Bard & Barbarian

Narrated Edition. Bard and Barbarian has been posting slow and steady over on my Patreon account. Reading along is great, but supporters on some tiers can now listen along. Ch6, “Turn on the Charm” just went live for those in qualifying tiers. AND Ch2, “Friend of the Fey” just unlocked for the Twinkle and Sparkle tiers.

Twinkle Press Presents | art by FoxOfTwilight

New narrated chapters will arrive every other Wednesday, which means … there’s always something more to look forward to! Learn more about my Patreon here >>

Bard & Barbarian

Narrated Edition. Bard and Barbarian has been posting slow and steady over on my Patreon account. Reading along is great, but supporters on some tiers can now listen along. Ch5, “Long While” just went live for those in qualifying tiers. AND Ch1, “Take Care” just unlocked for the Twinkle and Sparkle tiers.

Twinkle Press Presents | art by FoxOfTwilight

New narrated chapters will arrive every other Wednesday, which means … there’s always something more to look forward to! Learn more about my Patreon here >>

Bard & Barbarian

Narrated Edition. Bard and Barbarian has been posting slow and steady over on my Patreon account. Reading along is great, but supporters on some tiers can now listen along. Ch4, “Tell Me More” just went live. Audio installments will unlock for more tiers next month.

Twinkle Press Presents | art by FoxOfTwilight

New narrated chapters will arrive every other Wednesday, which means … there’s always something more to look forward to! Learn more about my Patreon here >>

ART: Bard & Barbarian

Marc and Imber. They met when Imber was just a kid. The “divine beast” shaped the half-elf’s plans, giving him something to strive for. Because every adventure must be shared.

The years flowed past, bringing people and taking them away again. Usually, this inevitability didn’t bother Marc. If he found good companions for a time, he was grateful. But every so often, rarer than the crossroads of Cataclysms, he would find a man brave enough to smile into the face of his storm. Imber had the makings of such a friend.

Bard & Barbarian | art by FoxOfTwilight

For those who haven’t taken note, Bard & Barbarian is an original story about two of the characters I played in my very first DnD campaign. What can I say … I got attached. So I’m giving them a story. Imber’s and Marc’s serialized adventure will undoubtedly be a stand-alone book one day, but if you want to be a part of their story while it’s unfolding, become a patron.

Bard & Barbarian

Narrated Edition. Bard and Barbarian has been posting slow and steady over on my Patreon account. Reading along is great, but supporters on some tiers can now listen to the first few chapters of Bard & Barbarian. Ch3, “Enter the Sun Elf” just went live. Audio installments will unlock for more tiers next month.

Twinkle Press Presents | art by FoxOfTwilight

New narrated chapters will arrive every other Wednesday, which means … there’s always something more to look forward to! Learn more about my Patreon here >>

Bard & Barbarian

New Chapter. I’m easing my way into a quicker pace for posting new chapters of Bard & Barbarian, in part so I can stay ahead of Travis Baldree, who’s handling the narration of our tale. For those who haven’t taken note, Bard & Barbarian is an original story about two of the characters I played in my very first DnD campaign. What can I say … I got attached. So I’m giving them a story. Imber’s and Marc’s serialized adventure will undoubtedly be a stand-alone book one day, but if you want to be a part of their story while it’s unfolding, become a patron.

Fun Fact: In today’s installment, I introduce two other characters that I played during a brief “funhouse campaign” our DM put on while I was prepping for my first stint as a DM in our current campaign. I mean … why not? Right? ::twinkle::

Coming to Patreon

Twinkle Press Presents | art by FoxOfTwilight

Serial Narration. Many of you already know Travis Baldree’s voice because he narrates the Amaranthine Saga. And you’ll soon get to enjoy his narration of the Songs of the Amaranthine (coming in August 2021). Today, I’m delighted to announce that Travis will be narrating the serial adventure that I’m currently posting over on Patreon. Narrated chapters are being added to the perks for patrons! Early drop of Ch1 of Bard & Barbarian will go live for higher tiers this coming Wednesday (2/17). They’ll unlock later (after a 4-chapter delay) for more levels, starting at the Twinkle tier.

