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According to the old myths, Sagittarius the Archer—who appears in the sky as a constellation—once was engaged in a battle with Kronos, the God of Time. During the battle, Sagittarius shot seven arrows made of starlight that fell to Earth; arrows rumored to have magic powers. Three were found by good men, three by wicked men. Each side desperately searched for the missing seventh arrow to tip the balance of power in their favor. During the long search that lasted for decades, the six magic arrows were used by each side against the other until, eventually, all six arrows were destroyed along with their keepers. And still the seventh arrow remained lost. And the longer it stayed unfound, the more powerful it grew. Powerful enough, it was rumored, that it could affect the speed and direction of time itself.

It was then believed that the missing seventh arrow was finally discovered more recently by an unnameable force of chaos—some believe an agent of Kronos, others believe a demon of some kind. And this evil entity is using the power of this last Arrow of Time to accelerate discord as part of its plan to bring about the end of the world as we know it.

Legend also has it that an archer would arise one day with the bravery and cunning to take back the arrow as its rightful keeper and restore the natural order to our world. This mysterious archer has been described as:

As swift and true as the arrow flies,
With aim as keen as an eagle’s eyes.
As gallant and wise as a king,
With wits as sharp as the arrow’s sting.

Another short story prequel to The Last Archer of Laummoren (for Sandy):

http://scott.cimarusti.com/Writing/fiction/The%20Word%20Witch.pdf

A short story prequel to The Last Archer of Laummoren:

http://cimarusti.com/scott/Writing/fiction/The%20Woman%20of%20Shadows.pdf

My friend Stephanie sent me this; it is a passage from The Last Archer of Laummoren:

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I am humbled beyond words…

Yes, I know the new year is a time when everyone makes resolutions that they don’t always keep…  And I  know that I’ve pledged to finish the third and last book of The Last Archer series in the past after I’ve had a rare bout of productivity and inspiration…

But I really want 2016 to be the year that I complete the last book in the series.  I’ve already spent the first two days of the new year revising and adding a few elements here and there–and I really hope it continues.  I’ll do my best–wish me luck.

And many thanks to anyone who still bothers to read this blog–

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From Wikipedia: “In Greek legend the asphodel is one of the most famous of the plants connected with the dead and the underworld.”

(image courtesy of Wikipedia)

I’ve begun part two of The Last Archer’s Return along with a more concerted effort to revise and improve part one.

That’s it.  Nothing too exciting, but progress is still progress.

I’m hopeful that I’m past the worst of the writer’s block now.

I’m also hopeful that I didn’t jinx things by being hopeful about having surmounted that bout of writer’s block. *sigh*

I hadn’t intended to wait this long to continue working on The Last Archer’s Return, but–as is often the case–life sometimes gets in the way, and my muse (that naughty minx) can be frustratingly elusive at times.

But, for reasons I don’t entirely understand, I was suddenly struck with an idea for one of the book’s characters on my drive home from work today.  And this idea seemed to have a domino effect of sorts, triggering other ideas that started to bring a cohesiveness to the story that had been previously lacking.  Hopefully I can keep this momentum going a little longer to start writing part two of the book (which I’d hoped to have finished at the end of July–oops).

Wish me luck–I’ll need all I can get.

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It took far longer than I’d hoped, but tonight I finally finished a rough draft of part one of The Last Archer’s Return, the final book in the trilogy I’ve started. Like the other volumes that have preceded this one, there will be three parts and probably an epilogue.

So, to view this modest accomplishment in a positive light, I am approximately 33 1/3% closer to completing this book.

And I even finished it a week before my April 30th deadline (postponed from my original December 31st, 2014 deadline–which was postponed from a previous deadline).

Now I need to let what I’ve written so far percolate a bit and set my sights on where I want part two to go.  If I can keep up this pace, I hope to finish this book by the end of 2015.  Wish me luck!

My late New Year’s resolution for 2015 is to finally finish the third and final book in the “Last Archer” series by the end of this year.

I’d hoped to have The Last Archer’s Return completed in December of 2014, but life seems to keep getting in the way and draining me of inspiration and motivation. And while it does seem that my muse has indeed forsaken me, I’ve decided to not let that hold me back anymore.

I’m almost a third of the way through a rough draft–with high hopes of completing the second third before summer, and then a final sprint to the finish line before the holidays.

Wish me luck!