Welcome to the New Year! I hope that everyone has had many things to reflect positively upon over the last year, irrespective of some of the economic uncertainties that swirled around all of us during 2009.
Over the last year, I made significant progress on Tongue of Hauden, Book Three in the Harmony of the Othar Saga. I also completed the final edits on Heart of Hauden and prepared it for print, creating my supporting web sites and art work to accompany its release. That I managed all this while keeping the mortgage current makes me feel truly blessed, and I am thankful for all the support from friends and family that have made 2009 a very memorable year. So let’s move into 2010 and the hope that the New Year brings as much fulfillment as the last.
The first issue of 2010 will see a slight change to one of the featured categories. I will be replacing the Your Musings column with the Harmony of the Othar Saga Update column. The print version of Heart of Hauden, Book One in my fantasy series, should be available by the time this issue is released, and I thought this would be a good place to provide more detailed updates and status of the project that didn’t seem appropriate to confine to Facebook updates. Any submissions that are received for the Your Musing column will simply replace the Harmony of the Othar Saga Update during any month that a quality submission is received.
This month’s issue will feature Hero Wanted, the first book in the Jason Cosmo series by Dan McGirt. It seemed fitting to start the New Year off with a lively and extremely entertaining read. I have commented before that if the purpose of a book is to entertain, then McGirt’s Hero Wanted is a home run. No, it may have been better than that as I think that ball has left the park.
The Fayersae Histories continue in this issue, and while I was writing Chapter Four, I was thinking of a short post Dan McGirt had made on his Facebook page. He had just released Rainy Daze, a short interlude to Hero Wanted, and he was discussing the craft of writing a short story and how it differed from a full length novel. While I don’t consider the Fayersae Histories to fall completely into that category, I am cognizant that I am writing something that is shorter than a normal chapter might be. I am also cognizant that it is being read on a monthly basis, and I’m sure the craft of serializing a story is much different than what occurs for a traditional novel. I’m aware of the time delay between readings, and while my intent with the Fayersae Histories is to provide insight and background to the Harmony of the Othar Saga, I still need to write it such that it stands on its own and flows from month to month. In that sense, each chapter is like a short story in that I have a limited number of words to work with. I just hope I manage to pull it off as well as McGirt did with Rainy Daze, which I also highly recommend once you have finished reading Hero Wanted.
I hope you have a wonderful start to the New Year as you enjoy the January issue of the Musings of the Othar.