S2:E2 – Chat –  Life Update: Moving, AirBnB, New House!

What’s going on in our lives? Well, moving and AirBnB, along with a lot of other stuff.
Today we discuss a bit of what’s been going on in our lives: moving (again!), renting out our house on AirBnB, renting an AirBnB ourselves, getting damages to our house remedied from AirBnB, and … still moving. Next episode will be a continuation of this conversation, shifting to a broad view of what has been developing in our story writing, and hopeful business preparation.

Here is the text version, just as it appeared in the newsletter today:


Happy 2023!

First off, you can listen to this newsletter wherever you get your podcasts, including as a video on YouTube. In fact, this particular episode has images in the video that amplify what we talk about – in this case, the ramifications of a bad experience with AirBnB guests. 🙁

Watch/listen on: YouTube, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or on thorn.link/Grendhill.

Now, I last recorded a video in February of 2022 which I published in March – what has been going on since then?

Well mostly, we’ve been moving.

Back in the spring of last year I was at a decision point of whether or not to continue with my current day job. In the end we decided to continue, but that did mean that we had to move again, all the way across the country. So starting in July we started packing, and in August we executed the move.

In July, my wife, Laila (hear her voice or see her in the audio/video versions of this update!), and the kids went to Utah and spent a few weeks there, taking care of my late mother-in-law’s house. They did not return to the west coast. Then in August, I packed up everything else in our house, loaded a Uhaul truck, and moved it all across the country to the East Coast.

We’ve previously lived in this part of the country before so we already owned our house out here. When we moved away we thought it likely that we would come back and we left some things in the house as furnishings to be used by guests on Airbnb. When we came back, our guests at the time were under a lease of six months for HOA reasons, so we could not boot them out without cause in order to make way for us to move back into our own house. That meant that we had some overlap, and to cover the gap we rented an Airbnb ourselves and lived in somebody else’s basement for a month and a half until we could officially move in.

Easiest move ever, right? We already knew where everything would go when we put it away.

Well. When the house reverted back to us, it turned out that our esteemed guests had been smoking in our house for the last six months. Not just smoking but smoking rather heavily. There were cigarettes left in ashtrays, a film of tar anywhere the cleaners missed, and there is still a smell of cigarettes all over the house. They also caused other damages. They had a dog that chewed rugs, they broke some things and made some things go missing, and they left a wooden table and chairs on the back patio for months, ruining them.

Fortunately, Airbnb advertises their air cover insurance which is supposed to cover the damages. Unfortunately, there’s a lot of time overhead. This required a lot of time from us documenting damages and getting quotes. First, we had our regular cleaning team do a lot of cleaning in the house. When they let us know they were done, we went in there. We used baking soda on the carpets, we had the carpets professionally cleaned, we ran an ozonator for several days, which is supposed to chemically break down odorous compounds. We also got quotes to professionally clean the interior of the house, to professionally clean all the contents of the house, to replace the carpet, and to repaint the walls to remedy the cigarette smell. Here we are three months later, and Airbnb has not yet come through for us. Initially they were waiting on our documentation and that took us some time because I’m working a full time job and we’re living out of suitcases and the kids were going to school. Then they sent an adjuster from an independent company, and…we wait.

We also went to a conference in the middle of all this, but we’ll talk about that in the next episode.

But here we are, and since we could not move back into our own house unless we wanted all of our stuff to smell of cigarettes. So, we bought a new house instead and we’ve been spending all our time moving. If you watch the video form of this podcast, you’ll see in the background in the introduction. Lots of boxes behind me. Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, birthdays, all in the middle of so much upheaval.

I cannot wait to be done moving.

I also can’t wait for Airbnb to pay us for the damages so we can pull the trigger on these quotes to remediate the cigarette smell, and then we can either sell the house or rent it out. But we just bought a house that we closed on in December, at 2022 price and interest rates, so we definitely can’t afford to have the other house sitting there, empty.

That’s pretty much where we are now as far as what has been happening recently in our lives. Be sure to catch our next newsletter/podcast and you will see what we’ve been developing as far as on the creative side of things. Inventing stories and developing stories and making plans to write stories. In fact, even to hopefully build a successful business Based on these stories.

Be sure to go here and subscribe to the newsletter so you don’t miss future updates!

-Don

S2:E1 – Chat – Where Have I Been For 20 Months?

