A new year and a new story – Century
Century has never been published before and has been read only by two editors. I began writing it in January 2016 and it got me through that awful year of hope destroyed. Perhaps that’s why Bilbo is so grim.
Bilbo turns 100, and the past becomes very much the present. Four months of summer edging into autumn, much of which is spent walking about Southfarthing, visiting kin and looking for signs of the Parting. The legacy of Buckland has deep roots and bears poisoned fruit.
Century is Bilbo looking back at his long life and wondering how it has brought him to where he is.
Mature topics, language and scenes throughout the story.
I will follow my previous convention of tagging the story chapters with the main POV and all speaking parts. What will be different is that I will only post a chapter after I’ve completed the draft chapter of the story I’m currently writing, The Mistress. It takes me two to four weeks to write a draft chapter, depending on the length of the chapter, how well I’ve planned it, how frenetic my life is, etc. I’m also getting a genealogy chart ready to post as a PDF, which should help with keeping track of the main characters.
To my loyal readers, thank you so much for sticking with me. I hope this story will be worth the wait.
POV – Frodo
In which dragons battle, much is said, a bit less is done, and Frodo ponders what might have been.
It takes a great deal of effort to ensure that nothing happens.
Continue reading Ch. 19 – Point
POV – Frodo
In which the Free Folk face their dragons.
Bilbo is tired of trying to reason with you people…
Continue reading Ch. 18 – Moot
POV – Frodo
In which Frodo decides he is no longer willing to be pushed around.
You might want to re-read the last scene of the previous chapter, Tell, to remember what is going on at the Fair.
Frodo decides to take a few things into his own hands and not wait for rescue.
Continue reading Ch. 14 – Push
The Last Party
POV – Multiple
In which a party is thrown, a wizard is remembered, sisters of various types exchange various words, an infatuation occurs, and a husband and wife dance.
A little early Christmas present for my readers.
This is, for now, just a one chapter story, a promise of more, if you will. This one chapter provided the impetus for all the other Shire Stories after Legacy – it’s where I began to explore the web of relationships between hobbits. It’s also when I realized that all of the hobbit stories I had done were from male perspectives. The narrative voice was a man’s. What happens to Shire society, history and politics when you look at it from a woman’s perspective?
I wrote this chapter, wrote a few sketchy notes, and then plunged in to HotK – and never returned to it. Fifteen years it has sat quietly, inspiring other tales but never quite becoming the center of attention. It was only after I wrote the first draft of the story Century (not yet available) that I realized Gilda really needs to have her story told, and not just her. As the main story arc of Bilbo adopting Frodo has advanced, I’ve had to think through a lot of supporting characters, and increasing numbers of them are female. There’s Belladonna Took, Lalia Clayhanger, Belba Baggins, Dora Baggins, Prisca Baggins, Mirabella Took, Donnamira Took (just what were the Remarkable Took sisters remarkable for?) and many others.
I’m posting this mostly to provide some backstory for current writings, but also to inspire myself to get back to the tale. It spans @ 20 years – from the day Bilbo and Gilda meet until the year Saradoc is born – and falls into 5 year periods of Gilda’s life.
POV – Bilbo
In which Bilbo struggles with all the claims being made on and about Frodo and asserts a few of his own.
Bilbo, like Smaug, is not happy at others trying to take his treasure.
Continue reading Ch. 8 – Claims
POV – Bilbo
In which Bilbo once again confronts a dragon.
So, just how bad are family relations in the Baggins clan? Very bad.
Continue reading Ch. 5 – Assurance