Whole bean Eight O’Clock Coffee is on. Been up since 3:30am after Luik woke up with a pee-pee diaper. Wicked wind outside, so I decided to edit Athera’s Dawn (working title for book III). To anyone that cares, on page 366 of 517. This book is too long…



Shane Deal · 30 Dec ’08 at 8:14 am

I’ve been up about as long. It’s windy over here too, I’ve been spending most of the time reading “The Philosophy of Tolkien: The Worldview Behind The Lord of the Rings” by Peter J, Kreeft. A Christmas present from my Aunt Susie, something I’d much rather be doing then what you did, as important as that is.

Sounds like a good title for the next book. It goes without saying that I can’t wait to read it, whatever your final title for it might be. I like longish books so length isn’t a problem for me, but for you, being the one editing it, I see what you mean.

Coffee sounds good. I think I’ll go make some. Wegman’s Pumpkin Spice flavored coffee. πŸ˜€ Worth getting excited about, as far as coffee goes.


Shane Deal · 30 Dec ’08 at 8:36 am

P.S. The coffee turned out exceptionally good this morning. πŸ˜€ Thanks for suggesting it!

Christopher Hopper · 30 Dec ’08 at 8:41 am

Glad my suggestion availed a warm surprise! About to dive into a 100-page epic battle scene! Think people are ready for this?


Shane Deal · 30 Dec ’08 at 8:57 am

I hope so. 100 pages, that is quite the battle scene! Hard to say if folks are ready for it or not. It depends on the reader. As long as it can hold interest 100 pages shouldn’t be a problem, but if it feels like you’re just plodding through a thick pool of mud then it would be a problem.


Christopher Hopper · 30 Dec ’08 at 9:04 am

Well, its the craziest, twisting POV-shifting epic scene I’ve ever written. So I sure hope it holds them! At least it does for this ADD writer… lol


Shane Deal · 30 Dec ’08 at 9:20 am

Well it sounds interesting with all that POV-shifting and all.

Good luck!


Kevin Zoll · 30 Dec ’08 at 9:32 am

Go, Christopher!

Athera’s Dawn is a good title.

I can’t wait to read the book, when it is finally finished. A few more 3:30 mornings and you’ll be done before you know it.

John Brennan · 30 Dec ’08 at 2:01 pm

That sounds awesome man. Plow through it !

longaberger mug = )

Christopher Hopper · 30 Dec ’08 at 2:08 pm

Longaberger forever! ch:

Nathan · 30 Dec ’08 at 2:30 pm

Hey bro,

Can’t wait to read it. I also made 8 O’clock coffee this morning. Had to get up to go fix a friends computer. Pastor Chuck is coming over soon so I can fix his laptop. Working on some websites, and house cleaning in between.

Just wanted to say hi, and let you know that I’m enjoying a new book too, Children of Hurin, by Tolkien. Have you heard of it? So far so good, more about the history of Elves and Man before the Hobbits.

love ya,

Christopher Hopper · 30 Dec ’08 at 2:36 pm

Tell Pastor Chuck I said hello! Yes, I have heard of it…may even have it laying around here somewhere…but have yet to crack it. Do let my know your verdict on it when you’re thru.

Eight O’Clock Coffee forever! (That is, until something better comes a long for just as much money. lol) ch:

John Brennan · 30 Dec ’08 at 5:56 pm

I just bought the Children of Hurin and it is quite cool so far!

Leah Stockholm · 30 Dec ’08 at 11:36 pm

Can’t wait till it’s finally finished!!!

Mandee · 31 Dec ’08 at 3:24 am

Page 366…keep plowing through! You’ll be done soon enough. Can’t wait to read it. πŸ™‚

It’s 2:15 a.m. right now…just finished adding 800 words to my own book. I work best this time of the night (er, morning) when the family is sound asleep. I love how it’s getting easier to write…must be all the practice I’ve been having lately. πŸ™‚

By the way, I also wrote a long post earlier tonight that is kind of an extension of a recap I wrote for 33Live a few weeks back. You preached on spending time wisely, and tonight I took it upon myself to do further research on the lasting effect of too much time spent on video games. It was interesting what I found out, so if you get a few minutes you’re welcome to read it. (Though I’m sure that it’s mostly all facts that you already know, haha.)

