Hi – I’m BACK!!!

Jan Hawke INKorporated

Old tune, new words! I’ve been back online for about half a week since my enforced exile with an icky-dicky wi-fi connection, but it’s taken a while for me to get caught up, so today is the first day I’ve felt like things are more or less back to normal. Or whatever passes for normal  ’round these here parts! 😎

I’m definitely of the ‘everything happens for a reason’ school of thought, and the time-out, however frustrating it may have been, has been good for going back to those ‘humdrum’, non-techie things that I used to make time for. Somehow I forgot how much I enjoyed them and rarely made an effort to get away from the keyboard and the lure of diving into the blogosphere. One thing I have decided while I’ve been away is that I’m not going to be networking on the post-dinner session anymore.

Part of…

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I live in hope…

that full broadband connectivity will be restored mid week!

this is in New Zealand, but we have similar outcroppings on Bodmin Moor – not that I could perch on top of it like this guy! LOL

AH! – the joys of  ‘superfast’ broadband use in rural Cornwall… The reason I’ve been so quiet on here lately is that my dedicated wi-fi router has gone kaput and I’ve had to rely on accessing the interweb via my tablet using a public wi-fi network, which has patchy connection that is infuriatingly slooooooooooow…

This all went pear-shaped on the 21st June, which co-incidentally, as well as being the summer solstice, was also the hottest June day since UK records began. Soooo – I was fairly sanguine when I started the long tedious fault reporting process with BT (my ISP) the following day, using guest wi-fi at a v. posh restaurant lounge bar on Dartmoor. Thankfully you can now do all this online, rather than going through the Indian sub-continental call centre, which is generally guaranteed to up my stress levels to monumental proportions.

Since achieving getting on their fault monitor radar, things took the predictable downturn back home on the hobbledy-hoy public wi-fi network, made worse by my not being able to use my PC – 😦 This was because the last thing that I did manage to download on the 21st was a Windows 10 update, which appears to have wiped out my wi-fi network options when the fault first manifested. It now steadfastly refuses to allow me any alternative options to the single one that Microsoft has kindly selected for me…

Anyhoo – I hopefully only have to limp along for another 72 hours, as the engineers are coming out on Wednesday! 😛 I have to get up early that day anyway (the kitchen people are going to measure up for the new worktops then as well), so hopefully things will be back to what passes for normal around here! 😀

Oh – and I just managed to work out that I can update the blog wallpaper for a suitable ‘flaming’ July look later on today. So, enjoy! I’ll hopefully be around a lot more in a few days time! 😉

PIECES OF PERIAN 10

Beware of talking to strange dragons, for they are tricksy and like a little toast of a knight…! 😛

Sue Bridgwater is one of my earliest literary cronies and my brilliant go-to-gal for all things editorial. With Jano, she was one of my first roleplay sparring partners with her bardic character Saranna, who is also a different, demi-godlike protagonist in the Skorn series.

Perian’s Journey, is the first book in the Skorn series.  To find out more about Sue and her work, please do follow the original blog links back to the Skorn blog, or go HERE!

Skorn

“So, a visitor to my humble abode. You come armed and armoured, little man. Surely you are not here to hurt me? I have done you no harm.”
“My apologies, mighty dragon, but I have travelled some distance for the sole purpose of destroying you. It is hardly likely that I will depart before making the attempt.”
“Yes, little dragon-slayer. There you are right. It is hardly likely that you will depart.”
The dragon made a coughing sound that might have been laughter. Athellon drew Sheean and held it aloft.
“We shall see which of us will leave this place! Let us test the temper of my sword in your flesh.”
“No! Look about you, brave knight. See the scattered bones of dragon-slayers. They foolishly tried their weapons against me and now they are greatly honoured in Lavrum but they are no less dead. You cannot imagine how tedious it…

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PIECES OF PERIAN 9

A classic dragon hunt! 😀

Sue Bridgwater is one of my earliest literary cronies and my brilliant go-to-gal for all things editorial. With Jano, she was one of my first roleplay sparring partners with her bardic character Saranna, who is also a different, demi-godlike protagonist in the Skorn series.

