Excerpt from Chapter 1 of "Whispers of the Dragon" “Maxmillian Rottweiler! You big miscreant! Get back here and face your fate!” Max laughed and ducked behind the shipping crates. Toryo snickered and punched his beefy arm. “You’re just too darn recognizable, Max! And slow, too! Don’t let them catch us! Sir James will be beside [...]
Excerpt from Chapter 10 of "Whispers of the Dragon" The Golden Goshawk was a classic Landish trade road inn. It was large, with encompassing, defensible walls big enough to hold all the people, animals, and wagons of two or three merchant trains at once. Rooms inside the main building offered a comfortable night’s rest, with [...]
#NaNoWriMo2017 "Whispers of the Dragon" first draft is complete! It went to 128K words in two months. I'm pleased with how this turned out, but now it's time for editing!
#NaNoWriMo2017 #NaNoWinner2017 Reached 50,000 words on "Whispers of the Dragon" on November 20 and continued writing. Finished the month with 79,263 words. Still writing! The finished first draft is probably going to be about 120K and done in mid-December.
About the Book This is a fantasy novel, set in a world where magic and dragons exist. In this world of Saltwave, the struggle between Light and Shadow is real and it touches the everyday lives of the people who live there. The story follows the journey of a young man gifted with a very [...]
By Steve Semler Revision: 10/29/2017 10:41 PM Copyright © 2017 by Steve Semler. All rights reserved. Maxmillian Rottweiler stopped mid-stride in the center of the empty trade road. Something he couldn’t quite place drew his head to the left. He squinted through the dusk at the building before him. The big warrior’s sandy-blond brows [...]
I am getting set for the next National Novel Writing Month marathon (NaNoWriMo)! This year's project will be the first novel I have written in the Saltwave roleplaying game setting that I created way back in 1990. Whispers of the Dragon will feature a gifted young man who could become a paladin, if he could [...]
What can I be when the world won't let me be what I want? "The Beechwood Flute" is a must-read for thoughtful fantasy lovers. Written by Pendred Noyce, the setting is rich, the characters realistic and engaging, and the challenges the protagonist, Kiran, faces are all too real. The reader gets caught up immediately in [...]
The Tranquility Chip by Steve Semler My rating: Irrelevant... I'm the author! "The Tranquility Chip" story was suggested by developments in neuroscience and my consulting and HR work. A good chunk of what I do with adult learning and organizational effectiveness involves finding ways to help people overcome resistance or fear of change. That got [...]
Hazy, shifting Underhill sunlight filtered down through the trees around the Court of Stars. The Faerie Queen's gardens were in full bloom. A riot of color somehow made a grand harmony as each flower and leaf contributed its own brush stroke by merely existing. On this May morning, Gayle and Sheena walked with the Queen. [...]