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After a catastrophic storm leaves the city of Redling half-filled with mud and the magician Bouragner Felpz ill with exhaustion, his faithful ward Corianne determines to take him on a relaxing country vacation. This however is soon upset by the sudden appearance of a ghostly witch, who holds the key to preventing an even greater catastrophe. After the Storm concludes the first volume of The Adventures of Bouragner Felpz.

 

 

 

 

 

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Episode 2.11: After the Storm

 

The Author Says:

It’s important as an author, I think, not to underestimate your audience. As I had planned from the very beginning that The Adventures of Bouragner Felpz would be split into two distinct volumes, I felt it would be unfair to pretend to the reader that the stories would stop after the first one. Felpz gets about so much that any attempt I made to retire him would be seen as very feeble, so I did not even try. All that remains to be said at this point is that he will return. In fact, if you look closely, you may find him cropping up unexpectedly in completely different stories. He is just that kind of character.

 

 

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I feel I should update with something other than eBook announcements. Heheh. And today, the lovely Tony C. Smith over at The StarShipSofa has given me the perfect excuse! Their 233rd episode features a story by British writer Gwyneth Jones, and it is read by yours truly. I am unbelievably excited and pleased to be on the show, as I highly admire Tony and his work. The story was also fun to read, though getting the correct pronunciations for the technical geological phrases took a little while.

Anyway, the episode is StarShipSofa #233 – Gwyneth Jones and I highly recommend giving it a listen. Not just for my sake, but they’ve also got a segment by composer David Raiklen on, and he’s always really interesting to listen to.

While I’m on the subject of podcasts, Season 2 of Radio Grimbald is wrapping up, as I’m nearing the end of the first volume of The Adventures of Bouragner Felpz. The latest episode, The Alchemists’ Circle is my longest yet. For stories any longer I imagine I’ll release in two-parters, but Alchemists’ Circle doesn’t have a good stopping point in the middle, so I felt it was better to release it in one go.

Moving forward, I’m planning to release the complete first volume of Bouragner Felpz stories as a single, massive eBook, and a POD traditional book. I also have a new Professor Odd story, which I’m excited to get to work on now that the big production on Felpz is done.

The Big Project, however, has been my new comic, Year of the God-Fox. I’m planning to release it as a webcomic next year, with possibly an eBook or iPad app to go along. Though because it is in color POD is not really a viable option (too expensive!). I shall probably have to find a small publisher who would be willing to handle the print side, but there’s no rush at this point. However, another side effect of it being in color means it takes an extraordinary amount of work to do the art. Since I write, sketch, clean and paint the thing, it has quickly ballooned to take up much of my active day time. I have been keeping myself sane by listening to audiobooks, specifically Diana Wynne Jones audiobooks. Sadly, it appears only a small percentage of her work is available in audio: I am almost finished with the Chrestomanci series, and after that there’s only the Moving Castle trilogy, and assorted short stories. Considering I’m working between four to six hours a day, I find I’m chewing through them like anything. I expect I shall have to go back to listening to Discoworld novels next week. The Discworld books have the advantage of all being available in audio, but they are just not the same.

Oh well. Back to work now I suppose.

I can’t post anything new from God-Fox, but here’s a concept painting I did a couple years ago, featuring the principle five characters. Enjoy! (Click through for full view on my deviantART page.)

I hope to update again soon!

Goldeen Ogawa can be reached for comment at goldeenogawa@gmail.com, or pecked at on Twitter @GrimbyTweets.


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A simple murder soon takes a turn for the mysterious, as things often do when the magician Bouragner Felpz is involved. Now he and his ward, Corianne, find themselves drawn into the harsh world of vagabond thief-masters and young pick-pockets, trying to uncover the truth behind an enchanted ring and the shadowy organization known as the Alchemists’ Circle. This is the tenth and penultimate story in the first volume of The Adventures of Bouragner Felpz.

 

 

 

 

 

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Episode 2.10: The Alchemists’ Circle

 

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Though each Bouragner Felpz story is self-contained, and can be read alone, when put together the stories that comprise the first volume do contain an overarching meta-story. Hints of it can be found, sprinkled throughout the volume, but they only become really obvious here, now that we are coming close to the end. Alchemists’ Circle is also notable in that it is the longest of all the stories—very nearly long enough to be a novella—and when taken within the context of the volume, can be seen as something like the climax.

