The First Puddlegineer is finished, and the paperback is available at CreateSpace and Amazon. The eBook will be available at Amazon on January 29 (I haven’t decided if I’ll publish it elsewhere yet). I’ve just finished the first draft for The Library of Anukdun, but it’s still a long way from finished book. Now, I’ll redraft Book 5, and then let it rest before editing, while I start on Book 6, tentatively titled Bones of Titans’.
The First Puddlegineer is a classic hero’s journey with an improbable hero and quest at its core. Jeremy Buttons is child who loves playing in puddles. The story was inspired by a particularly fine puddle that periodically resided a few doors up the street from my childhood home. It was on my walk to and from school, and I often imagined it was a lake. I wished I could shrink and canoe across it. In the winter months, the same puddle was often covered in a layer of ice, and being the first kid to walk across the pristine ice (and risk falling through three deadly inches of cold water) was a much-coveted position. Jeremy Buttons is a precocious only child, and I had no shortage of brothers or sisters, so there’s nothing else that might be considered autobiographical in the story. Smooth concrete curbs now line that street, and the Great Puddle only exists in the memories of the children who lived on my block… and in The First Puddlegineer.
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