The Return to Touran

Yes, it’s been a while. I’m sure there are other authors who have lost track of their word-focused pursuits and inadvertently pressed pause during this most unusual of years, so I am trying to give myself grace. But enough is enough! It’s time to return to the many stories, written and unwritten, that fill my mind day and night.

On Twitter yesterday I announced my Return to Touran – a complete re-read of my first completed manuscript “The Proving” with the advantage of having not read it cover to cover in many, many months. I am absolutely excited and thoroughly terrified at the prospect. What will I discover as I revisit my old friends and enemies in the Touran Protectorates, nearby MasMindon, and distant countries in other lands? I promised myself that I would not edit AT ALL as I conduct this re-read. Just thinking about that hurts! But to enforce discipline on myself, I’m going to read it as a PDF. No edits, just a reading.

So join me! If you’re curious about or interested in young adult fantasy in general or a diverse action-packed sword-and-magic epic-scale twist-filled fantasy adventure in particular, there are two ways you can play along:

  1. I will post a chapter-by-chapter summary of my thoughts, impressions, and takeaways here in the blog. Imagine that, regular new blog posts! Feel free to read and comment as the read-through progresses.
  2. Read with me! If you’d like to join me, just reply to this post or shoot me an email at I will send you your own PDF of “The Proving” that you can read on your smartphone, tablet, or computer (or print it if you’re just wired that way!). We can discuss as a group, making our way through the text over this next several weeks.

Thanks all!




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