 

 

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Unusual visitors are par for the course in the life of Bouragner Felpz, consulting magician, but few materialize out of flames from the fireplace. Enter Lilith Maugs, an enigmatic woman with a tumultuous past who has come to Felpz for aid, yet in doing so puts him, and his ward Corianne, in mortal peril.

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Episode 2.9: The Labors of Lilith Maugs

 

 

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One of my favorite of the Greek legends is the Labors of Heracles. I was always impressed by Heracles’s diligence, even if things did not end particularly well—but that is only what you expect from a Greek myth. I have also long harbored interest in demons, particularly how they are portrayed in fantasy. Because “demon” has become so widely used to describe a wide range of monsters, I felt it was time to give the term some definition in my own stories. And although I have tried to keep these stories fairly self-contained, the careful reader will probably want to have read The Amazing Mages before beginning on this one, though it is not strictly necessary.

 

 

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Bouragner Felpz, the renowned Magician’s Consultant, has never been known to sing. Yet sing he does, as do any who touch the unusual fire stones that have been unearthed around the Willowbee mansion. What put the song in the fire stones? What does it mean? Who is it for? The answer lies in an ancient legend, and in the mysterious ghostly riders that have begun to appear, galloping around Willowbee Hall.

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Episode 2.8: The Song of the Fire Stones

 

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I love music. I love listening to music, I love making music, I love dancing to music. Music is, I think, about as close to real magic as we can get in our universe. It’s always struck me that musician and magician are not so different looking words when you think about it, and that this may not actually be a coincidence. Of course, music-driven magic is not something I alone have come up with: it was also used brilliantly by my idol, Diana Wynne Jones, in her novel The Magicians of Caprona. Although I must say that book did not have so much influence on this story; I’m only mentioning it because it’s really a smashing good book and it would be a shame not to. Song of the Fire Stones owes more, I fancy, to those wonderful tales where relics from a glorious and ancient past turn up in unexpected places—sometimes with dramatic results. It’s also an homage to Sherlock Holmes (as is the whole Bouragner Felpz series, I suppose), in so much as, where Holmes goes around revealing mysterious and terrifying murders has having natural solutions, Felpz goes around providing happy endings to situations that would, in less capable hands, quickly spiral out of control. But mostly, I like music.

 

 

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In a world where magic and supernatural entities are real forces to be reckoned with, sometimes the best person to solve a murder mystery is not a detective, but a magician. Such is the case in this, the seventh adventure of Bouragner Felpz, where he is called in to investigate the impossible murder of a young lord. But what Felpz discovers—and the unorthodox means he employs—is sure to shake even the stoutest of hearts. Narrated as always by his trusty ward, Miss Corianne Birch, The Twisted Unicorn delves into the world of sinister necromancers, unlikely victims, and terrible vengeance.

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Episode 2.7: The Twisted Unicorn

 

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The story of Twisted Unicorn was brought about by a great many characters that had been bouncing around in my head getting together and saying, look, you really need to put us in a story, and you need to do it now. So I did. I also used it as an opportunity to directly address one of the fundamental differences between Bouragner Felpz, and his literary forerunner Sherlock Holmes. Finally, the story is notable in that it introduces Hydegan. Hydegan is an unusual character (for me) in that he is roughly modeled after a real person. I don’t usually do this, and I say “roughly” because his model is actually rather famous and I don’t know him personally (we have only met once, briefly, in a dark alley); so there is a great deal about Hydegan that I made up. Because of this I doubt many people will recognize him, though if you’re familiar with a certain set of underground celebrities he should strike several bells. So if you find yourself thinking, “wait, is Hydegan based on—?” then the answer is probably: Yes, and sorry.

 

 

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Miss Vitronica Mage is the youngest of four children who have all mysteriously disappeared on the eve of their 21st birthdays. Now about to turn 21 herself, she comes to Bouragner Felpz in a desperate attempt to save herself, but what Felpz discovers when he investigates the case proves to be far more intricate than what first appears. And Corianne, his faithful ward and biographer, is forced to take a much more direct role than she would like, considering there could be a demon involved!

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Episode 2.6: The Amazing Mages

 

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It should be fairly obvious (it certainly isn’t a secret) that these stories owe a lot to the work of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, namely his Sherlock Holmes series. I wanted to write fantasy, but not the traditional sword-and-sorcery sort. I remembered Holmes saying something to the effect that he had never met a murderer who could fly, and I thought: oh, but if there’s magic involved, there could be! And thus inspired, I ran off to write my own mysteries, but this time with magic involved.

