Guest Post: The Wandering Wizard by Kristy Carey

The Wandering Wizard


Meet Kristy! She has published a short story through Amazon called “The Wandering Wizard.” It’s available here for $.99.

This is what “The Wandering Wizard” is all about:
The Wandering Wizard is a being who has devoted his life to protecting the world from the mystical forces that seek to destroy it. After merging with 5 others over 550 years, his mind is starting to crack under the pressure. Memories of the past flood his mind as he searches for the next vessel to continue keeping the darkness at bay.

And a little sneak peak inside:
The world was easier to live in as a wandering wizard 200 years ago. Of course, it also felt a great deal smaller then, too. With a wry smile, he realized that as each generation passed, the world seemed to grow. Five hundred and fifty-three years, or, something close to that, was a long time to wander the world and in each passing year, it changed around him. He looked around the, cafe he believed it was called, although it served the same purpose as a tavern once had. A place for people to gather, hear news and drink. The change from ale to tea was a pleasant one, something he didn’t mind all that much. Better for his health.

As he looked around the cafe, a scene from the past layered over the present. With another smile, the wizard remembered the day he’d decided his path in this world.

The tavern was filled with people. He could no longer remember the city or country, only that it had been lively and in his eyes, perfect. Or almost perfect. She was dancing with someone else. He’d known she would be, but the pain was still there. Only a few days before he had told her his love had long passed and he desired to marry her no more. It was a lie, but a necessary one. Her life would be short, the span of one person. Wizard’s lives were far beyond what most could ever hope to know. Their bodies aged slower. One day he would wake to find all those he’d once known, gone.

He shook his head, tearing his eyes away from her dancing form. The young man she had partnered with would be better for her than he ever could be. A wizard’s life was not paved with gold, but instead filled with study and the hope to have a meal and a soft place to sleep at night. That was no life for any, but a wizard.

Where would his future lead now? While not as ostracized as witches, it was still assumed wizards were the cause of problems that only nature could both create and control.

None of that took into account how hard it would be for the people who had watched him grow to believe that he was, in fact, a wizard. This was the place of his birth, small and provincial. Only the largest of towns could support a wizard.

Again he looked at the young woman. Not for the first time since discovering his gift, the young man wondered if he was right to have taken up the mantle. He could still give it all up, the power wasn’t at its full strength. He could marry her, settle down, and be normal.

Then he saw her smile at the man who had taken her hand for the dance. It wasn’t the same smile the wizard had once received, but it was filled with happiness. That man would love her and offer her a life that he couldn’t hope to rival.

What surprised him most in that moment was how happy it made him.

Standing, the wizard left the tavern with a smile of goodbye to the young woman and a life he could never have.

Kristy answered a few questions about her experience and writing life:

Why did you choose to publish a short story vs. a full book?
“The Wandering Wizard” spoke to me as something that was stand alone and shouldn’t be stuffed into other books. I was also just starting to get back into writing, and had a resolution from 2013 to get something published by the end of 2014 (figured 2 years was a good timeline). With so little ready to go, I wanted to have something out in the world for others to read. At the time, it was the only piece of the story as well. I’ve got novels out there, but they’re in first draft mode and not ready for the world.

How is it different from a full book?
You look at everything a little different. Pricing, the cover, even marketing. A full book is something you could publish and put out into the world in all forms. A 25-page short isn’t enough to put into a physical book, leaving it more as something you publish to show that you have the skills of a writer.

Why not do an entire collection of short stories?
As I said above, this story both felt stand alone, and I didn’t have anything else. I’m now working on some shorts to squish together into some sorta collection for next year. Most are what I call “Random Writings,” meaning they’re out of no where and have no connection to anything else in the world.

How did you come up with “The Wandering Wizard”?
I was doing an event called The Seven Day Story and this was my result. The idea is to spend each day working on a specific element of the story, from creation on day one to sending it out for publication on day 7. My idea was to have a wizard sitting in a cafe. From there, the story grew into something oh, so very me.

Besides writing, do you have any other creative endeavors?
I’m a jewelry designer. It’s my second passion. I’ve always loved fashion, as well as gems and minerals. I once dreamed of being a gemologist. Then a few years ago, I picked up jewelry design and it’s captured my heart. While my writing is more urban fantasy/sci-fi, my jewelry tends to be more steampunk/fantasy. Guess you could say, I’ve got two loves and it took two passions to let them out.

Kristy Carey

Kristy Carey is an author and blogger with a passion for creativity. With one publication under her belt, she plans to keep the momentum by focusing on the Urban Fantasy genre in future pieces. She is currently splitting her time between writing and steampunk jewelry design. Her passion in both writing and design, is to mix together elements that don’t belong, and make them seem natural. Kristy is currently working on a Superhero story staring The Protectors as they battle both Loki and Kronos.

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1 thought on “Guest Post: The Wandering Wizard by Kristy Carey

  1. I think short stories like this only 25 pages long will draw more attention to more readers cause a person does’nt have to spend 2 or 3 weeks on one publication .. may even draw younger kids to read cause the publication is written on say 7 th grade level .. Took writting course in high school for school news paper and learned that when you write an piece the writer needs to compose their artical on a 6 th grade level reading … most people cannot understand large complicated words … to keep your readers attention write on a lower grade level .. This short story is perfect for school english classes .. would love to have a copy but when your health has you homeless things like this just have to wait … Thanks Jim

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