Where have I been for the last 20 months? Not literally where, but rather, why haven’t I posted anything new in a long time? This is Season 2, Episode 1 of the Grendhill Chronicles Podcast. Yes, Season 1 was only 5 episodes. I’m splitting it here as it represents a second season of production, although some upcoming episodes were recorded nearly 2 years ago. Hopefully Season 2 will flow into Season 3 without too much of a gap; I’ll mark Season 3 starting when I reach an as yet ill-defined milestone.

Full transcript generated by MS Word (Office365) after I uploaded the audio (there are errors!):

Hi, welcome to the Grendhill Chronicles podcast. 

And if you follow my podcast for all of my fan out there, ’cause it’s probably one of you. 

Thanks, mom. 

No, so for for anybody who may happen to be following my podcast weather on YouTube or Spotify or Apple. 

Wherever you might wonder where in the world I’ve been for the last year and a half that I haven’t published any episodes and you might also be wondering what is with this shirt? 

Well, it’s comfy. 

I like it and I’ve actually had it since high school, which was a long time ago, uhm? 

But like where? 

Have I been? 

I mean, life happens. 

I have a full time job. 

I have a wife and three kids and I’ve been really busy and I haven’t had time to to dedicate to this project. 

So yeah, I’ve kind of made a format for self interview here. 

I’m looking at my questionnaire on the screen. 

And this will be a shorter podcast episode. 

I think. 

I’m not going to be telling any story on this episode, and I’m not going to be really getting into the how to no. 

I take that back. 

Not not how to, but the banking of I will be getting into the making of a little bit so. 

Uhm, you might wonder if. 

If you’re. 

You might wonder, so you might wonder when there will be more podcast episodes. 

Well, here’s one right now, but I mean, what can I say? 

I do it when I can and they’ll come. 

I actually, I love the the Clarion neat podcast. 

I know it’s nerdy. 

Come from a dude named Sean Perrin and I found it back when it was fairly new. 

I think I’ve actually found it during its second season. 

I think I found it in 2017, but it didn’t have a huge backlog and actually there was a problem with Google Podcasts at that time. On my phone it just wasn’t drying up. 

All the episodes. 

Anyway, so I re found it last year. Or maybe it was late 2020. I re found it and I started bingeing it and it took me a long time to get through it. 

And then in October of 2021 I caught up and he just published a new episode last week and I was so happy. 

To see that notification on my phone that he had a new episode. 

I haven’t listened to it yet, so I hope he doesn’t announce that he’s closing up shop on his podcast. 

But I mean. 

It happens sometimes time gaps happen. 

Mine happens to have been about a year and a half since my last episode was published. 

Longer than that, actually. 

Sorry if if you’re listening to any background noise on this, there’s my car running with the garage door open ’cause I’m watching the kids and they are still asleep. 

Uhm, but yeah, maybe you heard some. 

Hear some birds, but yeah, more episodes will come. 

And I have old audio old conversations with my cousin Sam. 

And, uh, actually one with my sister Julianne and I have the audio and I started editing one last week. 

I have a newer computer than I did a year and a half ago and this one is a lot faster, so I won’t be sitting here waiting for the. 

For the computer to catch up. 

OK now if you actually read the webnovel on Thorn dot link Slash Grant Hill, you might be wondering, are there any more chapters to the Chronicles of Grant Hill the the Grant Hill? 

So question #3, if you follow the story, if you read the WEBNOVEL on Thorn dot link slash Grand Hill, you probably don’t have a habit of it ’cause there hasn’t been anything new in awhile, so you might be wondering, are there any new chapters to the. 

Grand Hill chronicles. 

In my mind, yes. 

Uh, written out no. 

So it’ll get there and question four. 

What other projects do I have? 

I have? 

Too many projects to handle, but they’re they’re all in the nascent stage, just very barely beginning. 

I have several stories. 

I don’t know if they’re going to turn out to be short stories or if they’re going to turn out. 

To be novels or novellas? 

Time will tell when I get a chance to write them, and as far as other projects. I mean up here. This is this is 3D printing garbage. 

Uhm, this is. 

Filament from from failed prints. Or maybe it’s just the the support and whatnot from from other prints, and I’m I’m bringing up my 3D printing habit or hobby. 

Uhm, for a reason, one second. 

So I I printed this. 

It’s a chess board. 

It’s not done yet. 

Because it needs it needs the. 

Wire to hold the. 

