Here we are, the beginning of the climax. Alden fell in love with Princess Serani, but now she’s been captured by an enemy kingdom. He joins the Salenth Kingdom’s military to try and save her, with Top taking up distraction duty. But Alden will find more than the princess here. He’ll have to juggle his goals until he figures out a way to make up for things.
There’s something big going down at the border of the Salenth and Thraundlus Kingdoms. In Wandering Fortunes Chapter 29: Friend Missing; Love Gone! Alden finds his search for Ropak derailed when they stumble upon a Salenth Kingdom military camp. He gets himself involved in a big mess with Top and other friends to back him up, but he’ll have to rise himself to the occasion for this challenge, both to tackle it and to even get in it.
This chapter leads into what is basically the climax over a series of chapters. We’re heading into action for the rest of this story, get ready for a ride!
The new chapter of Wandering Fortunes is up! A new forest! New friends! New eats! Fashion? And something only seen before in previous novels. Chapter 23: Friends Don’t Let Friends Rot in a Basement features Top and his friends meeting some new friends in the Salenth Kingdom, and in the process help a new friend make something of their life. It also features a song by Top!
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About a year and a half ago our protagonist friends arrived at New Zhopolis, and discovered a seedy hive of wretched folk out for no one but themselves. (A few months later they found some good folk though.) Now we’re now and they’ve arrived at a new kingdom on a new planet. What will they find at their new home? It’s as big as New Zhopolis, but warmer, shinier, more colorful–but is it nicer? Join them as they explore their new home in Chapter 22: The Pearl Kingdom.
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Just as today begins a new year, so today brings a new world for our friends in Wandering Fortunes with Chapter 21: A Fresh Start. They’ve fled their old home planet of Zhop to escape the mafia-infested planet-wide military, and they’ve arrived at the planet Derantu. But before they enter their new home proper they have to pass through Salenth Kingdom customs, and it’ll be up to them to prevent Top from ruining everything.
Also, either today or tomorrow I plan to post a 2018 retrospective like I did a year ago for 2017. It’ll include a look back, how I’ve failed (and maybe even succeeded), and what I hope to do this year. Watch for that. (And of course, a new Odemon will go up today. If you didn’t notice I took last week off and did an Odemon year retrospective on Mastodon and Twitter.
Here we are, chapter 20 of Wandering Fortunes, the longest chapter in the novel so far and the end of part 1! Alden and his friends have to flee Zhop from the Zhopian Guard. They get what family they can and make a great escape–or at least an adequate escape–well, I certainly hope it’s adequate. With the way things look, they might need a leg up–but the Zhopian Guard might even shoot that leg off! The jerks. I don’t even know if they’ll make it…
Of course, you can find out more about what will happen sooner, you can give to my Patreon or make a one-time Ko-fi donation. You’ll get to read chapters early and pretty much find out more about what I’ll be posting for the next rest of the year.
Here it is. Chapter 19. Ropak, Alden, and Top return home one last time. The Zhopian Guard is after them, they have to leave the planet, and they want to see their families one last time.
And then Ropak sees something horrible.
And then Ropak does something horrible.
This is probably the darkest chapter I’ve yet done. This is the one where everything is sad.
Got a brand-new chapter up today, and it’s the beginning of the end for our protagonists. Can’t say heroes, what have they done that’s heroic, anyway? Alden has a job with fellow Zhopian Guard members to take out a group of conspirators, but it’s not what he expects at all…
This is basically the chapter I refer to as “the one where things start to go to hex”. “and it’s a bad hex”. “like, a hellish hex even”.
In terms of editing this book, last week I finished editing chapter 20 which ends the first act of the book (as you can see by the Table of Contents… well, I think you can figure it out.) I’m on my way with this thing! Maybe someday I’ll be so far ahead in editing that I won’t be always uploading chapters that already have stuff I need to edit because of things I’ve done later. But that’s the nature of the free in-progress serial story!
I made another short scene wherein Top ends up in some other story (previously they appeared in Lord of the Rings). This time it’s Magic Banquet, a book by A.E. Marling. It has food, of course, one of Top’s favorite subjects. Take a look! And read Marling’s books too, they’re pretty good.
The next chapter of Wandering Fortunes is available to read! In Chapter 12: Unbalancing Act, Alden and his friends apply to join the Zhopian Guard, a police force for the city of New Zhopolis. Before they join, however, they have to pass an interview–a head examination–basically Top is doomed from the start. If Alden and Ropak can pass their interview, they’ll have to figure out some way to get Top to–provided the beach ball doesn’t eat the interviewer first.
With this, an entire year’s worth of Wandering Fortunes is now up. That still puts us under a third through, though!
I’d like to make note as well right now that this coming month will be a little different. Instead of the beginning of the next month, the next piece of writing will be released December 20th–less than three weeks away. Ooh, I wonder whyyy? To accommodate the early schedule, those giving $3 or more on my Patreon–who ordinarily receive new pieces on the 15th of each month–will receive it five days early on December 10th, just over a week away. Join up to see what the fuss for this month is all about! Or if you just want to give one dollar, you’ll still get weekly updates on
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