Skyrim and the Possibility of Peace in a Violent World

Warning: this post contains spoilers for both the game of Skyrim and my novelization of that game, The Song of Deirdre. Also, it’s probably a lot of abstract drivel. To avoid that, just go read the novel. It’s free, after all, and several people tell me it’s not drivel. One of the great things about Skyrim is the impressive number of ways you […]

New Review of The Song of Deirdre

From Mack-w over on fanfiction.net: Two sleepless nights burning through this fic were extremely well spent. Your style is wonderful, and I had a great time in coming to recognize your quirks. 10/10 Your writing is incredibly engaging and sets the hook in early; I didn’t want to sleep, but the few winks I caught […]

What’s Next for Deirdre

So there it is, 62 chapters, 350,000 words, or roughly 750 printed pages. (If you haven’t begun The Song of Deirdre yet, you can start here.) When I began this project two years ago, I had several questions (spoiler warning!): Could I get fictional characters moving about and speaking in a convincing manner? Could I make the […]

The Song of Deirdre – Chap. 62

  Epilogue   It was a bright afternoon when we arrived in Dragon Bridge. The morning’s journey to my home town had been a pleasant one, the sun shining down through the pines, bright red snow flowers popping their heads up through the receding banks of white, the songs of warblers and thrushes newly returned […]

The Song of Deirdre – Chap. 61

  The Temple of the Gods   It was madness – two armies clashing in a narrow passage. Tullius could have held out long against the Stormcloaks behind the castle’s stout defenses. But he had driven his remaining soldiers into a frenzy of fear, convincing them it was better to go out in a final, […]

The Song of Deirdre – Chap. 60

  Castle Dour   Four hundred elves in Labyrinthian, and no one wanted them. Two weeks had passed since the liberation of Whiterun. Messages had gone back and forth between Ulfric, Elenwen, and Tullius, with nothing but threats on either side. Meanwhile, the captured Altmer subsisted on short rations. Even then, the Stormcloaks couldn’t keep […]

The Song of Deirdre – Chap. 59

  Beneath Whiterun’s Walls   No description could have prepared me for the devastation I saw in Whiterun as Odahviing and I rose above the White River, approaching the city from the east. The farms outside the city were blackened splotches on the snowy landscape, the farmhouses and barns and windmills having been burned to […]

The Song of Deirdre – Chap. 58

  The Stormcloak Camp   “Need I remind you that this is no game?” Arngeir demanded, his eyes narrow slits boring into my own. I had just told him of the events at the Rift Pass, his expression growing more alarmed with each turn of the tale. Now I could only look away under his […]

The Song of Deirdre – Chap. 57

  Mistveil Keep   “You!” came a harsh voice from behind me. I felt a hand on my shoulder, spinning me around. I turned to see Proventus Avenicci, a knapsack slung over his back and an expression of rage on his face. Lydia and I had been walking through Riften’s market plaza, crowded this morning […]

The Song of Deirdre – Chap. 56

  The Gates of Riften   Moaning. Screaming. Whimpering. Appeals to Kynareth and Mara, Ruptga and Malacath. Smoldering trees and singed leather and bodies burned beyond recognition. The foul stench of voided bowels and warm blood and spilled entrails, mixed with the sweet aroma of cooking meat. For the awful truth is that the smell […]

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