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December 6th, 2017

12:38 am: Christmas Choices for the Reader!

Here find all things Wright and Lamplighter from this past year. 

MOTH AND COBWEB

 

In just over a year, John has written six Moth and Cobweb books!  The Green Knight's Squire trilogy and the Dark Avenger's Sidekick trilogy. These stories follow the adventures of young half-elves as they try to protec humanity from the cruel whims of their supernatural relatives. Gil, who talks to animals, strives to become a knight–in the modern day, and the second trilogy is Tamlyn with ninja! 

PROSPERO'S CHILDREN

The Prospero's Children trilogy has been reissued from Wordfire Press with beautiful new covers by Dan Lawlis. For five hundred years, since the end of the events chronicled in Shakespeare's Tempest, the dread magician Prospero and his children have guarded mankind from the ravages of the supernatural world. Now Prospero has gone missing, and it is up to Miranda to gather her siblings and save him–if she can just get them to believe that someone as powerful as their father could really be in trouble. 

BOOKS OF UNEXPECTED ENLIGHTENMENT

The fourth Book of Unexpected Enlightenment is finally live! When otherworldly forces conspire against those she loves, Rachel Griffin must face her most desperate hour. This on top of winter fairies, lost friends, undeniably attractive older boys, and, oh, a rampaging ogre.  

There is a book trailer, The Students of Roanoke Academy, with a song written by poet Ben Zwycky and sung by the lovely and incomparable Sarah Koolbeck.

COUNT TO…

At long last, the final episode of John's Count To A Trillion is here! And it may be the most vast, most awesome, most mind-blowing science fiction book I have ever read! 
Will Montrose finally get his wife back? Will Blackie kill him first? Will they finally have a duel that nobody interrupts? Find out in this last chapter of Menalaus Montrose's epic saga: Count To Infinity!

MAGAZINES

Read the beginning of Nowhither, the sequel to the Dragon Award winning Somewhither in Astounding Frontiers "Give us ten minutes, and we'll give you a world."

 ANTHOLOGIES

Monster Hunter!

A collection of stories set in the background of Larry Correia's Monster Hunter International books, Monster Hunter Files includes a story by John set in England. 

Political Anthologies:

Two anthologies with an political edge. Forbidden Thoughts features stories that venture where Political Correctness fears to tread, while MAGA 2020 & Beyond features upbeat stories and articles showcasing a happier tomorrow. Both include works by John and Jagi

Christian Anthologies:

Two anthologies of science fiction tales written by Christian writers. Mythic Orbits 2016 is a "best of" for 2016 that includes my "HMS Mangled Treasure: The Rescue of Mr. Spaghetti" story (a story set in the background of the Prospero Books, starring Mab Boreal.) Victorian Venus is tales of a terraformed Venus peopled with Victorians. It includes a tale by me called "Gaslight Jungle" which features Charlie Fairweather, from the Books of Unexpected Enlightenment, before the Raven brought him to Roanoke. It features a character based on the real Victoria Woodhull–first woman to run for President of the United States, a fascinating character!

Note: while these are tales by Christian authors, the stories are not necessarily specifically Christian.

Other Anthologies:

Lyonesse is an interesting new e-magazine with its own unique format. This anthology contains some of the first stories published. My story "Four Funerals and a Wedding" appears here. It is a story about a young woman who is trying to do something very unexpected at funerals without getting caught by the crusading reporter who is searching for the person responsible. 
Tales of the Once and Future King is something very new also! It is an anthology where the stories appear as tales inside an overarching story where elements of the interal stories show up in the overarching one. Quite intriguing. My story concerns a character who Rachel Griffinwill someday meet. It is a Cthulian King Arthur in Hell story.

And…The Wright Stuff store at Zazzle:

Unexpected Enlightenment gear is features in the picture above, but the Wright Stuff store also carries Moth and Cobweb gear, Prospero gear, Somewhither items, and much more!

 

Selected Older Works:

 Somewhither — tale of pure awesomesauce

Awake in the Night Land — tales of eerie wonder

Iron Chamber of Memory — what if you lives a whole life you could not remember?

 In the Lamplighter — stories of wonder and delight

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November 20th, 2017

08:34 pm: Come One, Come All and Share the Wonder!

Come join us on Facebook on November 21st at 2:30 to celebrate a new Book of Unexpected Enlightenment: The Awful Truth about Forgetting!

