Everybody Must Get Druidstoned

The Druid StoneDid you know that when there’s gloom in the gloaming, that’s when doom goes a-roaming? I recently dug up five chapters of a planned, but mercifully uncompleted, fantasy novel I was writing in high school. It was hopelessly derivative (my ringwraiths were called, um, ringlords), but hey, I was fifteen or thereabouts.

Feast your eyes on the deathless literary milestone that is Druidstone Quest: The Sword of the Highlands! 😮

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7 Responses to Everybody Must Get Druidstoned

  1. Nick Manley February 22, 2009 at 4:33 pm #

    You’re a brave man to post your worst on here ( :

  2. Black Bloke February 22, 2009 at 4:35 pm #

    This is still better writing than I’ve seen from any recent 15 year olds.

  3. Mike February 22, 2009 at 4:47 pm #

    Still better than Tad Williams.

  4. Anon73 February 22, 2009 at 6:24 pm #

    I’ve heard somewhere there are only a few archetypal “stories”, so logically anything any fiction writer writes must be derivative.

  5. Matt February 23, 2009 at 1:21 pm #

    @ Anon73:
    It was Georges Polti who wrote the book The Thirty-Six Dramatic Situations wherein he postulated that all drama could be boiled down to a finite number of situations. I think the theory is nonsense, he couldn’t even keep his 36 from overlapping each other. The book however is good for breaking writer’s block and inspires one to check out the ancient (read Greek) playwrights.

    @ Long:
    Almost every geek has a Tolkien ripoff in their past. However I thought I was the only one who had actually gone to the trouble of making a map.

    • Roderick February 23, 2009 at 7:10 pm #

      I think Polti cheats a bit, in that not all of his situations are at the same level of generality. Some are fairly specific (like “abduction” or “misplaced jealousy”), while others are so general that they apply to all sorts of different plots (like “daring enterprise” or “solving an enigma”).

  6. Anon73 February 23, 2009 at 1:32 pm #

    I guess Robert Jordan was the opposite of Roderick in that he chose to impose his hopelessly derivative stuff on the world by writing more than 10 thick volumes of it. 🙂

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