To my followers. Today I’d like to give a huge welcome to #RRBC Karl J. Morgan.
THE SLEEPING ONE BLOG TOUR!
Excerpt from Gadson’s Talent Checklist
Our hero discovers this book in a hidden storage area in the Gratia Dei Hall. The author was one of the first to chronicle the special abilities of the students at the two schools:
Carl opened the cover. The title sheet listed the name of the author as Antoine Marie Gadson. The year of publication was 1811. The next page was a table of contents. There were one hundred talents listed in alphabetic order. The last entry was Index. He turned there. The talents were now listed under the abilities. There was no listing for Sleeping One, awakening, hibernation, or sleep. He did find a listing for resurrection to be found on page 88. He turned to that page and read:
“Resurrection (Fantasy Level): True resurrection of the dead is a talent limited to God. Ancient texts reference a condition known as Viszreaagh, or The Sleeping One, but that has never been witnessed and is therefore likely a myth. The author does not intend to imply that the following is either true or untrue and lists only what has been previously written. It is said that the Sleeping One condition can only be imposed on another by either a person with the Sage Hand or Invisible Hand talents. The Sleeping One appears to be dead, with no sign of respiration, pulse, or heartbeat. The thought is that the spirit or soul of the afflicted is located away from the body. That spirit lives, but cannot move to recover its body because it is non-corporeal. Only a person with equal and opposite talents can reverse the effects by bringing the spirit back to the body.
“At this point, the translation of the texts begins to break down due to the inclusion of untranslatable phrases. This author’s best guess is that the one to afflict or cure the condition can do it only once in their lifetime. The text also implies that people of lesser talent who attempts to cure the afflicted will lose their talents permanently and may die as a result of their action. Without evidence of a Sleeping One or someone with that level of talent, no further discussion is warranted. The author has no reason to believe the foregoing is more than propaganda written to astound the masses.”
Carl closed the book and his eyes. He took a deep breath, opened his eyes again, and looked around the room. He peered out the window and saw Grace walking toward the door to the dormitory. Opening the book at random, he read:
“Linguist (Highly Advanced Level): First verified and documented in 1127AD. Present at some level in 15% of students. Advanced in 2% of students.
“Low level: Students can read, speak, and write languages similar to their native tongue which they have never studied. Example 1: Student can speak, read, and write Spanish, French, and Portuguese. Example 2: Student and speak, read and write German, English, and Danish.
“Advanced level: Students can read, speak, and write any language, although the talent may emerge gradually. Exceptions remain for forgotten languages that cannot be linked to existing ones.
“Author’s note: The author possesses this talent at the lowest end of the advanced level, which has greatly aided the development of this tome and others.”
With a long career in finance and as author of almost twenty books, I like to say that words and numbers are my life.
I have had a lifelong fascination with stories in the science fiction and fantasy genres, whether it was the Tom Swift novels by Victor Appleton I read as a young boy, or television like Lost in Space and Star Trek. More recently, I have devoured film series like Star Wars, Harry Potter, and Lord of the Rings. That fascination is combined with a keen interest in cosmology, astrophysics, quantum physics, and spirituality.
That quirky combination along with the fantasy genre allows me to craft stories that reinforce the importance of family, friendship, and love. The protagonists must overcome incredible danger and challenges to survive their journeys, but eventually end up on top. It goes without saying that as a finance guy, my life has been less action-packed than my characters (thank goodness).
With Carl Prescott and The Sleeping One, I ventured back to comfortable territory. Many of my stories reinforce our direct connection to the Divine. While that is an element of this story, the sequels feature that relationship to a much greater extent. That element in my stories is an homage to what I believe really matters in this life.
I am the son of an Air Force pilot and as such, I have lived in many places, never for more than four years at a time. Thankfully, as an adult, I have lived in Chula Vista, CA for the past thirty-seven years. I met and married Aida, the love of my life, thirty years ago. Our grown children have made us grandparents four times over. It is a blessing to be around such wonderful parents and children.
My new goal is life is my stories. I hope you can follow me on this new adventure.
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Book on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07L7HHNB3
Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.com/Karl-Morgan/e/B00A57RWPO
Twitter handle: @karljmorgan
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