Bard & Barbarian

Summary: Imber was only a boy when he first met the divine beast who would one day share his adventures.
Audio Posting Schedule: every other Wednesday

Abundant thanks to Travis, who made room in his busy schedule for a bit of collaboration. The chapters I’ve previewed are already putting a smile on my face. (Spoiler: he sings!) And he was a good sport about letting us chibi-fy him for promotional purposes!

You won’t want to miss this!
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Enticement

Perks of Patronage. From time to time, I mention my Patreon account here on the blog. It’s where I post Bard & Barbarian (an ongoing serial adventure). Depending on your chosen tier, patrons can expect sneak peeks, snapshots, quarterly art cards, and all sorts of interesting mail. As mentioned in an earlier post, I’m prepping a special mailing for the Lunar New Year (in part because it coincides with the Amaranthine Emergence). If you’d like to receive a red envelope & lucky coins, this is last call. The mailing will go out next week. Join my Patreon at any tier. Glimmers and Twinkles need to specifically request inclusion. Sparkles on up get these kinds of mailings automatically.

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Another Option. From time to time, people will tell me that (for one reason or another) Patreon isn’t a good option for them. If you’re able to use Ko-fi instead, since it’s a one-time donation, I’m willing to send the New Year’s mailing to reading friends who buy me a coffee ($4). (You’ll have to email me your mailing address – always.forthright at gmail dot com). I do have a limited supply of red envelopes and coins, and patrons will get priority. But it’s another option. This once.

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Quarterly Art Card. Another perk of patronage is the quarterly art card. The next one will be mailed in time for the Vernal Equinox in March. I’ll be revealing that card on Valentine’s Day. The illustration by FoxOfTwilight features Argent & Tsumiko. ::eyebrow waggle::

Thank you for all the ways you support & encourage my creativity. I appreciate it!

Bard & Barbarian

New Chapter. I’ve been so busy with putting the finishing touches on Captured on Film, posting January’s installment of Bard & Barbarian slipped my mind until yesterday. ::facepalm:: The deed’s done. For those who haven’t taken note, Bard & Barbarian is an original story about two of the characters I played in my very first DnD campaign. What can I say … I got attached. So I’m giving them a story. Imber’s and Marc’s serialized adventure will undoubtedly be a stand-alone book one day, but if you want to be a part of their story while it’s unfolding, become a patron.

Chapter 18: “Rally Roar”

Anniversary of the Emergence

Lunar New Year. We’re nearing an international holiday (at least, it is in-story). The news that startled humanity around the world, that they shared space with the so-called “inhuman races,” coincided with the Lunar New Year (because wolves).

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“Look, look, look!” Coop’s voice broke with adolescent urgency as he pointed at the television screen. “They cut in a few seconds ago. Across all channels.”

He flipped through to demonstrate. Every station was emblazoned with banners that screamed, BREAKING NEWS!

“What’s happened?” asked Charles, because the words scrolling across the bottom of the screen were more confusing than anything.

Non-human.

Coexistence.

Treaties.

Reavers.

Shock.

Worldwide.

“Is this for real?” asked Charles. 

Coop got right up next to the screen, which showed a row of five people on a stage. Some kind of government building, by the look of things. The camera zoomed in and panned back and forth, offering a closer view of calm smiles and pointed ears.

“Back, back, back, already,” Coop grumbled. And when the cameras finally obeyed, he jabbed his finger at one of them. “The taller lady. Dad, she has a tail.”

It took that long for Charles to realize what must be going on. He sank to a seat on the edge of their couch. “Those people. They’re just like ….”

Dragged through Hedgerows
Songs of the Amaranthine, #3

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Over on Patreon, I’m doing a special mailing for the Lunar New Year by borrowing from human tradition. Red envelopes. Lucky coins. Year of the Ox. If you’ve been considering becoming a patron, this would be an excellent time to join the ranks. As with everything I do, I try to keep things interesting over there. ::twinkle::

Just for fun, I’ll pose the same question here that I did on Patreon. Which two bovine clans have been mentioned so far in the Saga & Songs?

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Bard & Barbarian

New Chapter. A bit behind schedule, but I’ve added last month’s installment to Bard & Barbarian. It’s an original story about two of the OCs I played during my first DnD campaigns. What can I say … I got attached. Their serialized adventure will undoubtedly be a stand-alone book one day, but if you want to be a part of their story while it’s unfolding, become a patron.

Chapter 17: “Tell Me a Secret”