December 22, 2015
Good tidings and good cheer to all this holiday season!
I may get very enthusiastic about Technology, Begin: if the current surge in sales of Potatoes, Come Forth! continues into January. I have in the past and could again in the future -- under the best circumstances -- complete a novel in a month.
November 15, 2015
I have not been writing much, but the story for Technology, Begin: has finally come together and I am going to start blocking in chapters this week. My target date (which I never achieve) is April 2016. When the weather turns bad enough to force me inside, I should make good progress. My plan is to finish the Chronicle of the Rider trilogy next year as well. The first book in the Unfinished Universe series should come after.
September 28, 2015
The title of the third Inconvenient Magic book is Technology, Begin:
September 24, 2015
I have several novels in the works and I am in the process of deciding what to publish first in the coming year. The three options are: A World in Parts (Unfinished Universe 1), Rider's Doom (Chronicle of the Rider 3), and the as yet unnamed third novel in Inconvenient Magic. A World in Parts is the fartherest along. If you have a preference, email or comment and I will take the majority opinion in consideration.
September 13, 2015
I have just uploaded the files for Thief to Amazon and Kobo. The book should be available for purchase as early as tomorrow.
August 28, 2015
I did not make my self-imposed pre-order deadline. Since a pre-order at this point would delay (10 days) the publication of the novel, I am going to work to get Thief published by the middle of September.
July 20, 2015
Here's the cover for Thief. May change slightly before publication. The current plan is to put the book up for pre-order at Amazon on or about August 13 with a publication date of September 13.
I just realized that I haven't posted in a while. I've been on vacation for about two weeks and haven't worked on Thief much at all. Unless someone loans me a DeLorean, there is no possibility of the book being finished by July. Septempber looks iffy.
A snippet from the draft for the non-existent readers of this blog:
Mar watched the undertime portal close behind Lyra and her exhausted children and struck one more task from his depressingly still long mental list.
Like most, the shaded, drafty alley stank of stale urine, rotted garbage, and other less agreeable smells, but these odors reminded him of the hundred times during his youth when he had passed through such in Khalar and he paused for several moments as memories of simpler times played through his mind.
Weary of the work that now occupied his every waking and even some of his dreaming moments, he was briefly tempted to cast a light bending glamour that would allow him to sneak about through the Mhajhkaei of this moment, invisible, unchallenged, and unnoticed, just as he had once, for all practical purposes, passed through Khalar.
This was his own recent and well-remembered life, not some all but mythical ancient world or half-forgotten boyhood memory. Not far from where he now stood, a barely younger though much more ignorant and naive Mar was just beginning to learn the power of his magic. Out in the bay aboard one of the resurrected magical ships of the Brotherhood of Phaelle, a traitorous Waleck had begun to set his tortuous plots in motion. Telriy, rescued but not yet his, awaited at the Palace just a short jaunt across the Citadel. Here at this moment within the breached walls of this greatest of fortresses, Lord Ghorn, Mhiskva, Ulor, Berhl, and all the rest were engaged in their desperate but doomed fight to save The Greatest City in All the World.
But he could not interfere, dared not change even a single second, and watching the events unfold from an uninvolved perspective would surely gain little to help him secure the future.
And he certainly did not have the time to simply gawk.
He let a slow breath erase the temptation, shed the glamour that had made him appear a Mhajhkaeirii'n legionnaire, raised his hand to stir the ether, and stepped forward into undertime.
At once, his unease screamed an urgent warning, drawing him to the Monolith and to Telriy.
A flash of a vision from the shallows showed him a shocking tableau in the tiny space beneath the encroaching stone: the wizard Zso exiting undertime while intense ethereal flux energies built around him; Telriy, Yhejia, and Aunt Whelsi crouched beneath a stout wooden table for protection from still tumbling bits of stone; his newborn child in her mother's arms, a daughter whose tiny being made a bright flare in the background ether; and finally the despised villain whom Mar had resolved to hunt down and destroy -- Waleck!
