Fools' Errand

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Fantasy  |  House: Booksie Classic
Fool’s Errand is the first chaper of the novel I never finished. It’s also the foundation stone on which my first novel, The Dancing Sword of Ulm, was built. When I started redrafting the book after some very helpful tips from local author Richard Maynard, I threw out almost all of the original work – plot and characters. (You can read about the hows and whys in my blog posts, here –
The Dancing Sword has yet to be published. I’m working on that.
In the meantime I’ve been looking over my old drafts while doing a tidy up. There’s still the core of a story there, a different tale. So I thought some readers might be interested to see what the original was like. And when I do publish, they may also like to pick out the little details from the first work that survived to make it into the final novel. It’s certainly been fascinating for me.
The original story was based on a Dungeons and Dragons campaign I’d run, and the surviving chapters, with a little touching up, does round out to a complete story in itself. The story, like the novel, is set in my own Fantasy world, which I call the Sundered Land.
I’ll post it in sections with the second chapter, The Tower to come later. Hope you enjoy it.

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Fool's Errand

Submitted: May 18, 2016

As he lay in bed and watched the room lighten, Gaius Belisarius found it almost impossible to resist his own impatience.  Together... Read Chapter

Fools' Errand

Submitted: May 26, 2016

In his own room, Priam had been up and dressed for some time.  He’d not, however, ventured from it.  This morning, that act... Read Chapter

Fool's Errand

Submitted: July 03, 2016

It didn’t take Caleb long to catch up.  Pounding hooves and the occasional clash of steel against steel from his armour heralded h... Read Chapter

Fools' Errand

Submitted: July 15, 2016

Belisarius saw a figure advancing towards him, sword drawn.  The young apprentice reacted instinctively.  His hands gestured.&n... Read Chapter

Fools' Errand

Submitted: September 02, 2016

For the next three days the forest remained the same.  The gloomy openness of the woods oppressed them, setting the whole party on e... Read Chapter

Fools' Errand

Submitted: November 23, 2016

“’At was good,” Caleb said, linking his lips.  “My ol’ Ma couldn’ a done better.” “Nor mine,” agreed Priam. ... Read Chapter

Fools' Errand

Submitted: December 20, 2016

This chapter brings the first part of my story to its conclusion.
The Tale will continue next year with part 2, The Tower. Read Chapter

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