Things I love and want to share but that don't belong elsewhere.
Drawing of Wisdom School, where The Fifth Tunnel takes place. This was drawn for me over a decade ago by an artist who gave me full rights to it. I wish I could read the signature . . . I can't remember who drew it!
The middle peninsula is the kingdom of Carina, where Bargaining Power takes place. This was drawn as a gift for me by Katie Futterwacken, whose website you can visit here.
Both Wizard: Deceased and Bargaining Power were begun because of short stories I wrote for my then-writing group (no longer extant), Pulped Fictions. The end products of both books diverged significantly from their origins, so no significant spoilers. The stories are:
This poem was written 13 years before I wrote The Land of the Purple Ring. I never got past a few pages of the novel back then, but I still have my notes. I had a Willy Wonka/ Doctor Who-esque character called the Clockmaker who led a group of children on adventures, a snarky Russian hamster named Raskolnikov, and someone called Puzzle Girl. Two out of three isn't bad . . .
In the Land of the Purple Ring,
Where lost things go
And old boots are manufactured,
There once lived the only child
Of Where Did the Time Go.
If ever he had a name—
And Names are different there—
It is lost to Time, and cannot be found
Even in the Land of the Purple Ring
(For Time holds names dear).
All must be called something, though,
So we call him what he is:
The Clockmaker, and nothing more.
Incidentally, The Land of the Purple Ring is named after stacking ring toys. When I was a child, the top ring, which used to be purple, always got lost, so my mom started calling the land of lost things "The Land of the Purple Ring." I have since found several stacking ring toys at garage sales, almost all of them missing the purple ring.