I can’t believe it’s almost here. Realms of the Dragons 2 will release on May 6th, and should be in bookstores a week later. Maiden of Pain follows a month later. The excitement is starting to build again.
All eleven contributors to RotD2 have been asked by WotC to put together a promotional piece that will be published on their website. J.L. Collins is organizing a collective storytelling effort. Each author will be limited to 100 words. Someone will start the story then pass it on to the next author. It’s like that old campfire game where you sit in a circle telling a ghost story, but the person next to you takes over whenever you say “and then . . . .”
We have a very general story idea, but no overall plot arc. The intent is for it to be a humorous take on ourselves if we were characters in a fantasy world.
Check out the cover for the upcoming FR anthology that will feature my first short story ever published, as well as work by some other great authors I have come to call my friends. It’s interesting that the write-up mentions “It fleshes out many details from Richard Lee Byers’s Year of Rogue Dragons trilogy.” Did anyone write a story using characters or events from the trilogy? If so, how did you go about coordinating that? Or is this just an example of marketing spin?
I got my “laser galleys” for the Realms of the Dragons 2 short story today. Probably would have received them sooner, but someone at WotC left out a digit in my street address on the mailing label, and FedEx had to call to confirm the address yesterday.
It’s pretty neat to see a mock-up of what the story will look like, as far as font size and rough page layout. It ended up being about 22 pages long.
Phil’s instructions were to look over it for any proofreading errors. This is not a rewrite opportunity, though I couldn’t help but think of some little tweaks here and there I would like to make as I read through it.
There was something that jumped out at me right away though. The first two sentences were switched. I noted that on the galley, which I’ll have to mail back to Phil. I’ll probably also email him and ask about it.
I sent off the final revision on “How Burlmarr Saved the Unseen Protector” Saturday. Got an email from Phil saying it looked great. I was a little worried that he might have wanted me to go even further than I did with the added scene.
I’ll have to wait a little longer on feedback for Maiden. Apparently, Phil decided to take care of things in his personal life, so his reading fell behind. Priorities, man, priorities. I’ll let you guys know as soon as I do.
I’m having a hard time staying on task this last hour of work, so I thought I’d go ahead and post a blog entry. I read through “How Burlmarr Saved the Unseen Protector” last night, making little nips and tucks as I went. I changed the name of the inn in Leilon so that I’m now using one of the two listed in Volo’s Guide to the North. And I axed the last paragraph from the story, as Phil suggested.
I totally agree that it bordered on the cliche, but the story now seems incomplete, without resolution. Perhaps that’s just my interpretation, or the nature of the ending. I’ve felt this way after watching movies or reading other stories that suddenly cut off at this emotionally uncomfortable point.
Tonight I’ll work on the scene Phil wanted me to add. I didn’t make any progress on it last night, just sat and stared at the screen. There was no creative energy. There was no energy, period. I wasn’t even in the mood to play, or watch TV, or read. I ended up going out to the living room, plopping down in the chair, and falling asleep. Maybe it was all the bread I ate at dinner.