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Never Upon A Time (Part one)

This is actually the complete story as I originally envisaged it, but the ending demanded that I continue it, so it is now only the first part of what could be a longer novel. It is not enough to write a fairy tale where everyone lives happily ever after. One must also tackle the practical issues faced by people trying to do just that afterwards, but real fairy tales may not go that far. The complete story of The Hermes Culture does, but I may never write it, not unless I know that there are people who want to read it. I never wanted to be a writer and still have other things that I would like to do with my time. Is this story just a by-product of a strange experience written to demonstrate a point, or is it a genuine piece of literature? I have no idea.

This part contains about 75,000 words and you are welcome to download and read it in any of the formats provided below. If you enjoy it then there are a couple of things that you can do to encourage me to write more, because without that encouragement I won't.

The first is that if you recommend the story to anyone else, then please ask them to download their own copy from this website so that I have some idea of how much interest there is in it. This will also be best for them as you may not have the latest edition of the story, which I intend to improve upon whenever I see an opportunity. Unlike conventionally published books this story is continually evolving as its title implies.

The second thing to do would be to write a note to me telling me what you think of the story. I have no aspirations to be a successful writer, only a good one, so you can be honest. I also have no intention of writing any other story but this one, as conceiving it was just an accident. For mail purposes I am Scriptor at Mens Temporum UK in the usual format.

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