Manuscript Review

And the process continues… My apologies for my absence of late. I really should make more time for blogging and keeping up with the bloggers I follow, but finding the time has proved exceedingly difficult. It’s a wonder if I can even find time to read through my manuscript, which needs to be done beforeContinue reading “Manuscript Review”

Success! I Have A Manuscript!

Much thanks to Hyperion (aka Dan) for all your help, especially for preparing my manuscript for me. I couldn’t have done it without you! Twilight of Yggdrasil, the Dark Realm is very near to becoming a real book! This is book 1 of a trilogy, for those who are new to my blog. Last stepContinue reading “Success! I Have A Manuscript!”

Keepers of the Stones, Part 4

Continuing the tale of Olwen, after the tragic murder of both her parents and her narrow escape, she is taken in by the gnomes who discovered her after her narrow escape into the forest. The tribe’s most renowned Seer and bard will be responsible for her upbringing. To avoid having this story get too long,Continue reading “Keepers of the Stones, Part 4”

Keepers of the Stones, Part 3

Greetings, fellow bloggers! My apologies for keeping you all waiting, though I doubt anyone had to resort to rabid nail-biting or other nervous tics after being left off on a cliff-hanger. ;-D Anyhow, I present you with Keepers of the Stones, part 3, and do hope you enjoy it. If you like what I doContinue reading “Keepers of the Stones, Part 3”

Keepers of the Stones, Part 2

Happy Friday, everyone! I hope you have all survived the daily grind and are looking forward to a nice weekend. As promised, here follows part two of Keepers of the Stones, my very poor attempt at rewriting a short story I wrote when I was only seventeen. If you haven’t already read part one, IContinue reading “Keepers of the Stones, Part 2”

Ready, Set, Go!

And it’s time to knock out the last chapter! (Technically, not the last chapter of the book, because I already completed editing chapter 11 before proceeding chapters, so I’m now working on chapter 10. The non-writers in my life are always so baffled when they hear how out of order I work! Haha!) Anyway, toContinue reading “Ready, Set, Go!”

Another One Down!

Editing for chapter 9 is finished! Only one more chapter to go. Then I just need to review the small additional scenes before Hyperion can do the formatting. After that, it will be off to the editor, and I’ll be contacting those of you who volunteered to read the finished product! Ahhh!!!! I’m so excitedContinue reading “Another One Down!”

The Twilight of Yggdrasil – The Dark Realm, Book 1: Chapter 1

Here is the first chapter. Just like with the prologue, pay no attention to the numbered paragraphs. I look forward to hearing everyone’s honest opinion and hope you all enjoy the chapter. 1. On a cool, crisp autumn morning, an hour before dawn, an elf, with silvery blonde hair bound in a long braid, andContinue reading “The Twilight of Yggdrasil – The Dark Realm, Book 1: Chapter 1”

Twilight of Yggdrasil – The Dark Realm, Book 1

Dagmar, a young elven princess, accompanies her father on a voyage to a dark and dangerous world in the hopes of preventing war from breaking out between her people and the dark elves of Svartálfheimr, but the peace is broken when the elven chief is murdered. Dagmar, the only survivor of the massacre, is nowContinue reading “Twilight of Yggdrasil – The Dark Realm, Book 1”

Update on My Manuscript

Hi everyone! I hope your Monday is off to a great start! The sun is shining here in Germany, so, I might get to do a little gardening this afternoon. Just a quick update on the progress of my book. Hyperion is helping me out with a final edit of the prologue and chapter 1Continue reading “Update on My Manuscript”

Book Cover Art Wanted!

Hi everyone! So, Hyperion is helping me out with trying to develop the concept I have for a cover for my book, but it’s possible we may need the help of a talented artist. So, if anyone out there has a talent for fantasy art, or knows someone who does, please contact me or leaveContinue reading “Book Cover Art Wanted!”

I’ve Crossed The Threshold!

Chapter 10 is now over 9,000 words, and the battle hasnt even begun! I might even have to split this into two chapters. This means my book is now over 81,000 words! So exciting! Yay! Now, can I please finish this in the next few weeks??? Prepare yourself, because when this is finished, you’re goingContinue reading “I’ve Crossed The Threshold!”

Creeping Forward

If you’re new to my blog, then let me fill you in. I’ve been hard at work over the past year and a half on writing the first book to a fantasy story that has been on my mind for many years. It all started as a writing assignment in highschool, which I won’t goContinue reading “Creeping Forward”

How To Wage War Like A Roman…

Step 1: Think like Julius Ceasar. Step 2: Do not engage the Picts! Just put up a wall and be done with it! 😜 Step 3: Do not try to emulate the Romans (pronounced Womans) from Monty Python’s film, Life of Brian. “I had a vewy good fwiend in Wome called Biggus Dickus.” What youContinue reading “How To Wage War Like A Roman…”

Dragon Lovers Wanted!

