Alright, I'll come clean right at the top here...a big part of why I have started this blog is in an effort to gain some visibility as I zero in on my goal of publication for my fantasy trilogy of novels The Call of the Creator Series. Book One, The Sword of the Patron, is nearing submission to publishers...Lord willing, by the end of September.
But besides editing those novels, I've also been trying my hand at some shorter fiction, and the bulk of this post will be with regard to that endeavor.
For the past couple months, I've been chattering occasionally about a few short stories I've submitted to a new web-zine at www.digitaldragonmagazine.net. The editor has been very complimentary of my submissions, accepting the first two stories and even asking me to take the characters and setting and expand it into serial fiction.
And so, the continuing saga of "The Windrider" has been born. On the first of every month for about the next year (at least that's my sketchy plan at the moment), I will offer a new installment of the story of Vinyanel Ecleriast, Captain of the High Elven Cavalry and his journey from ordinary soldier to Commander of a wholly new division of highly specialized warriors who will take to the skies in the defense of their people.
The stories themselves will expound upon the journey of spiritual maturity Vinyanel must undertake in order to be fit for his new post. An overarching plot centering on a struggle between good and evil over an otherworldy chalice will bind the stories together and pepper them with a little good old fashioned "Sword and Sorcery." The complex and often stormy relationship between Vinyanel and his mentor, a Prophetess of Creo, will add plenty of conflict, even when there are no "bad guys" on the scene. And what High Fantasy story would be complete without at least one dragon?
So, if you like fantasy, I hope you will take a moment once a month to stop by DDM and see what happens next in the continuing tale. And while you're there, you might just run across a few stories from some other talented spinners of yarns as well.
In the news:
August, 2009: The inaugural story, "The Windrider", gets published on www.digitaldragonmagazine.net
September, 2009: Part 2, "The Facets of Might," goes live