The Green Archer Intro

The Green Archer Intro
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I’ve got the fourth book of the Peleg Chronicles outlined – about 40 pages of notes, and I’m excited.

And Nervous.

It’s been a long time since I’ve written, and the doubts have begun. Especially after two of my readers were a little uncomfortable with chapter one. So, in my weakness, I’ve run to the scriptures to make sure I’m aligning myself properly with His Word, with the mind of Christ.

I’m reassessing, but still hopeful.

In the meantime, I thought I would post the introduction to book 4, which I’m pretty sure will be called ‘The Green Archer”.

Here’s the rough draft:

 

Mamma, the giant badger, ambled through the den.

She checked the main exit, sniffed the air, and turned back into the main run. She paused at her skunks; all three were tucked away into a small chamber. They did not stir for they were in their time of the deep-sleep.

She turned at the next intersecting run, and found the rest of her clan, six badgers in all; they too were sleeping. It was the middle of the day, they had eaten much in their last night’s hunt, and so they were tired.

But not Mamma. A restlessness was upon her.

Ever since the battle with the bright-shinies, she found herself wondering about her very own man-thing. What had become of him?

She entered his chamber next, moved among his belongings, and smelled them. In the corner was a wooden chest. She had seen him peering into it at times.

Using her paws, she managed to open it quickly enough. Inside were clothes the color of grass. They too smelled of the man-thing. She could not know why she did it, but the thought came upon her, and so, tenderly, she pulled out a piece of the clothing, holding it between her teeth.

Suddenly, a longing came upon her to see the place of many smells. It made little sense, for she was not hungry, yet the pull was almost irresistible.

And so she left the den.

Mamma moved silently through the trees, carrying a green mask, and feeling a sense of hope in her breast.
It was a few hours before she came to the edge of the forest, where it met the great heap of many smells, and just beyond it was the giant den of the man-things.

To go out there amongst all those smells would be unwise during the day, but soon the sun would go down and then she would explore. She moved along the forest edge, eager to begin, though she had no reason, just a feeling, a pull … and then she saw something … a leg, a hand.

It was a man-thing sitting against a tree, so quiet and motionless that Mamma had almost missed him.
Strangely, she was not afraid.

She crept closer.

The smell was a familiar one.

It was her very own man-thing. She had found him.

One of his scrolls lay in his lap. His eyes were shut. His face was terribly bruised, and there was dried blood everywhere.

Her man-thing was hurt. Mamma was needed.

She moved closer, setting the green mask upon his lap. She nudged him, but he did not waken.

Mamma thought that he must be worn out from some terrible battle. And it would be a cold night. She would be there to keep him warm.

So Mamma snuggled up close, and waited.

The moon rose higher in the sky.

Mamma slept.

And early in the morning, Staffsmitten, the loresmen of God, opened his eyes.

51 Comments

  1. I am so excited to hear about book #4. My family loves your work. Many blessings!

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    • Hi Kimberly, Thanks for the encouragement. I thought about Dana when writing the intro because he said Staffsmitten was his favorite character, and wasn’t so happy when he died.

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  2. The chant goes up at our house: More! More!! More!!!
    May your writing time be blessed. We are eagerly anticipating… 🙂

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    • Thanks so much! I’ll try to write quickly and post updates of my progress.

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  3. Looking forward to reading this to my kids. Thanks for producing quality Christian work. I’ll be praying for you.

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    • I hope they enjoy it, and thank you for your prayers 🙂

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  4. I love your first three books, and have re-read them many times! I look forward to reading book 4, and will be praying for you as you write it!

    I think I remember reading somewhere a while ago that you were going to starting writing a new series about the future; if so, are you still planning on it?

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    • Hi Leah,
      Thanks so much for your kind words and your prayers. I really appreciate it 🙂
      I have written some children’s picture books as precursors to a new series that takes place in the future, and maybe, God willing someday, I will pursue it further. But, for now, I’ve decided to put it on hold so that I can get back to the Peleg Chronicles.

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  5. i love the Peleg Chronicles! i have read the books so many times. i have started my fifth time reading them.
    jon

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    • You’ve got our family beat 🙂 It’s very encouraging to hear how much you like them.