He saw the bulky object in Waleck's hand, a pistol in Standard, bark ethereal fire, saw the mess that Zso's brains made on the jumbled rubble behind, and then he threw himself through a wrenched-open portal just as the wizard's corpse hit the floor.
He landed adjacent to Zso's body and immediately advanced across the cavity toward Waleck.
By default the sorcerer's weapon was pointed in Mar's direction, but he made no move to bring it to bear and showed no alarm or surprise at the younger man's abrupt appearance.
"That won't stop me," Mar ground out as he drew back a fist flush with not just the strength of his anger but also with the awful force of his magic.
April 17, 2015
I have a thought for a third book in the Inconvenient Magic series. Hopefully it will percolate into something novel worthy.April 13, 2015
The files for Rider's Journey have been submitted to Amazon. The novel is a lean 67k, but I think this length improves the pacing of the action. In the next few days, I will generate and upload the files for Kobo. As it appears that the Nook is a moribund platform, it may be some time before I put the book up there. However, if someone makes a specific request here, I will endeavor to make the book available in that format or any other that I have the facility to produce.
I'm going to focus on Thief now. While it is possible that I can get it out by summer, a more realistic projection at this point would be September or later. As an experiment, I intend to put Thief up for pre-order on Amazon in about 90 days.
I will continue to work on A World in Parts and hope to have it finished by the end of this year or the beginning of next.
March 30, 2015
The draft of Rider's Journey is done. It should be up for sale in two weeks.
February 6, 2015
Here is the first draft of the cover for Rider's Journey.
January 7, 2015
Happy New Year to one and all. Rider's Journey needs another month or two.
After a good hundred yards, he came upon Dervla standing in a casual pose in the triangular pocket of shade cast by an up-tilted slab of slate.
"Now he's resting on a liver shaped plateau above a hardscrabble flat covered with purple-red stones," she announced.
David did not stop. Over a slight rise another thirty steps further he found her sitting on the pile of broken stone that was evidently a fallen dolmen of moderate size.
"You're going in the wrong direction," she pointed out.
The third time he found her in his path -- stretched out on a large flat rock as if sunning -- he gave up. "What is it that you want from me?"
Propping herself up on her elbows, she grinned. "I'm just fulfilling our deal."
"You snookered me. What's to fulfill?"
She stood and wagged a finger at him in reproach. "You wound me, really."
"Could you go bother Gwenhwyvar?"
"Not interested in being her lunch. What with her being ... moody and all, I think it best that she has some time to herself."
"I'm moody too and I could certainly use some time to myself."
Dervla's eyes tightened. "You've known Gwenhwyvar for a while, I take it?"
"A month or so."
"What's that supposed to mean?"
"Oh, just I was just thinking about something else. Never mind that. Back to Guillaume. We need to get going if we're to catch him on his next perch."
"Just to clarify, you're saying that you know not just where he is at any given present moment but where he will be in a future moment?"
"Of course. Fenodyree magic is powerful stuff."
"And you can take me there?"
"Well, technically, as far as transporting third parties, I can only return lost things to their proper place. Specifically, this most often has to do with lost children being returned home, but everyone is someone's child and home is where the heart is and if your heart is set on the caledfwlch, then it's just a matter of having the proper state of mind, if you get my drift."
As he had learned from the first in the flesh Fenodyree that he had met, Peddyr Fasakerly, self-serving loose interpretation of magical strictures was another primary Fenodyree characteristic.
Even though he already knew this, he felt compelled to ask, "Isn't that playing fast and loose with the rules?"
"If you knew much about Fenodyree, you'd know that fast and loose is our stock in trade."
He nodded, repressing a smile. "What will it cost me?"
"The right to name your firstborn."
"Your second born?"
"How many children are you planning on having?"
She smirked. "Never say never."
"A florin in good silver money."
"Where and when?"
"The day after."
"The day after what?"
"What does that mean?"
"That you'll know when."
David gave a weary sigh. "It doesn't matter. I agree. Take me to the caledfwlch."
"Can we do it with the formal language, at least this first time?"
He sighed again. "Great and wondrous Fenodyree, I'm lost and I would like to be sent home."
