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”

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: 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”

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!”

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!”

Fenrir

Does anyone have much knowledge of Fenrir and the role he plays at Ragnarökr? How does he break free? I can’t remember, but I’m trying to work my way through the Edda to find out. I need to gather up information about Gullveig, aka Angrboða and the Járnviðr, as well as any connection she mightContinue reading “Fenrir”

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!”

Checking In

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season, whatever your flavour! If you are like me, then you are probably glad that it’s over. For me, the new year means finally having time to knuckle down and get some wring done, which has been sorely neglected over the past several weeks.  Now that life isContinue reading “Checking In”

The Lore and the Elder Kin— Fact or Fiction?

I read a blog post recently that got me thinking. Well, I’m always thinking, although admittedly, it is more nonsense than anything else. Still better to be thinking my own nonsense than let others do the thinking for me. Anyway, back to the point. The post I’m referring to is Hengist and Horsa and the Anglo-SaxonContinue reading “The Lore and the Elder Kin— Fact or Fiction?”

An Upcoming Scene

Ever since a dream I had, I’ve been planning a scene for my book, though it looks as though this particular scene will not take place until the second book. However, it is still relevant to me as the writer for the first book, as it will depict certain terrain which will also be visitedContinue reading “An Upcoming Scene”

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!”