Last week in my blog I talked about the Heavener Runestone https://heavenerrunestonepark.com/ and my two Glomes’ Valley books. It is obvious that I love the forest near the runestone and the lore that accompanies it. I keep contemplating a third book. The idea of the legend of Vikings in Oklahoma is just too appealing to let go.
Instead, I wrote a short story using the characters from the Glome books ((https://tinyurl.com/ycxychjm Glome’s Valley, http://tinyurl.com/ybdsqr6w Return to Glome’s Valley), titled Stone of Thor. If you’ve read the other books you will know that Glome gives Ethan a stone with the Viking emblem for Thor carved into it. It is magic and with it, Thor can be summoned when he is needed. He has a stepbrother, Loki, who is always up to no good. The stone is put to good use in both books. In Stone of Thor, the rock once more becomes the focal point of the story.
I wrote the story for Okie Comics https://okiecomics.com/ and its publisher, Jeff Provine. With his help, and that of R.A. Jones, comic script writer, I wrote my first comic script based on that story. It is now in the hands of Mike Kennedy, artist extraordinaire, and I hope to see it come to life soon.
Then last night at the online OWFI Awards Stone of Thor took second place in the Young Adult Short Story category! I couldn’t be prouder of a story that keeps evolving and growing.
Yes, I adore the lore of Vikings in Oklahoma and I love to write about it. Norse Mythology has always been a love of mine and to be able to take those stories and incorporate them into something modern, set in Oklahoma, is a privilege.
Thank you, OWFI for the contest, and thank you Heavener Runestone Park for putting up with me and my stories all these years. Thank you Jeff Provine for helping me develop the story and for R.A. Jones for his example of comic scripts. I’ve seen samples of Mike Kennedy’s art and it is fantastic. Glome and the characters are coming to life in southeastern Oklahoma.