It’s a road trip! Cyrus and Gmork unexpectedly make a new friend on the way to Roosterfoot. But Cyrus discovers that not all is as it seems, and adjusts his expectations accordingly. Gmork finds the high point of his life, and Cyrus the low.
Obilly Smallhat is in jail, suspected of the murder of Rolland Gorp–but Cyrus doesn’t believe he did it. However, Cyrus’s own grip on sanity is starting to slip, as echoes of his encounter in the old church beneath Roosterfoot haunt his waking and sleeping thoughts. Can Cyrus work out where to go next–or is this a dead end?
Cyrus grows his foot back… temporarily. Veridia reveals rumors of a terrible flying beast, which no one takes very seriously. Cyrus travels north to a kingdom he invented out of whole cloth, and finds that it doesn’t take him very seriously. Alice Miller teaches to a most remarkable classroom, and Obilly Smallhat raises more questions than he answers.
Cyrus, Vicod, and Gmork return to Green Bridge to assist in solving Rolly’s murder. Cyrus catches up with old friends, and discovers a few new ones following him around. Cyrus and Vicod toast the dead; The Bright Path Podcast belly-flops into an entirely new genre of absurdity.
Did you know that Part 1 of The Bright Path is now available as a stand-alone paperback, complete with new cover art and the briefest of forewords? You did not? Dear friend, let me enlighten you.
Cyrus Stoat, Tenured Professor of Applied History at Triad University, leads an advanced practicum in dungeon crawling. Freddie Greensmith finds something in the dark. Cyrus meets an old friend with sad news.
In Bonus Episode #2 of The Bright Path Podcast, I welcome special guest Seth Brown for a conversation on storytelling, humor, navigating our fraught social landscape as a humorist, and the process of creative collaboration. Seth is a veteran humor writer and speaker, so if you’re at all interested in the creative process, I do hope you’ll enjoy what he has to share. A new chapter of The Gods We Made will enter your podcatcher next week!
In another “branch” of Jonathan’s life, he and Boris have traveled far south into Carelon, following Jonathan’s failed proposal to Merrily. Boris tells a ghost story. They meet a man named Stool, who shares a tale of his life as an Ecclesia priest in Uelland. Boris sets Jonathan on a new course, and so does Mr. Stool.
IT BEGINS! Ladies and Gentlemen: the Prologue to The Gods We Made, book two of “Preposterous History.” Two years after the events of The Bright Path, Gog the Hammer finds himself facing down a new enemy–and big guns suddenly seem not quite so big. Jonathan Miller arrives in Devi Valley with Simon and Devi, determined to find something in Vault Three–but comes away empty handed. Cyrus and Veridia have a baby together, but not much else; Merrily is irritatingly competent; and Rufus Snugg decides to fight absurdity with absurdity.
Special guest Rob Seitelman joins Yours Truly to wrestle and chortle over the different challenges of solo creation and collaboration. We’ll share some war stories from our theater careers and bat the ball back and forth on which is ‘better’–creating alone or creating together? Also, thirty seconds of the funniest and filthiest Star Wars parody you will hear all year.