Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Beneath the Starry Skies (Morley: the complete saga)

8/9/2016 - Title change! I was never really happy with the title of this one and I think I've come up  with a better one. Instead of the complete saga, which at that time it wasn't, I think we're settled on Beneath the Starry Skies. I don't have a cover picture created as yet.

6/17/2016 - What we have here is the complete saga of Morley but with another chapter added and a new title. The complete saga worked for a starter and that's what it had when it was published on smashwords.com. I hadn't considered sending it to Virgo for publishing but he picked this one over the other choice (Four for Tomorrow). I was somewhat pleased at that and although not my first foray into light fantasy mixed with comedy, it was one I had a lot of fun writing. You can read below to see how that progressed.
I can't give a publish date as yet, as this was the second of two projects that I sent in. The other was book 5 of the Cornish Talisman Series and it will be published first. See my blog post on that one for more information.

The Complete Sage

Well, after much struggling with punctuation, something that normally I don't have trouble with but this one was a Frankenstein. What do I mean by that? Well, over a year ago I had an idea about a cute little farcical fantasy and wrote "Interview with the Dungeon Master". Kind of a whimsical piece and I really enjoyed writing it. Several months later I started another episode using the same character only with a lot more background but got hung up on the ending. Noting the large change in background I started another episode to fill in between them hoping it would help with the other one. In a way it did, but while I was at it I had the great idea to start at the befinning and tell the whole story which I hadn't thought up at the previous time. Here's how it all worked out:

 So, the first three episodes became the middle and I wrote three more episodes to turn it into a complete (notice the use of the term 'complete') saga all about our young hero Parker Morley.

I don't know about other people, but one morning I woke up with this almost poetic tale of Morley watching as the Sun and the Moon argued. I tried laying it out as poetry but the combination of dialogue and poetic sequence just didn't look or sound right. So now its poetic prose I guess. 'In the beginning' starts with a young 8 year old Parker Morley; yes, he even has a first name now. All that along with a set of parents, some relatives from various places around the countryside,  and several other very interesting people as well.

M0 picks up the story several years later as Morley goes off to college at good ole Bendix University School of Journalism. This is a long section and I fashioned some very interesting parts into it somewhat based on antics I actually witnessed, or participated in, while in college; at least I thought I did? Let your imagination run with that one.

M1 or episode 1 (Interview with the Dungeon Master) picks up only a month or so afterwards as Morley begins his first job as a very junior reporter with the Daily Herald.

M2 was the second piece I wrote. I forget what I was shooting for but it ended up being about a beauty contest instead. While I was hung up on that one I tried a different tact and wrote M3. Later I realized M2 was meant to come between M1 and M3 to fill out some of the characters that had only been marginal until then.

M3 also known as "The Lord of Ahren Castle", is also a long piece and really builds up the relationship between Morley and Sandra. Which brings us to the ending sequence (Lovers Interlude). The upcoming wedding of their friends from college becomes the backdrop for the last episode in which Morley finally understands what a Master of the Marital Arts really is.

Then I went back through and filled in the rest of Miss Gloria's involvement in the whole scheme of things, she really does sort of her own character in an odd sort of way. The same goes for Ms. Meacham and her relationship with both Mr. Gabble and Sandra Bemish.  It seemed complicated at the time, but now it all makes sense.

In the process I changed the format several times and when I tried to bring all the pieces together together I learned that blanket replacements are not always a good thing. Trust me, open ended quotes are very time consuming to fix as first you must find them. I've submitted the manuscript to the 'Meat-grinder' as its called and should know fairly soon if its done or not.

Yes, if you've read this post to the bottom you'll note that I mentioned doing a complete Morley book. And I have got a good start on just that with this as yet titled project. This starts as young Parker Morley, aged 8, has already had the urge to be a journalist; even though his father does not approve. It continues through to his college days at Bendix University culminating with Senior week and the challenge of the Princess of Moag Award. His first weeks on the job where he is tasked with an Interview with the dungeon master. This is followed by an interview with the Lord of Ahren Castle and right now, finishes with Morley and the Beauty Pageant. There are many threads in the background that finally bring him to...   Well, that would be giving it away!

But, I can tell you this. I have had some new ideas and the ending has been written, only the bridge from the Beauty Pageant to the ending is left and it will be just as enjoyable as the other adventures he has along the way. A strange new awakening comes over our little hero as he begins to realize how he really feels for Sandra; and nothing like a wedding to make that abundantly clear as both he and Sandra become involved with their friends, Franklin and Berry's wedding. Morley is Franklin's best man, and Sandra becomes both the wedding planner and Maid of Honor. There is much for our young man to learn along with Sandra's mysterious past.

This next entry is an idea I woke up with one morning and it tormented me constantly until I wrote it down. I think the title tells it all, it is a fantasy story taking place in the kingdon of King Fortane involving a reporter named Morley whose assignment is to interview the Dungeon Master. I put this together in less than a week.
This is my first excursion into the world of fantasy as you may well guess by the title. Mr. Gabble, an editor for a local paper in the kingdom of King Fortane, has been given the assignment of doing a feature piece based on an interview with the Master of the King's Dungeon.
Now you may think this seems like an easy task, but Morley has no idea where the dungeon is or how to get there; but he knows someone who may. And that's when the fun begins as Morley literally drops into the dungeons to find himself face to face with the real Master of the Dungeon, Sergeant Tern Klugg. Together they descend through the several levels of the dungeon as the sergeant gives him the grand tour. Find out what happens to our hapless hero as he tries to survive 'Interview with the Dungeon Master'.
Available now at www.smashwords.com. 


