The third week in October wraps up the nine-book Gom series podcasts. http://bookreadings.gracechetwin.com/
Coming up next – my first published book, On All Hallows-Eve, just in time for the event. This followed by – naturally – its sequel, Out of the Dark World. Meg & Sue – a trilogy?
I always saw the Meg and Sue books as a trilogy but after the first two I had others to write and #3 had to wait its turn. At last The Lost Legend is under way and I hope to have it done by the end of the book #2 podcasts. It is set in Barmouth, Wales, (Abermaw) which I visited while writing Out of the Dark World, sketching, making notes, walking the hills – and the shore to Harlech nearly drowning on the way as the tide rushed in – boy! did I scramble up those cliffs! I stayed in a tiny pension on the clifftops that could well have been Gran Jenkins’s town house.
The whole is an interesting region with atmosphere, great topography, and history. As Wiki describes it: Barmouth (Welsh: Abermaw (formal); Y Bermo (colloquial)) is a town in the county of Gwynedd, north-western Wales, lying on the estuary of the River Mawddach and Cardigan Bay. Located in the Historic county of Merionethshire, the Welsh form of the name is derived from “Aber” (estuary) and the river’s name, “Mawddach.”
Steeped in Celtic history, sculpted by ancient glaciers, it is a good milieu for Arthurian legend. And don’t be mistaken – there are many versions of those tales and countless sources arguing their case. The whole gang is suspect really: Merlin, the Fay, the Knights of the Round Table. There is no consensus as to their origins, who they were, what they did, or even how they died. But the magic persists, and the lure of their mystery remains and we all make our own choices.
There is absolutely no historical evidence that Arthur even existed, and certainly not that he ever went to Abermaw, and you sure won’t find that castle or the inn but I was determined to bring them all together. Why not? One legend is as good as any other! Feeling the mystery of that region I went out exploring every day with camera and notebook. Up in the hills, I found a barrow, and way stones and … sheep. I had marked that place from the very beginning for future adventure and was delighted to find it living up to expectation. With mysterious vanishing stones, a medieval castle, wandering knights and an inn straight out of Chaucer what more did I need to bring it all together?Why Merlin and the Fay, of course!
We have created a group, Wildwind Productions, with plans for short 2D animations aimed at You Tube with links to the quieter confines of Chetwin’s Space.
( Opidah riggable & Opidah sketch)
We begin with the simple tale, Opidah and the Fish, telling of a girl who lives in a “far, far wood.” Invited to ask a single question about anything she chooses, she delivers and raises more questions then ever this author intended! Wonder what yours would be…
After Opidah, our next 2D animation will be Box and Cox (illustrated by David Small in the paper version) with visual concept by Wildwind team member Yosua Wisnu.
Meanwhile, we finally begin work on an animated Gom on Windy Mountain. (the initial background for the credits form the banner of this site.) Lots of work ahead, but, hey we’re up to it!
This 4th and final volume in the series is now in the Kindle store on Amazon, the paperback follows soon. A sci-fi saga linking a dying Earth and an alien world light years distant. With the human race all but gone, a small remnant is offered refuge on Phrynis, a planet in the Pleiades star system.
Each of the four books depicts a crucial point in the alien history, spanning a period of over one thousand years. As the stories of those involved reach Earth, the Earth survivors struggle against hostile forces to meet with their alien counterparts and so begin their epic journey.
Today, I started a new series on You Tube, presenting selections from books already posted in Chetwin’s Space. Since at present I am still working on the Gom books, these presentations are based on them. The first features extracts from Chapter 7 of Book 1, Gom on Windy Mountain, focusing on the relationship between Gom and his brother Horvin – not a pleasant one.
I have two good things to tell you to start off in this new place:
You may not know that I have been narrating the Gom series for a while now and am currently posting Chapter 9 of Book 8 – Wycan. The chapters come out Mondays and Thursdays and the URL is bookreadings.gracechetwin.com
The second item is that I have completed the 4th volume of the Last Legacy Quartet – And the Meek – and am preparing it for summer publication.
After the Gom podcasts, I plan to keep going chronologically through the rest of my books. The first, On All Hallows Eve, will be running in season.
At this point, I offer my fervent thanks to the friend who suggested that I have a podcast space. I love telling stories and reading aloud, and am enjoying the editing side of it immensely.