Mysteries of Lilinar

One of my favorite things about being a “discovery writer” (that’s someone who doesn’t plot a story out, though I am thinking that some planning would help, but that’s a blog for another day) is finding little bits of story that are gems waiting to be uncovered.

There’s one “gem” though that I’ve been waiting for years to find out what the story behind the story is.

In Quest for the Three Books, I “knew” that the Shant’olin (nasty ghosts who eat souls) were tied to the ruins of Lilinar. I always figured Rivic had had something to do with this.  But as I prepare the ending of Walk the Path, sequel to Tangled Magic, I haven’t discovered the answer to how the Shant’olin were contained to the ruins, or even how they got there.

It remains a mystery.

Also, when I was working on all the stories in the Sacred Knight series, I know there is something special about the gates of Lilinar, perhaps that there is something buried beneath them, maybe right inside.  The observant reader will notice that the Shant’olin never approach near the gate in Quest for the Three Books. In later books, Steigan often has a strange sensation as he’s walking into Lilinar.  Again, I thought I would find out what was going on when I wrote Rivic’s books, since he was the one who built Lilinar. But Walk the Path ends with him just starting the building of Lilinar after he leaves Gohaldinest.

That leaves me with the question of what is going on?

There is another story here. Is there a character I’m missing? A bigger picture? Another story between stories?

Do you want to know the best part?

That means there is more to this story for me to start to discover. And that is my happy spot.

How Rivic’s story almost wasn’t

Did you know that Rivic’s story, Tangled Magic, almost didn’t happen? 

As I was working on the first three books of the Sacred Knight series and thinking about Alityka’s part, I started seeing scenes with Rivic and Alityka. I even wrote several of these scenes down. All were from Alityka’s point of view. 

Then in 2015, I started writing a story as part of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month held in November). I had fully intended it to be a rewrite of the start of a novel I had written many years ago and lost the beginning chapters. Soon, I realized that I was actually writing two books. Yes, I had the start of my lost novel, which I wrote nearly 30 years ago and I certainly don’t remember how it started then so this was fresh, but I also had a major piece of another story. I finished NaNoWriMo with over the 50,000 words needed to “win,” but I hadn’t actually finished the novel.

After giving it some time to cool down and really figure out what I had going on, I split the two pieces apart. Yet now I had to figure out the characters I had. I so much wanted to write Alityka’s story that I resisted telling it from Rivic’s point of view, yet I knew in my heart this was exactly what was what needed to happen. Yes, Alityka’s side of my Sacred Knight story needed to be told by Rivic. 

It’s a choice I’m glad I made.

Tangled Magic

Ah, yes… in the post of my weekly chapter last Friday, I did mention that I would talk about why I’d been absent. Look at how well I dodged that!

Hehehehe!

Okay, well, if you figured from the not so discrete announcement, I’ve been busy getting Tangled Magic up. I had so wanted to let it have a longer pre-order time, maybe get some hype worked up for it. But after finding it delayed for nearly a year, I couldn’t do that. I just didn’t want to wait any longer.

So, I finally had to draw the line in the sand and say that I was getting it done.

I wish this here was even a better announcement, but I’m going to leave it at: the ebook for Tangled Magic is now available for pre-order (releasing January 28th) and the print book is out now. You can get an author signed copy here (Sorry, I’m not Amazon, I have to pay for shipping and this is a very heavy book — so heavy that it qualifies automatically for the priority mail).

Rivic’s story starts now.

Read it before the Sacred Knight story starts towards its conclusion with The Missing Thread (more on that to come!)

In case you are wondering, this story has changed significantly since it here on the blog under the working title of Onesong. Which, honestly, it should because the chapters I release here are merely work in progress to keep me moving. By the time I make them into a book, they should be worked out and cleaned up. It’ll be familiar, but (hopefully) delightfully different.

Let the adventure start anew!

Palladium – Chapter 38

I feel like I’ve spent weeks working on the plot design for five different novels.

Oh, wait! I have.

One of many of my whiteboards – blurred to prevent spoilers

So the whiteboard above is just one of many that I used to help piece this story together. This board is actually directly tied to Palladium. So many decisions to be made.

