What the world needs is a little more magic in it.
Now, while I don’t have the ability to create magic, I do have the ability to create the illusion of magic. At least for children, I hope.
Enter Letters from a Dwarf.
The idea is this:
I write letters as though they were written by all manner of mythical creatures (not just dwarves). Some will tell stories and legends. Others will have easy science experiments disguised as magic. There will be songs and art and easy, kid-friendly recipes for them to whip up. Others will teach about the magical world of the Doors. Each written up and ready for a parent to ‘hide’ some place their curious tyke will find it.
Slowly over time a grander story will come out, and your children will help to save the hidden world of the Doors from an encroaching evil. At first your kids will just ‘stumble upon’ letters meant for other ‘dwarves.’ But soon the magical beings who live within the Doors will notice their little watcher, and begin to send letters directly to them.
Some letters I will post on this blog for any parent to come along and copy, free of charge. Or, if they like, for a few bucks I will mail them a more fancy looking one (like the rough draft of a letter I styled up below). Others I will write, in hopes that some parents might want to amp things up and get on a forthcoming subscription plan I am working up, in which stylish, realistic letters arrive in the mail monthly, primed to be ‘discovered’ by a waiting child.
As a child who spent far too much time as a small child looking for hidden doors and secret passages, this is something I would have loved more than anything. My window has been missed, but maybe for a host of other children out there, we can bring a little magic into their lives.
This sample letter (if you can’t read it) teaches a child how to make ‘Pixie Slime’ which you may better know as gak, goop or slime.
In Colorado recently, meteorologists were perplexed when a giant, 70 mile swarm of…something…obscured their weather radar. At first they thought it might have been birds. Then, insanely, they tried to claim that it was in fact butterflies.
Here at Cthulnews we have the truth (as always). A swarm that big, leading to an excuse so palpably false, could only mean one thing: night-gaunts! What are such creatures you might ask? Let the master of the macabre describe them for yourself, from his epic tale, the Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath:
“Shocking and uncouth black beings with smooth, oily, whale-like surfaces, unpleasant horns that curved inward toward each other, bat-wings whose beating made no sound, ugly prehensile paws, and barbed tails that lashed needlessly and disquietingly. And worst of all, they never spoke or laughed, and never smiled because they had no faces at all to smile with, but only a suggestive blankness where a face ought to be. All they ever did was clutch and fly and tickle; that was the way of night-gaunts.”
Butterflies? Come on weathermen, what sort of fools do you take us for?
For those who don’t know, I have a patreon account. For those who don’t know what that is, its a site where I upload behind the scenes type stuff from my writing for those who support the account. You can pledge 1 or 5 dollars, and once done, you get to see whatever it is I post. There are flash fictions, worldbuilding articles, samples from as yet unpublished books, and all sorts of other goodies.
That said, for each 5 dollar pledge I get, I will in turn become a 1 dollar backer on someone else I support’s Patreon. So really, you will in a round about way be backing two people for the price of one! And yeah, I will end up with less money, but as a community of creatives, we should be supporting each other I feel. Lets build all of us up together.
With a day to spare, done!
This was without a doubt the hardest NaNo I have completed. I jumped to a early couple day buffer, but then had to burn it up due to the music fest I threw. From that point on I could never seem to get ahead again. Just too busy!
But its done! And I am a bit over halfway done with this novel! Come camp nano season I will probably finish it up if I haven’t already by then.
But this will be the last actual official NaNo I do I think. It makes me sad to say that, but as life grows more busy, it just stresses me out too much. Camp Nano is much more my speed, and has the added bonus of not burning me out. Every December I find I don’t write much, because I am just too burnt out.
Thank you for tuning into to Cthulnews, your source for the true stories behind popular news articles. This week we have a great (old) one for you!
The Article in Question
As you will read, North Korean fishing vessels are washing up on the west coast of Japan, either abandoned, or with the corpses of their crew. This month alone, four of the ships have washed up. The article makes mention of how the fishing fleet has recently been growing, and other articles make mention of how the Korean military has been helping to staff the rapidly expanding fleet.
Here at Cthulnews, our crack team of reporters have done the digging you expect of such a venerable institution, and we’ve cracked the mystery of this case. By scouring our sources within the Hidden Kingdom (no mean feat in these days of heightened tensions on the peninsula) we have learned the eldritch causes of this catastrophe!
It seems the fishing fleet of North Korea has long suffered from the predations of Deep Ones. Unlike fabled Innsmouth however, it has had no way to mitigate their steady attacks over the years (we realize that Kim looks like a Deep One Hybrid, but it seems to not actually be the case). So as the fleet has expanded, so too have the number of incidents. This is why the military has begun staffing these vessels, in an attempt to battle these fell creatures from the deeps.
How this war will conclude, only time will tell. Our bet is with the inevitable ending of humanity under the crushing might of Lord Cthulhu.
Cthulnews, signing off!
Well I hit the halfway point today, crossing the 25k word mark. This month has been a struggle, I would say possibly the second hardest NaNo I have yet to participate in. I have been able to stay on pace, but not really get ahead, which to me is the best thing you can do if you want to win. If you get behind, its a nightmare. But keeping on pace…to me its hard. Without that buffer to take off some stress…ugh.
But today put me up a bit. Starting to claw a buffer into existence, and hopefully this weekend I will be able to widen the gap. The 30k-40k leg is always the hardest for me, and its looming large on the horizon. Oof.
How is NaNo going for you?
The next month is going to be crazy, we me tackling NaNoWriMo (national novel writing month) once again. On top of that I signed on to be the ML for the Montgomery Region, which means it’s my job to run related events and meet ups.
I will be writing the sequel to Battleborn for this month, a book I am calling Blightborn. Another grimdark fantasy novel, it follows some of the old characters from Battleborn, while bringing in some neat new ones (I hope).
Also, I have finished editing Capital of Nightmares, so I will be fine tuning my submission outlines and such so I can begin to shop it around to agents. I was going to hold off til January, but figured there was no point in holding off, no time like the (far too busy) present.
So what about you? Planning to tackle NaNoWriMo this year?