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  6. I was wondering if you would get the fourth book done by the homeschool conference in Winston-Salem in May. That’s where i got the other three books.

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    • Well, I sure would love to get it done that fast, but I don’t write full time. I have to squeeze in my writing sessions … a little here, a little there. We will be at the NCHE conference this year (God willing), and I’d love to talk with you at our booth, but the best I’ll be able to do by then is give you an update. I look forward to seeing you there.

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  7. Wow! This is so exciting! I just FREAKED OUT! I can’t wait for the new book!!! All through Book 3 I was going crazy for him to come back to life… I sort of have this thing for knowing which characters are really dead, and who the bad guys really are, and stuff like that… but then the book ended and I thought that all hope was lost… but it’s not over yet! Anyway, your books have really been a blessing to me… Keep up the good work! God bless you!
    Agent 2362 Out!

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    • I’m just sitting down to input my taxes into the computer, and then the plan was to start writing chapter 5. Your comments have inspired me 🙂 I can’t wait to get started! Grace, peace and blessings to you. Agent MCH Out!

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  8. Looking forward to Book #4 Mr. Matt!

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    • Somehow I missed your comment Jonathan. I was just looking back through the site over a year later to make sure I responded to everyone and I saw your note. So very sorry. You and your brother and mom have always had a special place in our hearts. I hope you are doing well. We miss you. Please email some time and let us know what you are up to: Matt.Harding@earthlink.net. God bless you.

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  9. I am very excited to learn that you are working on a fourth book of the Peleg Chronicles!!! It’s my favorite book series and I can’t wait for book #4 to come out!
    Do you have any idea when it will be available?

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    • It is amazing how the providence of God works in our lives. I sat down to work on book four today, and was a bit thrown by a terrible review of book 3. This brother really disliked it. But then I realized there are many weaknesses in me, in my writing, in my life, in my representing God … and I thought, praise God that He uses me anyway, that He loves me anyway, that He is full of mercy, grace and love. I ended up having a really blessed conversation with this brother. He gave me more insights and I chose not to take offense but instead to be thankful. God is good! Then, upon finishing our discussion, your comment came up, and I thought, Wow! How amazing is our God. Thank you so much for writing today, Ethan. It really meant a lot. I wish I could tell you when I think it will be available. I can tell you what I’m hoping, that I will have it finished by December. God bless you, brother.

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  10. I don’t know about you. Everyone thinks your so nice; you’re not so nice.
    I’m still recovering from your last series of cliff hangers (mostly because I need to see if I predicted you correctly).
    You see what I mean? Now I am forced to buy your next book. I’m sure this is one of the illegal forms of coercion.

    Seriously though, looks great and I can’t wait for you to done it.

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    • Thanks Israel. I’ll try not to end this next one on a cliff hanger.

      … and I’ll try to be nicer 🙂

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  11. Unfortunately , the ending of the last book in a great series is almost always the most sad. It’s your fault, you wrote them.

    I’ve loved your books so far, but I can count the books I’ve enjoyed finishing on one hand.

    All that to say, I can’t wait to read it.

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  12. My friends and I have been so blessed and encouraged by the first three books of the series, and sure are looking forward to reading the fourth one.

    I work with a team doing undercover m*ssions work in China, and since some of us have read the Peleg Chronicles already, we use names and phrases from the books as codes. It’s a lot of fun! 🙂

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    • Thanks so much Sarah. How exciting to think of you and your team doing under cover work for the Lord! And for us to participate (even in a small way) through code words, well, that is beyond encouraging! I thank Him and praise Him for His incredible goodness in letting all the saints be a part of His kingdom’s message. I sure appreciate your note. I was laying in bed from 4:30 – 5:00 thinking I need to get up and work on the fourth book … must get my lazy head out of bed! I got up at 5:00 and got this message at 5:02. God is so good 🙂 Grace, peace and blessings to you and your team!

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  13. Can’t wait! 😀 We’re praying for your writing process to go well.