Two halves together. 

I mean you can’t see it. 

This chess board needs a wire to hold the two halves together at the hinge. 

But but yeah, I printed all this on my 3D printer and I have 3D. 

Printed chess pieces. 

As well, I have yet to paint half of those. 

Uhm, just like I’ve I’ve painted half of the squares I need to paint half of the chess pieces. 

But yeah, I mean I. 

I printed out a little and unfortunately I left it on my desk at work. 

But I printed out a little I I don’t want to call it a little relief print of the like, a relief sculpture sculpture of the Fallon rose. 

If you go to Thorne dot link slash Grand Hill you see the the Fallon rose drawing up in the upper left corner. 

So I mean that was just kind of a a test. 

Print for my, for my own information. 

And while my drawing and 3D model are somewhat limited and not the best, the print itself turned out well. 

So I you know I dream one day maybe I can be printing little models related to my stories, so that’s a somewhat. 

Related project it’s not another fiction project, but I I have some other fiction. 

Projects so uhm, I am conceiving some stories within the Grand Hill universe. 

Uh, there’s this one place I want to call stain or the stain. 

Where the name might be counter intuitive at first, but the explanation will come in that story when it’s told whether the stain is actually a beautiful place. 

It’s basically a river that is miles and miles wide and not very deep and. 

It’s it’s. 

There’s a nation state or whatever living in this river, and so they they build on on rocks in. 

The river or. 

Uhm yeah, and their agriculture is is basically with with fruit trees or I don’t know. 

I’ll think of things. 

Uhm, with out on at least one side. 

Of the river. 

Huge, immense cliffs over there, there’s another. 

One where there are giant trees. 

I know that’s been done before, but I like giant trees. 

They’re really cool and so I have villages living up in the tops of these enormous trees. 

And so the next village over is that tree over there and. 

And yeah, so I’ll. 

I’ll tell those stories at some point, and I have another another story that I started based in essentially our world. 

It’s it’s going to be. 

I don’t want to give away too much, but. 

Essentially a middle school. 

I don’t know if this qualifies as urban fantasy, but middle school teenage superhero story. 

Uhm, it’s not just. 

It’s not just like superhero out of science writer, but you’ll see an and my my concept there. 

I’m calling it in my in my head at least wardrobe and what was his friend name. 

I don’t remember, but I wrote it down so it’ll be good. 

All right so. 

Question five, I think what can we expect for the future? 

I am splitting this up into writing into podcast. 

I guess I already gave away a little bit of this, so for for my writing. 

I do intend to write in multiple genres and Oh my goodness I need to give some background for what I’ve been doing, ’cause I mean, that’s question one. 

Where have you been so question 5 slash question one again I I have been doing a lot of lurking. 

On a Facebook group called 20 Books for 50K and the notion there is that, yeah, you can go and be an indie author or an independent author self published. 

Author, you can go and do that and it is possible to make a living, but you’re not going to do it on off of 1 book, which is why while I have Grant Hill and I fully intend to tell this story and to and to tell it well, I’m going to take my time before calling it done. 

And and printing it on paper. 

So while I do have my my Grant Hill intellectual. 

Property I have, I’ve realized that I need to have other ideas and I need to have. 

Uhm, more frequent products than I could possibly achieve with Grant Hill, and so I am. 

I’m intending for my wardrobe urban fantasy superhero. 

A franchise to be a. 

What’s the word to be a series? 

And each series, like it’s it’s it’s mid grade fiction. 

Uhm, so each. Each book is probably going to be in the easy range somewhere between fifty 60,000 words I’m guessing. 

But again, I’ve never actually finished writing a book, so maybe it will be shorter. 

Maybe it will be longer. 

I do picture it being about that. 

That size range? 

Uhm, now as far as like branching out, I mentioned that I want to. 

To write in multiple genres. So lurking in this in this group, 20 bucks to 50K to explain the name if it’s not. 

To explain the name, if it’s not already obvious, the notion is that you can make 50K a year a notionally livable income these days. 

That might be more difficult. 

You can. 

You can make a livable income by publishing. 

You know you publish 20 books. 

Or more, you’re not going to make it off of 1 book. 

You’re not going to make it off of two or five. 

Books most likely, of course, by the time JK Rowling hit five books, she had big success, but I’ve learned a lot of things from from this group so they they talk about not only. 

Uhm, not only like you have to keep producing. 

