My ‘Bell Mountain’ Dream (For Kathleen)

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A reader in Brazil, Kathleen, has asked me for this. She wants to make a Bell Mountain video for her YouTube channel. She’s interested in the fact that the book was inspired by a dream I had one night.

I dreamed of a boy standing alone on a grassy riverbank, a shallow stream of cold water flowing over a bed of smooth stones. In the distance towered mountains, the tallest of which, Bell Mountain, was cloaked in clouds around the summit. No one had ever seen the summit.

And suddenly that mountain began to “sing” to him. This terrified him and froze him to the spot; but it was also exhilarating. He’d never heard anything like it before. He could have listened for hours, but then he woke up.

To read it as I wound up writing it, here”s a link (https://leeduigon.com/books/bell-mountain/). Just scroll down to the sample chapter.

It was a very vivid dream, in technicolor, and I never forgot it. That was a good thing, because shortly afterward someone at the Chalcedon Foundation wondered how we’d do if we published a novel–and I was ready to write it!

I also dreamed the climax of my third book in the series, The Thunder King, and the opening chapter of the seventh, The Glass Bridge. I have always dreamed vivid, unusual dreams, all my life; and they’ve played a major role in my writing.

I look forward to seeing Kathleen’s video, and hope I can post it here for all of you.

‘Puritan Board’ Reviews My Books (2020)

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These were very nice little reviews, and I was very glad to get them.

https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/lee-duigons-bell-mountain-series.102216/

Meanwhile, all across the country, people are reading less and less. When I was in high school I began to wonder if they weren’t trying to discourage us from reading: it’s the only way I can explain assigning Silas Marner to American tenth-graders. We also had to read The Forsyte Saga. If that doesn’t put you off reading, you’re made of very stern stuff.

So, yeah, I’m trying to get some more of you to read my books. I mean, that’s why I wrote them, isn’t it?

And you can order them right here on this blog! Just click “Books” on the Home page and find out all about it.

 

 

‘My Answer to a Critic’ (2013)

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Yes, it was going to be my big break: a well-known critic was going to review my book, Bell Mountain.

My Answer to a Critic

He didn’t, of course. He thought my book was full of secret Calvinist messages that would harm its readers. He took it upon himself to protect the world from… me.

You’d think you could get away from these people in a blinkin’ fantasy world.

‘I Win an Award!’ (2013)

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It seems so long ago, 2013. Then again, in only eight years, twelve more of my Bell Mountain books have been published. But it all started with Bell Mountain itself; and imagine my surprise and delight when I learned I’d just won a major international book award!

I Win an Award!

The next year I won a silver medal for Book No. 2, The Cellar Beneath the Cellar. There were no more entries after that, so no more awards. Gotta be in it to win it. But I was in it twice and I won twice. How cool is that?

Now I’m struggling with the new book, The Witch Box–too much talkin’, not enough action. I have to solve this, somehow. Maybe if I throw in a lot of left-wing anti-American crap I can be nominated for a Pulitzer.

 

How Leftids Tried to Sink ‘Bell Mountain’: Part III

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Well, now you know how to get an unfair, dishonest, non-review removed from amazon.com’s customer reviews page.

I was gratified when it took readers only a day to get amazon to delete the personal attack against me, disguised as a review of my book.

Ta-dah! Thank You, Readers

Remember: they’re always looking to stifle us. “The price of freedom is eternal vigilance” is no exaggeration.

Having said all this, I would like to re-assert my firm conviction that to burden a fantasy world with junk from the, ahem, real world is very bad fantasy. I mean, if the Elf turns to the Dwarf and says, “We must learn to celebrate diverse lifestyles,” that is lousy, rotten, unforgivable, stupid, howlingly awful fantasy.

And I take great care never to do it!

‘”Pro-choice” Means “No Choice”‘ (2017)

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Once upon a time, some wokies tried to sabotage my fantasy novels because they didn’t like my politics. So they went to amazon.com and posted one-star reviews of Bell Mountain–which they hadn’t read, but they were out to punish me for not loving Big Brother.