Dervla shimmied in glee and snapped her fingers three times.
November 14, 2014
I am working on three novels at the moment, as the mood strikes. None of these will be complete by December and January is iffy. Below is another random, non-sequential snippet from the draft of Thief. If you don't want to be spoiled, don't read it. If I receive any comments on this post, I will continue to post snippets.
On the evening of the sixth day, as predicted, Mar returned.
Without rising from his rough-made stool, nhBreen gestured toward the large flat rock adjacent to the coals of his fire. On it the remaining filets from his simple meal lay. "There is baked fish, if you are hungry."
It was not quite dusk, but the lowering sun was behind Mar and his expression was shrouded.
"I have found no seasonings as yet, I am afraid, but that species is palatable all the same," nhBreen offered in an offhand fashion. "For future reference, there is another species in the lagoon that looks nearly identical save for a few greenish-blue stripes. It is all but inedible. Its flesh is terribly bitter and I suspect toxic."
Mar had the look of someone who had been roughly used. In his own time, nhBreen had met only one wizard. The woman had frequently evidenced what his fellow sorcerers had termed "temporal disassociation." She had lived her life in a thousand different times and places and while nhBreen's encounters with her might have been separated by only minutes or hours, she had always looked travel worn and often years older.
"How long has it been for you, Mar? A month? A year?"
The young wizard continued to eat and only answered after the fish had been entirely consumed. "Six weeks, a day less or more. I don't keep track of the journeys, only the moments to which I must go."
"Choosing the right moment is difficult."
After another lengthy pause, Mar said, "Yes."
This was not an admission, just an acknowledgement.
nhBreen knew that to be most effective, his next statement must be devoid of any preliminaries.
"You must allow the flux overload in the bow to deplete naturally into the background ether over a period of at least eight hundred but no more than one thousand years. This must take place in an isolated area away from all magical influences and any possibility of flux reinforcement. This course has the highest possibility of reducing the ethereal blast to a level that you can manage."
Mar showed no surprise that nhBreen had provided a solution to his problem. "Go on."
"My most recent dream has refined my knowledge of the difficulty. The return of the Quaestor's family will, as you have surmised, disengage the natural flux modulation that he has been generating to empower the bow. It will not, however, reduce the stored flux. As you have planned, you must inform Eishtren in the instant before the destruction of the weapon that his kith and kin did indeed survive the fall of Mhajhkaei. This will prevent his self-destructive anguish from further multiplying the final outburst and thereby mitigate the scope of the disaster, but it alone will not be sufficient to prevent the destruction of one forth of the civilized world."
"I can take the bow from Eishtren?"
"No. He must remain with it. The ethereal bond that has grown between bow and bowman cannot be severed until the instant the bow must be destroyed. He must live as a hermit, far from mankind and from the ethereal upsets that men generate."
"The Quaestor cannot live a thousand years."
"With the aid of the medic and your wizardry, he can."
"The wood would rot in a millennium."
"A spell can place the bow in a form of stasis."
"No man can live a thousand years in utter isolation."
"Eishtren can, if he knows that his reward is the return of his wife, his sons, and his daughters."
"What sort of man will he be when his thousand years as a hermit is done?"
"A happy one."
October 23, 2014
Side note to Profiterole: Yes, it's me.
September 26, 2014
Rider's Journey is still moving slowly. At this point, I expect it to be done in December.
A spoiler snippet from the draft:
David leapt upward, vaulting off his left foot to impart added force to the snap kick of his right foot. As planned, his boot struck Pemberton squarely in the groin.
The impact picked the Tweaker up almost a foot off the floor of the balcony. At the apex of his trajectory, Pemberton's face went rigid and white. Not waiting or caring to see the man land, David dove over the railing, bounced into a diving roll when he hit the pavement below, leapt up to drive immediately into a sprint, and tackled the doppelganger executioner just as the Thin Man swung his blade toward Gwenhwyvar's throat.
Two quick knees to the groin -- the second driven with enough anger to do permanent injury -- disabled the artificial swordsman (it appeared to have immediately lost consciousness) and allowed David to jump to his feet.
