A writer’s holiday (or how to sink an epic)

Photo by John K ~ Writer's holiday

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

A couple of weeks ago I began writing the next exciting installment (Episode 7) of my lyrical fantasy-fiction saga. It was going swimmingly until something horrible happened — vacation!

Don’t get me wrong (or tell my wife). I enjoyed every minute of our sea-sprayed days on the rocky coast of Maine. But my author-ship was wrecked en route. My characters got mad and mutinied.

Yet I knew what was wrong. It was there in the tides.

Writing for me must be routine. A mundane day turns the mind to dream.

The siren’s call of a lazy trip can surely sink an epic. Next time tie me to the mast and get out that trusty beeswax.

Well now with my writer’s holiday done, the Lore is sailing along again! You might say I’m happy to be penned.

But enough about me. How was your vacation?

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

Lore du Jour ~ Author’s tea

Photo by John K ~ Tea time

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

What better way to plot my next ebook, the devilishly delicious Episode 7, than with tea and popovers by the lake?! Cheers from fabled Jordan Pond in Acadia National Park (on the coast of Maine, USA).

I’ve been taking lots of scenic shots of the Acadian wilderness. Look for those in the months ahead as I blog about Lore to come…

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

Lore du Jour ~ Undead Poet’s Society

Photo by John K ~ Morning light

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

Waking thought with this morning’s hot — a little about the poet’s lot:

Call it blessing
Call it curse
Immortality
Calls in verse

Rest in poetry, Robin.

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

Who would read a poetic epic?

Photo by John K ~ Flowers of Lore

Today I received this exquisite review of my lyrical fantasy-fiction saga, the series Lore of the Underlings:

Starts with a poem, then a bunch of chit chat, neither intrigued me, deleted from e-reader before getting to the “story”.

I can’t deny these one-star charges. And I’m sure that this reader made a wise choice based on what he was looking for.

But it does beg some questions. Has the age of poetry passed? Is life too fast to savor a verse?

I hope not. The liquid language of the Lore is the very reason I write it at all. That was the genesis of this epic — to tell tall tales in poetic style.

And I knew it would not be for everyone. Or many, for that matter. There are plenty of other fine books already for those who’d like a quicker read.

Scratching that itch is not the need that I’ve been trying to quench and feed. The lilt of the Lore is its own reward, the reason that it’s free.

And yet at times like this I wonder. Have I notched out a vanishing niche? An alcove with only dead poets in it?

But then I see an occasional flicker. Some hope left in it yet. Such as this contrasting review:

An absolute JEWEL
FINALLY, someone who can WRITE! I just waded through 5 books of such poorly-written drivel I was about to give up and watch tv, and then I found this, a gem in the muck of what passes for Fantasy fiction these days. The language was so luscious I got lost in it and had to re-read it to find the story. Beautiful. Amazing job, Author, keep it up!

So I think that I will keep contributing verses. If you’d like to sing with me, join in…

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

If you liked The Lore Anthology, here’s another freebie!

LOTU Episode 6 ~ Meeting Minyon -- FREE at smashword.com

Hey there fantasy-fiction readers and friends!

When you finish your copy of The Lore Anthology (Kindle Edition) from amazon.com, just remember that the Lore of the Underlings saga continues…

You can download the thrilling follow-on, Episode 6 ~ Meeting Minyon, FREE at smashwords.com in your favorite ebook format. Just click here: I want me some Episode 6!

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

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

In this episode: As folk prepare for both feast and trial, the mighty John Cap is paraded out and put on display by his captors, the Guard. But despite being bound up awaiting his fate, the traveler makes a surprising ally — a prophetic and seemingly holy man by the name of Minyon Myne. A thin ray of hope in the morning sun as his hour of judgment approaches…

Can this godsend save the young man’s neck from the brother Treasuror’s steely justice? Could he be the savior the strangers have sought?

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