Now I’ve spent the last two weeks trying to line out Walk the Path. I feel that once I have it lined out, then I can start listing Tangled Magic for pre-order. It’s hard to keep the cart before the horse. I admit that I’m having trouble staying focused on that plan. However, considering the magnitude of this story, I need to.

I just hope I don’t have to divide Palladium up into two novels too. (grin) Of course, my chapters are a little longer than the “chapters” I list here because I’m trying to keep it bite-sized for readers who don’t have the time to read through thousands of words each week. But still, I see how much I still have to go in this story and, while I’m certain there are parts that I can take out, I want the tale to be solid.

Let’s get you to the story.


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Palladium

Chapter 38

by Dawn Blair

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Palladium – Chapter 37

Welcome to the genie world. It’s no itty-bitty living space.

As I was walking to the gym the other day, I was thinking about this chapter. It’s so cool to be so able to slip into a story and get so excited about it.

What is even more amazing is that I get to share this.

Let’s get you to the story.


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Palladium

Chapter 37

by Dawn Blair

Chapter 37 has now turned back into a pumpkin. If you missed it, click on the banner above to go to the current posts for my blog. There’s another free story or story excerpt somewhere around my blog – I try to post something new every week. Hunt the story down, read, and enjoy!

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Palladium – Chapter 36

This “chapter” starts to get into one of my favorite sections of the story.

It also makes me glad to say that I was wrong last week when I said I thought we were getting to a choppy portion of the story because I realized that we have a few more weeks before that happens. For some reason, I thought this came earlier but I couldn’t remember when. Then I was reading through this during the last week and saw that it was this upcoming scene. There’s a lot of work to be done — remember, you are seeing this as raw story — but I love the potential of this scene. It even makes me wonder if I need to rework a scene or two in Tangled Magic quickly before its release.

I am currently working on a scene where Cirvel goes to Plenelia, the area of this world where there is no magic. Because I have another Plenelia story in the works, I’m discovering a lot about this side of the world where I haven’t yet spent enough time. Oh, I’ve spent some, but that was nearly 30 years ago. Wow. I need to get back to work on that story, now that I know how I’m going to jump-start it (this was the other half of the NaNoWriMo story I did 4 years ago that got created when I pulled Rivic’s story, which became Tangle Magic and Walk the Path, into two stories. Don’t worry if you’re confused; I’ve got this! (grin) That’s just the way my brain works sometimes).

Well, now that I’m done writing confusing sentences, let’s get you to the story.


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Palladium

Chapter 36

by Dawn Blair

Chapter 36 has now turned back into a pumpkin. If you missed it, click on the banner above to go to the current posts for my blog. There’s another free story or story excerpt somewhere around my blog – I try to post something new every week. Hunt the story down, read, and enjoy!

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Palladium – Chapter 35

I’m reaching the choppy point in the story. From here on out, it might be a bit of a bumpy ride. I’ve been working on this in bits and pieces and I have yet to thread them together into something coherent, mostly because I’ve been busy doing that very process on Walk the Path.

Cirvel has been such a fun character and I know I’ve barely scratched the surface where I’m at. I realize that I’m going to have to get very seriously on his bad side in books 5 and 6 of the Sacred Knight series. But at least now I have understanding of his deeper motivations.

Well, enough chit-chat. Let’s get you to the story.


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Palladium – Chapter 34

I’m currently writing this on Sunday though it will post on Monday morning. I’ve spent several hours raking up leaves in the yard and driveway — my second round this year and I swear I have twice as many bags as I did last time. And, of course, the city did their courtesy fall clean up bag gathering last week, so I’ll either be making a separate trip to the dump with the bags, or getting rid of them slowly over several weeks in my garbage can. Ah, the joys of home ownership!

Bellyaching aside, my arms are actually what’s really sore. I’m too tired to write at the moment, so I thought I’d come and set my blog up now so it could be ready to go. Novel idea, right? (grin) Hopefully, doing this much work will spur me into wanting to get back to work on Walk the Path.

