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.
6 responses to “BrooksBlog: Terry Talks Indomitable”
A book about the life of Garet Jax before he shows up in The Wishsong would be EXCELLENT!
Terry, I know you don’t enjoy writing blog posts much, but that was really funny. I have ordered the book and am excited to read it. I have always enjoyed your writing and will always be a fan.
funny how words have a tendancy to later turn around and bite you in the rear 🙂
Could you tell me the sequel book to Armageddon’s Children that is referred to at the end of the story?
The sequels are The Elves of Cintra and The Gypsy Morph. Then you should read Bearers of the Black Staff and Measure of the Magic.
Cannot wait for this to show up on my doorstep. Will make my Terry Brooks hardcover collection complete for now. That is until the Dark Legacy of Shannara trilogy is published.
Maybe the supreme Web Druid could publish Imaginary Friends in a limited sort of way to let us rabid fans have a hard copy of it.