The Mines of Phandelor

At lunch, my co-workers and I have been playing Dungeons and Dragons, Fifth Edition. It’s been a great experience thinking about fantasy worlds again. Rather than play “The Lost Mines of Phandelvor” we branched off into a different direction.

This short story is their eight-part adventure, and now it’s part of the Village of Erb canon 🙂

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somewhere between moderate and epic proportions

Spoiler: I’m not very good with last names.

Last spring, as I sat down at my desk, I found a tiny pin propped up on my keyboard. It was a small token from a team building course that my boss found tucked away in her drawer and she thought I’d like it. I didn’t know that at the time. I just stared at it, confused. Had I been secretly initiated into a special group of excelleron-ness?

Obviously the first thing I did was google the pin – followed by a quick sense of disappointment because my imagination had come up with a better, yet less-plausible, version that involved awards of awesomeness.

BUT, I liked the idea of finding something that led to a grand adventure. It sounded pretty exciting in my head. So I wrote another book. After finishing the first draft, I’ve been making adjustments, tweaks, and changes. I kinda like where it is now (almost a year since I started it).

This book follows Mckenzie Noble, an app developer in Toronto, who happens to uncover a Canadian conspiracy of somewhere-between-moderate-and-epic proportions. It starts by finding a tiny pin at her desk.

The working title so far is /Canada

So, yeah, I should probably write more about it on this blog. You know, before I get carried away and start working on something else because I’m suddenly struck by a crazy idea.

First Draft

(200 pages later I still don’t have a title)

Back in May I started writing another book. I described it as a techy-noir-mystery novel set in Canada. I worked on it through most of the summer and in the fall took a break as I did life-things like move into my house, decorate, and cook. I’m domesticated.

Anyway, picking up where I left off in the winter, I finished the first draft tonight! Just now! These are the first few words I’ve written since completing the last page. I still don’t have a title though. That part is kind of annoying. I want to call it /Canada but I feel like that doesn’t mean anything. And for an ebook it’s a bit of a URL nightmare.

Once I figure out the title I’ll let you know…

Now that the first draft is done I can edit, edit, edit. Any interest in reading it to let me know if it’s good?