So, I am writing my first book, and yes, it is a fantasy. I was first inspired to write this book due to a senior year English class writing assignment. The assignment was to write a short story following the hero cycle.
Well, I was very excited about this assignment, since this was a theme I really love! Knights, warriors, magic, elves, etc! Of course, ever the procrastinator, I put off beginning my short story until the night before it was due, when the creative juices finally began to flow.
Funnily enough, I scored higher than any other student in my class, not only with a perfect score, but also received extra credit on my short story, which was several times longer than the assignment called for. Yes, I know, bragging rights, even if only for a small accomplishment. But it was as a direct result of that seemingly insignificant accomplishment, that I received the motivation to write a book. My teacher had encouraged me to develop my short story, and I took his suggestion to heart.
Over the years, I’ve gotten rather sidetracked from writing, and my story took a back burner for a while. From time to time, I’d come back to it, only to scrap everything and start new, every time. Until now.
Finally, I have the inspiration I need to move the story along. My plot is thickening. My characters are developed and continuing to develop. Ideas are streaming in, and in these last few months, I have managed to put more work into this project than ever before. I still have a long way to go, but I am confident that this time I will finish it!
In fact, this project is shaping up to become a trilogy of, hopefully, epic proportions!
While I don’t know all the details about the student protests and walkouts I’ve been hearing reports about, I do know a thing or two about human nature, and hghschool students are kids. Just children. How many of you remember what you were like in middle and highschool? Be honest. You were all probably a bunch of twerps. That’s ok, so was I. But even though I was a ridiculous kid, back then I was already questioning authority and making waves, and one thing I noticed is that my fellow students didn’t care about anything other than having a good time and being part of the “cool” crowd, whatever that was. Why would that be any different these days? In fact, it’s probably gotten worse, judging from what I’ve seen of the younger generations. So this is what I have to say about student protests and gun control:
Freedom means taking chances. It means not always knowing what lies ahead. Please don’t confuse me as being right wing or anything else. I claim no political affiliation of any kind, and in part because I know there is no suc thing as a perfect government. And so, I’ll leave you with this:
Those who sacrifice freedom for security deserve neither, and will lose both.
With over 90,000 words, I have at last reached the end of book 1 of my fantasy series! There is still a little more detail to add to the last chapter and brushing up. Then I will begin editing from start to finish. So, it is almost time to take the next step!
Thank you to everyone who has followed me on this wild journey! You support and encouragement has helped me to stay the course, and I truly appreciate each and every one of you! I look forward to the day when I can announce the publication of my first ever novel, and sincerely hope you will all enjoy reading the finished product!
One POV has been completed for the final chapter of book 1. I’ve shown the battle so far from the eyes of the heroine, Dagmar, and left off where the other POV threads will converge. Now it is time to go back to the beginning of the battle and weave in the next POV. I will continue to repeat this process until all important POVs have been worked in and then tie them all together with the conclusion of the battle.
It may not be obvious, but I am really excited right now, and feel a sense of accomplishment and am encouraged by that success to keep going!
Whenever folk like me object to erosion of long-held rights, people often ask why we’re “obsessed” with that right, why it’s so important. Why we’re not more worried about whatever other thing they bring up as a distraction. It’s actually not hard to understand.
— quote by thewriterinblack
Another interesting blog post that I wanted to share. I find it inspiring how people come together when their rights and freedoms are infringed.
This is a good post from a blog I follow with some wise advice on building and maintaining a healthy balance in our relationships and community.