Writing Update (and a Story) – May 2022

The Mage Knight, Book 4: Still completed, still undergoing editing and cover art. I apologize for the lack of progress on this book, but it looks like I’m not the only one struggling – my editor and artist are both going through some things.

Undisclosed Title, Book 5: 10,565 Words (About 12% completed)

So, I’m making progress once again. Slow, sure, but steady. In the meantime, here’s a bit to consider:

One of the questions I get often is, “What was your inspiration for writing these books?” The answer is that there are a great number of things, but one thing that inspired The Wind Lord’s Gambit in particular is this rather off-color joke:

A lazy little bird decides not to fly south for the winter, and instead lays about while the other birds are migrating. Soon, the weather turns bitter cold. The bird tries to fly to find food, but his little wings freeze and he falls to the ground in a large field. “Surely, this is the end for me” thinks the little bird.

A cow walks by, and, by happenstance, poops all over the little bird. The poop is warm, however, and it revives the bird. In fact, he is so happy that he starts to sing.

A nearby cat hears the singing bird, finds him in the poop, and eats him up.

The moral of the story is:
– Not everyone who craps on you is your enemy.
– Not everyone who gets you out of crap is your friend.
– If you are warm and happy in a big pile of crap, keep your mouth shut.

There you have it. That was the inspiration everyone has been asking about.

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