Episode 45: The Tour Guide

The Bright Path is especially improbable in paperback and e-book form.

Hobb’s grand tour of the King’s home sparks a new revelation by Merrily, and Merrily sparks an adjustment of the First Minister’s trousers. King Leeland issues Hobb an ultimatum. Hobb tries desperately to wrest a concession from The Kettle, but comes up empty.

Signed Book Contest WINNER!

Last week I announced a special prize drawing for one signed copy of The Bright Path. And the winner is… Dave Holman! I happen to know that Dave is himself an outstanding (Coffee Smuggler, hilarious historical quasi-fiction) author (Cyber Fire, an upcoming eco-eco-cyber thriller), and I am so pleased he is on my mailing list. And I love that all of you are on the mailing list. Thanks everyone who signed up!

Episode 44: A Good Plan, and a Bad Trope

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In a shocking development, the Bright Path Podcast returns to the same characters for two weeks in a row. Cyrus, Merrily, and company finally enter Uellodon, only to find the Royal Academy off limits and Wigglus’s mother’s house a ruin. Cyrus proposes a pub crawl, but two strangers change their plans. The narrator’s horrific French accent rides again.

Episode 43: The Uses of Lawyers

Hobb the Wise says: For the greater good, you should own a copy of The Bright Path.

Lawyers. Huh! What are they good for? Actually, you’d be surprised. Find out in Episode 43 of The Bright Path Podcast. Also: How to have a romantic conversation whilst holding a raw sheep’s liver; why Merrily smeared bear grease all over her body; and how to wake a sleeping mathematician.

Episode 42: One Foot Short

The Bright Path contains entertainment enough for both men and giants. Why not give it a try?

Sir Richard does battle with giants and gerunds, as his skills as a diplomat are tested in combat. Will the redoubtable knight embarrass his King, or open a new window in relations between man and giant-man?

Episode 41: What God Knows

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Grygory the Pious comes face to face with a familiar demon, but notably fails to be eaten alive. King Simon deploys the only known rhyme for ‘orange’. Grygory discovers that whatever God intends, Brutus the Observer has a plan for him.

Valediction

“Valediction” is a piano piece I wrote in 2014 and recorded very recently. It’s in a neo-Romantic style with some hints of early-Twentieth Century impressionism. This is rather a different soundscape than most of my other piano music, but I think you’ll find it an easy listen. It’s among my top three favorites among my own music.

Episode 40: An Audience With the Queen

Captain Howe makes the best of a bad situation.  Jonathan discovers just how fast he can go from elated to crushed.  Queen Anne receives an ultimatum, but discovers unexpected allies in her confrontation with the Crown.  Jonathan sets out on a new journey.

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Episode 39: The First, Distant Rumble of Peace

The Bright Path is good for the soul, if you’ve got one handy. If not, it’ll do as a really attractive paperweight.

Rufus Snugg and his friends make a new toy, but toys aren’t a solution to Rufus’s problems. Devi gets the latest news from home, and Daven gets a black eye for his trouble. Basil’s machinations bear fruit, as a certain ring-bearer plunges to his death in the fiery abyss.

Episode 38: A Vigorous Legal Argument

The Bright Path has a higher entertainment value per word than the three leading brands. Go on, read it and prove me wrong.

Captain Howe is evicted ceremoniously from his field tent. Judge Blackstaff presides over a courtroom duel, and his clerk does heroic duty. Hobb the Wise learns of Cyrus’s latest quest. Sir Richard is poked and prodded, and meets an old enemy.