Perian’s Journey, is the first book in the Skorn series.  To find out more about Sue and her work, please do follow the original blog links back to the Skorn blog, or go HERE!

Skorn

When he reached the town it was quiet and the wooden gates were closed.
“Hallo there, Lassian! Open your gates for an emissary from
Lavrum.”
A head appeared above the parapet over the gate, and
Athellon was scrutinised carefully.
“From Lavrum, eh? What’s your business?” “Killing dragons.”
“Oh. It’s a while since we had one of them. You’d better come in.”
The gates opened and Athellon entered the town. Lassian was a town for horses. All the streets were broad and all the people were on horseback, even small children. A crowd of riders gathered round Athellon as he rode through the gates and at first they ignored him and examined his mount. “That’s a king’s horse,” one said. “Are you the king?”
“No. My name is Athellon and I have been sent by the King to rid you of the dragon. Where can I find it?”
“Oh, don’t worry…

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PIECES OF PERIAN 8

Home-made re-blog from the SKORN blog (major brain fuse going on today!) – here’s episode 8!

 

Sue Bridgwater is one of my earliest literary cronies and my brilliant go-to-gal for all things editorial. With Jano, she was one of my first roleplay sparring partners with her bardic character Saranna, who is also a different, demi-godlike protagonist in the Skorn series.

Perian’s Journey, is the first book in the Skorn series.  To find out more about Sue and her work, please do follow the original blog links back to the Skorn blog, or go HERE!

Then one evening…a small ship sailed up the Siannen from the sea and dropped anchor below the Lavrum bridge. The watchmen on the North Gate of the town saw the beautiful craft with the golden light of the setting sun on its sail and soon the town was alive with rumour. People mounted the city walls and watched the lone sailor take in the sails and batten down the hatches, then disappear below decks as night fell. Light came from windows at the stern and no more movement was seen. Though few ships came to Lavrum in these days, nobody went to enquire of the master of the ship what his business was. But the taverns of the town were busy late into the night with people arguing whether this strange ship brought good or ill. The general view was that there had been no good news for years and so this must be a sign of some further disaster to fall.
On the following morning the watchers on the wall saw the sailor lower a small boat and row to the quayside. He jumped out, made fast, climbed the steps onto the quay and walked briskly up the road to the town. A small crowd had gathered inside the North Gate to get a closer look at the stranger and his path was blocked as he entered the town. He courteously asked the way to the palace and proceeded on his way, ignoring the questions of the bystanders.

Tintagel June 2013

PIECES OF PERIAN 7

Perian’s marrying his Queen!

Sue Bridgwater is one of my earliest literary cronies and my brilliant go-to-gal for all things editorial. With Jano, she was one of my first roleplay sparring partners with her bardic character Saranna, who is also a different, demi-godlike protagonist in the Skorn series.

Perian’s Journey, is the first book in the Skorn series.  To find out more about Sue and her work, please do follow the original blog links back to the Skorn blog, or go HERE!

Skorn

“I have a most important task for you. Listen carefully. You are to go to the northern edge of Skalwood, near where the river leaves the mountains and enters the forest. There, living on a farm known as the Two Fields, you will find my mother, Elyn. You are to speak to her these words:

‘Perian your son, soon to be Consort to Queen Alauda at Lavrum, sends greetings and love. It is his wish that you should return with me to join him in Lavrum City, that your days may be lived out in comfort and peace.’

“Then you should bring her here safely and quickly, treating her with due respect and answering all her needs.”

The messenger departed immediately, taking a few attendants to ensure safe passage through Skalwood. He returned several days later with Elyn, just in time for the wedding. By then Lavrum was overflowing with visitors…

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PIECES OF PERIAN 6

And some more knightly challenges for Perian!

Sue Bridgwater is one of my earliest literary cronies and my brilliant go-to-gal for all things editorial. With Jano, she was one of my first roleplay sparring partners with her bardic character Saranna, who is also a different, demi-godlike protagonist in the Skorn series.

