Lore du Jour ~ Where do I begin…

Photo by John K ~ Begin

A serial writer’s notebook ~ from the pen behind Lore of the Underlings, an unfolding epic…

Hello friends, romantics, and fantasy-fiction aficionados!

This week I started writing the first chapter of my first young-adult (YA) Lore novel. It’s a lot of fun.

I’ve been brewing this saga in my head for about seven years, so it almost feels like I’m just reporting on something that really happened. And writing on the Ernest end of the Hemingway spectrum is breezily easy.

Speaking of easy, I knew what the opening paragraph was going to be all along. Something that sums up this Lore story’s start as well as the essence of most great quests:

It all began with a bad idea. A really bad idea.

I guess it’s all downhill from here!

More to come…

[Photo: Acadia National Park – Bar Harbor, Maine, USA]

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Lore du Jour ~ The road ahead

Photo by John K ~ The road ahead

A serial writer’s notebook ~ from the pen behind Lore of the Underlings, an unfolding epic…

Hello again, fellow travelers. I’ve been looking forward lately, making some exciting new plans for the future of the Lore universe.

After writing eight very lush and lyrical episodes of Lore, I still have a great big saga to tell, a full-blown fantasy-fiction epic, and I figure the best way to get it all out is through a series of neat little young-adult novels. Fast-paced page turners. A couple hundred pages each (about 60,000 words or so). Heavy on plot and light on language. More dialog than description. Very linear. Few flashbacks.

So, YA here I come. Wish me luck! I’ll keep you posted on how it’s going…

[Photo: Mount Vernon, Virginia, USA]

~~~ The Lore is available in paperback, ebook, and audio formats ~~~

It’s a new Lore ebook! Episode 8 ~ The Trial

Lore of the Underlings: Episode 8 ~ The Trial at smashwords.com

Hello again fantasy-fiction and farce fans! I’m pleased as punch to announce a brand-new ebook episode from my Lore of the Underlings series: Episode 8 ~ The Trial. Get it for free in your favorite ebook format at smashwords.com: click here for Lore.

Here’s a summary of this exciting new chapter in the unfolding Lore saga…

Welcome back to Lore of the Underlings, a trail of tales to the end of things, and maybe a bit beyond.

The lore continues. In this episode: A lovelorn young man is caught and brought to trial for trying to leave the Keep. But when Fyryx, the judge and jury, sees the signs of conspiracy everywhere, his kangaroo court turns into a witch hunt. Will justice’s broom sweep the stranger up too?

Prepare for a legal three-ring circus, with scapegoats and sacrificial lambs. Then lawyer-up folks… and remember to duck!

~~~ The Lore is available in paperback, ebook, and audio formats ~~~

Lore du Jour ~ To infinity and beyond

Photo by John K ~ Infinity

A serial writer’s notebook ~ from the pen behind Lore of the Underlings, an episodic epic…

Greetings citizens! I’ve just put the finishing touches on Episode 8 of the Lore, including a little passage that pays homage to that most super of superheroes — Buzz Lightyear.  It’s spoken by a character named Treygyn Yin, who’s on trial for thinking (and stepping) out of the box…

This morning my plan was to land by the Westie Woods, the neck of it in the Keep. To live as a hermit and keep to myself. Give up the treasures and loves of life.

But then the strangers came and I got thinking — what if I just kept walking? West to the coast, to the sea, to infinity and beyond. To kingdom come. Their home. The empire of the sun.

Anyway, there’s nothing here for me anymore. No one, no Xoxo, I’m living to die for. Soon you’ll all forget my name. She won’t even know I’m missing…

Stay tuned for the Episode 8 ebook! Coming soon to a galaxy near you…

[Photo: Two Lights State Park – Cape Elizabeth, Maine, USA]

~~~ The Lore is available in paperback, ebook, and audio formats ~~~

Lore du Jour ~ Dark and stormy night

Photo by John K ~ Stormy night

A serial writer’s notebook ~ from the pen behind Lore of the Underlings, an episodic epic…

I was writing some Lore the other day when I realized that I’d just penned a lyrical variation of that famous opening line:

It was a dark and stormy night…

Of course mine falls far short of the epic original from the British novel Paul Clifford by Edward Bulwer-Lytton, circa 1830. What doesn’t?! But here it is for your consideration nonetheless (from my current draft of Episode 8):

“By then the sky was crying, our town drowned in shadow, mourning the moon. Worry cloaked the folk I met. They scurried, in no mood to talk. Not about Treygyn anyway. No one had seen him. The buzz was invasion. The reason they swarmed for home sweet home.

“Their beeline thinned into a stream and then nothing. The signs became clear. He was not to be found.

“So forlorn, alone, and soaked to the bone, I headed home too to my room at the Inn. But I’d no sooner fallen in bed than I heard them…”

What do you think?

[Photo: National Harbor, Washington, DC, USA]

~~~ The Lore is available in paperback, ebook, and audio formats ~~~