Yeah. It’s time to do it... or close. There’s this other historical “autobiography,” too. I might do them the other way around. Sometimes following your muse is complicated.
But this one is my Alexander the Great “autobiography.” Three books planned: I, Alexander I : The Gifts of the Gods, I, Alexander II : Love is Courage and I, Alexander III : Barsine’s Teeth. Forthcoming I know not when, exactly. I have to finish The Philosopher in Arms, then do the work of packaging and selling the full Chevenga story as indie e-books.
There’s only one way to get into the greatest school of generalship in the Fifth Millennium world…
Her blood-mother died by her own hand. At heart, she feels she has a brilliant strategic mind, but her shadow-mother and her two shadow-sibs laugh at her ambitions and say she’s only good for farm-work.
If she goes back home a loser, it’ll be the final proof that she has no talent, only pretensions.
He was working his way up the ranks of the Yeoli army quickly, until he got busted down as a result of his own obsessive envy. “A fine commander,” his military record reads, “as long as he doesn’t have Fourth Chevenga Shae-Arano-e under his command.” As if that could ever happen.
Guess who decides, on a whim, to show up.
Forbidden by Arkan law to command more than a hundred fellow solas for most of his career due to his caste, he is capable of much more. Now he’s free to pursue his dream of becoming a general… but he’s also alone among foreigners who hate his people for what they did as conquerors.
For political reasons, this year will be his only chance.
What do these three people have in common?
They all have to win…
A collaborative weblit novel of strategy, rivalry and loyalty by Karen Wehrstein and Shirley Meier. Forthcoming we know not precisely when.
The book in which you find out who the Hayel those pastel instant-messengers are.
And the entire Fifth Millennium world is handed its greatest-ever blessing... which could prove to be its worst-ever disaster. The words “second Fire come” never held such meaning...
The original plan here was for me to write Chevenga's point of view and Shirley's to write Martin's. The former at least will definitely happen.
THE FOOL ON THE MOUNTAIN
The unlikeliest pair in the post-tech world of the Fifth Millennium
HE is a paladin: a brilliant young champion of war, impeccable in character. But he has lost the duel of his life, is forsaken as a loser and a traitor by his home empire, and is separated from the man he loves… the man who defeated him, and might well go on to destroy that empire. Torn and despairing, he is considering ending it all.
SHE is an iconoclast: an elderly, eccentric sage living in a cave on a barren mountain slope, kept in food by local people and pilgrims alike who appreciate her uttered jewels of wisdom—or is it madness? Either way, she seems to have learned the secret of absolutely unshakable happiness, and all who speak with her come away somehow changed.
He needs living space. She needs a guy to do chores.
Maybe he’ll learn something.
Maybe they both will.
A collaborative weblit novel of love and enlightenment
by Shirley Meier and Karen Wehrstein
WE BEGAN LIVEWRITING this book during Muskoka Novel Marathon 2010, July 16-19 and continued through Muskoka Novel Marathon 2011, July 15-18, on Google Docs.