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Byron Presents: the Next-to-Last Bell Mountain Trivia Question

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Oh, boy! Byron the Quokka here, with the next-to-last question in our Bell Mountain trivia contest! Question No. 19! And that’s Mum and Dad whispering answers to each other so that you blighters out there can’t overhear. Or else they’re pretending to be a pair of bookends. Of course they both know the answer.

But do you? Well, here’s the question:

Who was the Temple librarian who became First Prester?

(If you don’t know what a First Prester is, you haven’t read the books and you’re just out of luck, I’m afraid.)

The winner gets an autographed book. And if you want to hold out for His Mercy Endureth Forever, I asked Lee and he says it’s okay.

 


Holy Moly! Finished!

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I’m a little behind in my posts today, but never mind–The Wind From Heaven has been written! Finito! Bell Mountain No. 13 is ready to have its final chapter set typed up and sent to Susan for editing.

Just in time, too: the weather’s getting too cold for me to sit outside and write.

Will this go down in history as “the Tanystropheus book?” I mean, because there’s a Tanystropheus in it? But that’s only one of its attractions, and the only one I’ll mention by name–don’t want to spoil any surprises. Susan has read the first five chapter sets and says you’re gonna need a seat belt to read this book.

But first we’ve got to get His Mercy Endureth Forever into print, and to make that turn out right, we need Kirk DouPonce’s cover art. I can’t wait to see what he comes up with this time.

And I just remembered I’ve got to do something about Joe Collidge today–so see you in a bit.


If You Want to Order Books…

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If you’re looking to order any of my books directly from Chalcedon (the publisher), be advised that for the next few days the Chalcedon office will be cut off from electric power–so you won’t be able to phone in your order. The power company in California, coping with a risk of fire, has cut off power to millions of customers as a preventive measure.

You can still place your order via email. Or buy through amazon.com.

Christmas is coming, folks, and my books make great presents. Ask anyone who’s read them.


Byron Presents: Bell Mountain Trivia Question No. 18

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(Chomp, chomp…) G’day, mates! Sorry for the delay: couldn’t talk with my mouth full. Byron the Quokka here, with good manners–and Question No. 18 in our Bell Mountain Trivia Contest. Eighteen! Only three left before we have a winner.

Ready? Here it is?

Who denounced the Thunder King and declared God’s judgment on him–in the Thunder King’s own golden hall, in front of all his mardars?

We still have one reader who’s gotten every question right so far, hasn’t missed one of them. I wonder if that person lives with quokkas. We have that effect on humans.

The winner gets an autographed book and the admiration of all the other readers. You can even hold out for the next book, His Mercy Endureth Forever, if you can wait till sometime next year.

P.S.–Don’t forget the BIG comment contest! Only 344 to go, to reach 50,000! Who will win the official Quokka T-shirt? Crikey, gotta catch my breath! Excitement’s almost too much for me.


Down the Home Stretch (if I Can!)

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The fall season has its charm and beauty, but today, despite abundant sunshine, it’s just too cold to go outside and write.

I have one more chapter set to go, to finish The Wind From Heaven. Due to the late spring we had this year, I wasn’t able to start writing this book until May 24 . Usually I start in April. By working extra-hard for four months, I’m now racing the weather down the home stretch. I pray this coming week is somewhat warmer.

Jack’s had prophetic dreams again–dreams he doesn’t understand. Lord Orth has had to risk his life by returning to Obann City. Great ships coming from who knows where have been sighted off Durmurot. Lord Chutt has made mischief like no one ever dreamed he’d make. And Ebed, the orphan boy who spies for Gallgoid in the city, is about to go to sea–something that no one in Obann has done for a thousand years. And don’t even ask what Ysbott’s doing.

All this and more–you can see I’ve got my hands full.

Can I do in five months what usually takes me seven? And will it turn out right?

Stay tuned.


Byron Presents: Bell Mountain Trivia Question No. 17

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G’day! Byron the Quokka here, and we’re going down the home stretch of our Bell Mountain trivia contest. The winner gets an autographed book.

