Browsing Archives of Author »Paul McLaughlan«

Suspicious…

12/12/2011

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You may note that I’m being suspiciously absent from here of late… “Suspiciously”? … “Noticed”? Well, maybe neither of these two things! However, I have. Just to say, “no I’m not dead, and neither is my part in Platform Thing.” But! My ‘downtime’ is taking over for a while: marking essays, tutoring and writing for my other […]

The Song of Dalsarion: Fifteen

24/11/2011

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19 The next morning was warmer than I expected. ‘Did you learn the lessons of my songs?’ Asked Mithril. Smiling, I remembered what he had sung. ‘Sometimes I think there weren’t any… But at other times I stop, and consider, perhaps there was wisdom in the wit of it? The terrible responsibly of it all? […]

Paul’s Downtime pt2

24/11/2011

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A Grand Theory of eBooks So I was talking about ebook ‘performance’ and pub/author invisibility earlier, now let’s add in Kathryn Rusch’s article (go have a look, it’s interesting… about traditional publishers making more money via e-publishing than from print.) The gist of it is that while book stores are going down, and it’s only the less […]

Paul’s Downtime pt1

24/11/2011

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For anyone wondering what it is I’m getting up to when I’m not Dalsarion‘ing nor marking a lot of student papers! Yay. Lending Services Amazon’s lending program… It’s actually all quite clever on their behalf. Many of the publishers ‘involved’ in the 5k+ books in the programme had no idea it was happening; in fact, they’re […]

The Song of Dalsarion: Fourteen

22/11/2011

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18 Strictly speaking, by the end of this ritual, I was to be an Elf. And with it, all intents and the devices thereof. So, dressed as I was in supplicant’s robe —or otherwise as it’s known, my hair. I found I walked down an un-natural, aged path of rose bushes—wrong season for them— and […]

The Song of Dalsarion: Thirteen

20/11/2011

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14 ‘He has been practicing with un-tamed fervour, this ballad of un-known lover! I say, such romance. Let us listen…’ Mithril himself falling quiet. The Chattering Hall–at night silent, open to the stars; though on a hot summer or spring day like that, roofed with gentle feathers and the talk of birds. —This was to […]

The Song of Dalsarion: Twelve

17/11/2011

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So in passing days, I lent to study musical, where Mithril looked on and said only of my perusal of romance and ballad that my heart that beat, must quicken at a glance. Yet he found my malice, and shut himself quiet at a look. But we still had our relations, and while they were […]

The Song of Dalsarion: Eleven

16/11/2011

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11 ‘Oh! Dalsarion, are you so sure? We know of one another’s voice, true, but to love? How can you proclaim it?’ ‘I maybe young,’ I said, ‘even by my manly terms, but I know when my heart speaks by me. And now it tells me, you!’ ‘You find me fair and easy of face, […]

The Song of Dalsarion: Ten

14/11/2011

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9 Soon, he told me, I must be given to the Court. —A tradition, and only as worthy as that, he told me. For, at most auspicious times it was mannered, for one to put forth their lives in service to a crown. He laughed, no, it was not only they who had ever believed […]

The Song of Dalsarion: Nine

14/11/2011

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Into this gentle fray, a well known Mithril strode. And at his side, an unknown boy, cast of an un-Elven joy. So a gauntlet had began, where Mithril’s wit and mine were to be questioned most closely. He has his friends ~it is true. Though they were not begging for my introduction. ‘A new boy, […]