Original Sketch of Dionia

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A little something noteworthy for TWLC fans:

One of my day-off projects this afternoon was that of gutting and relocating my mammoth bookshelf from one place in our bedroom to another.

The process as an adult is much the same as it was when I was a teen. But instead of my mom “forcefully requesting” me to pick everything up, or my father admonishing me with his ever-practical phrase of, “A place for everything, and everything in its place,” I have a wife who said to me, “All that right there [waving her hand], is not working.”

In other words, pick it up, you bum.

As I cleaned, I couldn’t help but sense the nostalgic emotions often associated with happening upon an old trinket from a loved one, a box stuffed with handwritten notes, or a dated birthday card from an old friend.

My favorite find of the day was happening upon my original notebook for The White Lion Chronicles. While most of the entries were about ten years old, many of the references were to even early concepts dating to 1996. My favorite page was a sketch of Dionia’s map as I first envisioned it.

It’s interesting to review names on it that were changed when I penned the manuscripts. Bor Isle would eventually become The Isle of Kirstel, while the Kaddrak Mountains would be renamed as the realm of Tontha.

But most poignant is the quote at the top of the page’s header, one heavily influenced by a concept I’d adopted from Tolkien:

I believe this wonderful world of Dionia is not something for me to create, but rather, its that the people and this culture already exist and simply need to be discovered.

Journaling about a project is nearly as important as finishing a project. Without finishing, we can not inform the souls of others; without documenting, we can not inform our own.

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  • Ciara

    That’s so cool!!! I can’t stop looking at it XD So much for my homework getting done… :p

    • Ciara: hope you’ve stopped by now and that your homework is done. (Thanks!)

    • Ciara

      XD I actually didn’t finish it. But that’s why lunch exists :p

  • Wow, that’s really cool! πŸ˜€

  • Thanks for sharing! I love those books so much! πŸ™‚

  • Thank you for sharing Mr. Hopper. Your White Lion Chronicles have greatly blessed me! Thank you for finishing. πŸ™‚

    It’s such a pleasure to run into some of your old work. I love reading some of my old versions and notes of my book and going through old drawing pads full of art… three drawing pads full to be exact.

    • It’s an honor to share when you have great audience members like you!

      3 pads? You’re so prolific! Love it.

  • Dude, I still love your freehand art. When you get that “Sky” project going, you just HAVE to do some freehand of all their gadgets and stuff. {please}

    • Dark Bug

      Ooh, ‘Sky Project’? Is that TSR, Sir Hopper? From Sir Batson’s comment above, I surmise that it is a sort of science-fiction story. ‘Gadgets.’

      The Sky Rulers?
      The Sky Renegades?
      The Sky Runners?

      • Oooo, very close! Almost. And it’s a steampunk series, so definitely yes to “gadgets,” but of a different age.

    • AAA! When does it come out??? *drools*

    • Ahahahahahahahaaaaa!!! *can’t wait*

    • Ciara

      Ohmygoodness!!!!! Sweet!!! *is all of a sudden really excited for next year*

  • I’m in tears…;0)

    • Thanks Mommy. You provided so much inspiration here. You’ll never know.