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January 4, 2021

Finished the first draft of Book 7 (title still in flux). Word count around 180,000. Lot’s of work now on revisions and editing, but at least there’s progress. December was definitely slow due to usual holiday stuff, plus under the weather a bit and forgetting it takes time to write the yearly Christmas story. This year I though a little warm and fuzzy plot was appropriate.

News on coming audio releases. I’ve just been told the novella, An Ancient Enemy, is scheduled for February 6. The book Harbinger is scheduled for March 16.

For readers/listeners of Destiny’s Crucible, here’s an image that shows the position of the ancestral homeland of the Narthani.

Also, a reminder of the new web pages. Still at olanthorensen.com. Downloadable are images, maps, and the Christmas short stories from 2018 and 2019.
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January 4, 2021

Finished the first draft of Book 7 (title still in flux). Word count around 180,000. Lot’s of work now on revisions and editing, but at least there’s progress. December was definitely slow due to usual holiday stuff, plus under the weather a bit and forgetting it takes time to write the yearly Christmas story. This year I though a little warm and fuzzy plot was appropriate.

News on coming audio releases. I’ve just been told the novella, An Ancient Enemy, is scheduled for February 6. The book Harbinger is scheduled for March 16.

For readers/listeners of Destiny’s Crucible, here’s an image that shows the position of the ancestral homeland of the Narthani. 

Also, a reminder of the new web pages. Still at olanthorensen.com. Downloadable are images, maps, and the Christmas short stories from 2018 and 2019.

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Totally psyched. Love your world and the characters. Excited for whenever it comes out!

Listening again the whole series, currently on book 3; i know the wait is worth it, but i really really want know how the story will continue on book 7 with the fated meeting of Yozef and his fellow earthlings.

I find it hard to wait between books, but, # 6 made it bearable. Hope Mark and Yosef come up with some great new inventions. Also the familes meeting one another should be priceless. They both have put up with so much mystery with their husbands.

Thank you. Love the progress reports almost as much as the garden updates.

Looking forward to the next book in the series. Keep us posted.

Looking forward to it!

Not to be impatient but please hurry up. I need to know what happen when he meets Yosef.

Just finished listening to Passages yesterday! Trying to pace myself on the Christmas stories 😊 Can't wait for the new book.

Take your time...the quality of your work is ALWAYS worth the wait! 🤩

Can't wait, need my Yosef fix.

Awesome update

Awesome!!!

This is great news. I look forward to these new audible releases and I eagerly await Book 7

I'm just waiting for the day when the Cadeli role into Narthoni territory on steamboats with semi-automatic carbine rifles.

I'm looking forward to it.

I can't wait! Thanks for keeping us all updated!!

Keep up with same characters please.

Thanks for the update!

Yay!!

Thank you Sir, I can’t wait with the novel and maybe the rolling back of the Narthani empire into a small country. Like NAZi Germany when it had most of Europe and the Mediterranean until its empire was slowly chop chop by the Allies into smaller and divided Germany.

You're awesome!!!

I can't wait

Feel free to reach out if you need a beta reader.

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One of the fun parts of writing is when research digs up things you never heard of. I may occasionally share a few of the ones I run across. Here’s one . . . the sexagesimal numbering system. My info is from an article in Wikipedia. And no, sexagesimal is not about elderly sex. It’s a number system with 60 as the base. Why 60? Well, for one thing, 60 is evenly divisible by twelve numbers, which has advantages in dividing up objects. Thought to have originated with the Sumarians about 3000 BC. Think about an hour and how we commonly divide it up: 60 min, 20, 15, 10, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1.

There’s a theory of how the sexagesimal system originated. It may not be true, but it’s still totally cool. Imagine back about 20,000 years or so. Your clan leader has assigned you to report back on how many mammoths are in the next valley. Maybe your memory is not so good, so you need something solid to show the chief. Maybe your language doesn’t have numbers higher than ten. Who knows? You sneak up on the herd . . . but not too close . . . mammoths have nasty tempers. You start counting using your hands. Well, the obvious limitation is ten fingers. Even adding toes only gets you to twenty. And no, having companions is cheating . . . you have to do all the counting yourself.

Viola! The hands will work after all. Each finger has three sections (inside are the phalanges bones). Start counting mammoths with the left hand open and right hand closed. Use the thumb of the left hand to touch sections on the adjacent finger. One, two, three mammoths. Move on to the next finger, etc. When finished, you’ve counted to twelve (4 fingers, 3 sections each). Open one finger (or the thumb) of the right hand to indicate 12. Start over with the left hand. That gets you to 60 mammoths.

I guess you can do the same trick with the right hand where each section is worth 12 mammoths, but I wouldn’t mess with a herd of 144 or more mammoths.
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One of the fun parts of writing is when research digs up things you never heard of. I may occasionally share a few of the ones I run across. Here’s one . . . the sexagesimal numbering system. My info is from an article in Wikipedia. And no, sexagesimal is not about elderly sex. It’s a number system with 60 as the base. Why 60? Well, for one thing, 60 is evenly divisible by twelve numbers, which has advantages in dividing up objects. Thought to have originated with the Sumarians about 3000 BC. Think about an hour and how we commonly divide it up: 60 min, 20, 15, 10, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1.

There’s a theory of how the sexagesimal system originated. It may not be true, but it’s still totally cool. Imagine back about 20,000 years or so. Your clan leader has assigned you to report back on how many mammoths are in the next valley. Maybe your memory is not so good, so you need something solid to show the chief. Maybe your language doesn’t have numbers higher than ten. Who knows? You sneak up on the herd . . . but not too close . . . mammoths have nasty tempers. You start counting using your hands. Well, the obvious limitation is ten fingers. Even adding toes only gets you to twenty. And no, having companions is cheating . . . you have to do all the counting yourself.