With fun and games and giveaways from many fine authors including: 
Nick Cole, John L. Monk, Declan Finn, Jane Lebak, Dave Butler, Marina Fontaine, Steve Johnson, Virginia Johnson, Kacey Ezell, Ben Zwychy, Scott Huggins and more!

Plus a number of anthologys, bookplates, an Audible version of MONSTER HUNTER FILES and, grand prize, object of the winners choise from The Wright Stuff Roanoke Collection on Zazzle

 

Bookplates — for the winner of the Spoiler question:

Two of choices for the Grand Prize:
(See the rest of the collection)

Also, Book One is on sale today for .99 and Book Two for $1.99.

  $.99 — See on Amazon

  $1.99 — See on Amazon

For Nov 21 and 22 only, the third Book of Unexpected Enlightenment, RACHEL AND THE MANY-SPLENDORED DREAMLAND is available in a set with eight other books, for the low price of $2.99 — that is nine books for the price of one.

   $2.99 for nine books — See on Amazon

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November 18th, 2017

10:47 pm: A Book Launch of the Wise!

Coming from Wisecraft Publishing, the YA Imprint of Superversive Press, the fourth Book of Unexpected Enlightenment: THE AWFUL TRUTH ABOUT FORGETTING

The launch will take place on Tuesday, November 21st on Facebook from 2:30 to 5:50. There will be games, giveaways, a video reveal of the book trailer made by Superversive's own Ben Zwycky and lovely singer Sarah Koolbeck, and conversation with Rachel Griffin and Sigfried the Dragonslayer.

There will also be a Spoiler reveal, so get your questions in early!

The invitation reads:

Come one, come all and join in the wonder!

Rachel Griffin and Sigfried the Dragonslayer invite you to a Facebook Launch party for the fourth Book of Unexpected Enlightenment: THE AWFUL TRUTH ABOUT FORGETTING. 

Festivities will included: games, giveaways, meet the characters, guest authors (TBA), and one Spoiler in response to reader's questions (the person who submits the winning question will receive a set of four Unexpected Enlightenment bookplates signed by the author and illustrator. )

Grand prize winner may choose one item from among The Wright Stuff Zazzle store's Roanoke Alchemical Shoppe.

#Unexpected4

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November 7th, 2017

05:10 pm: Wonderful time at Calliope Writing Workshop!

This is me mentoring writers at the Taliesin Nexus's Calliope Writer's Workshop, this September. It was a wonderful experience for me, and the authors said that they, too, felt it was really worth their time.

They are looking for writers for their next workshop, so if you are at all curious, check out their programs! https://talnexus.com/ and https://talnexus.com/calliope-authors-workshop/  

It was really a wonderful experience!

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October 23rd, 2017

11:17 am: Now available on pre-order!

You have all been asking! Here it is:

The Fourth Book of Unexpected Enlightenment

What she knows, she dare not tell.

Rachel Griffin should be having an amazing freshman year. She has the Princess of Magical Australia and  crazy orphan Sigfried the Dragonslayer for friends and a handsome sorcerer boyfriend romancing her with charms magical and otherwise.

But otherworldly forces conspire against those she loves.

While all others can be made to forget the truth, Rachel cannot. When she runs afoul of the hidden force responsible for hiding these terrible secrets, Rachel must face her most desperate hour yet.

This on top of winter fairies, missing friends, Yule gifts, flying practice, and a rampaging ogre…oh, and schoolwork.

Then there is the matter of a certain undeniably attractive older boy…

What she knows, she dare not tell.

See on Amazon

 

 

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October 6th, 2017

04:30 pm: Awesome Author Interview and Giveaway!

As part of the team behind the Luminous boxed set of ten Noblebright books for the low price of $2.99, I have the honor to share this delightful interview with author Lea Doue. (You can also check out the full line-up of Luminous author interviews at http://noblebright.org.)

 


 

The LUMINOUS project is running a fantastic giveaway. You can win a Lord of the Rings “Not All Who Wander Are Lost” tote bag, a Harry Potter “I Solemnly Swear I’m Up To No Good” journal, and other author stuff. Check out the details at the end of this post.

Without further ado — fantasy author Lea Doué:

What is your favourite kind of character?

I always go back to Lord of the Rings for questions like this. My favorite kind of character would be a mix of Samwise Gamgee and Aragorn. Loyal, brave, courageous, and a sense of humour doesn't hurt.

Do you have plans for a sequel to your novel included in Luminous?

