Lore du Jour ~ Bridge to anywhere

Photo by John K ~ Bridge to anywhere

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

A bridge to anywhere,
That’s what the Lore is,
If you’ll lose your never mind.
Cross and it’s yourself you’ll find…

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

Why I dare not watch Game of Thrones

Photo by John K ~ Dragons of North America

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

Dear denizens of ice and fire, I’m here for your curiosity. And your sympathy… or pity. The last of our kind in flesh and bone who hasn’t joined in Game of Thrones.

Call me coward but I dare not.

Oh, I’ve been tempted many times. The books! Those shows! But I’ve resisted. Not willingly, though I’ve stayed strong.

Yes I want to watch, to read, despite my need to stay away. It’s a curse, a cross I bare. The sentence of a would-be author. The sacred oath of a sworn crusade.

And this is the crux of my tragic fate. Over the course of the past six years I’ve been plotting and writing my own epic series, a saga called Lore of the Underlings. Now, from what I know of Martin’s Song, my fledgling Lore differs in major ways (leaning more toward farce and poetry). Yet there’s enough commonality that I’ve lived in fear of that novel sin — plagiarizing something. Anything. Even without evil intention. No matter how minor the detail.

I’d end up penned in some storied jail or literary dungeon. At least in my own mind if not for real.

And I have a vignette to prove my point. An accident and near-disaster that happened to me recently. Really. Here’s a little summary…

One night not too long ago. Channel surfing. HBO. Fair-haired maiden leading men. Speaking some tongue. Unenslaving them.

“Hey, I was planning someone just like her! How can I unsee this character?!”

Darn you, enchanting Mother of Dragons! Well played, masterful Game of Thrones!!

But I do envy you, fans of this world and the words of George R. R. Martin. I pray I may join your ranks one day. I just need to write a few more pages — two or three thousand anyway…

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

Lore du Jour ~ War of the Proses

Photo by John K ~ Acadian window

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

One of the best things about writing a big, broad fantasy-fiction saga is the freedom that it gives the writer to go off and invent — zombies, dragons, boy wizards, you name it. (Alas, the Lore has none of those… yet.) But I’m not just talking about exploring strange new worlds or seeking out new life and new civilizations. It’s how we boldly go that really excites me.

Language can be a trek of its own. A river that ebbs and flows on its way. A battle of prose and poetry.

In the opening episodes of the Lore, poetry gradually wins the day. At least for a while, anyway. By using ever more lyrical language, these tales evoke the childlike wonder of wayfarers in an unknown land.

Here’s a sample from Episode 4 that describes the tall, young stranger named Vaam:

Maid of mirage she was. Shy by trials yet untold. Still statuesque even as she sat.

Absently she closed her eyes and quietly began to sing. She sang a beautiful, haunting song… the spirit of a shadow’s dream… a shapeless, enrapturing melody that wrapped the mind in mystery… the echo of some ancient lullaby calling from deep inside…

But all of that’s about to end!

In the episode that I’m writing right now, a more spartan character takes control. Averse to verse, he changes course and the fortunes of war go to prose again.

Still, the poets needn’t worry. My guess is that you’ll be back with a fury. And before very long.

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

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 ~~~