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The Timeless Land

6 August 2008
Posted in: Books, Writeside | 16 Comments

The Timeless Land is awaiting comments from the publisher, but I thought it’s high time I put up something about it.

“I want not to have killed a person.”

Maya Subramaniam’s life is arguably far more complex than the average fourteen-year-old’s. As the youngest Halvard of the Sands of Time, torn between loyalty to her family and to her Watcher, and dogged by a prophecy that predicts her to be the cause of the destruction of time… Honestly, how much can one person take?

An adolescent caught in a world of grown-ups, Maya finds herself in the middle of a Warrior conspiracy to see the Ai’diyar Prophecy to its conclusion. Homeless and confused, convinced that she wrecks the lives of those she loves, Maya finds herself doubting her ability to see right from wrong.

As she and her friends stumble into the Timeless Land, she is faced with a choice that could have a devastating impact on reality as we know of it. In this third and final book of the Halvard series, Maya finally comes face to face with the Prophecy.

The question is, will it be an end or a beginning?

(Read about the previous books: A Shadow in Eternity and The Key of Chaos).


16 Responses

  1. Vinod Khare says:

    Ah, a snippet finally. When should this book be out? šŸ™‚

  2. Payal says:

    Last month would have been nice šŸ˜‰ but realistically speaking it’s looking like the end of the year. Which is sad because it’s been finished a long time ago.

  3. Swetank says:

    Ah! The appetite is duly wetted, money faithfully kept aside and impatience lurks beneath the veneer of self-control.

    Whenever Bangalore happens, I shall get signatures on all 3 of the books, maybe even a 4th one by the time.

    Oh and do you have a gala, a social, a Page 3 party for the launch of your book where people come dressed in tuxedos and evening gowns and air-kiss and schmooze and bitch, only to remember later that this was a book for kids and young adults! Would be interesting, no, to be a part of it? šŸ˜†

  4. Payal says:

    No such luck — thankfully… But it’s got potential, especially the oops part!

  5. Niklas says:

    I’m not sure I like it when people soon gets to read book 3 when Niklas hasn’t even gotten to read book 2. I don’t mind unfairness in general, as long as it isn’t unfair to me. šŸ˜„

  6. Payal says:

    And whose fault is that? I offered to send you a copy.

  7. Niklas says:

    Well *changes subject* If time is money, and it is a timeless land, does that mean it is like Zimbabwe or Venezuela or some really poor country?

  8. Niklas, with his mighty voice says:

    Usage of regular exprssions in OOo Writer. (This is a title, imagine it big)
    Regular expressions (or regexes for short) is in theory extremely useful. In practicality regexes are like pissed off donkeys that refuse to work. Just as with regexes, many times it takes more time motivating donkeys to work than to actually do the work yourself.

    What a (obedient) regex can do, is to lookup text patterns. To use a regular expression in OOo, you have to open the ‘Find & Replace’ dialog and check the ‘Regular Expressions’ box. When checked, you may search for a regular expression pattern.

    For some reason, a certain Indian Bug recently wished to turn each word’s initial letter to uppercase. It is easiest to just do it by hand but if you’ve got a lengthy text, or just want to show off, regexes will be perfect for the task.

    In order to do this, we’ll need to tell the regex engine to find the first letter of a word. ‘Find all’ will then select the first letter in all words. Once the letters are selected, you can easily change the case by clicking Format>Change Case>Uppercase.


    That is the rather cryptic search/regex pattern. /Sort will do the trick. Actually, I preferred it with the number first. With another regex, the original format is easily restored.

    +32 Belgium
    +33 France
    +30 Greece
    +34 Spain
    +31 The Netherlands

    And there! Take that. A regex post even if I had to write it myself because that certain Indian Bug who was supposed to do it, is being too lazy!

  9. Niklas, with his mighty voice says:

    No fair! Your blog comment system truncated my trickiest post ever šŸ™ That ^ is only half of it!

  10. Payal says:

    Hey! Stop spamming in my blog comments!


  11. Niklas, with his mighty voice says:

    I wouldn’t have to if they worked as supposed! It cut away 239 words from the middle of it šŸ˜ˆ Words I wrote carefully too!

  12. Kit says:

    Thank god for that. šŸ™„

  13. Payal says:


    But to be honest, his post was pretty clever!

  14. Niklas, with his mighty voice says:

    Haha! šŸ˜€ Buggling said it was clever! So there. And She works with reviewing clever stuff. So, that means I’m professionally clever. I might even have been a fox in a previous life *nods*

    What’s not quite as clever is Buggling being away and not saying a word about it on her bloggness! You might almost think she escaped for good…

  15. Payal says:

    In truth, I’m watching over you secretly. So be good… šŸ˜ˆ

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