The First Step, A short Story

There has been a lot on my mind lately, and so I thought I might try to channel that into a short story. It is not my usual style or genre, and I definitely will not pursue it in any serious way, but a fictional story inspired by my own personal experiences would be aContinue reading “The First Step, A short Story”

Keepers of the Stones, Part 1

Good morning, fellow bloggers! It is Tyr’s day, and today I thought I would do something different. I rarely post any of my writing on here, other than the occasional excerpt, and thought maybe I should do something about that. The other day, as I was organizing the last of my stuff since moving, IContinue reading “Keepers of the Stones, Part 1”

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

An earlier draft was shared once before. Here is the edited draft. Don’t mind the paragraph numbering; that was just added for ease of editing and will be removed later. What does everyone think? Give me your honest opinion and don’t spare my feelings, please. Thank you! 1. It was winter solstice, the longest night.Continue reading “Twilight of Yggdrasil – The Dark Realm, Book 1: Prologue”

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”

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…”

Writing Under A Full Moon

I don’t know if it means anything, although I’m inclined to believe that we are influenced by the moon and other celestial bodies, but for the last three nights, it has been a full moon. Not just any full moon, either. I noticed it the other night when I was riding my bike home fromContinue reading “Writing Under A Full Moon”

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!

A Dragon Quest

As some of you may know, Ásbjorn, who is the son of Chief Ivar, was ordered to travel to Jötunheimr to capture a dragon. Meanwhile, our dark elves in Rathmahen have no idea what their enemies are up to, but when word reaches King Hrothgar of Ásbjorn’s secret quest, he sends out scouts to tryContinue reading “A Dragon Quest”

I learn something new every day…

Eikinskjaldi (AYK-in-skyald-i): “Oaken Shield”. A Dvergr (dwarf). (From the Ásatrú Edda.) Well, what do you know! Yet another name Tolkien borrowed from Norse lore! Thorin Oakenshield from the Hobbit… I wasn’t even looking for this.  I just wanted to check the spelling for a certain group of primordial rivers in the glossary, and end upContinue reading “I learn something new every day…”

Status Report!

I am currently writing chapter 7, an entirely new chapter that I had to insert between existing chapters, which will push me out to 10 chapters as it currently stands. Chapters 8 and 9 are already written, though not yet revised. 10 has been begun, but far from complete. Apart from revisions and editing, allContinue reading “Status Report!”

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!”

There Be Dragons!

The time has come for Ásbjorn, son of Ivar, to set off on his journey into Jötunheimr. Fraught with peril, he will brave the bitter north wind and harsh snowstorms that plague the lands far to the north. His path will take him into the frozen realm of the frost giants, where he must passContinue reading “There Be Dragons!”

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!”

TheThe Úr Aldr…

…The Primal Age Prepare for info-overload! 😉 I’m working on an additional scene for chapter one, to provide some context and educate the reader in the lore, from which this story is inspired. Currently, the dialogue alone makes up one whole handwritten notebook page. I would like to condense this, if possible, without sacrificing tooContinue reading “TheThe Úr Aldr…”

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”

Further Proof That Tolkein Was Inspired By Norse Mythology…

…for anyone who is not wholly convinced of this unequivocal certainty— my opinion —, I give you the following examples. Járnviðr, also known as Myrkviðr — a forest in Jörmungrund, in which the trees were once made of copper or bronze. After the introduction of the dark art of Seiðr, it was called Járnviðr, becauseContinue reading “Further Proof That Tolkein Was Inspired By Norse Mythology…”