Like the title idea, by the way. Athera’s Dawn. Sounds great!


Christopher Hopper · 31 Dec ’08 at 10:52 am

Kevin: I suppose more 3:30am mornings means more Eight O’Clock coffee, eh?

Leah: Thanks for the encouragement!

Mandee: Cool! I look forward to reading it! All your stuff rocks!


Kevin Zoll · 31 Dec ’08 at 2:00 pm

Having a bit more Eight O’Clock coffee isn’t necessarily a bad thing πŸ™‚

One too many 3:30 mornings on the other hand…

Really, I can’t wait to read the finished novel.

Ryan Paige Howard · 31 Dec ’08 at 3:27 pm

News of the third book ( I β€˜ve been eagerly waiting for some news, especially from the way The Lion Vrie ended(lol)! Athera’s Dawn I like that. It has a nice feeling to it. One-hundred pages of an epic battle… AWESOME! You write great battle scenes! I have never been bored or disappointed by them. (And battle scenes are hard to write, at least for me they are.)
I just started reading Kingdom’s Dawn by Chuck Black . I know it’s a little young for me, but I’ve been wanting to read it for along time now. So far it’s really good.

(BTW) I loved your last post (= It truly is better to give than it is to receive! And God has given us the greatest gift of all.
Bye For Now,
Ryan Paige Howard

Christopher Hopper · 31 Dec ’08 at 4:09 pm

Ha, thanks Kevin! Will stay away from those 3:30am’s…

And thanks Ryan! You’re encouragement is very kind! And this battle scene is [clears throat] my best yet. It FLIES by, even in the editing stage! Is it arrogant to say even I’m riveted? ch:

mooney · 5 Jan ’09 at 4:57 pm

Several notes:

1 – Don’t want to hear what page you’re on. Still waiting for that email!
2 – Atherea’s Dawn is pretty cool. A lot better than “Luik Doesn’t Die” or something else that would give the ending away.
3 – I hope it doesn’t end with a wedding.
4 – Mission Coffee Roasters ROCKS much harder than “8 o clocks-tastes like my sock”
5 – Is this longer than LOTR?

Jeremy · 9 Jan ’09 at 9:05 am


This is awesome to hear. Ironically, the person right above me here, was the one who turned me on to Rise of the Dibor. I searched on Ebay, and I got a proof copy of the book with a letter from you in it. I am not sure how it got on Ebay. Anyways, after I read it, 2 months later Lion Vrie came out. I read it in two days, LOL.

I must say, I have never really been much of a reader of fictional literature. At least not until 3 years ago when I re-read Narnia from those childhood years. Next it was Lord of the Rings, then Rise of the Dibor.

May I say, in my opinion, you are on par with these.

I think it was the tagline, “What if Adam and Eve never sinned…?”

Anyways, excited to see Athera’s Dawn (or whatever title it takes).

And congrats on the soon coming edition to the Hoppers πŸ™‚

God bless,

Jim Moore · 13 Jan ’09 at 12:17 am

I hope this is a Trilogy. I caught up with you on the Fantasy Tour near Baltimore MD a year and a half ago, and bought 1 and 2, and have been hanging off the cliff for a year.

Not to bust on you. Great writing. I can’t wait. Keep up the good work!

God bless,


Brittany · 14 Jan ’09 at 11:37 pm

wahoo!!! I’m soo excited!!! I can’t wait to read the next book! and you know if you need any proof readers haha I am here for you! πŸ™‚ and then just think when the movies come out!! lol I can’t wait πŸ˜€
I need to start reading the books over again so I remember everything!

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