Obviously you need to keep producing good work. 

You can’t. 

You can’t throw out trash and expect readers to come back again. 

But you can you keep you keep producing and you need to advertise somehow. 

People talk about that. 

People talk about advertising, they talk about. 

On Facebook ads, Amazon ads and they they talk about their success. And yeah, actually. So 20 books to 50K. Does a conference and I have signed up for the 20 books veigas in November of this year. 

So yeah, if you come come, and hopefully I’ll have something printed on paper that I can sign for you. 

But yeah, I’m going to go and rub shoulders with people and learn their tricks and hopefully speed things up. 

So what can we expect for the future? 

Uhm, like I said I I have a day job and it keeps me pretty busy. 

Also my three kids keep me pretty busy. 

The reason I was able to publish the podcasts in the 1st place year before last in. 

2020 it wasn’t just because of the pandemic that happened to coincide, but my my day job had sent me to some training that was months long and my family was not with me. So I I had time on my hands in the evening. Like a lot of people. 

Do, whereas a lot of family people don’t come. 

So I had a little bit more time on my hands than I. 

Usually do and I use it too. 

Cut some episodes for the Grand Hill Chronicles podcast. 

I made some headway on writing the story during that time as well, and. 

Uhm, so looking to the future. 

I am planning a professional transition during this year. 

So we’re planning a move. 

We’re going to move house. 

We’re going to move to an area where we previously lived and we are going to be looking for a different kind of job, which I hope will afford me more time to think and more. 

Time to produce so, and I mean produce my novels. 

Or maybe I’ll maybe I’ll branch into other formats. 

I would love to take my mid grade fiction. 

Uhm, like wardrobe, I need to remember what his friends name is going to be. 

Obviously not real names ’cause they’re in middle school. 

But yeah, I would love to hire an artist and turn that. 

Into a graphic novel. 

Uhm, I once I have some success with any stories, I would like to hire a translator and produce these works in different languages. 

Uh, I do speak Spanish myself, but I’m smart enough to know that I’m I’m not a native speaker and I would be looking for a professional translator. 

Somebody and people talk about this in 20 books to 50K where you want to find somebody who makes a living translating. Ideally translating that genre, not just that language. 

Uhm yeah. 

So then there’s audio books to you. 

Can you can hire people to perform audio books to produce audio books? 

You can either hire. 

I remember what they call them, but basically, uh, a voice actor or or a narrator. 

That’s it. 

You can hire A narrator directly, or there are services that exist and you pay the service and they take care of all of it. 

So you you give them a manuscript, you pay them a fee, and I guess a few weeks. 

Maybe, but you give them sufficient time. 

Maybe it’s a few months and they say, here’s your audiobook. 

You put it on audible or or whatever other platforms. 

What else so? 

Oh yeah. 

So that brings up as far as doing an audiobook. 

I mean, that’s that’s hand in hand with the no, it’s not. 

That raises the question of of the future of the podcast though, so I do have some episodes. 

Of the Grand Hill chronicles, and I I would like to make sure it is all done well, so I might start over, but I don’t think I should start over yet because I need a good text. 

Not saying that what I have is bad, but I know it. 

It’s not ironed yet. 

I need to iron it out. 

I need to work out the bug. 

Beta readers proofreaders. 

And all that, the web novel format online is is draft A is a draft form. 

Uhm, but. 

That that reminds me of something I something else I learned from the Facebook group. 

I don’t remember what it’s called. 

Some of you probably know what it’s called. 

You’re probably familiar with it, but there is a group. 

There is a website that exists and is well known. 

For for serialized fiction, especially fantasy and sci-fi. 

I have a. 

Tab open on my computer so you know what I’ll look right. 

So it’s called Royal Rd. 

So the problem with Thorn dot link, while it is a uh like it’s my website, you know I can put whatever I want there. 

I’m I’m I’m paying for hosting out of my own pocket and I could. 

I could take it out completely if I wanted to. 

I can start just putting pictures of cats up there if I wanted to. 

I could open up a a wiki and we could argue about. 

Whether Taco is a sandwich? 

So Southorn downlink is mine, I have control and I like that that’s good. 

But the problem is that it’s not well known. 

Basically, the people who know about it are the people who I have told about it. 

It’s it’s not recognized, so Royal Rd is an existing well known platform for people to post serialized fiction. 

And I I do intend to. 

