Category Archives: News On The Kingdom Trilogy

Writing A New Chapter, Flannery O’Connor Style

You haven’t heard from me in a while about The Stand (Part Two of The Kingdom Trilogy). For those new to the blog, I’m writing a fantasy trilogy, and this summer I’m writing the second volume.

Yesterday I finished a chapter that I adore. It takes place in the middle of The Stand. Arman’s with Menemaeus, chasing an enemy into what could be considered the most dangerous place in Upper Nola. Of course, in classic Kingdom Trilogy fashion, nothing goes according to plan. In this case, that puts them in an even worse situation than ever.

I loved how it turned out. There’s a crucial passage towards the end of this chapter that I sincerely did not see coming. That’s reassuring. My favorite Flannery O’Connor short story, “Good Country People”, was written that way. Flannery wrote that she didn’t know that she was going to write the climax that she did until just before she wrote. It caught her off-guard, and it gave her writing special power. To this day, that short story hits me like a ton of bricks.

I, also, didn’t realize what I was going to write at the end of my chapter until I got there. It floated down unexpectedly, and I went with it on a hunch. For now, I’ll tell you that Arman finds a surprise that he could never have predicted.

Will I still have plenty of editing to do when I swing back around? Of course I will. I always hate what I write. However, I think I have a foundation here that I can work off of. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I want to go write me another chapter.


Summer 2012 Announcements

Ladies and gentlemen, I am proud to announce that The Stand (Part Two of The Kingdom Trilogy) is happening for sure. Arman’s adventures will continue before the end of the year.

Stay posted this summer! I have some delightful surprises waiting for fans of The Kingdom Trilogy. Games, prizes, and awesomeness await. If you haven’t gotten your hands on Part One, get your copy at Amazon or Smashwords. Then join the anticipation. I’ve had the plot for The Stand in the works for years now. It will be a pleasure to unleash it upon you all.

Starting next week, I’m going to start posting again; this time I’ll be posting twice a week instead of thrice. For you lovers of “Monday Meditations” and “Notes Of A Storyteller”, I’m keeping those around. “The Storyteller Reports” will not be a regular feature, but I’ll still post a few from time to time. If I see something worth ranting about, I’ll rant.

I’m also expanding from this blog. You can find out updates about my writing on here, Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr.

Twitterites can meet me at @WhoIsSeanMcG. I’ll be posting anecdotes, quotes, and retweeting other indie authors that I dig.

Tumblers can check me out at whoisseanmcguire. Here, I’ll be able to post pictures and musings that look cooler than they do on Twitter.

Facebook junkies can like the official page for The Kingdom TrilogyI have Facebook and Twitter linked, and I’ll scatter Tumblr links all over the place. If you’re in a social network and you want to get updates, let me know and I’ll see if I can make an account. No matter where you are in the social media universe, you’ll have access to my latest shenanigans.

Get excited, people. I complained like a gorilla with a stubbed toe last fall, but I truly enjoyed writing Die By The Sword and The Quest for you. Earlier today, I read through my outline for The Stand. I got a big smile reading some of what’s in store for Arman and his friends. Between that and the short stories I have lined up, this is going to be a fine summer.

Prepare for glory!

For Those Looking For the FastPencil Edition of the Quest…

… it’s not here. The site won’t recognize the final step of the publishing process. I’ll keep you in the loop as this develops.

The Quest Is Available On Kindle At Last!

After a thunderous battle of submissions, re-submissions, and submission boxes with red lines around them marking, “Please enter a normal number for your series, please”…

The Quest (Part One of the Kingdom Trilogy) is available for purchase on the Kindle Store and Smashwords!

If you want to be a stubborn old-timer and get the Smashwords copy, go here.*

If you want to be one of the cool kids, and even sit with them at their lunch table, pick up the Kindle Edition.

Either way, it’s only $2.99.

If you need some time considering whether this novel is worth your three dollars, allow me to hypnotize you with my new, ten-million-times-better-than-the-last-one cover design.

Illustration (and copyright) by Martha Bartell

Keep staring… that’s right… fall under my spell… for my diabolical overthrow of your mind with aesthetics… don’t pay attention to that last phrase… just keep staring at that beautiful cover…

If you got as far as this paragraph, you are immune to my Jedi mind tricks. Congratulations! You are free from my control! You’re still welcome to grab a copy of The Quest, if you like. Arman falls off a stone tower, nearly drowns twice, faces down murderous phantoms, escapes werewolves, and is nearly crushed by a troll; he went through that and more to give you a fine story to read. You owe him one, don’t you?

* = Mark Coker, if you’re reading this, I’m just kidding.


If you’re looking for The Storyteller Reports, check back tomorrow. It’ll be up then.

Kindle Edition Coming Soon!

With the college semester finished, there’s some news I thought you might like to hear.

Today, I have begun working with the HTML to get The Quest onto Amazon’s Kindle Store. I’ll keep you updated as we go along. The goal is to have it up by this weekend, but we’ll see what happens as I go through the manuscript.

Next Week, We Return To Our Regular Programming

It’s been a while since we last chatted. For the last two weeks, I’ve been transitioning into a part-time job, and juggling lots of activites over my college’s Homecoming weekend.

But I haven’t forgotten you! Remember the Monday Meditations, The Storyteller Reports, and Notes Of A Storyteller? They’re all coming back next week. Drop in on Monday for the latest Monday Meditations. If there’s anything new you want to see, comment below, or shoot an e-mail to

If you haven’t gotten your copy of the Smashwords edition of The Kingdom: The Quest, pick it up right here!

If you’re still waiting on the Kindle edition, that’s not ready to launch quite yet. More news on that next week.

The Smashwords Edition Is Up!

After a long and successful bout with Microsoft Office, The Kingdom: The Quest is available on Smashwords! I published it as The Quest (Part One of The Kingdom Trilogy), so it’ll show up better in search results. If you have questions about how to download, I’d be happy to answer them. Would you like a blog post devoted just to that?

Get the book here.

In other news, the version for the Kindle Store is being ornery. I’ll put that one up for you this weekend.

I also want to post the full cover art for the book, if you haven’t seen it yet. I had to make it smaller for the cover, so I wanted to display it here in all its glory. Martha Bartell, a fellow undergraduate at Benedictine College, made this over the summer. I told her about Cythonir, Arman’s sword, and she put it under the moonlight.

By Martha Bartell