BrooksBlog: Terry Talks Indomitable

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Speaking of short stories, I wrote another in the Shannara world some years back called Indomitable. It was about what happens to Jair Ohmsford when he discovers that the Ildatch he thought destroyed in The Wishsong of Shannara maybe isn’t. It’s also about Garet Jax and the magic of the wishsong. (Seriously, you have to wonder about my mental stability, agreeing to do these short pieces when I know going in that it will drive me crazy the whole time I am writing them). Anyway, I can’t even remember why I wrote it now, but readers still remember it and ask about it. So I can tell you that it has been picked up by Subterranean Press and will be published in a special edition this March/April 2012. If you are a collector and a newcomer to the Shannara world, you might want to look for it. There are illustrations and a few other tweaks that dress it up. It makes me want to do more, reading it now and admiring the wonderfulness of it. But if I think it through carefully, I will remember how much work it is compared to a 400 page book and never write another. Says the man who has been forced to eat his words repeatedly over the years. Examples of eaten words: “I never much liked kittens.” (To Judine, in a particularly sour moment) “I don’t want any friends!” (To my son, Alex, when he attempted to post my personal information online so that I could have friends) “I am never doing another short story!” (Various Times) Makes me wish I could learn to shut up once in a while.

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Written by Terry Brooks
I am the author of the Shannara, Landover, and Word/Void series, as well as Star Wars: The Phantom Menace and Street Freaks. I love to write, read, and travel. For more information about me, you can read my writing guide/memoir, Sometimes the Magic Works.