Chapter 1: Our Lanterns Glow

Written and shared in the latter half of 2020, this inspirational book was conceived to cope with the different world we suddenly found ourselves in. As the author, it matters not to me if it sells or not; this is a personal project – I needed to find my light, and this is how I did so. Based on fictional insights, for fiction has helped us in these trying times, Our Lanterns Glow isn’t a cure all; it is about insight and the inspiration we need to move forward.

Now we are in a new year and it is not over; the pandemic and economic fallout is still with us. Our Lanterns Glow is more relevant than ever. Now it helps us make sense of the very strange time we endured and aids us in focusing on the future. Whether we read this today or in a hundred years, it remains relevant; ever do we need the light and always it is our responsibility to lift our lanterns for others to find their way in the darkness. Find the insight you need in this small book and shine your light today!

Elaina J. Davidson

2021

Change

Son, daughter, to understand yourself, you need understand others. But, hark, my children, it isn’t enough to watch your neighbour – think far, listen to nations of other worlds …

The Journals of Humanity, Beacon Library of Exploration ~

THE LORE SERIES

‘The Journals of Humanity’ sets the tone. We are now in a period where our humanity will be our saving grace. Other cultures have much to teach us, as much as we have for them. Seeing ourselves as one, a global society, celebrates differences while knowing we have so much common ground. We all love, we all need comfort … and suffering and loss does not hark to culture and creed. We are in this as one. We will win together. Let us celebrate every small victory, worldwide, as one.

It is said life is a game. One is born into it and one must strategize every step. If one has this ability, the game is not strenuous, but if one has issues with other players on the great board, the game can swallow one. The trick, reader, is to follow the gut. Do not be snared by detail; trust the gut. And do not attempt to understand the grand design – that is a path to madness.

Father Rees’ Diary ~

THE LORE SERIES

It feels like a great game sometimes, doesn’t it? This 2020? Or this is a Netflix series filled with incredible events. Every time we put the News on, or browse social media, something insane is happening or the latest statistics are horrifying. How then does one strategize every step? Most of us are playing the waiting game.

In our current situation, the grand design relates to how did Covid-19 happen? Who is potentially to blame? How do we hold accountable our political leaders and medical experts globally for not only the pandemic, but for loss of income? A path to madness, indeed, and although those questions require answering at the opportune time, it will only drive greater rifts between us and those we are meant to trust.

Right now, we must concentrate on what makes us human, what drives our compassion, and the means to walking a path of serenity (or as near as) through the chaos. This holds true for the present and every situation we may find ourselves in at some future time. Take a breath, breathe out, switch the News off for a while, and focus on the positive. Despite all, always there are the little things and moments in our day able to make us smile, and that must be our focus.

Know your place, children of the universe. This does not mean you stand in the shadows without contributing to the grand design; it means know yourself and what it is you are able to contribute …

Ancient Oracles ~

THE LORE SERIES

If my contribution is writing this book, then I have succeeded. If yours is taking a hot meal to someone in need, then you have, too, spectacularly. It isn’t only about the great deeds. It isn’t about fame. When we know how and what we are able to contribute, we take our places – we have purpose. We lead by example. We do not hide; we are not meant to be in the shadows. We shine a light.

OUR LANTERNS GLOW

Chapter 1: My Wishing Well

Technically, this isn’t Chapter 1, rather 2, but seeing as the first section (About Valaris) can be viewed in the Appendices in my Lore books, I thought I’d offer the first true collection of sayings. 

This is a personal project, a way to gather the little things that surround Elaina J. Davidson’s writing.

The term ‘Wishing Well’ fits. The author wishes to have pertinent info to hand and the allusion to an inkwell makes all kind of sense to her.

Excerpts and more have been extracted from the Lore Series (Lore of Arcana, Lore of Reaume, Lore of Sanctum and Ancient Terra) as well as Ilfin of Arc, Latticework. Ethereal Musician and TINSAL, and arranged alphabetically.

