December 28, 2022
Not a “Major Announcement!”
Welcome, everyone. Thanks for spending part of your holidays here. First, I have a small announcement. As most of you know, I built my blog through engaging readers by writing purely spontaneous serials. Each episode was driven by “three random reader things.” A new three things style serial is coming in January! Put on your caps for random thinking. Random is the key. I’ll put out a “call for things” soon.
By the way, my previous blog serial concluded this summer. The Armadillo Files book was a #1 New Release at Amazon.
At this time of year, most people are sharing and/or blogging about their wonderful times with family, and about accomplishments and milestones — both of family members and of their own. I don’t have any claim to fame, and I was set-down severely through my younger years if it even looked like I was going to brag about something. So, I’ll look at this post as if it was a yearly report, which I might have done in the business world.
In addition to The Armadillo Files, I did all the work in personal-record breaking time for A Peril in Ectoplasm: Just Once More. (By the way, after I wrote this post in advance, the extraordinary Olga Núñez Miret wrote a wonderful review! Also remember Olga’s blog has changed locations.)
However, I’m just not feeling a sense of accomplishment for anything I’ve done. Admittedly, that’s part of my “stuff” — I can’t give myself a pat on the back.
At any rate, the “accomplishment” about which I cared most was a long time in coming. In fact, it took nearly 14 years. I researched and wrote the story for nearly three years. Then I left it on the shelf (for a few big reasons) for ten years. Then, I elected to publish it in “digestible” installments (novelettes and novellas) while I put my heart into creating a new ending for the story. It took about 18 months and 14 volumes to finish publishing.
Of course, I’m talking about Dead of Winter. This post is a thank you letter to everyone who stayed with the Journeys. Whether you read the installments as soon as I published, or you made the “journey” at your own pace, you have my gratitude. You’ve shared with me a sojourn that held more of my heart and soul than I ever realized when I did the bulk of the writing more than a decade ago. Originally, my intention was to do a full-fledged launch for the final volume. Unfortunately, only a couple of people were available to post anything. So, in case you didn’t know, that epic concluded.
Several readers said they were sad that the Journeys had come to an end. They even asked for sequels. This meant the world to me! However, there was one very public remark of “I was ready for it to be over.” So, it is extremely unlikely that I will write any more for any of these characters or their richly developed world. Truthfully, it became difficult to write at all after that.
So, from me, Emlyn, Osabide, Zasha, Tajín, Boabhan, Hallgeir, Hallr, Luce, Thyrus, and all the rest — thank you. Wishing you a healthful, joyous, successful, and brilliant 2023.
Dead of Winter Retrospective
Thank you for being part of Emlyn’s “Journeys” as she and a group of gifted and learned women and men make their way across a vivid world. Emlyn’s travels also become a journey into herself and her awakening abilities. Indeed, many of her new friends learn much about themselves as well.
For many of you, this was your first foray into high fantasy. You befriended Emlyn, a 12-year-old girl who sees and hears spirits. You railed against the hateful religious fanatics who took over Emlyn’s homeland and wanted to stone her to death. You cheered her onward when she was taken in by travelers belonging to the Deae Matres — a society of intelligent women who travel the world, seeking out and preserving knowledge.
Journey 1 prologue narrated by author
You shared Emlyn’s fear and uncertainty in her encounters with spirits, which become more frequent, because the Veil, which separates the world of the living from the Realm of the Dead had become dangerously thin. You journeyed with Emlyn as she explored her world in Dead of Winter and you cheered Emlyn at her fulfilling conclusion. Thank you again.
If you haven’t already — come, be a part of the Journeys.
Amazon Author Page for all my books
Dead of Winter Universal Purchase Links
One-click link for the entire series in e-books: All the Dead of Winter E-Books
Journey 14, The Veil
Journey 13, The Harbor
Journey 12, Goddesses
Journey 11, the Sumelazon Escarpment
Journey 10, Pergesca
Journey 9, Doors of Attunement
Journey 8, The Lost Library
Journey 7, Revenant Pass
Journey 6, The Fluting Fell
Journey 5, Llyn Pistyll Falls
Journey 4, The Old Road
Journey 3, the Fever Field
Journey 2, Penllyn
Journey 1, Forlorn Peak
Comments are closed. I’m working on something special for New Year’s Eve. Dan Antion will be doing a companion post for it at his blog, “No Facilities.”
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