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The Grand Mythos of Úr’Dan, Chapter 2, is Live!

Chapter two of “The Grand Mythos of Úr’Dan” is now live on Wattpad:

https://www.wattpad.com/story/163684352-the-grand-mythos-of-%C3%BAr%27dan-volume-one

Here’s the blurb again:

Every world has its folktales, but even folktales carry a part of the truth. Follow the first beings in the universe as they try to bring order and life to their home. Witness the creation of the vibrant world of Úr’Dan, and the fantastic creatures who live there. Based on the unique fantasy universe of the novel, The Warden of Everfeld: Memento.

Chapter Two, titled: “The Lighting of the Void”, is available now.

Thank you again to Joanna Pacek for her work on that beautiful cover design! Joanna also designed and illustrated my short story title card.

It’s been five weeks since I published Chapter One, and I feel like that’s too long. From now on, I’ll publish a new chapter every four weeks.

Stay tuned for Chapter Three on March 26th!

Steve D

The Grand Mythos of Úr’Dan has Arrived!

Last night I published the first chapter of my mythic fantasy series, The Grand Mythos of Úr’Dan, on Wattpad!

https://www.wattpad.com/story/163684352-the-grand-mythos-of-%C3%BAr%27dan-volume-one

The Grand Mythos of Ur'Dan, Volume One, Chapter One

Here’s the blurb:

Every world has its folktales, but even folktales carry a part of the truth. Follow the first beings in the universe as they try to bring order and life to their home. Witness the creation of the vibrant world of Úr’Dan, and the fantastic creatures who live there. Based on the unique fantasy universe of the novel, The Warden of Everfeld: Memento.

Chapter One, titled: “The Void and the First Four Vai’ad”, is available now.

If you haven’t already, you can sign up for Wattpad to access this series for free. I will publish one chapter each month through 2019. Wattpad is a great way to discover other indie authors as well.

I’ve been pretty mum on the details of this series to this point, but I wanted to tell the origin stories of my fantasy universe. So, I’m starting at the very beginning, with the creation of the universe itself. Readers of WoEM in particular will recognize some of the names that appear in this series, so I’m excited to make those connections.

Many thank you’s to Joanna Pacek for her work on that beautiful cover design! Some of you may remember Joanna–or recognize her distinctive water-color style–from my short story title card. Once I had a basic concept in mind for my series cover, I knew that she was the right artist for the job.

Stay tuned for a new chapter each month!

Steve D

Using History as a Story’s Backbone

Over the last few years, I’ve managed to cultivate a few writing practices which help me build my stories. While on an extended weekend vacation, I went back to an old gem and rediscovered its virtues: history.

And no, I don’t mean actually studying real history to tell my own stories, although I also enjoy that. I’m talking about writing history. Continue reading Using History as a Story’s Backbone

Exploring Úr’Dan: Everfeld (with a bonus!)

It’s hard for even me to believe, but I have somehow neglected to explore Everfeld with you all, the setting of The Warden of Everfeld: Memento.

However, I think that was for the best, because I have a very special surprise to help you all step into this world. Continue reading Exploring Úr’Dan: Everfeld (with a bonus!)

The Trouble with World-Building… Twice

Man, I thought world-building was tough. As much as I love going into the details of a place and its people in my stories, even I must admit that it can be a lot of work.

But I had no idea just how difficult it could be to world-build for a second timeContinue reading The Trouble with World-Building… Twice

Exploring Úr’Dan: The Arrowhead

I’ve managed to fall into a monthly rhythm with this series without even trying. However, I may do an extra one this month in honor of NaNo.

For today’s journey, I’d like to take you to a small region that wields significant influence in the Uplands — some might even say disproportionate influence. Continue reading Exploring Úr’Dan: The Arrowhead

Exploring Úr’Dan: Bargers and Southerners

It’s been a while since I’ve written a real post. At least it feel that way to me. I thought providing a bit more world-building info would be a nice way to ease myself back into a more regular writing/blogging routine.

As I discussed in the last installment of this series, the peoples living in the southern half of Úr’Dan are far more diverse than their neighbors to the north. Continue reading Exploring Úr’Dan: Bargers and Southerners

And My New Favorite German Word is… Fledermaus!

I miss studying language. I took French in middle/high school, German in college, and Arabic in college/grad school. The roots and origins of words has always fascinated me, and I will still look up words that catch my fancy. Continue reading And My New Favorite German Word is… Fledermaus!

Exploring Úr’Dan: The Southern Half

In my first three posts in this series, I discussed the general aspects of my world-building, such as the language and the mythology. Then, I delved a little bit deeper into the geography and peoples of the northern half of Úr’Dan, providing some insight into the the people and landscapes seen in The Warden of Everfeld: Memento.

Now, I think it’s time we visit the southern half of Úr’Dan. Continue reading Exploring Úr’Dan: The Southern Half

The Ultra-Secret First Draft – Total Reveal!

I just finished reading the first draft of Jessie’s first novel, and I’m going to reveal everything about the novel against her wishes say as little as possible to avoid her furious flailing.

Jessie, in advance, I apologize. I knew you would not let me do this without your prior approval, so I had to be sneaky. Continue reading The Ultra-Secret First Draft – Total Reveal!