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    • Hi Rosey. Such a pleasure to hear from you. Thank you so much for the prayers 🙂

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  14. I and my four children are eagerly awaiting the next book. We have been gleefully waiting and hoping for a book four in the series for quite some time now. I recently began reading the series to my kids again and it’s just as exciting to them the Nth time as it was the first. They are sitting around me now yelling excitedly after hearing the intro to book four. They are SO EXCITED to hear that one of their favorite characters, Staffsmitten, is still alive! We will be praying for you as you continue the great endeavor. It is an amazing ministry you have with these books. May Yahweh bless you for your faithfulness to his Word and messages. Praying for your strength, peace, encouragement, & favor in the effort.

    Blessings,
    Tony & Family

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    • Hi Tony and Family. It is really fun to imagine the excitement of your children. I always find it a hard pill to swallow when a character I like dies, so I too love to find out that they aren’t really gone 🙂 Thanks so much for your incredibly encouraging words and prayers.

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  15. I’m very excited to hear that you’re working on another book for the Peleg Chronicles. I thoroughly enjoyed the original trilogy, and have been hoping you would add more to the world of Peleg.

    I’ll definitely be getting a copy as soon as it’s available.

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    • Thanks so much Isaac. I’ve felt kind of bad since I’ve gotten way behind on it. I hate to give excuses, but I will for sake of explaining some. I really hoped to be done or almost done by now. Soon after I got started a company decided to make the original three books into Audio Dramas (about 6 hours per book). They wanted me to write the script, so I began work on it and things seemed to be moving along smoothly, but the final contract had not been signed yet, and then strange circumstances unfolded within the company, our point man left them for Biblical and ethical concerns (not related to our project), and the deal was dropped. Then work with my primary job, teaching the blind how to travel, slackened some so that I had to apply my time to getting more work, meaning I didn’t have the time to write. God has been so good. I praise Him for these harder times. And now, just this last week we have caught up, and I have started writing again. Thanks for writing, it is a great encouragement to me 🙂 Have a blessed day!

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      • Quite understandable. I imagine writing a book to be quite a formidable undertaking. Though I’m sure it’s a rewarding process.

        I’ve personally been inspired by the Peleg Chronicles, and have recreated several of the scenes in LEGO form. I took some artistic liberties, but I hope the scenes are recognizable:
        The Feast for the Heroes of Hradcanny: http://www.brickbuilt.org/?p=1232
        Percival buying candles in Hradcanny: http://www.brickbuilt.org/?p=1179
        The Battle at Slowbelly Keep: http://www.brickbuilt.org/?p=1141

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        • Wow! You are really talented Isaac. I hope anyone reading this will follow your links and check out your work. I loved all of it, and my favorite would probably be ‘The Battle at Slowbelly Keep.’ Well done.

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  16. We read your last three books a couple years ago as a family and enjoyed them so much. We encourage you to finish the next book that God seems to be laying on your heart. We look forward to reading it when you are done!

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    • Thank you so much for the encouragement. I love hearing about whole families reading the series together. When I’m at home in the mornings I like to do the breakfast dishes as my wife, Cassandra, reads to the family from many wonderful books. I find myself slowing down so I can hear just a little more before I have to go and get some work done 🙂 It is such a blessing to hear the children ask for just one more chapter.
      As far as the next book is coming along, I’ve gotten about one third of it finished. Much slower than I hoped, but my output is increasing. God’s grace and peace upon you all.

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  17. I love the Peleg Chronicles and have three children that love adventure stories, I was so glad to hear you are working on the next one, thank you, ps how can I buy Ebenezer’s land?? Thanks again, 1 Corinthians 15:58

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    • Hi Joe. Thanks for taking the time to write and encourage me. It helps a lot 🙂
      I’ve decided to put the Ebenezer stories on hold for now, but the first edition of the first one is available as an ebook on Kindle if you’ve got that app on any of your devices. Have a blessed day!

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      • Thanks Matt, and just to encourage you with summer I read proverbs 16 this morning and verse 3 says commit your works to the Lord and your plans will be established, you never know how God will work things out for good, but we know He will, have a very blessed week.

