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Here is a bit of off-topic bookness, unrelated to Maine. First, I’ve been glad of a posting at The Fellowship of The King, entitled: The Hitch in Readying to Meet…

The genesis of this slice of the Afterlife was a mythgard.org fundraising flash fiction contest. The entry needed work.  In fact it still does, but I’m very happy it was received as is at TFOTK. The editor chose a wonderful sort of reverse situation image to illustrate.

The next piece of news is about the SF alternate universe novel SiXPointz HiTopOLis. This was hard to write and I asked editing help from Scribblerworks   She’s an excellent editor if not totally timely. I used her to great benefit on Fantastic Travelogue. SiXPointz has been available at online venues in softcover, but now I’ve complied it as an ebook through Smashwords.  Smashwords is good for ebooking, as I was informed on the Tor blog by one of Tor’s authors.  They ship to all digital-book venues but Amazon. You have to do Amazon individually.

Finally on off-topic writerly, I’ve done some editing on Five Points Akropolis, in all three formats, hardcover, softcover and ebook. When the first Five Points Akropolis was about to come out a few years back, a virtual friend (also a Tor author) pointed out a couple problem spots on the first page! This was prompt enough to reread and tweak the whole book for debut. But now it’s tweaked again. It’s the same story but reads better, especially the character of the Grandmaster. And I set the 2016 copyright, in addition to the earlier date, on the copyright info page. It’s not available for distribution in paper yet but should be shortly, as it’s been approved.

 

lost on a mountain in Malacandra

Yes, this is a Maine dedicated blog. Those who know Maine may say with surprise, “Where is Malacandra?” There are many mountains in this state hosting many townships and rural towns. And those who know the works of CS Lewis may say, Didn’t Ransom have a guide in the alien mountains of Mars? These kinds of juxtapositions may happen while reading adventure stories in parallel, in this case Out of the Silent Planet and one other. The best of such adventures can be heartbreaking when one of them is a true adventure, along with knowing it happened to someone in our own real place and time.

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in Maine and … feeling a bit like Galadriel…

…as it relates to Maine. Galadriel sang in lament of Middle-earth and the fading elves, as the fellowship sailed downstream away from her. They heard her song remote in passing on toward their fearful quest and duty:

 “Then it seemed to Frodo that she lifted her arms in a final farewell, and far but piercing-clear on the following wind came the sound of her voice singing. But now she sang in the ancient tongue of the elves beyond the sea, and he did not understand the words: fair was the music, but it did not comfort him.”

Long after, remembering the elvish words, he was able to interpret them.

GMcConnell

In The White Mountains Of New England

 

“Ah! like gold fall the leaves in the wind, long years numberless as the wings of trees! The long years have passed like swift draughts of the sweet mead in lofty halls beyond the West beneath the blue vaults of Varda wherein the stars tremble in the song of her voice, holy and queenly. Who now shall refill the cup for me?” 

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Five Dun Herrings

one of many royal apartments

one of many royal apartments

 

At Mythgard they are in the midst of fundraising and, for bit of funding fun, have instigated “Almost an Inkling” flash fiction contests. There’s still time to enter the last two contests, this week’s being poetry, and next week is the speculate and sub-create contest. Each of these micro fiction contests has its own specific word limits. We’ve had Portals, Dragons, and Minute Mysteries. 

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Maine in The Princess Bride

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In preparing for Mythgard Academy’s engaging interactive lectures, the first thing I noticed about The Princess Bride was its intriguing frame. I was taken in both by the frame and the fantasy novel’s conceit that it was based on an early 20th-century story which was itself based on older versions of the text. Apparently William Goldman and the author S. Morgenstern were treating this old tale, in part, as satire. I wanted to know: was this a shame?  Was it all real, a guess, a farce?

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