Yes. The Firethorn Crown is the first in a series of fairytale-inspired fantasy stories. The plan is to have twelve in all, one for each of the princesses in book one. Book two, The Midsummer Captives, is currently available, and book three, The Red Dragon Girl, is due out in October 2017.

How would you describe Noblebright to someone who has never heard the term before?

A noblebright story is set in a fantasical world with a main character who either already has a strong moral compass or is headed in that direction. It's not all fluffy clouds and glittery unicorns, but rather light shining in darkness.

What is your least favourite trope, and why?

Insta-love! Ugh. Instant attraction, yes, but not falling in I-can't-live-a-moment-without-you love at first sight. It's less realistic than dragons and mermaids.

How do you like to write? Longhand (shorthand?), typewriter, computer, blood, nail scratches on the walls?

I plot and build characters and their back stories in notebooks. (I love notebooks! My current favorite is gold and glittery). Then I move to the computer to do a detailed outline, which can be anywhere from 60-80 pages of scenes, descriptions, and dialogue. After that, the writing goes fairly quickly.

What is your perfect writing day?

Any day I can sit down in the evening after my two boys are asleep and write. That's just about perfect. Having a cat in my lap is the cherry on top.

What is your favourite re-read book for a rainy afternoon?
Lord of the Rings for a long weekend (including the appendices) or Beauty by Robin McKinley for an afternoon.

Tea or coffee?

Coke! Cherry Coke, if I can get it. I can't handle the caffeine in coffee, and I've never been much of a tea drinker, although I do like iced sweet tea when traveling to Georgia to visit family.

Music or no music?

Silence, when I can get it. Once in a while, I'll listen to instrumental music, but usually that's to drown out other noises. I found a website that lets you customize cat purrs, too, and that's relaxing to listen to while writing. https://mynoise.net/NoiseMachines/catPurrNoiseGenerator.php

More about Lea Doué

A native of south Georgia, Lea currently lives in Nova Scotia, Canada with her husband, their two boys, a rescue greyhound, and a cat. But, sadly, no dragons. Homeschooling and writing take up most of her time, but she also enjoys directing a small puppet team at her church. The Firethorn Crown, a re-imagining of Grimm's “The Twelve Dancing Princesses,” is the first novel in the Firethorn Chronicles, a series inspired by fairy tales and other stories.

You can connect with her here:
Website
Facebook
Pinterest

A LUMINOUS Giveaway!

For a chance to win this awesome Lord of the Rings book tote, Harry Potter journal, plus swag from LUMINOUS authors, enter here:

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More about Luminous

Dare to step into lands of myths, magic, and monsters, because there is light to be found in even the darkest of places.

Now, ten fantasy authors have come together to offer this epic boxed set of noblebright fantasy! Don't miss this fantastic opportunity to explore ten unique worlds, fall in love with gallant heroes and heroines, and discover the chinks in the darkness where the light shines through.

 

What is Noblebright fantasy?

Set apart by a sense of hope, noblebright fantasy includes at least one character who, although flawed, still deliberately pursues goodness. And that goodness has the power to make a difference. In a noblebright story, even villains are not without hope. Their redemption isn’t guaranteed, of course, but it is a possibility.

This boxed set includes:

The Lord of Dreams by C. J. Brightley

When a fairy king grants a human wish, there’s more at stake than dreams.

A Threat of Shadows by JA Andrews

Haunted by his past and surrounded by companions carrying their own dark secrets, Alaric grasps at one last chance to save his dying wife. 

Heir of Iron by J.S. Bangs

Family secrets. Forbidden Love. An empire on the brink of collapse.

The Hawk and His Boy by Christopher Bunn

You can run as far as you can, but you can never escape the Dark.

Chronicles of Steele: Raven: The Complete Story by Pauline Creeden

Just when Raven tries to leave the life of a Reaper, she’s pulled right back in. 

The Firethorn Crown by Lea Doué

After discovering a secret underground kingdom and a mysterious sorcerer-prince, Princess Lily must free herself and her sisters from a dangerous curse or face a lifetime of darkness.

Wolfskin by W.R. Gingell

Sometimes the little girl in the red hood doesn’t get eaten, and sometimes the wolf isn’t the most frightening thing in the forest…

Sunbolt by Intisar Khanani

A street thief with a dangerous secret, Hitomi finds herself betrayed to the dark mage who killed her father.