‘Pro-Choice’ Means ‘No Choice’

It took some days to resolve this. I’ll be re-posting my commentary on the situation as it developed. (Would you like to see more of that today or wait for tomorrow?)

Well, that’s leftids for you–always taking away your choices. And thanks to our overpriced but truly wretched “education” system, many of us are willing to give up our freedom in return for–what? What do they think the Left is gonna do for them?

I mean, they won’t even let you read a fantasy novel in peace…

I’ve Got My Book in Japanese

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I got a surprise in the mail this morning–Joshua’s translation of my book, Bell Mountain, into Japanese. I can’t read a word of it, but this is just so cool! How many of us get to have our words translated into another language.

There’s a Bell Mountain in Portuguese, too.

Joshua worked very hard at this, and so did his mother, and it took them two years to finish the job. It was a labor of love, and I pray the book sells like hotcakes in Japan.

We work together in Christ’s service.

‘Bell Mountain’ in Japanese

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Our friend Joshua and his mother have finished their work of translating my book, Bell Mountain, into Japanese.

It’s also been translated into Portuguese.

This was a lot of work and it took quite a while. Now the trick is to get it published. Joshua has some ideas about that.

I guess because I’ve watched too many Toshiro Mifune movies I expected the Japanese title of my book to sound like something in a movie–Suzo-no-Yama (“Yama” means mountain, one of the few Japanese words I know). But it only turned out to be Belu Maontehn (and I think the U is silent). Oh, well. We can’t all be in a Zatoichi (“The Blind Swordsman”) story.

I’m humbled that Joshua thought so highly of my book that he wished to do all that work on it, all of which he volunteered. But that also tells me I’ve created something worthwhile, by the grace of God.

Mifune would’ve made a great Helki the Rod.

‘How to Write a Fantasy Novel’ (2010)

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This piece appeared in Chalcedon’s print magazine in 2010, shortly after Bell Mountain was published. I’ve had a lot of practice writing fantasy novels, since then.

https://chalcedon.edu/magazine/how-to-write-a-fantasy-novel

There’s still a great unmet need for Christian fantasy, especially for Young Adult readers.

My books would appreciate some company!

 

By Request, ‘Bell Mountain’: How Jack Met Ellayne

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Joshua requested this excerpt from Bell Mountain. This is how my two protagonists, Jack and Ellayne, first met. We join Jack as he’s contemplating an expedition to Bell Mountain. The two of them are about ten years old. Here goes!

“When are you going?”

Jack jumped, startled by the voice behind him… He came down with his hair standing on end at the back of his neck, fists balled–and was even madder when he saw who it was.

“What are you doing here?” he snapped. “Who do you think you are, sneaking up on me like that?”

It was the girl from the chamber house, the stuck-up one, the councilor’s daughter. She had her golden hair in braids. She wore a dress that was cleaner than anything Jack had ever owned and shiny new shoes.

“What are you doing here!” he said.

“I followed you from the chamber house yesterday. I was in the hallway, right outside the classroom, and you charged right past and never saw me.”

“Is that so?”

“You needn’t be so snotty,” she said. “I came for my lesson, and I heard you and Ashrof talking, and you said you were going to climb Bell Mountain. Are you?”

“What business is it of yours? I don’t even know your name.” He did know, but he was too angry to remember it.

“It’s Ellayne. My father is Roshay Bault, the chief councilor. I know your name. It’s Jack Bucket. Silly name!”

For two spits he would have knocked her down, but he knew boys didn’t hit girls–especially girls whose fathers were councilors. Van [his stepfather] would sell him to the Heathen for a human sacrifice if he hit this girl. ***

And there you have it. Jack wound up stuck with Ellayne as his companion, and together they planned their journey to Bell Mountain. If you want to know how it turned out–well, read the book! Just click “Books” on my home page, to find out more about it (and the others in the series) and to order it, if you like, from the publisher or through amazon.com. You can do it without leaving this blog.

P.S.–If you’d like an excerpt from any of my books, just leave a comment to tell me.