Perian’s Journey, is the first book in the Skorn series.  To find out more about Sue and her work, please do follow the original blog links back to the Skorn blog, or go HERE!

Skorn

As evening was falling on the second day, Garren stopped and Perian looked all around him. He could see no landmark, nor was one place better for a camp than another. He was about to dismount when he felt Garren stiffen. Perian stood up in his stirrups and peered towards the south. There seemed to be someone in the distance moving towards them over the long shadows of the thorns. Perian put on his helmet and took up his shield. He sat and watched the figure approaching. Only when the stranger was quite close did his size become apparent: standing, he was as tall as Perian mounted. He stopped a short distance away, blocking the path, and Perian looked straight into his black eyes as darkness was falling.

The giant figure grinned like a crocodile.

“Go away, little knight, you are not needed here. Go back to your green valley…

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PIECES OF PERIAN 5

Echoes of Monty Python’s Holy Grail here with an encounter with a belligerent challenger – Perian has his measure however! 😉

Sue Bridgwater is one of my earliest literary cronies and my brilliant go-to-gal for all things editorial. With Jano, she was one of my first roleplay sparring partners with her bardic character Saranna, who is also a different, demi-godlike protagonist in the Skorn series.

Perian’s Journey, is the first book in the Skorn series.  To find out more about Sue and her work, please do follow the original blog links back to the Skorn blog, or go HERE!

Skorn

Garren lifted his head and started pulling back against the halter. Something was upsetting him and Perian turned to peer into the tangle ahead of them. As he did so a young lad leapt into his path bearing a shield and a sword, both of which were too big for him.

“Stop and pay homage to the king!” shouted the boy, waving the sword about his head with difficulty and peering over the top of the shield.

“Gladly,” said Perian, “where is he?”

“Where is he!” the boy sneered. “He is before you. You are before him. I am the king.”

Perian could not stop himself from laughing, even though

he was in grave danger from the flailing sword.

“What are you laughing at, peasant?” demanded the boy angrily, resting his sword for a moment. “Have you ever seen the king?”

“No.”

“Do you know his name?” “No.”

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PIECES OF PERIAN 4

Part 4 of Perian’s Journey for your delectation!

Sue Bridgwater is one of my earliest literary cronies and my brilliant go-to-gal for all things editorial. With Jano, she was one of my first roleplay sparring partners with her bardic character Saranna, who is also a different, demi-godlike protagonist in the Skorn series.

Perian’s Journey, is the first book in the Skorn series.  To find out more about Sue and her work, please do follow the original blog links back to the Skorn blog, or go HERE!

Skorn

For seven years Perian worked beside his mother on the farm. Each year he would go up the mountain to see the flower and return, refreshed, to tending the two fields and helping Elyn around the house. He learnt of cooking and the uses of herbs, of wine-making and the preserving of fruit for the winter months. Elyn told him stories of her childhood and about his father Kerig. She told him of Lavrum City to the south, of the legend of Verumis and the kings and queens who had followed him. They were very happy together and Perian grew into a fine young man.

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PIECES OF PERIAN 3

Sue Bridgwater is one of my earliest literary cronies and my brilliant go-to-gal for all things editorial. With Jano, she was one of my first roleplay sparring partners with her bardic character Saranna, who is also a different, demi-godlike protagonist in the Skorn series.

Perian’s Journey, is the first book in the Skorn series.  To find out more about Sue and her work, please do follow the original blog links back to the Skorn blog, or go HERE!

Skorn

They sat quietly again for a while. Then Montague said, “Brother, next spring we must invite Elyn to stay with us

here at the farm. I have been concerned for her ever since we heard that she was widowed. It would be a fine thing for that lad of hers to grow up here, nourished by your good fruit. And we are getting on now, a helping hand would be welcome, and who better than our own niece?”

“It would be a big change for us. A young child about the place, won’t that be noisy and troublesome?”

“Oh, Agravin. You met young Perian two years ago when we visited them in the town; a fat solemn baby, no trouble to anyone. It will do us good. I will tell him tales of the mountain, and you shall sit with him under the tree. Do say yes, brother.”

“Oh, all right,”…

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