Rachel and the Many-Splendored Dreamland by L. Jagi Lamplighter

Magic school can be a lot more dangerous—and wondrous—than expected.

The Pygmy Dragon by Marc Secchia

Now, the courage of the smallest will be tested to the utmost. For Pip is the Pygmy Dragon, and this is her tale.

GeoLinks for Luminous Boxed Set:
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Kobo: http://geni.us/LuminousKobo 
Amazon: http://geni.us/LuminousAmazon
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Smashwords: http://geni.us/LuminousSW
Google Play: http://geni.us/LuminousGP

 

 

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October 1st, 2017

02:02 pm: And the leaves of the trees are for the healing of the nations

And the leaves of the trees are for the healing of the nations. (Revelation 22:2)

This Bible quote had been in my thoughts for a few days, so I was rather surprised to find it in our Lesson Sermon* this week, not once but twice.

First, it appeared in the quote above, which is from Revelations. This quote is from the description of the New Jerusalem, the “City Four Square”: In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

Then it appeared in a quote from Science and Health: with Key to the Scriptures: The Bible contains the recipe for all healing. ‘The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.” Sin and sickness are both healed by the same Principle. The tree is typical of man's divine Principle, which is equal to every emergency, offering full salvation from sin, sickness, and death. Page 406

I have been thinking about why this quote had come to thoughts, and I can think of two immediate issues.

The first is Puerto Rico. The entire country is without power—in addition to the rest of the destruction. I have been trying to picture what that would be like if it happened here, all the things we do that require power. I truly feel that Puerto Rico needs our prayers.

The second is the great divide currently splitting our nation politically. Bridging this divide seems imposible, but to God, all things are possible.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to come upon the leaf that would heal our nation? Praying today for both these damaged nations. Isn’t it wonderful to think that God is equal to every emergency?

 

* – The Church of Christ, Scientist has a Lesson Sermon that is printed ahead of time for study during the week, and then read on Sunday. On any given Sunday, the same sermon is read at every branch church throughout the world. These lessons are planned months ahead, so when the citations turn out to be appropriate to the immediate circumstances, it is due only to the wisdom of a Higher Power.

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September 18th, 2017

12:20 pm: New Moth and Cobweb!

The final book of the second trilogy, Dark Avenger's Sidekick, is out:

TITHE TO TARTARUS

Inflicted with amnesia, Yumiko Ume Moth has managed to discover the identity of the lost love she cannot remember. She has also learned the bitter truth of her mother's murder. And the party responsible for the absence of the one and the death of the other is the same: the Supreme Council of Anarchists.

Now Yumiko hopes to rescue the brilliant young man who may or may not be her fiance while seeking vengeance for the Grail Queen, her mother. But her only allies are a scatter-brained fairy and the Last Crusade, which despite its grand name consists of a young knight and his dog. Nevertheless, the Foxmaiden will not turn from her path, though all the dark forces of Tartarus stand in her way.

TITHE TO TARTARUS: The Dark Avenger's Sidekick book three is the 6th volume of Moth & Cobweb.

John C. Wright is one of the living grandmasters of science fiction and the author of THE GOLDEN AGE, AWAKE IN THE NIGHT LAND, and IRON CHAMBER OF MEMORY, to name just three of his exceptional books. He has been nominated for both the Nebula and Hugo Awards, and his novel SOMEWHITHER won the 2016 Dragon Award for Best Science Fiction Novel at Dragoncon. The first book in the Moth & Cobweb series, SWAN KNIGHT'S SON, was a finalist for the 2017 Dragon Award for Best Young Adult Novel. 

Those of you who have Amazon Prime may be interested to know that all six books of the Moth & Cobweb series are now available on Kindle Unlimited.

And find your Moth and Cobweb merchandise here.

 

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August 24th, 2017

10:01 am: What is Fan Fiction?

What Is Fan Fiction?:
How to tell it from the other stuff


Approximately where I was standing, 
when I described the fortress filling the horizon.

 

 

Here at the Wright Household, this article is legendary.

This is in part because I’ve been talking about writing it for at least a year and a half. It is more, however, because of my now-famous speech—in which I laid out for two of our sons the main points I wished to cover in such an essay.