On the balcony, Pemberton, doubled over and crying, straightened enough to scream, "Kill him! Kill him now!"
I have received no replies from the second and third prize winners of the drawing. They still have approximately 60 days to respond.
August 13, 2014
After a very much less than awe-inspiring number of entries (12 total), I have completed the promotional drawing.
Drawing Methodology as follows: In no specific order, each entry was assigned a non-zero integer (1-12). Three random numbers in 1-12 were generated at Random.org. No duplicates were generated and no rerolls required. The prizes were awarded in sequence.
First Prize (Appear as character in Thief): Charles Friend.
Second Prize (Paperback): Jake Tritt
Third Prize (ebook): James Norton
I will email each of the winners. If any used a dead drop, temporary, or throw away email, then it will be their responsibility to contact me to claim their prize. All prizes not claimed after 90 days will become null and void.
July 25, 2014
I've been spending a lot of time this month on the publishing side of my enterprise, but am still plugging along on Rider's Journey.
With only a few weeks left in the drawing, I have not officially tallied the entries, but thus far it appears that there are much less than fifty. I have to reach the conclusion that few people read this on a regular basis, which means I am free to spoil Thief.
The wizard appeared while Waleck was sleeping. Mar's unease warned him and he was ready. Zso immediately raised his hands and backed away. "Please don't kill me again!"
June 24, 2014
Rider's Journey is moving slowly. My mundane work is still monopolizing my time and it seems likely that the novel will not be done until the late fall.
May 25, 2014
I'm on holiday for the next few weeks to catch up on my backlog of mundane work. The Unfinished Universe novel has been stealing time from Rider's Journey but my intention is to concentrate on the latter and get it out on schedule.
April 15, 2014
Rider's Journey is moving along. I am hopeful to have it completed by July. After it is done, I will most likely work on the first Unfinished Universe novel. Thief will come after and my rough target for it is midyear 2015.
March 18, 2014
I am working on Rider's Journey and at the moment my inclination is to make this set of novels a trilogy rather than the originally planned series. I'll know for certain by the time RJ is done. Thief is simmering on the back burner and will probably remain there for some time. I believe that I will work on another novel after RJ, but I'm not sure which. What would you like to see next?
February 6, 2014
All of the various editions of Wizard are now available. If anyone has any problem getting the novel, please let me know and I will look into it.
I am working on both Rider's Journey and the so far untitled first novel in the Unfinished Universe series. I am most likely going to focus exclusively on Rider's Journey in a few weeks, but am not certain of that at this point.
Due to the delays in my writing schedule, I have decided to move the promotional drawing from April 13 to August 13. Official rules are here.
January 26, 2014
Wizard is now available on Amazon. I have uploaded the files for Kobo and it should be available there within a day or two. I am still working on the files for the iBookstore and Nook -- both require specific epubs -- and will post when I have uploaded the files.
I have started blocking in the chapters of Thief and will be working on it throughout the year. As my track record with December releases is poor, I will set a soft date for it at January, 2015. I will make regular updates on my progress here.
However, I will not be working on Thief exclusively in the first part of the year. I am going to work to publish another book in mid-year. This will either be Rider's Journey or the first Unfinished Universe novel.
I welcome any feedback or questions on Wizard. If posted in the comment section, I will respond here.
January 24, 2014
Wizard is complete. I'm going to prepare the files over the next several days and expect that the novel will be available on Amazon by the 30th and on Kobo just shortly after.
January 4, 2014
An explanation for the delay of Wizard: About seven months ago my middle son found a job and moved out on his own. While this was an otherwise fortituitous event, it also meant that the number of persons available to provide full time assistance to my youngest son, who has been totally disabled since birth, was reduced to one -- me. While at first I was optimistic that I would be able to maintain my normal writing pace, this has not proven the case and I am convinced now that this will not improve in the short term. At best, I now expect to be able to produce only one novel in 2014 and I'm not sure at this point which it will be.