Start sharing the Grand Hill chronicles on that platform. 

And and hopefully that will let other people know about the story and. 

Yeah, so with Speaking of Thorn dot link I that brings me back to something else I have learned from 20 bucks to 50K. 

Is that if I’m branching out into other genres? 

There’s a problem with that if if you, as a writer, write a fantasy and a romance, and. 

A non fiction whatever. 

If you as a writer publish in the rainbow of genres and somebody reads your sci-fi and likes it and they go looking for more of your work and they find romance and they’re not in romance, they’re in a sci-fi or fantasy. 

And so that the name of the author is brand recognition, right? 

Or creates brand recognition. 

So if I’m publishing in multiple genres, I need multiple names to publish under and I don’t want to restrict myself to one genre or even two. 

And there are other authors out there who publish under multiple pseudonyms. 

They publish fantasy, they publish. 

Romance or whatever, and they do each genre under a different synonym, and it’s not ’cause they’re trying to be sneaky. 

It’s because they’re trying to give readers what they expect. 

Uhm, so keeping that in mind, I still want kind of my own identity to be in common I I want. 

I want some way for somebody who liked who likes the the story about the the Middle middle school superhero to maybe find my other works fantasy or sci-fi or whatever, and so that makes me think of a publishing house. 

Uhm, not necessarily an office you know would be nice to have an office. 

It would be nice to have an office out of the house it is. 

Nice to have. 

An office in the house, but my concern with an office in the House is ’cause as I said, I’m going. 

I’m I’m expecting a professional transition. 

Uhm, later this year and I do hope to have more time to work on my creative endeavors. 

And while I do that, I hope that my children respect my Home Office that I have in the basement. 

So anyway, a publishing house and I’m not saying necessarily an office that I go to to work, it’s it’s down the street and turn the corner. 

And what on whatever Rd. 

But again a A brand identity and I have chosen a name for this publishing house. 

I don’t want to share it yet because. 

I’m not fully commit, I’m pretty committed, but I’ll wait. 

I’ll wait. 

And let it be a surprise. 

But yeah, a publishing house, a name that I can put Blankety blank publishing on the back of my on the back. 

Of my books or. 

On the the ISBN data. 

Uhm page inside and say if you enjoyed this try our tryworks from our other authors and I name my other pseudonyms but not not just me. 

I mean my daughter loves the idea of writing herself as well. 

Like she is writing her own. 

I’m talking about the adventures of of her and her friend, and I think that’s awesome. 

I think that’s wonderful and she has. 

Really fun ideas. 

So I am absolutely open to publishing her works later. 

So yeah, I mean it’s not just going to be me only, and if this ever became my profession and if. 

I got some some renown and people knew my name. 

The publishing house wouldn’t be closed like I would be open to taking on other authors or even expanding into music or whatever. 

Uhm, I dream a little big. 

That’s probably too big for myself, but we’ll see. 

I mean no harm in dreaming. 

Yeah, so I’ve talked about. 

Maybe publishing house maybe if you multiple genres, formats, podcasts, OK? 

So the podcast, UM, I fully intend to continue the Grand Hill Chronicles podcast. 

I fully intend to have that include both narrating the story and telling the making of, UM, so the Grand Chronicles podcast won’t go away. 

It may, it may be modified somewhat where I might even rename it. 

I think I want to keep the name the Granted Chronicle podcast, ’cause that’s where I started. 

That’s my my home base. 

And, uh. 

So I fully intend to continue the Grand Hill Chronic Podcast. 

It will continue. 

It will tell the story of Grand Hill and it will give the making of UM, I hope to make it better now in my in my dreamland where I am able to turn. 

My turn this work into my profession I dream of of. 

I dream of and I’ve talked with a couple of my friends that once we are free from our current day jobs, maybe we’ll have time to collaborate on this and do the Grand Hill Chronicles making the voices and making sound effects. 

Uhm, making the background music. 

I have done some of that. 

Obviously you’ve. 

Heard it before. 

But yeah, I mean. 

We’ll see where it goes, see where. 

It goes with other stories. 

I don’t know if other stories will turn into a podcast, uh, we’ll see. 

I mean, there’s there’s the dad bod pod from Dale Spaulding where he has read aloud multiple different stories. 

He’s read a few short stories and at at least one longform, I’ve been a little out of. 

Sync with with his podcast. 

For a while. 