Perhaps you, too, will be pleased to have this nearby when checking on something as you read Elaina J. Davidson’s many books.

Available in print only HERE.

ANCIENT ORACLES

Secrets unlocked secrets.

The Valleur are nomadic; it is time to set down enduring roots.

Do not rely on the future to solve problems.

Look to this day.

What did our nomadic existence teach us?

Only that we are restless by nature.

It is the mind that wins battles, not bodies.

When all else fails, deny the enemy entry.

Erect walls, impenetrable barriers.

If the barriers crumble, blind them.

Know your place, children of the universe. This does not mean you stand in the shadows without contributing to the grand design; it means know yourself and what it is you are able to contribute …

“Build a structure able to stand the test of time upon a natural energy node, and you will build with magic and essence also. It is a great gift to future generations, but it is also a grand gesture that creates balance in the world. A true geomancer knows where to locate a site that will be sacred forever.”

Every experience builds your character, defines your strengths and weaknesses.

Every point in life, that moment of decision, forms a web of connections.

When Valleur youth raise the question about the Dragon’s presence, the Elders are ever hard-pressed to give an answer that makes sense. Until the day Ranthor formalised it. “The Dragon is part of the Vallas; ours is not the right to question.” Thereafter that single reply was spoken every time.

“There are no absolutes. Some might tell you change is the only absolute. I tell you change by nature is too volatile. There are no absolutes.” ~ Nemisin – First Oracle

Stone star. Blank wall. Blind is evil.

Valleur name true.

Valleur do not surrender. Valleur fight.

During the time of Vintari (205th Vallorin) a peace settlement was sought between the Valleur and the mud people of Dinor. At first it went well, for the adversaries were weary of the lengthy war. Fighting had become pointless and starvation a stark reality. Two Valleur generations passed peaceably enough, and then the 7th Dinor ruler since the settlement rose up against the accord. Vintari, although nearing the end of his reign, went to war again, and that time he showed no mercy. But for a small kernel of resistance, the Valleur put an end to the mud people. The Dinor swore they would one day find a way to revenge the terrible insult. ~Excerpt from the 2nd volume of the Valleur Oracles

When a sun is weak, a world is cold and life shrivels with time. When an atmosphere alters components, a world is poisoned, and life shrivels swiftly. And yet life is amazingly tenacious. Lift a rock in a desert and find it there, hidden … thriving.

For love of a friend, one walks into danger.

Frustration is your spirit telling you to change tactics.

The power hungry are blinded by their arrogance.

Truth is Light

Mother Universe chose a path of objectivity. We revere her for that, for she cannot judge; she simply is. Many say Mother Universe is not as uninvolved as time would have us believe, for are we not her children and do we not judge? Are we not subjective in our thoughts and deeds? This is a debate for our sages … and still we whisper of it among ourselves.

Be careful, adept. Lumin power is wonderful, but it can be as addictive as darak. A sorcerer worth his weight knows to hold back, always.

“… a state of abstraction, a trance in which a series of images, ideas and emotions occur involuntarily. This altered conscious may occur during the hours of sleep or, more disturbingly, while the subject is awake. Neither should be discounted. Ever. Hark to that inner prompting …”

The unborn are special. Revere them.

Ask the name of the stranger if you desire understanding. A name can reveal more than features are able to.

When souls band together something marvellous comes to pass. A note in the Ancient Oracles

There is an obstacle in the mind known as denial. It is able to prevent knowledge entering, but it can also force the mind to move sideways onto a divergent path. Beware the divergent path.

