Feb 15 2019

Daughters of Fate (Chapter 2)

Posted by Mathias

Earoni blesses only a few with the gift of the birth of twins. The event is sacred among all of Earoni’s  people. It is rare as the falling star and the blessing is infinitely more precious. 

-Book of the Gods 9:6 

Chapter 2  (2nd of Alshu 6184) 

Beneath the canopy of spring leaves a coach traveled along the uneven road. It rumbled and bounced in haste, protected on all sides by a company of knights on horseback.  The formation was so tight that at the speed they traveled a misstep or slip by any of the mounts would have been disastrous. 

There were no markings on the stage.  The once colorful placards adorning the sides had been removed. All that remained of them were the metal hangers and darker, unfaded wood beneath that had not seen much of the sun or elements. The voids left a silent testament to the importance of not announcing where one had come from. 
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Feb 15 2019

Daughters of Fate Chapter 2 Update

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Daughters of Fate Chapter 2 back from editing. One sentence I am not happy with. As soon as I fix it to my satisfaction, it will be published. Read Chapter 1 on #wattpad @ https://w.tt/2TOmWmD or on http://www.MathiasCavanaugh.com @ https://bit.ly/2DF9SJk

#writing #novel #author

Feb 14 2019

Getting The Chapters of Daughters of Fate Readable

Posted by Mathias

So, one of the things I am doing before publishing chapters of Daughters of Fate is that I have them edited. I have a couple proofreaders that, in exchange for seeing the chapters first, are going through them and pointing out anything that they see as issues.

But before that, I also put the chapters through two different apps to try and get the major language issues sorted out. The first is the Hemmingway Editor. This is pretty good at finding my clunky sentences, spelling, etc.

The second is Grammarly. I use the free version and it also catches some things Hemmingway doesn’t. (more…)

Feb 14 2019

Daughters of Fate Chapter 2 Update

Posted by Mathias

Daughters of Fate Chapter 2 is looking like it will be out of editing tomorrow. Target pub date is next Thursday. Read Chapter 1 on #wattpad @ https://w.tt/2TOmWmD or on www.MathiasCavanaugh.com @ https://bit.ly/2DF9SJk

Feb 14 2019

Daughters of Fate – A Novel

Posted by Mathias

Chapter 1 | Chapter 2 | Chapter 3 | Chapter 4 | Chapter 5 | Chapter 6

Chapter 7 | Chapter 8 | Chapter 9 | Chapter 10 … to be continued

Also available on Wattpad: Daughters of Fate

Please consider voting for this story on Wattpad by creating an account. Lots of other good stories over there. Authors get recognition when you follow and vote!

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Feb 13 2019

Daughters of Fate (Chapter 1)

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Diur brought forth three entities from the darkness. Daughters of the Great Dragon, the Fates, they were entrusted with the destiny of all upon Geiha. Sashna Keeper of Law and Good, Octeava, Keeper of the Dark and Chaos, and Sarina, Keeper of Neutrality and Balance. Their charge – to hold together the fabric of the universe for all time.

-Book of the Gods 2:16

Chapter 1 (3rd of Earonitan 6178)

Darkness. Everlasting darkness.  It stretched for as far as any of the senses could sense.   

The cold blackness of the cosmos was broken only by the flickering of distant stars. Its silence was lonely.  So terrifyingly lonely.   

Power coalesced. Ether began to churn.  It moved at its own pace, without a care of what others would desire of it.  The universe would not bend to the arbitrary will of the impatient.   

Where once only emptiness had been, twisting clouds contorted.  Their swirling motion molded and bent. When the cosmic dance finally ceased, they formed a tower extending downward to infinity.   

Its stone was plain, unassuming, and out of place.  But it filled the cosmos with an aura of power, control, and balance.  As though it was meant to be there.   

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Feb 12 2019

Daughters of Fate Cover

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Daughters of Fate Chapter 1 is set to be published tomorrow February 13, 2019

Daughters of Fate, Chapter 1, is set for publication tomorrow (February 13, 2019). For those that are interested, watch this space. I will also be publishing at Wattpad for users of that site.

Feb 11 2019

Daughters of Fate FAQ

Posted by Mathias

What is Daughters of Fate?

Daughters of Fate is a high fantasy story that I began writing in 1991. It is based on the world I created for the Dungeons and Dragons campaign I DMed in college.

The world is now called Geiha. Back then it was called Geishia but has since undergone a name change. The story is set post the D&D campaign, after the fall of the Blood Lords and the events which the players were involved in at the time. (more…)

Feb 11 2019

Daughters of Fate – A Little Tease

Posted by Mathias

Diur brought forth three entities from the darkness.  Daughters of the Great Dragon, the Fates, they were Entrusted with the destiny of all upon Geiha. Sashna Keeper of Law and Good, Octeava, Keeper of the Dark and  Chaos, and Sarina, Keeper of Neutrality and Balance.  Their charge – to hold together the fabric of the  universe for all time. 

-Book of the Gods 2:16 

This is the lead in to Chapter 1, which is preparing to be published. It’s being given a final once over by my editor. Watch this space.

Feb 02 2019

Don’t Get Hung Up On Story Perfection

Posted by Mathias

The pursuit of the perfect story is folly. No matter how much time you put into it, how many people you have look it over, or how many times someone edits it for you, I hate to break it to you, but your story isn’t going to be perfect.

And that’s ok.

A great example of an excellent story that is far from perfect is Pixar’s original Toy Story. This animated masterpiece is so filled with plot holes and story telling disasters that, if you stop to think about each and every one and critique it on the basis of those items alone, you will wind up hating the story. (more…)