Look at this!
This is a scene from Bell Mountain drawn by our friend Kathleen in Brazil. It’s Jack, Ellayne, and Ham the donkey meeting the hermit, Obst. I wonder if she’ll wind up illustrating my books someday. (Gee, that idea really appeals to me!)
So you’re here in New Jersey, you write a book, and someone in Brazil likes it so much, she draws pictures of it. It’s humbling!
OK, no more nooze! Get outside and work on Ozias, Prince in Peril…
Here are Jack and Ellayne before they set off to climb Bell Mountain, drawn by our friend Katheleen in Brazil. There’s another drawing from her sister, Kerolyn, which I’ll post tomorrow.
Girls, I love these drawings of yours! And I’m so happy that you love my books.
As you can see, there is no flippin’ picture here: WordPress has defeated and embarrassed me again. Sorry! Why I hate technology, etc….
P.S.–If you want to see these pictures, Katheleen has posted links to them in her comment below.
Katheleen is a creative young girl in Brazil who asked me for permission to make a Bell Mountain video. I had no idea what to expect, no idea at all–but being surprised would be part of the fun.
Well, I was surprised, all right. And delighted! Yo, Steven Spielberg–there’s more than one way to make a movie!
This one’s in Portuguese; but just press “CC” for English subtitles.
Why should you be here tomorrow?
Because we’re gonna see history made!
Tomorrow I’ll unveil the first Bell Mountain video anyone has ever made. Made by Katheleen, a talented girl in Brazil–and her approach to the story, well, I think you’ll find it totally unexpected. The dialogue is in Portuguese (hence the Portuguese language cover, above) with English subtitles.
I find it hard to describe my reaction to this video; but delight is a major part of it. Hey, this book is my baby!
Well done, Katheleen–and thank you. (This is just so cool!)
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.
These were very nice little reviews, and I was very glad to get them.
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.
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.
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!
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…