Tales of Thoglan Series

The Seal of a United Thoglan

The Southern continent of Thoglan was the cradle of civilization, where the first library was built. They mastered architecture and government, trade and corruption. Their greatest kingdoms reached out to their neighbors to share their knowledge with blunt force, the fire of its superiority like a dragon scorching the land with its furious power.

Spurred by cultured influences, and lucrative trading opportunities, the large kingdoms of the Eastern continent were the centers of fashion, opulence and standard of high life. But there were other kingdoms there that preferred a humble existence, and warrior tribes still fought for borders at its northern tip. All its people were proud and ever-curious, roaming the land like a strong, hungry bear.

The Western continent was the last to take form. Split into many clans, it came together with a spark, and became the most powerful of the continents, dwarfing the rest with widespread wealth, literacy and technical and social advancements. Many flocked there from the other continents to start a new life, seeking peace, often above all else. Like a gryphon it soared overhead, its sharp eyes trained for danger.

Encircled by the sun, moon and stars, built on what people believed to be a flat terra, these continents three were the known world. The distant sun, glittering on the sea, hinted at the great beyond. Yet, there were maps of their own lands with great empty spaces still waiting to be explored. An era of discovery was speedily on the rise, and the old world was slowly fusing with a world waiting to be reborn.

These are the Tales of Thoglan.

When demigod Zargule was banished from creator-god Ilyon’s court for trying to stage a coup, he knew he had to take revenge, and regain his stripped powers. The humans of the land of Thoglan were starting to wake up, their minds not quite able to comprehend the truth of where they came from. And he vowed to make sure that they would never know.

Lottie couldn’t remember her parents; they had died when she was far too young. As she grew older, her professor uncle told her rare, forgotten stories. He said her parents had loved these stories and their messages, and wanted to share them with her and her older brother. But their uncle Mort had spent his life trying to keep them from getting too curious about their parents’ past.

One dark, vulnerable night, Lottie stumbles upon a mythical, ancient forest. She starts to have visions, and the secrets of the stories begin to become more real than ever, especially after meeting an old friend of her father’s from his days as a knight. He seems to know a lot more about her parents and her strange experiences than Lottie first expected. She has so many questions, but why doesn’t Uncle Mort want her to know what really happened to her parents? Lottie’s ordinary world begins to change around her, and she is barely aware of a supernatural world that is starting to take notice. Determined to find out more about the stories and the mysterious god Ilyon that seems to underlay them all, Lottie must find her answers before supernatural, dark forces, get to her first.

Where in the Process
From most to least recent developments.
  • Restarted streamlined editing process to send Draft 6 out to agents, Winter/Spring 2017
  • Changed writing style plan to make “Redwing” sound more like a fairy tale, Autumn 2016
  • Submitted to two agents Sept. 4, 2016. Rejected.
  • Officially changed name of “Sign of the Sparrow” to “Sign of the Redwing,” Summer 2016
  • Redoubled editing efforts in January 2016, and began constructing a big, new outline for this book, and some of the series to follow.
  • Started editing Book 1 again here and there, Mid-Late June 2015.
  • Started a writing hiatus to pursue other endeavors, Feb. 1, 2015.
  • After a month of series planning, started editing Draft 6, Feb. 1, 2015.
  • Made a year’s worth of plans for this book and its series and posted it on Jan. 19, 2015.
  • Made a detailed revision game plan on October 6, 2014.
  • Fully launched into editing Draft 6 on August 6, 2014. Didn’t get far past the first chapter.
  • As of Sept. 2013, taking a long break to be fresh for a new round of edits and submissions.
  • Submitted to agent July 25, 2013. Rejected.
  • After a break, started Draft 6, June 2013.
  • Submitted to agent early Nov. 2012. Rejected.
  • Started 5th Draft, Dec. 26, 2011. Sent to proofreaders. Waiting for critique.
  • Completed 4th Draft, April 4, 2011. Sent to proofreaders. Waiting for critique.
  • Started 4th Draft, late 2010-early 2011. Even nitpickier editing stage.
  • Completed 3rd Draft, Oct. 25, 2010. Sent to editor. Waiting for critique.
  • Started 3rd Draft, Sept. 23, 2010. Nitpicky Editing stage.
  • Completed 2nd Draft, July 27, 2010. Sent to editor. Waiting for critique.
  • Started 2nd Draft, around April 6, 2009. Editing stage.
  • Finished the first draft sometime in late 2008 or early 2009.

Two young brothers find a kind benefactor in a time of great need, and as they grow up their worlds grow ever darker, and the threat of war is the least of their worries.

Where in the Process
From most to least recent developments.
  • Taking a temporary break from this book as of Feb. 2014.
  • Started 2nd Draft, early June 2013. Submitting to writer’s group as I edit.
  • Completed during Camp NaNoWriMo April 2013.


Where in the Process
From most to least recent developments.
  • Made a year’s worth of plans for this book and its series and posted it on Jan. 19, 2015.
  • As of Feb. 2014, writing has paused, but I’m gathering new ideas and taking furious notes when they come to me.
  • Started Draft 1. Writing the whole thing from scratch.
  • Began compiling ideas in April 2011

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