The Sword, the Bow and the Staff – Part VI


continuing with the fantasy novel…

Lo returned to the cottage, entered quietly and barred the thick oak door. He walked up the stairs carefully and entered their bedroom. Nal was still sleeping as soundly as



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Much later, sated and sound asleep, lost to this world, they were awakened by a loud knock on their door.

“Dinner be served. We’d be pleased if ye joined us.” They heard the woman’s footsteps leave their doorway and clack down the stairs. Time to arise and face whatever would be served next, of food and adventure, both certain to come.

End of Part VI

5 thoughts on “The Sword, the Bow and the Staff – Part VI

  1. Woebegone but Hopeful

    Good battle scene, just of the sort of border fighting which spluttered all along borders over many centuries. Raw description.


    1. Sha'Tara Post author

      Thanks Roger. I’ve now made it to page 100 of writing (give or take, word processors are quite fluid!) and starting section 16. Just writing for now, editing and polishing to come later: stage 2 of the performance. Stage 3, creating a cover which will mean switching computers as my Corel Draw and Photopaint are on the Windows 10 laptop. The photo editing programs available for Linux/Ubuntu I find sub par. Finally, the dreaded stage 4: publishing, arrrrrgh….
      At least if I keep the title, it should make a cover layout pretty simple! Hey, I got a shape-shifter now, and a werewolf in the bargain. These characters of mine (or am I their character?) are quite imaginative, and as Gollum would say, “tricksy”.

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      1. Woebegone but Hopeful

        Good news Sha’ Tara. Keep on striving with the production!
        Yep! Fantasy writing does things like that. There is a high likelihood of characters doing their own thing; you never know what they have in their ‘pocketses’


      2. Sha'Tara Post author

        Thanks for all your comments on the story, Roger. So true that about the ‘pocketses.’ Now I’ve got three main characters, plus a wolf and now some folks from the Cottage are getting antsy, what with the promise of new swords an all, and are wanting to join the crusade against the bad guys. Which would mean… oh drasht it. I try to keep my main characters to one, or a maximum of two. I’m double that already. This bunch is getting out of control but they’re wizardry and wizardly and when they gang up on me, I’m hopelessly overpowered, outnumbered, outvoted, outmanoeuvred, basically out everything. Fun stuff though, watching it move, grow, expand while anticipating the great big punch up, eh?

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      3. Woebegone but Hopeful

        That’s what happens, characters turn up and may start to move to centre stage, then other characters start whispering ‘Hey, let’s try this’, or ‘Writer! You’ve missed out on an important point there!’.
        They do things like that. It’s half the fun of writing.
        Strive on!


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