I intend to get back into it and catch up with him, but yeah, the dad bod pod the dad bod odd podcast. 

Covers multiple stories and I think that’s a great idea that I’m totally gonna steal maybe. 

Uhm, I’ve also you know, because I talk about these things at home sometimes. 

Not infrequently, we’ve had ideas we’ve had notions and a couple of months ago. 

We were on a long drive to and from a weekend stay. 

And we had this idea. 

This idea for a. 

A children podcast that we thought would is I still think is a really great idea. 

I don’t want to talk about it ’cause somebody could steal the idea, but I have the name of it on the screen in front of me. 

But yeah, we we could do other podcasts, but it’s a big drain on your time as I mean. 

Point taken from from Sean Parent Clarinet podcast and he didn’t publish for four months, right? 

So it’s a drain on the time and I am I’m still learning how to make it go faster, like how to use audacity and so I’m looking at my audacity recording my conversation right now, or my monologue, but learning how to. 

I recently learned how to make audacity. 

Remove dead time automatically so I don’t have to go through every multi second pause and use the mouse to highlight the the area and then delete that selected area manually. 

Yeah, so you I I used to think that you could only do that with Pro Tools or whatever other professional audio editing software, but you can do it with audacity and I also learned how to do something else with it that is important, but I don’t remember what it was at this moment I have. 

Uhm, so last last iteration working on the podcast a year and a half ago. 

I would record and then I’d go into audacity and I would see what I needed to do to make it sound good. 

Well, this time before I jumped on the mic today and about two weeks ago, maybe three, but I I I got this microphone and I got my other microphone. 

And I recorded multiple distances from the microphone I recorded. 

Uhm, different recording levels. 

And then I took it into audacity. 

Actually I recorded it in audacity, but but then I I went to go edit it and see what I could do to make it sound good. 

And I wrote that down. 

So you record it like this. 

In this case I am about. 

3 inches away from my AKG perception 120 USB microphone and my record level in audacity is .7. 

Five, and then when I go to edit it, I know. 

What I need to do to to make it sound better in there? 

Yeah, so I hope to. 

Speed things up and hopefully by speeding things up. 

I can make it possible to do other works, maybe. 

Maybe podcasts based on the fiction or maybe a non fiction based podcast like we were thinking of for children of. 

Of course, this podcast is always going to be child safe as far as language. 

I suppose it’s possible we might discuss some. 

Means that might be scary or. 

Uh, so I’m I’m building my techniques, my my standard techniques that I can use to to streamline the process and make it faster and make the whole process more effective so I don’t have to think about how to edit the software, how to edit the audio, I just go and do it, and instead I can think about whether this. 

Should go do that or go do that instead or whatever, and I think that’s a pretty good update right now. 

I’m sorry that I don’t have more plot to deliver at this time for the Grand Hill Chronicles, it will come. 

I have done further worldbuilding in my mind. 

I’ve made a few notes. 

Here and there, but I think before I push harder on Grendhill, I’m going to push hard on ya Vault or our bot and I’m going to. 

I didn’t tell you about that one, but you’ll see. 

Yeah, so there’s there’s our bot and there’s a. 

Wardrobe that might not be the name in the end. 

But I’m going. 

To push harder on these works so I can produce something and have it out there for public consumption, so that hopefully I can turn this into a profession and devote Greenhill the time that I. 

Think it deserves. 

I think it’s very likely that several stories within the Grand Hill universe will be published before the Grand Hill Chronicles proper is published, because that. 

Doing these other stories within that universe will help me do the worldbuilding, and when it comes time to finish the Grendhill Chronicles or to to carry it out, rather it’ll be simple work. 

My daughter is waking up maybe all right well until next time. 

Thank you for listening to the Grendhill Chronicles podcast. 

Make sure you subscribe. 

Tell a friend and I’ll see. 

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Story – Chapter 1-Tradition-Part 1

We meet our young royals, now about to come of age to go retrieve their weapons from another world.

Podcast – Prologue Part 2

Read this story segment here and here, or watch it on YouTube or Facebook, or access it wherever you get your podcasts.


Reedl and Solmi ensure that the newborn royals’ weapons are carried to Harrval.

In this episode’s discussion segment, Don Bishop and Sam Bishop discuss issues in this story segment, from grammar to plot holes. Furthermore, they discuss a few details of government organization in Grendhill and Esclace.

