Episode 54: Follow the Bright Path; Ghost Stories

Jonathan and Merrily live the consequences of one moment of choice. Cyrus Stoat wakes up in a strange bed, and Hobb finds a remedy to two of his most irritating problems. Sir Richard signs off, ending his tale with a guest writer. Grygory, too, meets a most unexpected ending. King Simon is exposed. Ghost stories are told, and seen, and lived.

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Ladies and gentlemen, this reading of THE BRIGHT PATH is now complete. Thank you, thank you, thank you — you lovely people, who have come along for this ride. This has been a journey I will never forget, and one that has given even me some surprises. For one thing, I plan to incorporate much more music into the second and third parts of this series–and the illustrations will continue, if I can afford to continue production. I hope you’ll become a patron of The Bright Path to support further artwork and music in the podcast as well.

I will also never forget the last year of reading with you because it’s written down in a book. If you like giant door-stoppers, then the full edition of The Bright Path is just right for you. But if you’d like a little more limber edition, stay tuned (and join the mailing list <—– ) for a three-part edition of The Bright Path, comfortably sized for reading in a hammock. Here’s a quick preview of the first book, QUANTA OF NONSENSE:

And finally, beautiful people, here is the complete choral number that appears in part 2.

Episode 51: The Lost Arc

Jonathan attempts the most outrageous chandelier swing in recorded history–but something is missing from his landing. Cyrus writes a letter that will cause him some trouble later; Daisy goes straight for true love; and Rolly saves the day with the awesome power of mathematics. Vicod Rayth is entirely naked.

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.

Episode 44: A Good Plan, and a Bad Trope

Only select the finest of tropes. Buy a copy of The Bright Path: An Anachronism today!

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 36: Two Merry Bands Set Forth Merrily

Merrily sings a new song with old words. Cyrus discovers that comparing a woman to a dead cow has serious consequences. Ratwurst gets an unexpected promotion, and Wigglus explains, with examples, the circumstances in which it is legally acceptable to solve one’s personal problems with murder.

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Episode 34: A Killer Drum Solo

Cyrus selects a summer vacation and an intern to go along with it. Frederick née Halfhouse narrowly avoids a close encounter with a prosthesis. King Leeland suggests the least convincing cover-up ever. Facing an invasion of his kingdom, Simon absolutely slays it on stage. These events conspire to bring Part 2 of The Bright Path Podcast to a conclusion; what awaits in Part 3? Only future podcast episodes will tell!

Episode 32: Steel Comes Into Fashion

So you think these podcast episodes are big? You should see them on paper!

It’s a party on the streets of Green Bridge! Bishop Wildrick makes his move to poison the city government and seize control with a mob of the faithful. An assassin stalks Mrs. Bridge’s household, Merrily gets sweaty, Beatrice gives Veridia some questionable fashion advice, and Cyrus has the time of his life on a rooftop.

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Episode 21: Merrily Crashes a Party

(Go on — read ahead! I won’t mind.)

Professor Stoat terrorizes his class with logic; Danny Frogflower is eaten by not-cannibals. Merrily discovers the value of straightening shoes, and also that her boss is up to no good. Merrily gets up to no good herself, and talks her way into a fancy party. Robert Franco turns out to be rather different than we imagined.

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Episode 19: You Can Go Home, But It’s Just Not The Same

Jonathan meets a romantic rival, and sets about making all kinds of mistakes. He goes on a little ski trip, and finds that the situation in Hog Hurst has changed dramatically since he was last at home. Mr. Southfarm is downright un-neighborly, which is to be expected considering the new neighbors.

The Bright Path: An Anachronism will be released in Kindle ebook format and paperback on October 31st! Pre-order the Kindle ebook today!