It was December of 2015, and we stood on the ramparts at Bear’s Den in the Blue Ridge Mountains, looking out upon miles of countryside. As we halted atop the rocks, where the Appalachian Trail passes, I spread my arm, gesturing toward the open valley stretching beneath us and exclaimed:

“Imagine an immense black fortress, stretching as far as the eyes can see. The vast bulk rises up over the Blue Ridges, dominating the landscape. It is made of solid basalt, and it stretches for miles and miles. It has smooth sides with no handholds, crisply-cut crenulations along the top, and looming towers, from which a lookout could spot anyone approaching from any direction.

“Now, imagine this fortress represents the personality and qualities of impressive characters, such as Dr. Doom, Spock, Snape, or Batman. Pick your favorite.

“Each ‘stone’ of the fortress wall represents a quality about that character. Each was carefully hand-placed by the creators—writers, artists, actors, etc.—who helped shape the character. Together, these blocks of character developing, backstory, speech patterns, appearance, and actions form, in the mind of the audience, the titanic, solid edifice that make up our favorite characters.

“Now imagine that in all that vast, impenetrable, solidness, there exists only one window. It is a round window, the size of a porthole.

“On one occasion, once, a candle passed by this window.

“This flicker of light, seen through the tiny window, represents the emotions displayed by our character, a brief glimpse of suffering or hope or love in an otherwise impassive character.

“Fan fiction narrows the focus of the camera to that window. Sometimes, maybe, it shows a little bit of the basalt surrounding it. Instead of one flicker of candlelight, it fills the window with flames and fireworks.

“It then relies on the fan to imagine that the fortress is still present, even though the enormous mile-long basalt bulk of the rest of it is never so much as glimpsed.”

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August 20th, 2017

11:18 pm: Morality and the Eighth Commandment: Thou Canst Not Steal

This is a Last Crusade article. If you are not familiar with the Last Crusade, you can find the articles here and here. It is a new movement devoted to Christ, Constitution, Chivalry.

The Last Crusade portion are here:
Intro
Tenth Commandment, Part One
Tenth Commandment, Part Two
Ninth Commandment, Part One
Ninth Commandment, Part Two


(Liberty's back)

 Thou shalt not steal. (Exodus 20:!5)

This is the only Commandment for which I did not think of a modern behavior which our culture accepts that older cultures did not.

We have many kinds of stealing. I could speak about forfetures or pirating intellectual property, for instance. But, I think most people, in general, understand that those things are wrong. I could not think of anything that I haven't already covered that falls under stealing that we think of as acceptable or good.

So instead, here is the entire text of the article on the Eighth Commandment that I quoted in part earlier. 

Next Column will be on the Seventh Commandment, upon which there is plenty to expound. 

From JSHOnline

God's Laws Cannot Be Broken

EMILY LACEY

From the December 1968 issue of The Christian Science Journal

The Ten Commandments, given by God to the children of Israel through Moses, have for centuries been a basis of human conduct, and to the extent that they have been understood and obeyed, they have uplifted the race. Many people cast them aside as useless and out of date; others see in them a moral code for orderly living; while some believe man to be a mortal sinner who must struggle to live in accord with them. From any of these standpoints there seems to be difficulty in reaching the standard laid down in the commandments.

Yet God, who is divine Love, could not give commands that are incapable of being obeyed. If we find them difficult to obey, we have evidently not understood the divine facts underlying them. When we learn their true, or spiritual, meaning through the study of Christian Science, we see them to be vital, practical laws, indispensable to our everyday living. Moses received the commandments through inspiration, and we cannot understand them except through inspiration. God's statutes are not punitive and restrictive rules that limit our enjoyment. Seen in their true sense, they protect our God-given heritage of perfection and blessedness.

Reasoning from the correct, scientific basis, we see that the man of God's creating cannot break God's law but lives forever as Mind's idea; thus it is divinely natural for him to live in accord with this law. The forbidding "Thou shalt not" becomes "Thou canst not." Mrs. Eddy states, "The real man cannot depart from holiness, nor can God, by whom man is evolved, engender the capacity or freedom to sin." To accept the belief that there is a mind which can break God's laws is tantamount to admitting that God is not omnipotent and supreme. From this spiritual viewpoint, which is the true viewpoint, we realize that God's absolute laws, typified by the commandments, cannot be broken.

These grand truths are of inestimable value to mankind. They deliver us from every phase of evil. As we grasp these truths, we are given the strength and moral courage to overthrow evil suggestions. If in what seems to be a discordant situation we hold steadfastly to these truths, we find light and healing flowing into our consciousness, thereby replacing discord with harmony.

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