Missives from a mystical beach
And other updates
Last week, I got out of town for a few days. It was a great mini-break. I ate too much food and went for a few nearby walks. For some reason, it inspired me to write something along the lines of an old school adventurer’s diary entry.
The Forest Primeval
We journeyed today into the forest primeval, weaving amongst the whispering sentinel trees and their treacherous roots, which snaked around the corpses of their fallen brethren, waiting to snag those who wandered without due care.
I passed mucosal creatures munching on magical mushrooms, crept over suspenseful bridges, and stood stunned in front of the ruins of ancient civilizations.
I pondered witches’ butter and old man’s beard, and paused at the croak of the forest guardians, relaying information about our small party.
Finally, our small party came to a mystical beach where the waters roared and threatened to overtake us. The cliffs spoke of tumult and mermaids’ tears were strewn amongst the rocks.
The gods of Pik Nik showed their displeasure at us stopping to rest and replenish our bellies, sending a light sprinkled of hail to encourage us to move on. And so we now retrace our path back to our starting point.
The end? … yeah, it’s the end.
In other news
Just because I was away doesn’t mean I stopped working on book 3 of The Lyra Cycle space adventure series. The revisions are done…ish. I still need to go back and revise a few things but the heavy lifting is done.
I also read the remaining Wayfarer book by Becky Chambers. I realized recently that I hadn’t read the galaxy, and the ground within. I’m a big fan of her books — I had a friend loan me the first one, describing it as a “nice” book. And it was! It was lovely and thoroughly enjoyable even though it doesn’t have the hallmarks of your usual story. Nothing really bad happens, no one being bad to each other. I don’t tend to reread books — there’s just so many to read — but I might have to re-read these.
What are you reading now? I’d love to hear in the comments … or I should figure out how to do this chat thing. I am starting the 2023 TBR list.
Books for your TBR shelf
If you’ve already read the Wayfarer books, how about checking out some of the books in this event — can I recommended Lisa Blackwood, C. Gockel, M. Pax?
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