There are twenty questions, and here’s No. 17. Ready?

Who is Jack’s only living blood relative?

Like I told you up front, the questions get harder as they go along. Don’t feel bad–Lee’s wife Patty is really bombing these questions. Of course, any quokka could answer them all–answer ’em correctly, I mean. Even a platypus could answer ’em all, if you don’t count wrong answers.

And don’t forget the Milestone Comment Contest! Post Comment No. 50,000 and win an official Quokka T-shirt.


More Progress!

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Ah, this beautiful September weather! And the need to get the book finished before the cold weather sets in.

I’ve just finished another five chapters of The Wind From Heaven. Now I’ve got to type them up and send them to Susan for editing. That’s five sets of chapters done, and one more should finish the job.

Somehow the momentum of this story sucked me willy-nilly into a climax before I even suspected I was heading into one. And I suspect there’s another climactic event or two waiting for me in the next chapter set. That wind has been mighty busy, blowing characters all around the map; and there are things happening in places that aren’t on the map.

Inquiring minds want to know why I’ve posted a picture of Baluchitheriums when there aren’t any Baluchitheriums in this book, and haven’t been any since the climax of Book 3, The Thunder King. Well, I like Baluchitheriums–okay? And if another one should march into the story somewhere down the line, well, sometimes a thing like that can’t be avoided.


Charging Blindly into the Story

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My weekend allergy attack has abated (that’s three weekends in a row), the sun is shining, I’ve got my eye on a good Sabbath rest–and tomorrow I’ve got to plunge back into my new book, Bell Mountain No. 13, The Wind from Heaven.

I just spent a week typing the four or five newest chapters and sending them in to my editor. I give her the book in pieces so she can stop me if anything goes haywire. So far, nothing has. The last bunch of chapters moved her to say, “This story is moving so fast, you’re gonna need a seat-belt to read it.”

I have absolutely no idea where it’s going. Events are piling up like storm clouds, the wind from Heaven’s blowing hard, and I’m just writing it down. I reckon I’m a little over halfway done. I’ve got to finish before the cold weather sets in. I defy anyone to write a decent fantasy novel indoors with the phone ringing every five minutes with a nuisance call. (Congress really ought to do something about that: it’s getting out of hand.) I mean, they’re still calling me to hit up Aunt Joan for money, and she’s been dead for a year and a half. But I digress.

How will this story climax? Where will the clouds finally burst?

When I find out, I’ll write it down.

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Byron: Another Friendly Reminder

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G’day, mates! Byron the Quokka here–and why do I look so blinkin’ happy?

Well, all right, we quokkas are happy most of the time. But today we just found out that we’re able to offer that fantastic prize we talked about, to whoever wins the big comment contest and posts Comment No. 50,000.

Ah, but what is it? Sorry, but I’m not allowed to tell you that until we have 49,000 comments. Last I looked, we have 48,541. So if you want to see what the prize is… well, get chatting. And then watch those last thousand comments go up like crazy!

Tomorrow I’ll put up Question No. 15 of the Bell Mountain trivia contest–that’s 15 out of 20. Whoever wins that one gets an autographed book. We do have someone in the lead, but I’d rather not tell you who it is. You can have fun trying to guess!

And now I’m late for my How To Write A Great Novel lesson with Ms. Violet Crepuscular, so I’ll see you tomorrow.


Byron Presents: Bell Mountain Trivia Question No. 14

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G’day, mates! Byron the Quokka here: and Lee had to take the cat to the vet for her checkup, so he left me in charge. It’s a big responsibility!

But first things first: the Bell Mountain trivia contest, Question No. 14. Remember, I warned you the questions’d get harder as we moved toward No. 20. But first, No. 14:

Where did Barseen and Uncle Shesh come from?

Oh! And that SUV parked behind me–I’m trying to get Lee to make that the prize for winning this contest.

But he won’t listen to me unless he comes home and finds I got this blog a ton of views while he was out. Oi! Tell your friends about it! Let’s make this a blog day to remember–it’ll look great on my resume.


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