December 26, 2013
Wizard needs another month, so I do not expect it to be published until the end of January at the latest. Sorry for the delay, but my writing schedule has been reduced of late.
December 18, 2013
BETA READERS: I have sent out the second section of the beta version today. As the first section was severely revised, this section includes chapters 1-28. All comments appreciated.
November 16, 2013
Here's the draft of the Wizard cover.
November 8, 2013
NOTE TO BETA READERS: I am engaged in a thorough rewrite of the first half of Wizard, so the next section for review will be delayed.
October 24, 2013
For future reference: I speak in and largely write in the Lowland Southern dialect of American English. Consequently, I tend to ignore certain grammar conventions because they don't sound right. I am quite happy with my writing voice and will not be conforming any time soon.
One reason that Wizard is moving somewhat slowly at this stage is that I have realized that The Key to Magic is in the "wrapping up" stage. It has been necessary to work through all the previous books in order to maintain continuity and to draw all the various threads to a close. Thief will be the definite end to Mar's story and I am working to make sure that I have left no hanging plots.
I have a basic idea for the cover and have begun preliminary work on it. I use the open source software Makehuman for my figures and it is currently in a major rewrite, with the next usable version not coming out until the end of the year. I will very likely try to wait to complete the cover until that version comes out, unless it does not make Wizard's December deadline.
October 14, 2013
I am making progress on Wizard and it looks like a December release. I haven't started on the cover yet -- still waiting on an inspiration.
September 30, 2013
Beta Readers: The first beta section (10 chapters/approx. 20k words) of Wizard was sent out today. This is at the second draft stage and will be revised further. If you did not receive your email, let me know. Feel free to comment early and often, with the realization that I reserve the right to be mule-headed and ignore any and all comments.
September 13, 2013
Happy Friday the 13th everyone! (If you don't know, thirteen is my lucky number.)
I am making progress on Wizard, and still expect it to be published by December. I hope to send out a a section to those who have signed up to be Beta readers before the end of this month. My apologies for the delay.
The opening scene for Inconvenient Magic III continues to nag me, but it has not come together yet.
The promotional drawing will be held on April 13, 2014. Official rules will be posted later.
The following provisional rules are subject to change:
First Prize will be the right to appear as and name (name must fit the spelling and cultural conventions of the series) a walk-on (and quickly killed, dismembered and forgotten) character in the final novel of The Key to Magic, Thief.
Second Prize will be a paperback copy of one of the novels in the series.
Third Prize will be winner's choice of one of my ebooks gifted from Amazon.
Unless otherwise indicated, entries will be accepted beginning September 1. Retroactive to September 1, valid comments (valid being defined totally by me) on this webpage will earn 1 entry. Submission of typos will earn 1 entry. Readers of this blog may earn 1 entry by sending me an email of introduction. Those who have already signed up for email notification of future releases will automatically earn 1 entry unless they indicate that they do not wish to participate. Multiple entries are allowed, but no spam or attempts to game the drawing. I am the ultimate, arbitrary, capricious, final, and sole judge of what constitutes a valid entry. The winner will be determined by the generation of a random number and prizes will be announced here and awarded promptly. Other details will be forthcoming.
August 29, 2013
The comment page is up. Still some bugs to be worked out. Give it a try if you have a moment.
August 28, 2013
I have found an error in Warrior and Emperor that I have corrected. This involved the habitual use of a verb which should not have been used with a certain character. The error only became apparent to me while writing Wizard. The correction involved the change of one (significant) word in each novel and I will update the files on Amazon and Kobo shortly. As Nook Press is inordinately hard to deal with, it may be some time until that version is corrected.
Should anyone discover the specific error that I am speaking of (By all means bring any and all errors to my immediate attention!), please send me an email and I will award you an entry in the promotional drawing that I am going to hold next year for readers of this blog. The prize will be the right to appear as a walkon character in the final novel of the series, Thief.
Wizard is moving slowly. I have had to devote a great deal of time over the last few months to my youngest son's health problems and have only been able to work on the novel intermittently. My expectation is that the novel will now be published toward the end of the year.
