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Projects in Hand
A major revision and expansion of The Rune Reminder
is now complete
Each rune page has been revised and edited to improve the quality of images, captions and page layout, plus some slight improvements in the textual content. Many photographs and graphic images have been replaced with high resolution versions thus improving their appearance at higher magnifications. This included the re-sampling of the photo captions that used to look rather jaggy, even at quite modest magnification.
Inevitably the price has had to increase slightly to
US$5.95, but all past buyers will be afforded the opportunity to
update to the revised edition at no additional cost.
As the title suggests, I will be describing the rune spreads and casting methods from the runemaker.com pages, plus a few more methods that I have unearthed in recent months.
The e-book will be fully illustrated with diagrams and photographs.
I expect it to run out at 30 to 40 pages in all and will be offering
it for sale at the same US$5.95 price tag.
RuneSerif as you will probably have figured out will be a Roman-style font and will be available as a pack of 5 varieties. Probable price £13.45.
RuneSlender will feature narrow staves and hopefully will be useful in emulating carved or incised runes in graphic images, such as ancient runestone monuments or messages carved with a knife on a flat stick of wood. This offering will again be available in a pack of 5 varieties. Probable price will again be £13.45.
The RuneGrafic pack has proved to be very popular and I intend to expand the range by introducing another pack consisting of 6 new graphic-style fonts:
Probable price for this pack will be around £17.95 to reflect the size and artistic complexity of the content.
It's really nothing more that an idea at the moment, but I am doing some basic research with the objective of putting forward a book proposal to them. Watch this space . . .
The plot is a past-and-present adventure. The chapters alternate between 5th century post-Roman Britain and 21st century Europe.
In one timeline we are following the fortunes of Rothrick, a 5th Century boy of mixed Celtic and Saxon parentage and his struggle to reconcile his Celtic upbringing with his Saxon runic heritage. While in the modern timeline his present-day descendant, coach tour guide Will Roderick tries to retrace his ancestor's steps and uncover the generations-old puzzle of his family's involvement with the runes, dogged at each step by mysterious enemies.
The climax takes place in modern-day Czech Republic where our intrepid hero finally confronts his adversaries and faces the truth about his ancestral secrets.
As you have probably guessed, the book relies on elements of my real family history and of my early career as a coach tour guide. Hopefully this will lend some authenticity to the background and settings.
When will it be published? Well, if it ever DOES get published it will be at least a year from now. If I can't sell the finished manuscript to a decent publisher I will once more resort to the self-publish or e-book route.
The plot is sketched out and the characters have been outlined, but I haven't even finished a first draft yet, so don't hold your breath!
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