Lore of Arcana: NFT Book

As a writer, someone who strings tens of thousands of words together to create a story, funnily enough, it is difficult to put words into a decent sequence to showcase my absolute excitement about what I’m going to tell you now. Not so odd, I think, because usually a writer delves the characters’ and their foibles and feelings, and therefore our personal traits are never enough fodder for putting the pen to paper, whether on actual paper or otherwise. So, bear with me now …

Back in April, via Books Go Social, an opportunity arose to join the first ever NFTs for books, and I jumped in! So did many other authors, and the end result is that NFT books are now available. The press release from BGS explains it better (the post after this one), but essentially, in the event you don’t know what an NFT is, it’s a non fungible token found on the Ethereum blockchain, and each token is unique, a collectors item, and digital books have now joined. However, you don’t have to have a cryptocurrency wallet to buy these tokens, and that means our special editions are accessible to everyone.

Before I bore you with the nitty-gritty of the how, let me tell you why I jumped in wholeheartedly. Not only is it a 21st Century way of doing things, but readers can enjoy the offering and can then either choose to keep it as a collector’s item or resell it. This gifts the reader options, and authors benefit also, receiving a percentage of each resale as well. Of course, the overriding reason for me is the means to reach readers in an entirely different way!

I am selling a unique version of my LORE OF ARCANA as an NFT. New cover, new dragon icon, an illustration of the Maze sacred site, and more found nowhere else! It’s not just a book anymore, it’s an adventure. Find out how and why I started writing my LORE in a special PDF, the truth I’ve hinted at and skirted around but never quite told in full. I am investing in me, and you will invest in a special edition! So pop into:

https://booksgosocial.com/lore-of-arcana-special-edition-nft/

SUPER EXCITED!

Tree is Letter

This image has been on my computer for a long time. I don’t know who to attribute for it, but this is a favourite. In fact, I have a print on my wall of it because, for me, this tells a story, an epic about time and tenacity, about light and love, and that, in a nutshell, is what my LORE is about. So, tree is letter: do you see it, too?

Time tells the true tale

Reader and friend, I’ve been meaning to write this for a while and yet, as my family says, I’m to humble to toot my own horn and therefore I remain silent. I’m talking about a story spanning eons and realms, referring to my LORE Series, a 12-volume epic journey. It is a journey, and if you prefer to walk the path less travelled, then welcome! The time has come to summon you near, to whisper in your ear of how much you will discover. Come with me to other worlds …

On my various blogs and pages I have spoken of the characters, artefacts, and magical tools, as well as prophecies and more to intrigue you into starting this absorbing journey, but I held back on other perceptions and maybe denied you entry into places and times beyond imagination. Truth is, I have wished for and still want you to be amazed without my prompting!

Is it not true that we all open our eyes to our greater purpose at some point in our lives? This has been my purpose, to connect with the spirit within, via my LORE. I feel that I offer an awakening experience to my readers. Come with me as we travel from thrones to forest clearings. Journey through the deep places to a city of stone in a forbidden place, as well as hunt for the ultimate clock.

Stating in one sentence what the Lore Series is about, is challenging. What to highlight? Dreams? Reincarnation? Myths? Shadowy spheres of influence? Symbology? Noble purpose? I weave fact and fantasy into a gigantic tapestry, with all these facets and more threaded in, but paramount is Time. I promise that you will ask the right questions having travelled Time with me.

And then there is the Valla family. This is a generational saga and Torrullin Valla strides through all of it. He is a walker through realms forgotten, obscure, and heartbreakingly familiar. He seeks sacred space, which is about sanctuary and truth. Sacred space, time, and family, twist together until they are indivisible.

Therefore, Time tells the true tale encapsulates the whole, for this journey is a mission and will ask of you also your time as you travel through time itself. I challenge you to embark!

Come with me now; our time has come.

Trawling the ‘net

You know how it is. You trawl the ‘net looking for an answer or an explanation, maybe an image or perhaps music, and before you know it, it’s ages later and you’ve entered the rabbit hole of interesting and intriguing stuff. Yeah, you’re not alone! One of my forays netted me the following images (they are free to use) and I thought I’d share because each yells some of the story of the Lore Series. Seems many of us are on the same wavelength! Find more from Sacha Stone here

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 🙂

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 🙂