Media Content Available for this Story Line (plus date distributed/posted etc.):

  • Afterlife 1: After the Fall’ the first poem from the ‘Afterlife’ sequence – which appears to be a story fragment linked to Story Line 1 of The Isle of Ruins novel MS (see below) – is posted to Authorsden on March 11th 2017. The characters involved in the poem appear to be an editor/publisher ‘version’ of the same Rowan Sweeney we find in The City of Quartz and a female Australian fantasy novelist resident in the UK.

Brief Story Summary of The Isle of Ruins MS
Two timelines/worlds …

Two Rowans …

Two genres …

  1. Rowan is a Publisher/Editor working for a transnational publishing house tasked with making a smaller (and stranger) publishing house situated in north Wales profitable. As the story begins his teenage children have left home to study or work and he begins a relationship with a high profile Australian fantasy author living in the UK (see this poem released March 2017 for possible story fragment). She is contracted to the Welsh publishing house that Rowan now manages. The fantasy author learns that there is something strange about Rowan’s relationship with his wife, and Rowan soon realises that the woman’s relationship with the writers and artists linked to the Welsh publishing house is based on shared spiritual convictions. The fantasy author also has connections to innovative game designers intent on translating her books into stories to be lived through augmented reality software programs.

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  1. Rowan (2) is a bard and healer embedded in a digital fantasy game with AR components that is prone to ‘glitches’ …

Rowan (1) escapes his stressful new job by way of ‘super-immersion’ in the video game ‘Ukatha: Isle of Ruins’, but the augmented reality game – like the woman he has entered into a relationship with – is more than it seems. As the story proceeds Rowan (2) realises he needs to confront a traumatic event from his past as a means to relinquish its power over his life.

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