A Lon Beginning • Chapter 3: The Face on the Wall

Climbing when you knew how far away something was always felt faster and easier than climbing when you didn’t. Kel was accustomed to spending large portions of every day walking, in the woods, up the mountain. Climbing was as natural as breathing, though usually Kel climbed outside, among the silver-and-green-leaved trees branching everywhere in the woods.

Now that they had a light source, they leaned close to the tunnel walls to look at the scales. Not just red and gold, blues and greens shimmered there, iridescent. And the scales had a tiny space between them that the diffuse light seemed to be coming from.

“Was it grown?” Kel mused aloud. Mama had said that the house was grown, that most of the things around them had been grown long ago.

Kel reached out to touch, and thought, I wish it was brighter.

When the tunnel brightened, Kel startled so hard the pixie nearly fell off their head.

Unsettled, Kel continued climbing, as tiny hands clung tightly to their curls.

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Chapters 1-6 are available FREE!

And Chapter 7 is available at the $1 reward level on Patreon!

New high res artwork, including a preview of artwork for the next story is up at the $10 reward level–these are images large enough to print a poster.

Coming soon, a planetary statistics page for Lon.

A Lon Beginning • Chapter 2: Preparations

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It took much less time to go down than it had to go up, mostly because Kel slipped and stumbled and without the traction of soles, the floor of the tunnel was quite slick. After a momentary panic at the gaining speed, Kel got their feet in front of them, slowing the slide with shoes stuttering against the odd surface of the tunnel floor.

There wasn’t enough time to think as Kel reacted to the twists and turns, trying to avoid tumbling. This wasn’t so slippery going up.

They managed to come to a stop at one of the more level sections, and sat there for a long moment, just breathing. Kel looked back up the tunnel, but the meandering path meant they couldn’t see very far. Mama, where are you?

A rumble in their stomach sent them further down the mountain, this time they deliberately sat down where the path got steeper, and pushed off, sliding down the rest of the way to Mama’s closet.

Mama was still nowhere to be found, but Kel was hungry and daunted and on the grounds that food might make things make more sense, they went into the kitchen to find sustenance.

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A Lon Beginning is Complete! Update and Patreon Info

A Lon Beginning, Part one of A Lon Story, is now complete and up.

The first three chapters are public on Patreon. The next two chapters are available for $1 patrons. Chapter 6 is locked to $3 patrons and Chapter 7 is locked to $5 patrons. Over the coming weeks, I will make more chapters public at a rate of one per week. Posting chapter content to social media will come after it is available on Patreon.

The $10 pledge tier will be getting access to the high res versions of all artwork on December 2. 

Ebook versions of the story are coming.

What's next? I'll be working on the next parts of the story for a bit. If you want to see what I'm working on and some backstory, the $20 pledge level gets you access to some of the more than 20 Google Docs in process. 

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A glowing tunnel that looks like it is lined with scales in glowing reds, golds and browns, almost fire colors

A Lon Beginning • Chapter 1: The Snake in the Mountain

Kel couldn’t find Mama anywhere.

Not in the garden on the sunny hillside which lay nestled behind the small glittering dome of the second story of their house, and not in the bright woods in the valley below.

Kel pulled the rounded front door open, set a gathering basket down on the shaped wood bench just inside, and called out… but there was no response.

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Current process and Con report

This post originally appeared on Patreon over the weekend. It is an example of the kind of meta/background post that the $5 support level will see (among other things.)

So it’s been a busy weekend at Orycon. I’ve done 8 panels so far, the only thing remaining is the actual first official “public” reading from A Lon Beginning. My schedule was completely wrapped around the themes of the Lon Universe, (except filk, but I’m sure that will change soon enough.)Here’s the schedule, with some commentary.Continue reading

A Lon Introduction

A Lon Story is a hard science fiction web serial that spans from the near future to about 5000 years from now.

It begins with a story of a child looking for their mother. Kel is a nonbinary ten year old (well, eight in Lon years) being raised by their mother on the planet Avalon, about 26 light years from Earth, thousands of years in our future. A Lon Beginning is seven chapters, kid-friendly, but suitable for all ages. It will have a number of sequels, as Kel grows up, learns about their world, and gains increasing mastery of the technology-based magic made possible by Ama and the nano/microtech skin of the world.

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