Midhgardhur

Midhgardhur
Midhgardhur: The Fantasy World of Colin Anders Brodd

Monday, April 29, 2019

New Release! Tales From Midhgardhur, Volume III

Hello everyone,


     Well, it's official! Tales From Midhgardhur, Volume III is available from Amazon in both paperback and Kindle formats! I was projecting that it would be out in late 2018, but technical difficulties prevented its release until April 2019! This volume compiles ten more short stories that appeared in the award-winning series Tales From Midhgardhur on Channillo:

1. The Trade
2. Luck of the Lytlingar
3. Purity
4. Vikings and Vrykolakes
5. Sons of Aegir, Daughters of Ran
6. Wolfsbane
7. Under the Arena
8. Spring Sacrifice
9. Far From The Tree
10. The Gorgonades Shipwreck

     Check out the new book on Amazon today, and if you want to stay ahead of the books, subscribe to Tales From Midhgardhur for just $4.99/month!

Happy Reading! Skál!
~ Colin Anders Brodd

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Word Count Wednesday - New Tales From Midhgardhur!

Hello everyone,


     Well, when last I updated Word Count Wednesday, I was working on "The Gorgonades Shipwreck," and I was up against some serious editing challenges. For example, the story was for a contest with a 2500 word count limit, and I was at 3524 words and counting. Final word count of the first draft was close to 5000 words, and I needed to cut it down to less than half of that!

     I am happy to report that with some help from my wonderful wife, Tanya, I accomplished the mission! I was stuck for a long time at about 2600, having cut out a couple of sub-plots, several major characters, and some scenes I really loved. At that point, I was so burned out from re-reading the same words over and over, and hacking away at my manuscript, that I really needed a fresh set of eyes (thanks again, Tanya!). But the thing I love about editing for a word count goal like that is how tight the writing becomes after a while. Redundancy is pared away, fat is trimmed, and you're left with a far leaner, heavier-hitting story. I was really happy with the way it turned out, and finally clocked in at about 2460 words!

     So, the story is finished, and submitted to SIA for their "Mythic March" story contest (started in March, but deadline is April 30th, 2019, with winners to be announced in early May). I also posted "The Gorgonades Shipwreck" to Tales From Midhgardhur on Channillo (you can read it there now, if you're a subscriber!), and added it to the manuscript for the forthcoming Tales From Midhgardhur, Volume III. 

     Yes, the manuscript for Volume III is finally complete! I had to wrestle a bit with the new system on Amazon for submitting books (I used to do it in Create Space, now defunct, and then have Kindle Direct Publishing, or KDP, base the ebook on that version. Now I had to fight with KDP's new system a bit, and it involved deleting the table of contents from the ebook version, but I got it done!). Both paperback and Kindle versions of Volume III are under review and should be released soon, I hope!

     Also, speaking of Tales From Midhgardhur on Channillo, the series was understandably listed as "Postponed" since my lack of a computer meant I couldn't update it regularly from November until now. I wrote to the fine folks at Channillo and asked them to put the series back on "Ongoing" status, which they have done, so I'm back on the map! I'm very glad to say my readership is growing again - thanks to all my new subscribers! "The Gorgonades Shipwreck" is available there now, and I finally posted a long-term project there for May 1st ("Wolf's Head," first in a series called "Runestones of Rys" intended for a zine that never happened - I'm still going to do the series, anyway!). And while I am working on other projects, I want to make sure Tales never becomes inactive for long, I'm finally posting "The Tale of Halfdanur the Black" (June) and "The Tale of Ingjaldur the Mad" (July) there too (previously only available in the collections Tales From Midhgardhur, Volume I and Tales From Midhgardhur, Volume II, respectively). So, current and upcoming schedule so far:

April - "The Gorgonades Shipwreck" - available now!
May - "Wolf's Head" (Runestones of Rys, Part 1) - available May 1st
June - "The Tale of Halfdanur the Black" - available June 1st
July - "The Tale of Ingjaldur the Mad" - available July 1st

     I'm still trying to get back in the habit of writing every single day, and hope to start thrashing out some stories that have been languishing for far too long!

      One last thought - what great fantasy (besides mine!) are you reading right now? I'm always reading when I can! Right now, I'm loving Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James. It's African-inspired fantasy (rather than European) and it is definitely unlike anything I have ever read before! I'm not very far in, but I would recommend it! I hope i finish it before Tad Williams' Empire of Grass (the new Osten Ard book!) comes out next month - I have it pre-ordered from Amazon!

