Back Story for Grayden’s Tale

Don’t want to give away too much. I haven’t decided if this back story is worthy of its own book, or if I should just weave it into Grayden’s story… I like both ideas equally at the moment. Here is some of the story behind Dalmir – this is more of an outline – lets you see my thinking process a little:

The world is at war – One of the Kings involved in the war has seven sons. It is customary for all the royal family to at some point go to the Library and study. However, the king sends all 7 of his sons at this point to try to find some wisdom or knowledge regarding their desperate situation and how to bring about peace to their land.

7 sons go to the Library (which is located somewhere off the mainland). While studying at the Library guests may eat from the fruit trees to sustain themselves, they may drink of the river to quench their thirst and they may read from any book in the Library. They may ask the Librarian (a woman… some sort of fairy folk) for assistance. However, the two rules of the Library are that you are not to eat from the silver tree, nor are you to drink from the waters of the crystal lake.

Uun (the middle brother) breaks both these rules – he is the “man of action” and he believes that the rules of the Library are meant to be broken. After 3-4 days of reading and studying in the Library, he is restless and eager for some bigger solution. He justifies and rationalizes the danger his people are in until he absolutely believes that the silver tree and the lake are there for the very courageous, and that by breaking the rules he may gain the knowledge and wisdom and perhaps power that is needed to save his people and bring his father the answer he needs. So, he gathers up fruit from the silver tree and a pouch of water from the lake and serves the “forbidden meal” to himself and his brothers (who do not realize what they are eating and drinking).

As they consume the food and drink, the floor begins to quake and the Librarian appears. She tells them that since they disobeyed the rules, they are no longer welcome in the Library. She informs them that because of their transgression, the Library is closing and tells them that they must now bear the responsibility of the Library for all time.

The brothers return and discover that they have been imbued with magic and as time passes and they do not grow older they realize they have also been given immortality. Gradually ascending in power, the 7 brothers (now wizards) become the advisers and eventual leaders of the people. They begin to build/create Universities (smaller versions of the Library they destroyed). They reign/advise/teach for 5000 years of peace and knowledge (the Enlightened Age).

The brothers see their punishment as a blessing. They are able to help people. They have each other for company. They have power and magic and respect. However, unbeknownst to all of them, Uun sees, and has always seen, their punishment as an unfair curse. At last, he decides to do something about it.

~ jenelle

Poetry Corner: He Shook Off the Dusty Grave

I really enjoy writing Style poetry. The following is a Shakespearean Sonnet. 14 lines, with a rhyme scheme of abab cdcd efef gg, in iambic pentameter (10 syllables per line following an unstressed/stressed pattern). I find it fun to “write within the rules” when it comes to poetry… I know, I am a bit insane. Thought it fitting considering the proximity of Easter, to post this one.

He Shook off the Dusty Grave

In dark and creeping mist they hung him high,
His crimson teardrops flowed to heal the land,
This man, the Son of God, they crucified,
Forgiveness in his eyes and outstretched hands.
The Prince of Glory on a rugged cross
Its rough and splintered wood tore at his flesh,
In darkened day creation mourned its loss
He cleansed mankind from sin with his distress.
A crystal tear dripped down from Heaven’s clouds
Then trumpets called from Glory’s highest throne;
Embracing life, his steps were firm and proud
The Lord of life arose to claim his own.
A ring of gold replacing cruel thorns,
With radiant light, his brow this crown adorns.

~ jenelle


Alright, so, as many of you know, I am working on a new story (possibly a new series, we’ll see where it goes). Thought you might be interested in some insight into my writing process today I will give you a very short synopsis as to what this new story is about (kind of like what you’d get if you picked the book up in the bookstore, flipped it over, and read the back cover). Next week, I’ll give you some of the back-story, the place where we started this writing endeavor (many of the ideas for this new story are from my husband, hence the “we” there). I rarely ever write completely alone – I need people to bounce ideas off of… thankful my family is so willing to be my sounding board so often!

Ok, so, this new story, so far, is called “Grayden’s Tale” – but that’s just my working title… will come up with a better one later on. Here’s the short synopsis so far:

In the small village of Dalsea lives a young man named Grayden. He and his best friend, Wynn, have recently been accepted to the Academy, a training ground for warriors. As they begin their journey away from everything familiar into the vast unknown of the future, they take with them all their doubts about leaving home and their excitement about a new adventure.

On the eve before they embark on their long journey across the country to the Academy, however, Grayden discovers an old man living high up in the mysterious tower on the outskirts of town, a tower everyone thought long abandoned. The old man, Dalmir, is angry with Grayden for disturbing his quiet contemplation. Despite his anger, something makes him come down from his tower, and invite himself along on Grayden and Wynn’s journey to the Academy.

Traveling with this enigmatic old man, whose face and energy bely his white hair and beard, Grayden and Wynn aren’t sure what to think. They find themselves awed and a little frightened of him, as well as curious about how he has managed to survive at the top of the tower without anyone seeing him or knowing about him for all these years.
As they travel through cities, fly in the amazing airships, and get hijacked by pirates – turning their journey into a far greater adventure than they ever hoped for – the two young country boys begin to grow up into the realization that the world is more vast and complex than they ever dreamed.

~ jenelle

Guest Writer – Laughter is Good for the Soul

When we were up in Washington visiting my brother and sister-in-law, I was trying to work on my newest book (I’ve been posting snippets here and there on this blog you can go here or here if you need a refresher on what the story is sort of about). I had hit a wall (momentary writer’s block) and so I asked Grant if he had any ideas for me. My brother is very creative, and has often been someone I can bounce ideas off of. Here’s the direction he recommended I go with my story… what do you think?


    “Rambo will take you there.”
    “Oh good I feel much better with Rambo taking me there.  You imbecile why would I let some homicidal ex marine touting a 60 cal take me anywhere?”
    “Well, he’s gotten better.”
    “Oh goood, he’s gotten better.  Now I’m all relieved and like ‘cheerio’ let’s go adventuring.  You’re all da da da da let’s go find Bambi and tell him that Flower’s caught the SNIFFLES!  It’s all over the mountain and through the woods from here.  All mai tais and yahtzee eh?  All lead pipe cinch, eh?  All biscuits and gravy? All add the cream and hold the sugar?  Well let me tell you I didn’t graduate out of pull-ups to be bibbed around by some maniacal man suffering from.. from a lot of angst!  All this pubecent rage!  All this teenage mad at my father syndrome. SHAME ON THEM!!!… no… I’m leaving…. and I’m taking the monkey with me!

I think it fits rather well with the overall theme, don’t you? Did I mention that my whole family has a rather odd sense of humor? I love it. Sometimes you just need a little laughter in your life… helps you knock over those writer’s block walls.

I believe excerpts and bits and pieces of First Blood, Bambi, The Grinch (Jim Carrey version), and The Rock were used in the creating of this post… (possible other references that I can’t place at the moment), but considering how completely out-of-context they are and the major changes made to them… I think they fall under the “Fair Use” category, don’t you?

~ jenelle