Archive for the ‘Podcasts’ Category

Yes, it is Wyrmflight’s anniversary. I started this blog on December 27, 2011. My intention was to build on and support a podcast I was doing called Masters of Air & Fire. This is a middle grade fantasy novel I had written and marketed, but couldn’t find a home for. But since I find it obnoxious when authors talk about nothing but themselves, I decided Wyrmflight should include all facets of dragons in myth, modern storytelling, and even a few in real life. Sometimes I get very in-depth and philosophical. Other times it’s short and silly.

Now three years have gone by. I’m always afraid that I’ll run out of dragons to talk about, but so far so good. I’m certainly not the only one who likes dragons. I keep finding them on display in public places or used as the name of some interesting creature or product. Although my goal was to connect with kids who might enjoy Masters of Air & Fire, my core readership has become adult fantasy readers and writers. Some of you have become good friends and we all cheer each other on.

I know some writers find blogging to be a burden after a while. It takes too much time from actual writing, or they don’t achieve what they had hoped for. For me, Wyrmflight has been so great and rewarding that I could never dream of giving it up. This is my thanks to all of you who fly with me on the wings of dragons.

My next post will be on New Year’s Eve. I’ll review what I wrote this year, and what publications are due out soon. (Including Masters of Air & Fire, at long last!) For now, I’ll leave you with a reprise of my very first post from 2011.


Why am I writing a blog about dragons? Because they’re so cool, of course.

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve loved stories with dragons in them. They’re so big and tough. They can breathe fire. They can fly! (Didn’t you always want to fly?)

Okay, I was never so into the maiden-eating thing, being a maiden myself. Putting that aside… what’s not to like?

All over the world, people have legends about dragons. Some are fearsome monsters. Some are wise nature spirits. Some can change their form and walk among humans. Some have an intimate bond with riders, sharing all their joys and fears, defending the people they love.

Dragons are beautiful and terrible. They touch something deep inside me. That’s why I can’t stop reading about them. Now that I’m a writer, those dragons keep finding their way into my stories, too.

Now I would like to hear from you readers, especially from kids. What do you love about dragons, and what makes you keep reading about them?


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I have some exciting news. Masters of Air & Fire, the middle grade fantasy novel I podcasted because I’d give up on selling it, will finally be published! Sky Warrior, the publisher of my fantasy novel The Seven Exalted Orders, will shortly be sending me a contract. If they follow their usual marketing, Masters of Air & Fire will be an e-book first, and a print book if sales warrant.

In essence, Masters of Air & Fire is a family drama where the family happen to be dragons. Three young wyrmlings are orphaned by the eruption of their volcanic home and must struggle to find their place in the world. Not only do they strive against each other, determining which of them is in charge, they also run afoul of some small, hairless, alien creatures called humans.

Some of the humans seem friendly. But do they have dark intentions toward the wyrmlings? Other humans are hostile, until the wyrmlings see them as captives with a shared purpose. Deciding which humans to trust is a major challenge of the book. The question of humans domesticating dragons is a sore point for me, and I enjoyed exploring that.

What makes my dragons different, you may wonder? Besides that I call them ‘wyrms’ rather than dragons, that is. I was really interested in examining the fearsome legendary dragon in a more vulnerable position. As kids who haven’t grown their scales yet and could be lost and scared. I tried to create a credible society among gigantic predators who mostly live alone once they reach adulthood.

I also tried to give them a different physical presence than other stories, with patches of color-changing skin that they use to express emotion and communicate over distances.

Once I have a firm publication date for Masters of Air & Fire, I’ll share that with you. For now, if you want to check out the podcast edition, it’s still up on my web site. I hope you’ll check it out.

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It’s Thanksgiving weekend here in the US. A wonderful family time, yet with a weird, ugly side. The huge food binge, followed by a huge shopping binge. Everything feels just a little bloated today.

Thanksgiving has made me think about dragon hoards, of all things. A huge treasure binge, if you will.

In many of the ancient tales, heroes do battle with dragons for the greater good. They risk their lives to protect their homes and families from a malevolent force bent on devouring everything. Fame and fortune are happy accidents.

In modern story telling, like D&D or fantasy video games, adventurers do battle with dragons for personal gain. They risk their lives to get the dragon’s hoard. Fame and fortune are the whole point.

I mention this because greed for the dragon’s hoard is a theme I addressed in my fantasy short story, “The Dragon King.” A valiant king fights to save his people from the rapacious dragon, only to be snared by the lust for gold.

This short story was published by Song of the Siren, a long-defunct online magazine. Sadly, I can’t link to the text version any more. However, “The Dragon King” is also the first episode of my podcast series, which shares the same name. It’s on my web site, and it’s free in the spirit of holiday giving. (Although fame and donations would be great, too)

Check if out, if your interested.

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The final episode! Skalah alone stands between Vingrel and victory, with just one uncertain ally.

The episode is on my web site, but I’ve been encountering some sort of loop on Podbean and haven’t been able to load the episode there. I’ll have to try again tomrrow.

As always, I would love to hear from anyone who’s got questions or comments.

Time notes: Introduction, 0:12; Chapter 7, 0:47; End credits 13:04; Total run time, 14:26

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I have some news to share before I get to my regular Sunday podcast. First, I have some new followers. Welcome! I’ve got a hunch some of you were attracted by Yamata no Orochi, and its connection to the master villain Orochimaru from Naruto. I assure you, I plan to follow up on that thread next week. Even if that isn’t the case, I hope you’ll enjoy my blog.

In addition, I have been nominated for the Lovely Blog Award. Thanks so much to A. P. Roberts for the nod. I’m pleased to accept, and I’m currently putting together the seven questions and pass-on nominations, so look for that to be coming, too.

Now we come to my usual Sunday offering, my swords and sorcery podcast, The Weight of Their Souls. It’s the penultimate episode! Vingrel turns the battlemaid Jerromie against her companions, and the battle goes from bad to worse. You can download the most recent episodes from Podbean, or if you’re coming in late the entire series is on my web site. I hope you’ll enjoy the story. Any comments are welcome.

Time notes: Intro, 0:12; Chapter Six, 0:52; End Credits, 9:47; Total Run Time, 11:10.

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In Episode 5, the company expects Vingrel to make another try at Jerromie, but it’s Urzel who vanishes in the night.

You can listen to my podcast on Podbean or my web site, though space limitations mean I can only have a few episodes at a time on Podbean. If you wish to download the entire series, get it from my web site.

If you’re enjoying the story, please tell your friends about my podcast. Or even tell me! I could use the attention, believe me.

Time Notes: Introduction, 0:12; Chaper 5, 0:52; End Credits, 11:17; Total Run Time, 12:39.

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Here we go with Episode #4! Skalah leads the company to a wayhouse, where he hopes to find shelter. But will they escape from Vingrel that easily? You can listen to episodes on Podbean or my web site.

We’re half way through the story now, so please let me know what you think!

Time notes: Introduction, 0:12; Chapter Four, 0:54; End Credits, 11:45; Total Run Time, 13:07.

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