Journey with me

And so most of April went by, then the whole of May and June, and no posts appeared here. Lockdown did get to me, yes. Mustering up the energy for ‘everything-is-normal-in the writer’s-mind’ did not come to pass and is still not back to normal … not that anything is quite ‘normal’ in the present. If you popped in on occasion and found nothing new to browse through, then I am sorry, but I am sure you did understand – not one of us has remained unaffected by the state of the world, after all.

I live in Ireland, and we, too, went through the growing curve of not only those contracting the virus, but the uncertainty, the anxiety, the abrupt lack of freedom. Suddenly it became a chore to determine any kind of wholesome future, and that’s saying something, for ever was I the optimist … not so much in the last few months, though.

Still, stuff happened in the background. Tasks put off for too long are now completed, such as formatting print versions of the omnibus editions (quite the task, I’ll have you know, considering the volume of work), and completing translations for various books, as well as audio.

I hope in the coming weeks to bring you up to date with all that is new, and to reveal more about the Lore Series’ past, present and future. Do come on this journey with me! And may the light of positivity return to all πŸ™‚

Reaume Dedications

Time has moved on since writing the LORE Series, and thus it’s intriguing now to go back and rediscover the journey, and dedications form part of that. As discussed for the Arcana four, here, too, is a tale.

Again, as the journey commences in The Kallanon Scales, it is family that deserves praise:

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In The Nemisin Star, acknowledgement goes to the tools of magic, and those tools include you, reader, for it is you who feels the magic.

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For The Sleeper Sword, again family triumphs! While it is a truth that family doesn’t often read our stories, their faces and personalities serve as inspiration.

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The Dreamer Stones is the largest volume in the LORE Series, and in some way, for me, was the most intense writing experience. Guess that’s why it’s dedicated to all …

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The Parts of Arcana

Each LORE book is divided into parts, and tells the tale of a grand design.

For instance, The Infinity Mantle has:

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Part I – Darkness

Given that the tagline for this book is ‘There is a darkness coming’, it is self-explanatory.

Part II – Arcana

Yes, who and/or what is Arcana? This reveals the hidden truth, and it is the first section in the LORE journey that is essentially pre-history.

Part IV – Rayne

Rayne of the Mantle is the main character, and now readers find out more about him.

The we move on to The Kinfire Tree:

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Part I – Pathways

The players have to find the ways through the chaos uncovered in The Infinity Mantle.

Part II – Second Chances

Those characters who were doubtful or traitorous now discover different futures, and the solutions, too, offer second chances.

Part III – Lifegiver

It gets hairy, and someone will have to step up to become a saviour.

Moving to The Drowned Throne:

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Part I – Predators and Prey

It’s a game of cat and mouse, with both sides sometimes predatory, sometimes prey.

Part II – A World Without Light

This is the second section that goes into pre-history. Here we find out who Margus, the Darak Or, was and why he became a twisted soul.

Part III – The Darak Or

Margus sets his endgame in motion.

Then, the final book in Lore of Arcana – The Dragon Circle:

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Part I – Dragon’s Breath

The symbology of the dragon comes into play.

Part II – Forge Flames

In search of an amulet to ward souls from the Darak Or, a mission to flame-wright at his forge commences.

Part III – Dragon’s Fire

In the terrible cold of winter, the fires of manipulation flare up and burn.

Part IV – Final Fury

This is the Endgame.

Part V – Dragon’s Embers

What comes after? The story is not done, and thus are those furies banked … for now.

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Arcana Dedication

Amazing how much a writer’s journey evolves over a series. You start with a dedication to your loved ones …

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The Infinity Mantle’s Dedication

… because they are the reason you write. Not only because you love them, but without them giving you time and space to write, the words would not even arrive on the page.

And then, you, as writer, moving on to book 2, get more creative:

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The Kinfire Tree’s Dedication

By book 3, you’re on a roll! Now you want to dedicated your words to everyone!

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The Drowned Throne’s Dedication

Book 4 reveals how into your imaginative world you now are, and how much you wish readers to know that.

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The Dragon Circle’s Dedication

Writing is a journey, and the writer learns much about him or herself πŸ™‚

Song of the Spaces

I have made a massive change regarding the Lore Short Stories. You may recall that a number of shorts were published (and collated into Rainbows and Portals):

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These have now been unpublished, and covers, blurbs and links have been removed from this site. Rainbows and Portals is still temporarily available in print.

Why the changes?

Because there was more to add, and too many short tales were not streamlined.

To create a holistic read, which includes the short stories above, along with a number of extra excerpts that certainly flesh out the whole, Song of the Spaces is now live as an eBook and in paperback. It’s a far larger read than before, because pertinent notes create a more seamless story, and the order allows for readers who haven’t yet read the LORE Series to understand more.

Do pop on over to look!

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SONG OF THE SPACES

 

Link: Farochin

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Grief-stricken over losing his wife in childbirth, Karydor commands that his son be drowned. Carers choose to hide the new-born instead. The child, when his father realises his terrible mistake, vanishes without a trace.

Ages later, suffering cycles of rebirth to walk in the same time as his son, Karydor discovers the identity of the man his son becomes and, in need of atonement, sets out to ease his path through life, hoping for a future when he will be able to look him in the eye without guilt.

On Farochin, a world where the terraform is about to fail, Karydor, Kristyn, Echayn and Fletcher team up, hoping to save the world from the influences of FARA, the godhood responsible for the failure.

A god, however, is not easily undermined.

A world is not effortlessly rescued.

A father will step into that arena, though, because of the love he bears his son. This is Karydor Danae’s atonement.

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Life – wow …

Hi everyone

Life has certainly changed. hasn’t it? To think, when 2020 started all bright and shiny – and much ado about 20/20 vision – we all believed it would be a year of great things. We think this every year, granted, but ‘2020’ had a ring to it, right?

And now we’re headed into an apocalyptic kind of scenario, the stuff we loved to read about in dystopian fiction, the movies we gobbled up – who would have thought this as 01 January counted in??

Until a few weeks ago I was grappling with the approaching financial year end of the company I part-time for, while preparing audio manuscripts, writing when time allowed, and therefore had little opportunity to update here. Seems we will all have more personal time now, but for many, so many, it will be hard. We face much uncertainty, not only on the health front, but economically, freedom of movement, social interaction …

… kinda wish we could roll the clock back and restart 2020.

Still, despite the real challenges ahead, there is this:

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Stay strong. Heal, in every way.

The world now is far different to the one at the beginning of 2020, but we can and will survive. Keep smiling!

ejd