Happy Reading! Skál!
~ Colin Anders Brodd

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Word Count Wednesday Returns - With a Shipwreck!

Hello everyone,


     It has been a long time since my last Word Count Wednesday update because the computer on which I did all my writing died, and could not be revived. It took a while to save up to get a new computer and get back to work! So it is good to be back with a new word count!

     First, I'm pleased to announce that once again, Tales From Midhgardhur (my series of fantasy short stories published on Channillo) was nominated for the Channillo Awards! Last year, Tales From Midhgardhur was Runner-Up for both Best Short Stories Series and Best Fantasy Series in the 2018 Channillo Awards! I'm pleased that my award-winning fiction continues to be honored and recognized, even if this year it was just as runner-up!

     The current WIP (Work In Progress) on my plate is "The Gorgonades Shipwreck," inspired by the SIA (Support Indie Authors) Mythic March Short Story Contest. That means that the limitations are a minimum of 1000 words and a maximum of 2500 words; the current word count is 3524 words, so it'll have to be significantly edited if I'm going to enter it in the contest! The deadline is April 30th, so it should certainly be completed long before then!

     In related news, "The Gorgonades Shipwreck" should form the 10th story in my current collection, which hopefully means that a new book - Tales From Midhgardhur, Volume III - should be forthcoming early in 2019! Despite my enforced hiatus from writing, I had the majority of the next volume already written and formatted before the computer crash, and it was saved to the Cloud, so it survived the crash! 

Happy Reading! Skál!
~ Colin Anders Brodd

Monday, November 12, 2018

Amazon Giveaway - Enter to Win a FREE Kindle copy of Tales From Midhgardhur, Volume I

Hello everyone,


Between now and 11/16/18, you can enter to win a FREE Kindle copy of Tales From Midhgardhur, Volume I at Amazon! Click HERE to enter for your chance to win instantly!

Happy Reading! Skál! And Good Luck!
~ Colin Anders Brodd

Thursday, November 8, 2018

FREE! - Read the Winning Story "Remember!" at SIA

Hello everyone,


     Recently, I was proud to announce that the short story "Remember!" from Tales From Midhgardhur on Channillo and found in Tales From Midhgardhur, Volume II was one of five winners of the Support Indie Authors 2018 "Scary Short Story Contest" - and now the text of the story is posted on their site HERE so you can read it for free! While you're there, you should check out my co-winners: "Reflections" by Phil Farina, "Premonition" by Kayla Krantz, "Spider, Spider" by Bea Cannon, and "The Black Queen" by Olga Werby.

Happy Reading! Skál!
~ Colin Anders Brodd

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Scary Short Story Contest WINNER - "Remember!"

Hello everyone,

WINNER!


     I am pleased to announce that the short story "Remember!" (which has appeared in Tales From Midhgardhur on Channillo and in Tales From Midhgardhur, Volume II) is one of the five winners of the 2018 Scary Short Story Contest from SIA (Support for Indie Authors)! I am very proud of this particular story, which was actually written as an experimental challenge (it is a rare 2nd person perspective story!), and glad to be able to say that the Tales From Midhgardhur are not just award-winning fiction, but contest-winning as well! "We LOVED this piece and are very excited to feature it on our website," wrote Ann Livi Andrews for SIA. 

Happy Reading! Skál!
~ Colin Anders Brodd 

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Word Count Wednesday - Spring Sacrifice, Far From the Tree, and the Wikia Entry of the Day - Calibrax

Hello everyone,


     Welcome back to Word Count Wednesday! The story of the day is "Spring Sacrifice", which appears on Tales From Midhgardhur on Channillo! "Spring Sacrifice" became available TODAY, and weighed in at 6,976 words! This spooky story, while set around the spring equinox, is perfect for your Halloween horror reading! Check it out!

     Work now begins on the next story slated for Tales From Midhgardhur, entitled "Far From The Tree" - can't say much about this one yet except that it involves two characters fans have seen before (Hrafn, from The Saga of Asa Oathkeeper and several of the tales, and Heruli, who so far has appeared only in "Luck of the Lytlingar"). It doesn't have a word count yet since it just started!


     And lest we forget, the Midhgardhur Wikia Entry of the Day is "Calibrax" - Midhgardhur's version of the enchanted sword Excalibur. Calibrax has so far only appeared in one story, "Old Blood, Bright Fire" (found in Tales From Midhgardhur, Volume I), but it is an important artifact in the history of Midhgardhur and the "Matter of Prytania" (our "Matter of Britain").

Happy Reading! Skál!
~ Colin Anders Brodd