What I didn't realize then, but have since had drummed into my writing core, is that I need a voice and a platform and a nice place to interact with, what I hope to be, a growing readership. The Mad Muncle's Forge is the place where I step outside the fiction and talk about life, the universe, and pretty much anything else. I'm flexible. What comes up, comes up. I've got a couple of future topics in mind, but the rest will be whatever hot nugget o' thought-splat I transcribe into a coherent thousand words or less.
And I want the Forge to be comfortable. I'll ask the Muncles to turn up the air conditioning so the heat doesn't become oppressive and stifle the creative juices. Come on over and set a spell. Feel free to comment on the posts and let me know what you think. I'm not a prude, nor am I the language police, but I do ask that you be courteous and not use language that you wouldn't want your mother to hear you say. My grandmother legalized cursing in my house when I was thirteen years old, so I may drop the occasional s-bomb or damn or Hell or…you get the idea. Keep it reasonable and we'll all have a good time.
After I get this going for a little while, beat the bushes for a couple of interested parties beyond my close friends and family, I'll invite some of my author friends to hawk their wares and tell you what's going on with them. Until then, it's all about me. Hehe.
I'd like to introduce you to some special friends of mine. In my first book, KNIGHT OF FLAME, I introduce readers to a race of elemental beings that live in the stone of the Cradle of the Elements—the Knight's headquarters. Originally created by the Lord of Earth to maintain and protect the Cradle, the muncles (short for homunculus) have evolved into so much more. There are several different muncle types, but when I thought up the name of this blog, I pictured Jester. A patchwork of different colored stone—tan, brown, gold, and white—Jester stands no more than three feet tall with spindly arms and legs, big stone hands and feet, and a flat, stone-block head. He's a clever little bugger, communicating his thoughts and emotions through his gemstone eyes and the versatile mouth groove carved across his face.
KNIGHT OF FLAME is not available for general consumption just yet. I'm working on that. While the book itself is ready to go, I'm searching for the right publishing home. I'll keep everyone posted on progress.
Alright. That's all for now. Have fun.