Teen Authors Group – Kent County Public Library

This Saturday at 3 p.m. Bring a snip of writing to share. Bring friends who love to write!

 

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Children of the Enaisi – it’s on the Sword’s Edge of being released!

Yes, it’s true! The second book of the Sword’s Edge Chronicles is almost here!

A life-destroying secret haunts one man, while another breaks his life oath to join murderous outlaws, and an entire people are threatened with upheaval by the rediscovery of ancient technology.

 

http://loriendil.com/CE.php

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The Concept of Deity in My Writing

Since I overslept yesterday and got to the author event an hour and a half late, I couldn’t sleep all night long, last night. Naturally. One of the many things I mulled over during the forever of last night was the concept of deity in my Sword’s Edge Chronicles. Although I had not consciously intended it to be that way, as so often happens, it definitely fits with my own concepts and worldview of a higher being, compared to that of many cultures, past and present.

Then today—coincidentally? strange, that—I read Sarah A. Hoyt’s post “They Walk Like Men” and she explains it perfectly in discussing ancient ‘high civilizations’: “There is religion and gods, but they’re things to appease, not a dictate of good behavior.”

This describes exactly what I had been musing at about four in the morning (I have a cuckoo clock, which irritatingly mocks me during sleepless nights). I’m glad the deity touched upon in my series is one who expects a higher moral code or these books would be radically different, and not for the better, in my opinion.

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Hockessin Art and Book Fair – crazy, fun times!

What a day!

First, I overslept my alarm. Then, my secondary alarm failed me (my dog, who always needs to go out before I’m ready to get up – really, she had to pick today to cuddle close and oversleep?).

So I woke up at 9:54 when I was supposed to be at the event and set up by 10 a.m. And I live over an hour away. I didn’t get all my cosplay on, or my cosplay make-up—shucks, I didn’t even brush my hair, I just pulled it up with two flexis. Anyway, I was up, dressed, and out the door with my books and sundry by 10:06. Now if that isn’t some kind of record then it should be!

I managed to make it to the event before 11:30 and without getting a ticket. *whew*

My table buddy, Will Hahn, seemed relieved when I arrived, which was nice of him because he could have spread his stuff out over our whole table if I had been a no-show. After that, things went well, fun even. Although Will declined to have a sword vs ray gun duel. He seemed of the opinion he might not fare well. And alas, I have no photos of his brilliant cosplay because my phone had died. Boo.

I did manage to get a cup of coffee after I arrived, and Will seemed concerned by this as well, because he compared me to post-caffeine Twitchy of Hoodwinked, and that was before I had my coffee. I think I frightened him a little, er, especially after I went back for a second cup. No clue why I was so hyper, but ah well, he survived, so it’s all good I suppose. 🙂

So on to the book sales, because that, of course, is the main reason I go to author events. It’s always cool when someone comes up and says, “I bought the first book of Deuces Wild last year, and it was great, so now I have to get book two!” (Wheee!)

It’s also great (but sad) when folks come up and point to Sword’s Edge and ask, “Is book two out yet? When will it be out?” (When I get the cover. Soon, I hope!) But at least I was able to say “Soon,” then go on to say that the prequel is done and going through editing, and book three is being written, and I hope the rough draft of that is done before Christmas. I wasn’t able to be quite so hopeful about book three of Deuces Wild, but I’m working on that as well. Never fear!

So all in all, despite a rough start, it was a good day. Thanks to all the hard-working people who put together such a well-run event; it’s a joy to attend the Hockessin Art and Book Fair every year! And thanks to Will Hahn for being my table buddy and putting up with my Twitchy behavior! (By the way, if you like epic fantasy, you might meander over to his site and take a peek.)

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Can’t stop the signal? Perhaps. But who will pay attention or believe it?

I’ve always had one big problem with the movie Serenity. They risked everything to get the government’s big, horrible secret out:
“Can’t stop the signal.”
Like that would solve everything. But it’s a crock. It doesn’t matter if you break open Big Secrets, because most folks won’t believe it, or say it’s all garbage dreamt up loonies, or by those on the fringes (either left or right, depending on which side *they’re* on).

I just watched Stranger Things 2, and in episode 5, one character hit it on the head:

“Them… The world at large. They won’t believe any of this. They don’t spend their lives trying to get a look at what’s behind the curtain. They like the curtain. It provides them stability, comfort, definition. This…this would open the curtain, and the curtain behind that curtain, okay? So the minute someone with an ounce of authority calls bullshit, everyone will nod their heads and say, ‘See? Ha! I knew it! It was bullshit.’ That is, even if you get their attention at all.”

I sort of mention this briefly in one of my books. In Deuces Wild: Beginners’ Luck, Slap doesn’t understand how the people on Eridani wouldn’t want to know the truth. His friend replies:

“Most people aren’t interested in truth.” Tristan paused and sipped his tisane, then added, “Unless it’s convenient or advantageous.”

sigh

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