Writing My First Fantasy Book

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!


Gun Control & Student Protests

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:

The students are easily led, kids who have been brainwashed by the progressive agenda, and the will of their elders, since they first started school. They are doing only that which they have been programmed to do— spouting off the state worshipping agenda of the far left. People calling for gun control are paving the way for a state of absolute government control. The end result will resemble 1984, but I guess these people think government is a divine establishment, incapable of fallacy or malevolence, as long as it adheres to the communist agenda. Sorry, but communism goes against human nature. If socialism can work, it can only do so within a nationalist framework, where the people have a strong sense of identity and community unity. You won’t get that with race tensions and class struggles. And you won’t be able to keep the government under control with a disarmed populace. Hence the reason the US government is already so far corrupted. They own the monopoly on force. There was a time when the only thing stopping citizens from owning warships was the money to purchase one, but this was considered a constitutional right, and it was not unheard of. Citizens owned all sorts of military grade weapons of the day, back before the “benevolent” government started restricting inalienable rights. Now, the people are outgunned by the military industrial complex, and still you call for gun control?! I say no! I say arm the people, encourage them to seek training, let the people defend and protect themselves and their communities.
And before you counter with some nonsense about how gun control will end violence or whatever, let me remind you of what happens when government has a monopoly on violence: all you’ll get is tyranny. So, do you want tyranny or do you want freedom? I think many people are too afraid to choose freedom, because they’ve never had a taste of what that actually is.

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.

At the Finish Line!

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!

The Final Chapter

The Final Chapter

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!

There Ought to be a Law: A Blast from the Past

Thomas Jefferson wrote:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed


Great post!

Reblog: Why are you so obsessed with…

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