Rob’s Update: Happy New Year

Week 53 of 2022

Greetings all

It’s been an eventful 2022, I think, for all of us. I hope things went as well as possible for all of you and that 2023 is your best year yet.

Pandora's Box
Pandora’s Box

Speaking of best yet, I think the release of Christopher G. Nuttall’s Pandora’s Box was the best release of any book I’ve published so far. It’s been an honor to work with him, and I’m so pleased to be a part of the Heirs of Cataclysm.

Get Pandora’s Box here:

With me moving on from both the Eldros Legacy (which you should still read) and the Dudes in Hyperspace (which will hopefully have a show here and there), I find myself with some extra time.

I’m going to fill that time by writing Old English-style riddles. Here’s an example:

I reared my mother                       after madness sent her to me
Then I moved mountains           and made monsters fear me
Time I have carried                       taming it to my purpose
Against the glacier’s wrath       I guard mighty empires
Yet the least hold me captive   kept in loneliest thrall
I do not delay                                   when dooms are decided
Health and life I shield                holding against harm
Great, gallant, and                        gracious have I grown
My back is broken                         but I bear the dreams of all
I carry a magical world               so say what I am called

Every couple of weeks, I’ll write another one, as well as provide the answer to the previous one.

How can you get these riddles? Great question! I’ve created a Patreon. Every subscriber will get a riddle on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month, starting on January 9th. Plus, I’ll add snippets and other tidbits of works in progress or whatever seems interesting.

At higher tiers, subscribers will get free books. At the highest tier, they’ll also get an illuminated manuscript of a personalized riddle suitable for framing.

What’s the answer to this riddle? Well, you can find out in two ways. One, you can subscribe. Two, since you subscribe here, I’ll pass on the explanation next week. I appreciate all who’ve been along for this ride too.

Anyway, we’ll see who can guess this one. Oh, yeah, I have some fun things planned for those who guess it before I send out the answer.

Join the Patreon here:

Firehall Sagas
Firehall Sagas

I also spent a bunch of this week getting the new website for the Firehall Sagas ready to go! Check it out here: Thanks to Kevin Fritz Fotovich for creating cool new artwork and logos. Also, I should have thanked Kate Gill many years ago for her photos, but she also took a fantastic one of me performing part of Beowulf in Old English at Pennsic.

I was in a firehall performing a saga. It had to be on the website.

I did a bunch of editing the week. All in all, it was one of my most productive weeks in a long time, even though I took Christmas off to spend time with the folks.

Tonight, I’m watching the rest of Dallas against the Titans, then back at it tomorrow.

What I’m Listening To

The Cowboys are playing on a Thursday. Is there any doubt I’m watching it?

Quote of the Week

“If I pass away one day, I am happy because I tried to do my best. My sport allowed me to do so much because it’s the biggest sport in the world.”
– Pele

As you may know, Pele passed away today. Godspeed, O Rei. Your best was truly amazing.

Dudes In Hyperspace

Follow the Dudes In Hyperspace here:

We give our swan song in a truly dude-tastic show. We’re taking a break, though don’t be surprised we have episodes coming occasionally down the road. Also, I’ve developed a taste for podcasting, so who knows what will happen.

New Mythology Works in Progress

I’m pleased to announce the winners of the 2023 FantaSci Short Story Contest open call.

Of note, I’m running behind on edits with all the other things going on. These winners will be back before next week.

Bloodheart, by Justin Doyle
Stars and Shadows, by B.A. Ironwood
The Unwanted Legion, by Casey Moops
The Coward’s Shadow by Fiona Grey

Rob’s Works in Progress

  • Sowing Spring’s Wrath (3,213)
  • Farewell, My Ugly (58,812)
  • Rick Blaine (8,845)
  • The Feasting of Vengeance (3,405)

Upcoming Events

New Releases

This week we have the 18th book in The Fallen World, The Guilted Cage. Post-apocalyptic mayhem by Casey Moores. Get it here:

I’m still celebrating the release of Pandora’s Box from Christopher G. Nuttall. This is book 2 in his Heirs of Cataclysm series. You can get that one here:

Tracked Items

Today’s Weight: 334.2

Updated Word Count: 428,364

Firehall Sagas Archives: 737 entries

Let me know if you have any suggestions on the website, this email, or cool story ideas at Especially let me know of suggestions you have for the Spotlight section.

Have a great week, everyone.

Rob Howell

Creator of the Firehall Sagas Universe

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