First off, to anyone who saw the last chapter and it ended with a bunch of mysterious musical notes, please look again. WordPress apparently choked on one of the Unicode symbols I used and ate the rest of the chapter, so I had to rewrite it. It’s been updated now.
This story was a lot more experimental than The Lay of Paul Twister. I’ve had the idea of The Treasury of Fate in my mind for a while now, a place that needs no guards or physical security of any kind because it’s protected by a curse such that no thief would dare to loot it. My original idea for the concept was a story in which some very important MacGuffin had been stolen by a bad guy and then dumped at the Treasury, where it would be beyond the reach of the protagonists attempting to retrieve it, and then they had to figure out some way to get it back without bringing the curse down upon themselves. But I ended up taking it in a very different direction when I put the idea into this story.
This was supposed to be about Paul facing the consequences of his actions, and having the fact that his actions have consequences rubbed in his face. So we have the fine roads that he’s so proud of beginning to crack in the face of the laws of physics, we have corrupt nobles causing trouble for everyone, and we begin to see that things are not quite as idyllic in the kingdom as they seemed at first, and that the dragons may actually have an important role in the maintenance of the world. Paul’s just starting to learn what the readers have known all along, that he’s in over his head!
The farmhouse at the end was essentially the house I grew up in, out in the middle of corn country in Illinois. I got curious a while back and looked the place up on Google Maps’ Street View, and found that the house doesn’t exist anymore. It must have been torn down sometime in the last couple decades. That made me kind of sad, so I gave it a new home on another world.
Paul will return to continue his misadventures soon, in the third book, The Return of Paul Twister. But the going is likely to be a bit slower; I’ve got a handful of things going on in my personal life right now, and I’m working on another story that I’m going to try to publish as an e-book. It’s an urban fantasy set in modern-day Earth, with the working title Invisible. That may change before I finish it. I’ll probably post a chapter or two here as a teaser. But I’m still going to be working on The Return of Paul Twister at the same time.
So… that’s two books now. What do you think? Loved it? Hated it? As always, feedback is welcome, and please, spread the word. The only reason I write stuff is so people will read it. 🙂