Podcast – Prologue Part 1

Read this story segment here and here, or listen to it on YouTube or Facebook, or access it wherever you get your podcasts.


Our story begins. This episode presents background information on the country Grendhill and introduces us to the main protagonists and the reality that they are born with weapons.

In this episode’s discussion segment, Don Bishop and Sam Bishop discuss naming the Grendhill entity’s social media presence. It was a productive conversation, and we are now known as The Grendhill Chronicles, often shortened to @GrendhillChron.

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Grendhill was a prosperous land, home to beautiful hills and congenial people. It enjoyed relative peace for generations at a stretch, with only a few minor internal perturbations punctuating the passage of the centuries.

Domido Farella and Mifalla Tormi were born into this heritage. Domido was born crown prince of Grendhill, and Mifalla as the daughter of a farmer. Mifalla had loved Domido ever since she was old enough to say the word “love,” and they grew up the best of friends. They came of age and married while still in their youth. Life was good and they were happy together.

The first significant wrench in their lives then, was that they found themselves unable to conceive a child for several years. They anxiously looked forward to bringing fresh little people into the world and teaching them the way of life in Grendhill, to help them live happily and thrive, but Domido and Mifalla could only wait and hope for that opportunity. Meanwhile, they had time on their hands to learn the ruling craft from Domido’s father. As time rolled on, when Domido completed 30 Turns of age, his father gave him the throne, the Seat of Grendhill, and retired.

To their great joy, King Domido and Queen Mifalla found themselves expecting a child not long after. As the queen’s belly expanded, soon enough they realized they were expecting more than one child. When the children decided it was time to arrive, there were five little quintuplets.

Before following with the Farella’s present account, one must realize that as Grendhill prospered, it must also have been protected. After all, where there is a prosperous people, there are envious people who would take it all from them, if possible.

Grendhill sat near important trade routes and had rich natural resources. Furthermore, it was the home of the Thallenrose, the stone-like platform that functioned as the gateway to travel and trade with people in other worlds. The Thallenrose was the only means and the only point in all Tasala to travel off-world.

Grendhill, then, was protected from greedy outsiders by an ancient fortune of power placed upon the Farella household at Grendhill’s founding. Grendhill was formed by the unification of three towns that lay near the Thallenrose, Gren Farella having shown himself a hero and saved them all on three separate occasions. The sagewoman Thallwren Aguneg pronounced at Gren’s coronation that the children born to the ruling King and Queen of the Farella line would be born prepared to follow Gren’s legacy and protect the land. According to legend, Thallwren Aguneg lost the Sage’s gift that day, and died shortly after.

Since that time, for hundreds of years, when the princes and princesses of Grendhill were born, a weapon immediately took shape in their hands out of the air. Attendants always immediately snatched the weapons away and a trusted friend was charged with hiding a weapon away on another world until its owner was old enough to wield it, its location secret to all except the King and Queen and a few other trusted close friends.

Throughout these generations, more than a hundred such weapons had appeared, been hidden, reclaimed, carried throughout life and, upon death, passed on to the Royal Guard of Grendhill. The original masters, those of the royal family, were the most skilled with these weapons, but in the hands of others they were still sharp, never rusting, never denting, and feared in combat. The Royal Arms well documented and tracked. A few were missing, carried off by one dissident prince who thought Gren’s Seat should have been his, and a few of his followers, who were never heard of again.

As a natural consequence of Grendhill’s history, though others might envy its tranquility and prosperity, they did not dare attempt to challenge it.

Returning to the account of Mifalla and Domido, who we can now disclose was a swordsman by birth, five wonderful, healthy children greeted them that day. Domido’s lifelong friend, Solmi, stood in the corner, ready to carry the newest Royal Arms to a secret location on another world, hiding them from even their rightful owners until these had grown old enough to handle them.

As the newborn children opened their eyes to the world for the first time and found a weapon in their hands, they were named, and a sageman, Reedl, informed the parents of his Perceptions of them.

Domire came first, a boy wielding a sword, inclined to become noble and wise.

Valkyr followed, a girl holding a longbow and a quiver of arrows, determined to become swift and precise.

Tido was third, a boy with an axe, destined to become strong and confident.

Misolfa, the penultimate, a girl with a hammer, would become good-hearted and unstoppable.

Aton, the final tiny child born that day, was a boy. He kicked, looked around the room, and started to cry. He was not holding any weapon.

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