I’ve been reconstructing the first few chapters. There was part of it that just kept nagging at me that it was overly complicated and I needed to kick part of it out. Yet doing that makes a big change to the story early on. Oh well. I know I’ll like it much better when I’m done fixing it and the nagging goes away. Until then, I have to smooth out all the places in the story that it upsets. It’s just words, I remind myself often.

Okay, so let’s get onto the story, shall we?


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Chapter 34

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Palladium – Chapter 33

I am hoping that the maelstrom of drama that my life has been the last three weeks is over and that now I can get down to work again.

While I don’t want to discuss all of the roller coaster I’ve been on, I will say that I nearly made some decisions that would have made my life sheer panic for the short term, but would have given me a new dynamic for the long term. I just wasn’t certain that new dynamic would have been sustainable. So, some agreements were made and I’ll work toward that new dynamic in a way that feels more comfortable and balanced for the long term. It did help me clarify my own personal agendas and what I enjoy doing in terms of support for my writing.

Bad explanation I’m sure, but that’s how it is.

But wait, there’s more!

My oldest son, who is in his 20’s, decided to get his driving permit (though it was nearly a week after he got it before we actually got to go out to start learning — seriously, who waits a several days after getting his permit before jumping excitedly into a car to learn to drive? My son!) He wants an electric car so badly, so we’re trying to make that happen.

It was also show week for him and he was performing in Legally Blonde. That always makes a long week for both of us, and why he had to delay.

I also decided to synchronize my workflow between my computers, so that I don’t have to stop working on something when I’m charging one of my laptops. It’s been a growing problem, so I started testing options so that I could keep working. While my current plan isn’t perfect, at least I managed to finally get Tangled Magic all edited and done.

And while I working on the edits, I got back to dictating, mostly for Palladium. Of course, because I had to move my profile from a laptop which I had to replace because it was so slow and reinstall the software on another laptop. Because I can no longer get the updates for the program and I was encounter minor irritating problems with the software, I had to update to the newest version of the program. At least I didn’t have to retrain, although this is the 3rd version of Dragon which insists on making “Steigan” as “Steve again.” Okay, so I do find some humor when someone shouts my character’s name in the dictation and it comes out as “Steve again!” It’s almost like, “Marsha, Marsha, Marsha!” (Brady Bunch reference)

So between those things, I’ve been whacking back computer gnomes left and right as well as editing up Tangled Magic, but that’s done now. I hope my reader doesn’t find too many issues with it. I don’t know if she’s read any of the Sacred Knight series, so I’m hoping she’s not completely lost. I’d like this story to be a good entry point into my world.

There’s more, but due to time, I’m going to cut it here and let you get to the story.


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Progress – January 14, 2019

I’ve still been working on the story about Martias and Steigan heading to the Palin Wars which I referenced last Wednesday. I’m trying to slant it so that a reader could pick it up at any point in the story, even before reading Quest for the Three Books, without much in the way of spoilers. So far, so good.

It is a little strange because while I have known Martias’ motivations for quite some time, I hadn’t every really thought about where his head would be at when he and Steigan ran away to the Palin Mountains. We’ve “chatted” about how he felt when he first arrived at the Temple, and even how he felt when he was nominated for the position of Holy Sapere, but I hadn’t really needed to know how he felt along the way on that path. So, this provides me with interesting insights into his character.

I also love his view of Steigan. I’m so use to being in Steigan’s head, where he is always so noble and upstanding. Let’s face it, even when he had no memories, I knew who he was because I knew how he’d act on instinct alone. Admittedly, that might be why I’m having issues working on book 5 (The Missing Thread) because Steigan’s headspace is so messed up that he doesn’t know who he is anymore. That, and the fact that I have no idea about Keteria waking up. I know when I write the correct scene, I’ll know it. It just hasn’t happened yet. Anyway, that aside, it’s fun to see what Martias thinks about and what he withholds. Steigan is cut and dry. He speaks his mind. Marias, he refrains. Again, that’s not something new with Martias — I’ve known he doesn’t always tell Steigan everything, but I see how he is event the trickster character in his own mind. It’s fun.

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