I’m mentioning all this because I don’t think it’s really fair not to. People tend to notice similarities in my work with other, greater writers. Some of these similarities are subconscious (I had read their book many times and certain themes became ingrained in my mind and popped in without my meaning them to), some of them were accidental (I had never even heard of this person or read their books: the similarities were simply coincidental), and some were deliberate. These I feel I should be honest about, since I was consciously helped along by some other person’s work. And I’m mentioning it now because this story was directly inspired by one of my very favorite Sherlock Holmes tales. I won’t tell you which one—I don’t want to spoil the surprise!—but fans of Holmes should easily recognize the… let’s call it the armature of this story. The details, (the flesh, skin and hair,) however, are entirely my own. And the solution, I am happy to say, is actually rather different.

 

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Miss Corianne Birch is fifteen and dealing with all the usual problems attendant upon a girl entering a new school. Unfortunately she also has to deal with a cruel and dangerous hazing ritual which has already left one of her classmates in a state of nervous shock. Fortunately Corianne has a rather unusual guardian; the magician Bouragner Felpz, who takes any excuse to go poking about dark, ominous places, and is more than happy to shed some light on the mystery of the terrifying shadowy snakes.

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Episode 2.3: Snakes and Ladders

 

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It is a well-known fact about me that I didn’t go to school. I make a point of telling people this, because otherwise they never guess. I find this amusing, since one reason most people insist all children must go to school is that not going would mean they would grow up to be illiterate, unintelligent losers. Since I am at the very least literate this confuses people; how can I appear to be a fully functional adult and not have gone to school? I invite them to puzzle it out on their own. For the most part, however, my un-schooledness doesn’t affect me or my work, save on those particular instances when the subject intrudes into the story I am writing. So it is fair to say that I am biased in my judgment of schools; however much of my opinion is based, not on my limited experience with the system, but from the horror stories that have been related to me from people who were forced to go through the ordeal themselves. From this I judge myself lucky to have escaped such an experience, and I try not to think about it. But since traditional schooling of some nature seems to be expected by today’s society, I felt I should devote at least one story to explaining why Corianne didn’t have any.

 

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Mr. Bouragner Felpz is a curious gentleman. “Magician’s Consultant,” according to his card, his practice takes him to places both fantastical and sinister as he untangles magical mysteries. And where he goes, his ward and reluctant biographer Miss Corianne Birch is often obliged to follow. Set in a time and place not far from late Victorian England—but in a world where magic is very, very real—The Crimson Stair is the second story in the Adventures of Bouragner Felpz.

 

 

 

 

 

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Episode 2:2: The Crimson Stair

 

 

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One of the joys of my profession is going through history with a fine toothed comb and picking out the little mysteries that were never big enough or important enough to be solved, and fabricating fantastical solutions for them. The Crimson Stair was originally inspired by events that occurred during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I of England concerning the death of Robert Dudley’s wife. Though the circumstances have been drastically altered, and the regal connection virtually eliminated, the original fundamentals of the idea remain. I also used as inspiration a staple from Greek Mythology, under the reasoning that what was considered a good idea there and then would still be a good idea in a different place and time… even if the results were less than satisfactory.

 

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It’s late, and I’m very tired, but I couldn’t help but feel the need to tell you all that my personal fiction podcast, Radio Grimbald is finally online! I have one episode up, which you can find over here, and I hope to update it every week with a new story. The site is still a bit haphazard and unfinished, but it should be smoothed out in a few days.

Radio Grimbald is an idea I’ve been fostering for well over two years. I was inspired by stories of authors who had podcasted their novels and acquired a following (and, in some cases, publishing contracts). I also quite like listening to podcasts myself, and since I love reading it seemed only natural that I should do a fiction podcast.

Each episode of Radio Grimbald will feature at least one of my original short fictions. In future, if I decide to podcast a novel, each episode will correspond to a chapter of that novel. For now I’m podcasting the short stories collected in Fiddler’s Dream and Other Stories, but after those are complete I will move on and narrate the Bouragner Felpz stories, of which I have eleven finished, and need only publish them.

So head on over to Radio Grimbald and have a listen. I do hope you enjoy what you hear.

Take care, and have fun.

—Goldeen

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