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        • Amen, my brother. Thanks for the reminder. What a faithful, awesome, in control God we serve 🙂 I don’t think there is anything better we can do for the brethren than to point them to the perfect and powerful words of God, and encourage them to believe what they say!! Thanks for doing it with me 🙂

          I hope you have a very blessed week also, Joe.

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  18. Hi Mr. Harding,
    When do you think you will be done with the fourth book? I am so excited! I am praying for your writing. I know it can be hard sometimes.

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    • Hi Jonathan,

      Great to hear from you, and thank you so much for your prayers. This past year has not gone as I hoped. When I have the time the writing is coming along well. Maybe I’ll be finished by December. I was hoping to write full time for the summer, but that doesn’t seem like it will happen 🙂 So, I’ll have to build furniture and possibly pursue some other building projects that will be a bit time consuming. But, I’ll still keep plugging away here and there. God is so very good!
      Sorry, I don’t have anything for you yet.

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  19. I don’t know how I missed this! What a great intro 🙂 Makes me want to go back and re-read them. Miss and love you guys so much!

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    • Thanks, Kaleb. It sure is good to hear from you. I hope you’re on your way for a visit soon. We miss and love you too 🙂 To anyone else who might be reading this comment, Kaleb is the young man who is responsible for the cliffhangers at the end of book one and two. When I was coming to the end of book one I asked him what kind of ending he prefered and he said, “Definitely a cliff hanger!”

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  20. I love the Peleg Chronicles! They are my favorite books of all time! And that’s saying something 🙂 I can’t believe u are making another one! I will have to save my money and get it! I hated it when Staffsmitten died I am so glad he might come back. That was a horrible cliff hanger by the way.:P

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    • Hi Otter,
      That is a cool name or nickname you have. I’m so glad you like the books. It’s a lot of fun having Staffsmitten back. In the new book he runs into one of our old bad guys and some interesting things start to happen.

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      • I can’t wait! 😀 Now I am going to have to find out which bad guy it is. 😛

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  21. When I read that you were righting a book 4. And the title of the book.I literally jumped of my bed from where I’d been reading and started jumping up and down. I can’t tell you how much I LOVE The Peleg Chronicles. They are my favorite books ever.Me and my brother are always talking about how were going to help get these books made into movies.We even have the trailers planed out. Ha ha. I’ll definitely be praying for
    God’s help and wisdom for you in the process of righting. I thank God for You and you’re books.

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    • Thanks Bruce. I’m so glad that you and your brother like the books so much. If you make them into movies some day, can I play a really small part?

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      • Of course….. if any one ever made these into movies they better give you a part!

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  22. I read the Peleg Chronicles and I enjoyed them a lot. Are there any updates on Green Archer?

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    • Hi Emily. Thanks so much for writing. I’m glad you enjoyed the books. I’m sorry to say that I haven’t been able to write much. I hate to make excuses, but here goes. Our finances were such that we decided to take on another house building project that required an investor. So, I haven’t felt right about taking extra time in the mornings to write when I could be working on the house, since the investor is waiting for the return of his money and his profit. Writing conditions are rarely ideal, but I do hope to have the house finished in March and then begin work on the books again. It might be slow at first because I will also be preparing for a teaching position at the week long Lamplighter Guild this June. And the profit from the building project will determine how much time I will have to write during the summer months.

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  23. My family and I discovered the Peleg Chronicles about 1 week ago. We have completed the first two books and will finish the 3rd by Friday night! My boys (and my husband and I) all love them! Excited to see you have another in the works, but understand it could be awhile. Do you have any other good books you might recommend we read aloud to our 6 & 8-year-old boys? We are always looking for Godly role models for them and love the characters in your books for that reason! Thanks so much!

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    • Thanks Staci. Your note is very encouraging. I wrote a blog post a while back with book recommendations: http://matthewchristianharding.com/favorite-books-list/
      Some of them might be a little much for 6 and 8 year olds. Here are a few that I think would be the most likely to keep their attention: The Heroes of Castle Bretten, The Stolen Child, True to the Last, and maybe I’m stretching this last one because I liked it so much – Prisoner’s of the Sea. I would love to hear what everyone thought of them if you give any a try 🙂

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