I feel like I should take a moment to explicate, maybe mostly for myself, just what it is I am doing here. So here goes:
I am hoping to present this blog for two purposes, first as something of a resource for people who may be reading the Norothian Cycle (The Sable City, Death of a Kingdom, The Wind from Miilark, et al). Here will be posted the maps, glossary, short histories, etc. defining the “world” of my Musket & Magic fantasy stories, or basically the background I couldn’t reasonably get into the books themselves without swamping the stories. I’m the kind of reader who loves all this stuff, but not everybody is, nor should they be. Some readers and reviewers have really liked how much “back-story” is in the books, some have felt it’s already too much, some wanted more. Can’t please everybody, so I’ll just stick with trying to please myself most days. 😉
So for those wanting more, it will be accessible here. I should say that the world of the Cycle (basically the four continents ringing the Interminable Ocean, with the Islands of Miilark in the center) has been “built” to an exhaustive, some would say psychotic, level. It was something of a hobby for me for about ten years, writing a history of a world immersed in the tropes of magic and fantasy, sort of playing-out how those things would have influenced cultural, political, technologic, and economic development on a scale of centuries. The last thing I wanted my fantasy setting to be was a quasi Medieval Europe with some orcs and wizards running around, and that is definitely not what I wound-up with.
However, as all the building was done by hand – chicken-scrawl notebooks and colored-pencil maps – it is a bit laborious to get it up on a blog in a legible form. Right now there is a glossary (to which I keep adding), a handful of “local” maps, and a couple short(ish) histories of specific nations or regions. More is to come, though time constraints are thus-far keeping me from putting serious work on the other half of this blog project.
That is the more “writerly” part, I suppose, wherein I kvetch and opine about, you know, writerly stuff. There will be more of that as well, in time, and then the thing I am most looking forward to: Introducing some of the really cool Indie writers I have met since going down this whacky road, beginning last March. I’m likely to start with my fellow members of the Eclective, who you can meet for yourselves right now via that button over yonder –> (hey! I made a button!).
In closing then, yes, I am not posting a whole lot right now here, though things are always being added under those buttons across the top. Still, I hope readers interested are able to find some additional materials here that will broaden the world where Tilda & Co. are at play, and hopefully others can find a little amusement, or heaven forefend, a thought that might generate a bit of talk.
Thanks for stopping by, do mind the sawhorses and sparking wires, this place is still Under Construction.