6/30/2015 - This is the second installment in the Morley series and finds our young and naive reporter out on another wild assignment, that of seeking an interview with none other than the Lord of Ahren Castle. Problem is no one has seen the lord in many, many years. Now, why did I write this one? Simple if you've already looked at what I had listed as the previous second installment. I had written a stupendously funny and graphic beginning and main body, but with a odd and somewhat unconnected, but extremely funny, part that introduced another character that was part of the main body. With the expanded set of characters and a weak link between those sections, I decided to write one to bring those characters to life before they get into the mayhem of the third story and to give me some time to figure out how I was going to pull it all together. This story is not the same as the other two stories  in that it is a bit darker and more emotional for our young hero.


3 Aug 2015 - This was the second Morley story I wrote, but it was unfinished and something about it bothered me. So, I set it aside and went on to other adventures such as dead mice in the closet, replacing the shower plumbing, and trading cars; so last night I decided to give it another go. A little editing and I got right back into it and finished it up with a very interesting ending; all except for one little piece, for which I don't have an answer, or question in this case, but hope to come up with a suitable one before long. Therefore, I have a couple of other story lines I want to pursue when I have the time.

After writing the first three adventures I decided it was time for a prequel to sort of set the stage for how Morley ended up working for Mr. XXX; and this meant going back to his college days.

Will there be others? Of course; I've already come up with a few other interesting plots.Perhaps I'll eventually write a complete volume on the Tales of Morley. Who knows? At this point, not even Me.

Monday, April 13, 2015

The Cornish Talisman Series

2/2/2017 - Removed all of the individual blogs on the stories that have been published to date.

The Cornish Talisman Series started with the story about a young man that inherits his grand father's farm and finds a spaceship hidden in one of the barns. I even had a couple of chapters written and a couple of the main characters defined. It was going to be titled "My Grandfathers Spaceship". Catchy title don't you think? But, as usual, I find the story had a different idea and kept teasing me to change focus. Then came my first decision on where the story was headed all based on my first sticking point. Sticking points, you know, those things in a story that just reach out like thorns behind the roses and keep jabbing at you.Anyway, I changed direction and decided to tell the story behind how the spaceship came to be hidden in the barn and of course where it had come from.

Well, it rapidly developed into a space yarn involving a fifteen year old boy aboard a family owned ship, that discovers a real spaceship of the Predecessors. The Predecessors are an ancient group of beings that vanished long before the present humanity developed space travel. All three families aboard their ship have children and our young hero is also not the oldest. Arial is three years older and the captain's daughter. She treats him like a child and he, of course, is madly in love with her. It is a twisted set of circumstances that leaves our young Jasom marooned on a little farm in Nashua, Montana in our year of 1952. He is lost, alone, and doesn't know if he'll ever see his family again. Circumstances have a way working things out and our young orphan is taken in by a childless couple who run the local store in town. Years go by without a word from his parents as he blends into the local school system and eventually starts college.The title has a further allusion to which you will have to read to find out.

At the end of book 1 "The Orphan from Space", I split the plot between book 2, "The Crystal Crowns", and book 3, "Return to Earth". Time wise, book 2 recombines with the main story line near the end of book 3. However, book 4 "Betrayal on Gruentok" begins at the end of book 2 and intersects near the middle of  book 5 "Galactic Quest", which is the story I'm presently working on. So far, its been a span of almost 9 years since the beginning of book 1.

Which brings me back to "My Grandfathers Spaceship", the original story. I've toyed with the idea and developed a somewhat plausible story line that would pick up nearly 50 years after book 1 and center on the grandson of Jasom and Arial. There would also be mention or cameos of Aunt Dora and Aunt Selda as elderly widows. However, at this time I have too many other projects and even less time.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Ring Bell for Service - categories: [ matter transmission | space / time travel | satire ]


 This started off as a short story but has grown substantially since. Based somewhat loosely on a   story I read back in the 60's, the title for which I have long forgotten. It begins with a travel agency setting where our unsuspecting hero decides he would like to spend his vacation at a calm and peaceful setting. Something like warm weather, sunny skies and a beach sipping on lots of umbrella drinks, the friendly natives fishing on the clear placid waters.

But too much of a good thing has changed his mind; he has become bored with the idyllic setting.  A little more adventure is what he really wants and decides to switch to a tour. Think "it's Tuesday so I must be somewhere else". Places like a mountain resort, a medieval theme park, or maybe a swampland playground await our eager traveler; just punch the button and be prepared to be amazed. In like manner, all you the reader have to do is turn the page and be amazed as well.

Now that's all fine and good, but what would happen if you, some where along the tour, missed your boat or got on the wrong boat? Where would you end up?

Sound like fun? Then join Mr. Rogers as he gets just what he asked for, and so much more.

After much work gathering the pieces, I've massaged and clipped and glued and pasted together what appears to me to be a very appropriate cover for this story. (shown above)

OK, let me say that "Ring Bell for Service" is coming along very nicely. First major edit begged a slight clarification to the ending and nearly another thousand words to support it. The overall storyline is smoothing out and the flow runs the gamut of emotions ending in both sacrifice and new beginnings.

As an extra tidbit, let's just say that some of the stops aren't quite what they are supposed to be as our Mr. Phil Rogers learns, the hard way. You may scream now if you wish.