How many times have you looked through the family album and wished there were more pictures of “the good old days”?
William Hofmann’s message in Life Writing is that there are more pictures, thousands of them just waiting to be pulled from your memory and written down.
Hofmann’s clear advice on how to get fresh ideas, how to write a rough draft, or how to use the basic principles of rewriting would be useful to any writer. But his book is specifically for those people who would like to use writing as a tool for preserving their past, for recording their own memories and the memories of their parents and grandparents.
From the first sentence to the last page, Life Writing is at once supportive and practical, a comprehensive step-by-step guide to gathering your family’s folklore and keeping it alive.
Of another time and place, WILLSTORM-Quest for Union chronicles the lives of the thousands of worshippers aboard the wandering temple dome, the Carnate of Mygda. Ruled by a council of 12 prelates, the mobile temple dome rumbles like a massive tank across the countryside in its age-old search for Union, a final, undefined, mystical merging with the godhead known only as Mygda.
Bral, the acolyte of Yano, Primate of the Wardens of Disaster, has known the temple since the earliest days of his youth when the temple was temporarily landlocked in a narrow gorge at the edge of his village. Now at young manhood, Bral strives to quiet the religious doubts which rage within him as he also struggles first to save a young woman being offered as sacrifice to the godhead, Mygda, and eventually to defend himself against charges of blasphemy and sacrilege. Found guilty, he is sentenced to a deathwalk, leading the temple across the arid plains until he falls beneath its tractor drives.
Strange powers in the Orb of Union, the glowing artifact which dates from the earliest history of Mygda, endows Ikol, an itinerant huckster and thief, with the divine power of Mygda. Ikol becomes an anointed one and assumes control of the ruling council as the 13th Primate, the Warden of Willstorm. He will unleash the Great Calamity which is foretold as the preface to the event of Final Union.
Amid the violence and religious fanaticism, the love between Bral and Pylar struggles to express itself. Religious faith must be renewed or abandoned, and either course tested in battle.
Both a prequel and a sequel to WILLSTORM are in work.