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!”

7 Down, 2 To Go!

Well, technically, 7 plus the prologue. I just cracked open chapter 9 and then there is only chapter 10 left to edit. Plus a quick review of the couple additional scenes that I wrote this past week. Would anyone be interested in being a beta reader? I can think of a few of my fellowContinue reading “7 Down, 2 To Go!”

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”

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”

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”

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”

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!”

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!”

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…”

Bringing the Tale to Miðgarðr

As stated in my previous post, I have begun weaving a thread that will draw the mortal realm into the story. To do this, I have develop a concept that draws heavily upon some of the most fantastical conspiracy theories — one involving a shadowy ruling elite of supernatural beings. Now, I do not intendContinue reading “Bringing the Tale to Miðgarðr”