To provide feedback on my first attempt at writing a scene with a dragon! I do not wish to post it here, except with a password. So, if anyone is interested in reading what I’ve got and giving me some honest feedback, please let me know! Personally, I like the scene, but I have notContinue reading “Dragon Lovers Wanted!”

How to Avoid Being too Wordy in Your Writing: Clause and Effect

https://wp.me/p4SsOO-oIj by Richard Risemberg   Do you love subordinate clauses? I know I do. And how about assonance and alliteration, rhythm and rhyme? Let’s face it: they can be as tasty as chocolate. But would you make an entire meal of just…chocolate? (Okay, whoever said “yes” please leave the room now!) Consider this a meetingContinue reading “How to Avoid Being too Wordy in Your Writing: Clause and Effect”

Hurrah!!!!

We have a DRAGON!!!!!  And something dead… 💀 Whew! What a relief! So glad that’s over with! Now I can get on with editing chapters 8 and 9 and then finally finish writing chapter 10. The war is about to begin!

Screeching to a Halt

Well, I finally reached my limit! It’s not writers block, don’t worry. I’m just exhausted, mentally and physically. I’ve been pushing so hard to get through editing and revising each chapter. Now I finally get to chapter 6, which is the last thing I had been writing before deciding to begin revising previous chapters. So,Continue reading “Screeching to a Halt”

Through Tundra and Into the World Beyond

Ásbjorn and his pack of dark elven hunters and trackers are traversing ever deeper into the north, where they will cross the arctic tundra of Svartálfheimr and over the pass to the plains beyond. From there, their way turns east, until they come upon one of the primordial rivers that flows out of Niflheimr. OnlyContinue reading “Through Tundra and Into the World Beyond”

Shout out to all the creative folk out there!

Are there any artists who’d be interested in doing some artwork and maps for my book? If anyone can manage to capture the imagery from my imagination and put it to paper, I would gladly use it for my book, if I ever get it published. At the very least, I’d post it to myContinue reading “Shout out to all the creative folk out there!”

The Journey Continues

Well, I didn’t make a lot of progress today, but what I did accomplish was, in my opinion pretty decent. Some ideas came to me that I feel make Ásbjorn’s journey from his own world into Jötunheimr and the Járnviðr seem more hazardous, as opposed to just a casual stroll through the snow. This includesContinue reading “The Journey Continues”

Creating The Iron Wood

This is a very difficult task for me. I can’t imagine why, as I have a special affinity for dark, creepy forests. I spent most of my childhood prowling the woods while dreaming up all kinds of fantastical tales! So, why am I getting so stuck? I think I need a vocabulary lesson of allContinue reading “Creating The Iron Wood”

Járnviðr, The Iron Wood

Newly written opening to chapter three… Three days on the road, and the sky was dark as steel. It had been snowing since the morning Ásbjorn and his companions rode out of Berserksborg, and they had not seen the sun in all that time. They were heading deep into the north, to the east ofContinue reading “Járnviðr, The Iron Wood”

The End Is Nigh!

Our heroine, Dagmar, has just returned from her exploits with the Svartálfar, only to learn that they must ride to war, and take on a foe of monstrous proportions! Finally! After more than a year of work, book one is nearly at an end! The first battle in the war that will define the futureContinue reading “The End Is Nigh!”

Dilemma, Dilemma!

What to do? I am seriously considering adding a new thread to the tale, one which would involve all new characters, following their own subplot. These would be characters of Miðgarðr, so a big step out of the world of elves and dark elves. Now, there is definitely going to be a little breech betweenContinue reading “Dilemma, Dilemma!”

But I dont want to!

Do I really have to write today? Can’t I just sleep or do something else? This is the first time since last week that I’ve had time to write, and I’m really struggling to motivate myself. Attempts at procrastination have included reviewing earlier chapters and looking for ways to improve. But it’s the work I’veContinue reading “But I dont want to!”

It’s Gold!

It’s gold! It’s f*cking gold! I have the solution to my Ragnarok problem! Yes, I will have to kill off all my characters… But I have found the silver lining! And it’s perfect! Beautiful, wonderful! Or at least I think so…  It will make you cry, but it will also leave you with a smileContinue reading “It’s Gold!”

The Makings Of A Trilogy

When I embarked on this journey, I had thought only to write one book (for the project currently underway; I do have other ideas for stories I’d like to write in future). But as the tale progressed, I found myself going back and forth on whether to concentrate on writing just one or breaking itContinue reading “The Makings Of A Trilogy”

Strange Coincidences

Today I have been further developing the second half of Chapter 5 of my book, in which I incorporate certain conspiracy theories that center around an elite ruling class of non-humans. Nothing new or spectacular in and of itself. I’m my book, these beings work from the shadows to enslave mankind, and one of theirContinue reading “Strange Coincidences”