Canada. (The links above take you to the complete promotion – at least for the U.S. I did have to dig around for the promotion a bit, so I apologize to my Canadian readers for not being able to get them a better link and wish them the best of luck in find the promo.) The ebooks have to be in their promotion to get that pricing, so make sure your chosen selection says that it’s eligible for the deal.
This novella is meant to come before Stardust and further introduces the characters of Moonhunter and Balthier. I wanted to share this story with you before I start running the next story, which is going to be Dragons of Wellsdeep. I think it will be a good interlude for you.
For the readers that have asked for a continuation of The Doorway Prince, rejoice! This last week, Eclipse started telling me that something happened and now we’re off on a mystery together.
I’ve also gotten several chapters of Tangled Magic reviewed. And I’m rethreading The Missing Thread (yes, I find great humor with that one!). I’m into chapter 3, piecing together several parts I’d previously written, and it feel so much stronger.
I got the Sacred Knight box set up onto Kobo. Speaking of the series, the audiobook for Quest for the Three Books is getting closer and closer. Yeah, baby steps. On all fronts.
Plus I got some drawing and painting done this week, though Eggs at Play still doesn’t want to manifest as a print book. Argh! I have to keep reminding myself that the first one is always the hardest because of the learning curve. I’m figuring things out, slowly, as expected. It’ll get there, but not as efficient as I wish (obviously).