Prologue: The Unbound Realm, Volume 1



Prologue for the Unbound Realm, Volume 1:  A Door into Evermoor

*The Unbound Realm, Volume 1 is a work in progress.  You will see the content in these pages change over time as I continue to edit each chapter.  Apologies if that’s annoying, but some have expressed interest in my writing process, and this is a rough way to show the change in flow as I draft and edit.  Right now (March 19, 2020) it is SUPER rough* 




“You think outside the box.”

“You’re wise beyond your years.”

“You’re an old soul.”

I’ve heard those phrases a thousand times over, as if they were awesome justifications for not fitting in.

I have cookie-cutter parents, a cookie-cutter diploma, and a cookie-cutter acceptance letter from San Francisco State University.  People call me special because I’ve written a couple stories (they went nowhere; surprise surprise) and I occasionally make a profound observation.  Ironically, my name is Jon Dough.  Yep—like what they call an unidentified body.  Real special, right?

I thought my life was mapped by need.  I thought I would toil away in a neon-lit office; doomed to monotony, enslaved by routine.  I thought I would fade with the passing of years, reminiscing wistfully about what might have been.

But then I entered a parallel dimension, complete with dragons, dog-warriors, and evil sorcerers.  Crazy, right?  A nameless kid from San Francisco, whisked away into an epic fantasy world.  One day I’m sitting in English 101, the next day I’m fighting an arcane empire.  I met strange and wondrous people and creatures:  Rennarean Arteris, Arganti Knifelock, the Watchers of Erendor…I could keep going, but you get the point.

It all started when I opened a door.

A door into Evermoor.