Tuesday, July 24, 2012

The Ring Saga Archives

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I've spent the past few weeks loading content back onto the Fantasy Castle Books website, and now have nearly a hundred pages of resources for the further study and enjoyment of both Beowulf and the Ring cycle matter, including over a hundred individual files you can download for free in a variety of formats. There are links from bookshelf collections on each page like the one seen above, some leading to other shelves with additional titles to dive into. 

This is only about half of what I've got, and many of the bookshelf titles in the Ring cycle portion of the site have no links yet, but that's about as far as I'm going to go for now, as I need to get back to work on creating original content for The Ring Saga, which I've put off for far too long. I'll add more resources to the site as I find time, but for anyone interested in the Old Norse sagas and mythology there's plenty there to delve into. There are also a fair number of pages devoted to my own creative work, including both art and story content, and more will be added there as I find time as well. As always, the front page of the site will list any new additions, and I may also start mentioning them here.

If there are any particular areas not yet available on the website that you're interested in, let me know and I'll push it to the top of my priority list. I know some of you have shown an interest in other, earlier retellings of the Ring cycle story so I'll add a page with links to some of that, as well as the Arthur Rackham illustrations I had promised. For those of you in the Old Norse study group make sure you check out the Elder Edda and Volsunga Saga pages, as they have links to download a lot of the "Comparative Study" editions I put together.

Click the image above to go directly to the Ring Saga Research page, or click the Fantasy Castle Books tab at the top to hit the main page of the website. And as always, I welcome any feedback, comments, questions, or issues you may have. Just drop a note here or via the Contact page on the site.

By the way, I've added sample chapters of my books that you can download in three formats, and you can now once again read the entire first chapter of The Ring Saga online, plus some shorter online excerpts from The Saga of Beowulf. Just hit the Samples page for the online stuff or go to the Bookstore for the downloadable files.

And lastly, if you haven't taken advantage of the free ebook offer yet, you can still get any one of my titles free until the end of the month. Even if you've already got them, downloading from the Fantasy Castle Bookstore will get you automatic membership status with access to restricted content and all future upgrades, as well as all available formats of that title now and in perpetuity, so no matter what e-reader you use in the future you will always be able to read the ebooks you get directly from my website.

UPDATE: Many of The Ring Saga archive files have been temporarily removed as I re-evaluate the project, which has become considerably larger and more complex than first anticipated. You can still view much of the early concept art for the initial project test, including the cover for the first chapter which was published as a chapbook. Stay tuned for future updates as new material is completed and the old archives are returned in their appropriate time and place.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

The Saga of Beowulf Archives

I have finally completed rebuilding The Saga of Beowulf portion of the online Archives, or at least as much of it as I could dredge up from the wreckage of the previous website. There are four levels of menus, each featuring a bookshelf filled with resources for the study and enjoyment of either the original Beowulf poem or my novelization of it - just click on a bookshelf item to open it. These range from outlines and story summaries to chronologies and genealogies not found in the novel, as well as maps, detailed glossaries and a handful of downloadable texts, including my original feature film screenplay. There is video and audio content, high-resolution artwork, and a few additional hidden bonus features. In addition, there is an Art Gallery, with six clickable artist easels featuring artwork created for the novel, each of which take you to a page with notes and alternate artwork.

I will now turn my attention to The Ring Saga, reconstructing the Archive I had started for that project. Once the resources for chapter one are up I'll begin posting materials for the new chapters as I complete them. You can currently get Chapter 1: Theft of the Rhinegold as a free download, but only until the end of the month. After that each new chapbook will be posted as a limited edition offer. There will also be a members-only area with bonus content not included in the print or ebook editions. Membership is granted automatically with the purchase of any book from the Fantasy Castle Books website, including the free ebooks currently available through the 31st.