Song of the Elves

Epic fantasy novels and short stories by David Charles Shepherd

Writing fun

| August 18, 2010

I’m having great fun creating extra chapters for the middle section of The King’s Blades.  The new action sequence enhances the read, but also allows me to incorporate two new stands of plotline that will be important in future volumes of Song of the Elves.  It also allows me to expand upon the role of [...]

In the Dark

| August 11, 2010

Having just filled my boots with inspiration in the Lakes, I next spent a week with my family down by Black Rock Sands.  The juxtaposition of sea and mountains, as the Snowdonian National Park sweeps down to meet the dunes at Morfa Bychan, provides such natural drama that one can’t help but be inspired. Again, [...]

View from the Hills

| July 28, 2010

I’ve just returned from my annual walking trip to the Lakes, burning with fresh inspiration fuelled by the spectacular landscapes.  This year my friends and I in the NCWC (Narlas Cipple Walking Club) tackled Grisedale Round and Hartsop Hill.  During the hum-drum of the usual working day it’s easy to forget the majesty and drama [...]

Back in the saddle

| July 11, 2010

I finally got in a good burst of writing this week, forging ahead with The King’s Blades.  I wrote the original draft four years ago now, and revisiting the manuscript and being able to bring to it the gloss and expansion of ideas that have evolved since the initial writing, has been very satisfying. The [...]

Snail’s Pace

| July 4, 2010

In between nappy changing and adapting to my new upside down life, I have managed to snatch a few brief moment to pen a few words. A rare relaxing moment in the garden garnered the opening scene of Wolves of Winter III.  We reaquaint ourselves with Mallakai, finding him in a pensive mood, contemplating the [...]

Adventures in Babyland!

| June 23, 2010

Wow – I seriously underestimated the impact of our new arrival.  It’s all good though – enjoying every minute. However, the second installment of Song of the Elves, The King’s Blades, will now be proceeding at a more leisurely pace (if I can keep my eyes open long enough to finish it!!!). I’m still hoping [...]

Baby Joy!

| June 13, 2010

Having recently come into fatherhood, my life is filled with joy unlike anything I’ve known before.  Schedules for Song of the Elves may need a ‘little tweaking’ as a result. I’m still managing to find some time each evening to chip away at the preparation of Book Two of the Song of the Elves: The [...]

The next step…

| June 4, 2010

For the next few weeks I’ll be concentrating my efforts on The King’s Blades – Song of the Elves Book Two. I’m currently working on bringing  chapters 9 to 13 to the website for an end of June release and the ongoing serialisation to unfold over the summer, reaching its murderous peak in August. Murderous [...]

You want more…

| May 26, 2010

You want more Song of the Elves?  Then you got it… From today you can visit the ‘Chapters’ section to download chapters 5 to 8 of The King’s Blades as the epic saga continues. True to my promise earlier in the year, you will get more Song of the Elves this year than at any [...]

Long Live Rock And Roll

| May 17, 2010

One of my all time heroes passed away yesterday.  After a sixth month battle with cancer, Ronie James Dio died at 7.45 a.m. Los Angeles time on sunday 16th May. I’ve mentioned the inspiration of his songs on this website before.  Having grown up on Rainbow, Black Sabbath and Dio albums, I was delighted to [...]