Feeling inspired by the classic Wizards Three articles in Dragon magazine by the extraordinary Ed Greenwood, who would always sprinkle the conversations between the wizards and himself with sumptuous food treats; such as in the fanfiction below, I’ve decided to post an update.
Elminster handed out mugs of his favourite drink, which I had first given him only a few days prior; chilled root beer poured over blocks of ice.Dalamar and Laurel had barely taken their sloshing drinks when he passed around a platter of steaming, toasted cheese sandwiches, with slices of salted, fresh tomato on the side.Then grinning, the sage held up his hand to his friends, opening it slowly to reveal an insect.The tiny creature tested its wings, then lifted off, igniting with a flame that engulfed it but yet did not consume it.
‘This curious insect, bane of the farmers of Felloth Vale and the nearby elves of Misdruin Wood, is a fyrefly; native to that elemental plane but sometimes entering ours through an old gateway into the lands I’ve mentioned’, Elminster began.The fiery insect flew around their heads, off into my kitchen and landed upon my dishcloth, which was singed and blackened after a moment.Leaving the cloth now that it had caught fire, and despite my protests, the fyrefly happily escaped into the lounge.
‘Dear me!’ I squealed and dashed off, trying to keep my cottage from going up in flames.
So today, after a lovely midday meal of mussels in escabeche sauce, Ritz crackers, dairy-free cream cheese, ladyfinger grapes, and of course, salted tomato slices; and then a long summer nap under a fan, I shall tell you of my work-in-progress.
Now on my third re-write, I’m optimistic about what’s in the story, and it’s a bit over 12000 words. As you can see, there’s still a long way to go, but I think I’ve worked out the few next scenes. When I read what I’ve written, the story has to feel right, otherwise it’s not right, and I’ve taken out some scenes that I had written, including a sort of deus ex machina often found in amateurish stories. Good stuff featuring none other than Artemis, but it wasn’t in the right story. I love a lot of dialogue in my stories, otherwise they feel boring to me, and I’m pretty happy with the dialogue so far. I realise I haven’t mentioned a title. That’s because I don’t have one yet, so let’s just call it The Fantasy Story.
I may have or haven’t mentioned it before, but The Fantasy Story is loosely based on the fantastic D&D adventures that I had with a couple of dear friends; Andrew and Keith. Sadly, Keith passed away in his sleep a couple of years ago, and this story is for the big guy.
Thanks to all of you who have purchased or taken advantage of my giveaways, and don’t worry all you Haldan Thane readers, Haldan will eventually have some more adventures, but for now, it’s on the back burner. It was exciting to see all the free copies that went out all over the world during the week leading up to Christmas 2018. I hope all of you enjoy them!