Lore du Jour ~ The day the magic died

Chac-Mool in Shadow ~ watercolor by John K

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

In memory of Gabriel José de la Concordia García Márquez
(March 6, 1927 – April 17, 2014)

Gabriel García Márquez was and is one of the great inspirations for the Lore. The magic inhabiting my little world owes much to the dreams he painted in words,  despite what got lost in translation.

One hundred tears of gratitude.

Muchas gracias, “Gabo”.

Farewell.

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Lore du Jour ~ Timber!

Photo by John K ~ Timber! (inspired by the photography of Michael Leacher)

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

Pardon me trees, but we’re going to need some volunteers to give it up for the Lore…

That’s right, you guessed it. Coming soon: a paperback edition of the episodes so far!

The first Lore of the Underlings anthology.

Stay tuned for details. And the sound of pines pining with weeping willows…

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Lore du Jour ~ The future is unwritten

Photo by John K ~ Unwritten (inspired by the photography of Michael Leacher)

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

Time and again I’ve heard writers say that they’d rather have written than be writing. But in my case I must disagree.

For me the writing is the thing. The written is the icing.

Perhaps it’s how I’m approaching the Lore, as much adventure as can be. I just can’t wait each day to see what novel tale I’ll be drawn into.

I do have plans, some signposts ahead to guide the course of the story. But I love to let the Lore folk go and invent all the in-between for me.

Oh, they’re more than happy to oblige, which makes for an unpredictable ride. In return I give them ammunition, planted things to use down the road — a grudge against someone, a pocketed stone, a prophecy overheard foretold.

And so each day the Lore unfolds. Its pages, the future, unwritten…

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Lore du Jour ~ Kin and bone

Photo by John K ~ Ironwood (inspired by the photography of Michael Leacher)

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

I just wrote a little verse for another new character of the Lore. He’s a strapping young man named Axon Myne and straight out of Thomas Hobbes‘ state of nature (from the famous Leviathan published in 1651 — for all of you political philosophy fans).

As you’d guess he’s more ruled by heart than head, but his call to arms is not half bad:

Give me life
But brutish and short

For kin and bone
I give my heart!

And that’s the state of Lore this morning. Now it’s back to writing more…

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Lore du Jour ~ Backstories

Photo by John K ~ Backstory (inspired by the photography of Michael Leacher)

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

There’s a meaty new character in the Lore whose part I’m starting to write right now. He’s a priestly yet haunting man named Minyon Myne with more than a few tricks up his sleeve — and a pair of intriguing offspring in tow.

Though I’ve really been planning this fellow for months, by way of an epic-long backstory. There was no chance of ever giving him life without such a serious history.

Still, will it be worth every timeline tick that I’ve mapped out for this tricksy guy? I hope so. And he’s got quite a role to play in twisting the course of the whole darn story.

Have you ever invented tomes of details knowing that many you’ll never use? All just to make a few words ring true…

Anyway, here’s a small taste of elderman Minyon straight from my draft of the latest Lore:

The elderman’s gaze turned distant and hazy, as if into a misty past.

“As on every Mid Summer’s Eve for thirteen full yet hollow years, I led my family in retreat, commemorating the one not here. Our bittersweet anniversary… of love and the hell of our lives before… For it was this day all those seasons long gone that the Wild took my wife and their dear mother, Faunon.”

Minyon tipped his head to the heavens then back earthbound looking folklorn again. He seemed to meet each treasured eye, reaching a heartstring deep inside. And there was a soothing to this voice, a music difficult to describe.

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