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”

Bard & Barbarian

New Chapter. I’ve added this 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 16: “Don’t Be Strangers”

Quarterly Art Card

“Heart of a Dog.” As many of you probably already know, I have a Patreon account. (Details about why are on this page.) One of the incentives I provide as a thank you to my supporters is a Quarterly Art Card, and I’ve just revealed December’s. Since Harmonious Starmark’s story has become a Christmas Eve tradition all over the world (in the Amaranthine universe), I thought “Heart of a Dog” (art by FoxOfTwilight) would be Most Appropriate.

These are 5×7″ cards. You can kind of see the shimmer. I had them printed with a pearlized finish. (Very pretteh!) To get in on the offer, become a patron at the Twinkle tier ($4/month) or higher. This is a limited edition offer, and quantities are limited, too. Don’t dawdle.

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Bard & Barbarian

New Chapter. I’ve added this 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.

Last month’s installment concluded Part 1, so we’re embarking on Part 2 of this tale. Imber’s grown quite a bit, and he’s ready to broaden his horizons. If he can convince a certain adventuring party that he would be an asset. ::twinkle::

Chapter 15: “Reprise”

Art: Marc’s and Imber’s portraits were created by Alexa Sharpe

Bard & Barbarian

New Chapter. I’ve added this 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. (I’m teetering on the cusp of a milestone: 99 patrons.)

As it happens, Ch14: “Commission” brings a close to Part 1 of Bard & Barbarian. The story’s tagline is … Imber was only a boy when he first met the divine beast who would one day share his adventures. Next month, that boy will be back as a teen.

Art Peek! I’ve commissioned portraits (and a book cover) for Bard & Barbarian. Here’s a peek at the lines for a dual portrait of our boys.

Imber & Marc | art by Alexa Sharpe

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Bard & Barbarian

Adventures Await. From time to time (at least once a month), I add a chapter to a serialized story over on my Patreon account. It’s a patron perk, and the storyline is coming along nicely. The main characters are two that I played in a DnD campaign, and Bard & Barbarian provides both backstory … and an ongoing adventure.

The latest chapter is live! It’s called “Runaway Heir.”

If you want to read along, this story is available to patrons at any tier. So as little as $1/month. Find out more about my tiers and their perks on this page >>

Quarterly Art Card

Patron Perks. From time to time, I mention my Patreon account here on the blog. This is a good time to consider joining since I’m gearing up for the next Quarterly Art Card, which I’ll send out in September to those who qualify. This time around, the featured illustration is called “The Dance,” and is inspired by Ricker & Fira in Followed by Thunder (Songs of the Amranthine, #2).

Patrons who pledge at least $4/month & are interested in receiving the art card have until the Autumnal Equinox to request one. (Those selecting higher tiers receive the art cards automatically, along with bi-monthly or monthly mailings.) All fun stuff, I assure you.

So much is happening on September 22!

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“The Dance” | Lara Pickle

Art Card

September’s Mailing. It’s August 1, so I’m revealing the Quarterly Art Card, which is one of the main perks I offer to supporters on Patreon. “The Dance” features Ricker & Fira from Followed by Thunder (Songs of the Amaranthine, #2).

The Dance, art by Lara Pickle

“The Dance” | art by Lara Pickle

If you want to be included in this art card mailing, become a patron. You’ll get in on snapshots, story snippets, first looks, interesting mail, etc. Look over the tiers (just $1 for Glimmers, up to $44 for Reliquaries) and choose a comfy niche. Want to know more about becoming a patron before taking the plunge? I explain things more clearly under the tab I created for Patreon >>

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Community Goal – Progress!
82 / 400

Once I reach 400 patrons, I’ll begin posting a subscription story (available to those pledging $4/month or more). Loosely based on the old Amaranthine tale, ‘The Wolf and the Moon Maiden,’ this serial will involve three sisters, twelve pledges, and the long-awaited stirring of a sleeping landmark. (Yes, I’m talking about the Miyabe sisters. Yes, you’ll get in on more of Kimiko’s courtship of Eloquence Starmark.)

Bard & Barbarian

New Installment. One of the perks my patrons receive is access to an original story about two characters I play(ed) in a longstanding weekly DnD campaign. Bard & Barbarian updates at least once a month, and for July, I scraped in at 10 minutes to midnight on July 31. (Deadlines are miraculous. They have a way of making things happen!)

BnB 012

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In related news, our group is gearing up for a new campaign, and I’ll be first-timing as DM. Although it’s less of a dungeon & more of a steampunk airship. ::eyebrow waggle::

Bard & Barbarian

New Chapter. I’ve updated Bard & Barbarian, my Patreon exclusive story that delves into the backstory of the two characters I play in weekly DnD campaigns. “Imber was only a boy when he first met the divine beast who would one day share his adventures.” The story is available to supporters at any level (Glimmer starts at $1/month), and it updates at least once a month. Today’s chapter is called “Good Customers.”

BnB 011

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