From a newsgroup post dated March 25, 2009:
I have lots of stuff in progress, and a shortage of time, so of course last night, was I working out plot details of Realms of Light, or perhaps considering finishing touches for Above His Proper Station?
Of course not. I was trying to remember all the details of “Tales of Sha’ar,” a collection of eight stories/vignettes I wrote in 1974, and wondering whether I could maybe actually turn some of them into publishable stories, now that I have thirty-five years more experience and know what I’m doing.
I’m pretty sure I still have the manuscript around here somewhere. Obviously not on disk, though.
I’ve tried to salvage these before, incidentally — they were incorporated into my abortive first attempt at a novel, Shadowdark, back in the ’70s. Didn’t work there, either.
Let’s see how many of the eight stories I can remember now…
“The Mansion of Lord Fire” — I remember the title and some of the descriptive passages, but not the plot — assuming it had one.
“How the Party Ended At Goldsand” I remember pretty well. I tried to recycle the central conceit in a different story in the 1980s, but never finished it.
“How Dal Fought the Death in the Palace of the Mute” is an absolutely dreadful title, but hey, I was nineteen. I remember most of that one.
Coming up blank on the other five. I think I had a couple more last night.