NOTE TO BETA READERS: While I may be able to send out the first section of the reader draft at the beginning of October, it will likely not be ready until mid-month.
July 27, 2013
I've found the premise for the third book in the Inconvenient Magic series. No story or title as yet, but if a notion strikes, I'd like to write the book in the first part of the coming year.
June 29, 2013
Those of you who have submitted typos: Please email me if you would like a gift (on Amazon US -- I'm not sure if I can do it in the other Amazon countries, but I'll look into it.) of one of my books. You'll need to identify yourself for the gift and also indicate how you submitted the typos. You can request a forthcoming book or a current one.
I'm also considering a beta reader or ARC program. If interested, send me an email. I'm looking for people that would like to find typos as well as those who would like to comment.
My youngest son has developed some new health problems, so unfortunately Wizard is languishing at the moment. I hope to be able to focus on the novel in the coming week.
June 16, 2013I have a great many projects here around the farm to catch up on and Wizard is moving slowly, but I expect to pick up speed toward the end of this month when my schedule slows.
May 20, 2013
I plan to begin work on Wizard the first part of next week, with an expected publication in October. Magic, Unfettered? is up on all Amazon outlets, Kobo, and B&N. I have not yet generated the files for the iBookstore, so it may be some time before the novel is available there. I'm not sure at this point what I will take up after Wizard.
May 14, 2013
Magic, Unfettered? is finished. My expectation is that it will be available on Amazon US by
Friday of this week and all other outlets within
a few additional days.
April 24, 2013
The rough draft of Magic, Unfettered? is sixty percent complete. As long as I can maintain my work schedule, I expect to be done with the rough draft in twenty days and I should be back on track to publish the first or second week of June. At this point, I think that Wizard will come next, with a projected publication date sometime in October. This will of course mean that Rider's Journey will be delayed until next year. I think that I am in the writing mood for a new project, so I may resurrect Tunnels after Wizard, but I'll only know that for certain when I get started on it.
April 5, 2013
MU is making much better progress this month. I expect to be back on schedule in a couple of weeks.
Amazon US has added a new feature to my author page (H. Jonas Rhynedahll) that allows their customers to sign up to be notified directly when I have a new book release. You have to be signed in to see it. Sounds like an excellent new feature to me. I hope many of you sign up.
Of course, you can still get an email from me a bit ahead of time by sending me an email with Book Release or something similar in the subject line.
March 26, 2013
I had a grandson born today, so Magic, Unfettered? is languishing. My apologies.
March 12, 2013
As a general rehabilitation of this page, I'm adding a FAQ. If you have any questions concerning the novels or series, please email them to me. Questions for the FAQ will be selected on the basis of frequency and relevance.
March 9, 2013
If any one should find a typo in any of the novels (purchased after 30 Jan 2013), I would greatly appreciate an email detailing the error. Should you be inclined to re-read the novels and you purchased them more than six months ago, It might be best to update the most recent version.
March 7, 2013
Magic, Unfetterd! is coming along. As I am working on my spring planting and attending to various projects here around the swamp, the novel is moving slowly. In a few weeks, however, I should be caught up and I expect that I will be done with MU by the end of May.
January 29, 2013
I have just uploaded the files for Warrior>
to Amazon. The book should be available for purchase within a day
or two. The Nook and Kobo versions will be uploaded tomorrow, but
their turnaround time varies.
A version for the iBookstore will be ready in a week unless a glitch occurs.
January 28, 2013
Just an update for those that are interested: Warrior is nearly done. I'll
send out an email to those who have signed up to be notified when I get
ready to upload the files to Amazon. It will take a day or so for
the book to appear for sale after that.. The Nook, Kobo, and
iBookstore versions will follow within a few days.
January 27, 2011
on the back burner, somewhat. I've focused this month on the stand
alone science-fiction novel, Tunnels,
I hope to complete and publish by May. Today I started a new short
story that threatens to grow into a novella. For now, the name of it is
"To Stop a War." It's a military-science fiction story with no
December 30, 2010
I am continuing to work on plotting King. I have about ten thousand words of first draft chapters.