Viola! The hands will work after all. Each finger has three sections (inside are the phalanges bones). Start counting mammoths with the left hand open and right hand closed. Use the thumb of the left hand to touch sections on the adjacent finger. One, two, three mammoths. Move on to the next finger, etc. When finished, you’ve counted to twelve (4 fingers, 3 sections each). Open one finger (or the thumb) of the right hand to indicate 12. Start over with the left hand. That gets you to 60 mammoths.

I guess you can do the same trick with the right hand where each section is worth 12 mammoths, but I wouldn’t mess with a herd of 144 or more mammoths.

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Love the 'Viola' typo!!! (You CAN edit, but that would make this post look silly. )

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Six inches of snow. A White Christmas...my first.

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Merry Christmas! Our first white Christmas in Virginia.

Raining in Maine today. Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

Yikes! Is that a destrex way off in the distance?

Merry Christmas Olan From our Fam to yours !!!

Merry Christmas!!

Merry Christmas to you and yours 😃

Gorgeous! Enjoy!

God Jul!

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas! Its going to go from 12°F here to 56°f today in my part of Kansas lol

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Light globes and one cylinder. At least those shapes if you dont see them up close. Made of chicken wire. As you might guess, Im all in on holiday season.

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The snow is a nice touch too.

very nice

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Christmas season and a helper in doing puzzles.

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Happy St Nickolas Day!!!

They get so helpful around the holidays.

Happy holidays

Merry Christmas and thank you for writing books and short stories that helped to pass the time this year. I'm teaching my dog to read along with me.

Merry Christmas Olen, and to your family. About your little helper, i have 3cats and for the past 10years i didnt have a tree becouse of those furry bandits jumping on it

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Check out the new pages. Same address:
olanthorensen.com
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1 month ago

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Loved the new site! The maps are awesome!

Looks great and very professional!

Nicely done!

Looks good on desktop and mobile

Looks good on my mobile.

I need to check this out on my computer rather than my phone lol

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Writing is progressing, including the Christmas short story only sent to mail list members. Two years ago, the story included Carnigan appearing as Santa Claus. Last year included a list of survivors of the United Flight along with the airliner seating chart. This year includes....well, you'll have to wait. :>)

If you're not on the mail list, and would like to be on it, send me your address here or at olanthorensen@gmail.com.

The new web site is close to going live. One feature is downloadable stories and maps. The former will have the first two XMAS stories, but not the one for 2020.
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1 month ago

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Thanks TW. Does it cost anything to join?

I really enjoyed this story. Seeing all three Americans living nearby and working with each other was something I was looking forward to since the last book.

The Short story Christmas in Anyar, was my favourite, I read it twice!

Stay warm buddy cold in VA today!!!

Where can I get the last couple of years letters?

Sweet!

I do not remember a Christmas story. Please help

The thing that makes me wonder is about the fashion in Anyar especially in Caedllium. I know that the Caedilli army now wear a camouflage uniform. I wonder if Yozef would introduce formal jacket with necktie, or simple clothing like RTW T shirt or shorts since he likes to run.

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Book 7 of Destiny’s Crucible is coming along. Looks like end of the year for first complete draft, then revisions and editing. Both “Harbinger” and “An Ancient Enemy” are in process for the audios, but no timetable yet for release.

A new web site is near completion. A notice about its release will appear on Facebook and an email will go out to mail list members. Among the added features are easier downloads of maps and short stories.
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2 months ago

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Awesome! You are going at a great place! I think the entire series will start and finish before the next game of thrones book

I just finished book 6 and I need book 7 in my life.

Sir I just finished the Harbinger awesome novel. And please a sequel to ancient enemy. I would not be surprised if the husband and wife duo would think of using an elephant like Hannibal against Rome. Or better yet a Mammoth against their enemies.

So when are we talking about? March maybe?

Any chance I can buy an early draft of book 7?

You should do a patreon and release advanced chapters. I'd pay a monthly fee.

I can't wait for the new site! I always wonder if my phone or computer are rendering the site correctly... I am just boarding the Anyar train, has Olan Thorensen specified the meaning of the first title? The dictionary definition of the Harbinger book got me thinking. "Cast" could mean one of two things, to be cast (thrown) away or to be cast (with metal) into a shape. I always thought it was referring to Yosuf being a castaway, but now I'm not so sure. As the cover art always depicts a crucible pouring metal onto Yosuf and the landscape, I think a slightly deeper meaning is the forging of a new life and society on Anyar. It also fits that a LOT of the technologies involve metal. Love the series and the characters. Tales of Anyar was a bit different but loved the new people, Heather and Mark. I'm really looking forward for the other 2 people to catch up in the story

Yeah!!!

I would say, based on comments, Book 7 can't be completed quick enough!!!

A snippet on Book 7 at the site as a Christmas present? Kindly please

Awesome 👏🏼

Man, i need to get a website built.

An Ancient Enemy was great.

Can not wait love this series!

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Highly recommended if you have Netflix.
Main character has flaws, but the actress does a fantastic job with body language and facial expressions.
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2 months ago

Highly recommended if you have Netflix.
Main character has flaws, but the actress does a fantastic job with body language and facial expressions.

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I will give it a look tonight. I gave up tournament chess many years ago - pressure was too much.

Yep, we just finished the series. I might have done one thing differently but it’s still a great series.

Currently watching and enjoying this show. I did a couple tournaments when I was in elementary school. Not even close to Beth’s level, of course, but it was still fun.

Yes! Completely agree

It's a great show. very suprising.

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