Month: May 2014

TSOM Quiz!!!!

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Hey everyone!  I’ve decided to comprise a quiz for all of my followers (especially if you’re a new follower) just for fun and to see if you know your TSOM (The Saga of Montairyus) facts.  Some research on my blog might be necessary, but I promise that all the answers can be found on my blog.  The questions are relatively easy too…well, I think they are 😛

Without further ado, here are the rules:

If you know the answers, comment a smiley face 🙂

If you don’t know the answer to a specific question, have no fear!  I will post a comment with the answers!  In fact, I might just edit them into the post.

Not a lot of rules…

Let the quiz begin! (Note: all of these questions concern my first book “I Was Called” or “Montairyus History”)

1. What is the main character’s name in “I Was Called”?  Terren.

2. What is the main villain’s name in TSOM? Kartrus.

3. What is special about the main villain’s weapon? It has the ability to transform regular people into the slaves of Kartrus.

4. Who is Earyis? Terren’s half-brother.

5. What is the plot of “I Was Called”? Earyis is kidnapped by the servants of Kartrus.  Terren must rescue him.

6. Who was the first Great Eighteen Tarseain? Therinis.

7. In the Slaughter of Drunu (see “Montairyus History”) what is the name of the demon that can shoot Death from his hand? Ashcerqu

8. What is the first “notable property” for Guardis in “Characters in TSOM”? Friend of Terren.

9. Where is the country of Fadehawk located on a map of Montairyus (see “TSOM Artwork”)?  Is it a northern, southern, eastern, or western country? Western.

10. What are the minions of the main villain called? Gilliks.

Don’t forget to tell me your answers!

Aul

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Something Wicked This Way Comes & Why Writers Could Be in Great Danger

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Kristen Lamb tells it like it is. What she says might be hard to accept, but it is unquestionably true!

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Today, we are going to take a bit of a sideline from our acrostic. Over the holiday weekend, I was resting up from a nasty bout of bronchitis and puttering around Facebook. I’ve been long frustrated with this new culture of “Everyone’s a Winner.” Back in 2005, my young nephew was in soccer. I recall being horrified that everyone received a trophy.

What was the point for working harder? What gain did it give my nephew that I ran extra drills with him after school and off the practice field? He “won” the same trophy as the kid who showed for one game out of the season.

Trying is all that matters.

Deep. Deep. Never mind the TYPO. The person “tried.”

We see all over the news where schools are attempting to cancel Honors events because those kids who didn’t achieve honors…

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New Update for “Characters in TSOM”

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Hey everyone!  I’ve added short character profiles for my page “Characters in TSOM”.  Please stop by to get to know the characters!  I believe I’ve said before–and I really do think this is the case–that awesome characters can really make a story.  So take advantage of this opportunity to familiarize yourself with each character and get excited for the time when you can really meet them in the book!

Aul

The Reason for “Pure Love”

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Last week, I wrote Pure Love, a rap song about the meaning of love in its relation to how men use their sexuality.  Despite how it was a good rap song–well, I liked it–you’re probably thinking right now, “What is a rap song doing on a blog about medieval fantasy?”  It doesn’t really tie in.  Or does it?

Obviously, if we only focus on the fact that the song was a rap song, and not some form of medieval poetry, you would be missing the point.  Forget that the song is a rap song, or forget that it’s a song at all!  Let’s focus on the meaning of the words.  Good…now let’s progress from there.

Why is the meaning of love so important on a fantasy blog?   Or more importantly, what does it have to do with my book (that’s what my blog is really about)?  Well, consider the fact that only true heroes know what love is.  We usually determine a hero by how he (or she) exercises his capacity to love in the most awesome, meaningful, and often sacrificial ways.  Most characters are driven by love to attain something good for people they care about.  In most cases, it’s a man acting like a knight in shining armor for a woman.   And while that’s great, love doesn’t only exist between a man and a woman.  Your parents can give you love, your siblings, your friends…even the mailman!  It’s not something that’s limited to the realm of romance.  I would like you to note that the chorus of “Pure Love” could be sung to anyone, not just from a man to a woman.  Merely by changing the pronouns in the song or inserting nouns in their place could we attain a chorus that speaks love to anyone.

Love is an action

It’s not what you feel

If you judge it by a feeling, then it ain’t real

Only a love that’s pure

With every intention for integrity

Not aiming for insincerity

That’s really what you want

I want the best for my soul-mate

And I’ll do what it takes to keep her life great

It’s not about me; it’s about her

Giving and receiving like the love we were made for

A love that’s so full, you can feel it through the air

And everything I do goes to saying “I care”

Yeah, the love we were made for

A love that’s totally pure!

Think about what would happen if you changed the word “soul-mate” to “my son” or “my brother”.  Or what about changing “her” to “my friend”.   This type of love, or the way that it is being expressed, might seem extreme, especially with the line “And I’ll do what it takes to keep (noun) life great”.   You might not think about writing a song about your love for a parent, sister, brother, or friend; but hey, if you really care about somebody, couldn’t you prove it by keeping his or her life great, despite whether or not you’re in a romantic relationship?  Once again, forget the particular relationship in the song and focus on how the lyrics could apply to anyone, provided that slight modifications are made.

Love is a driving theme in almost any story.  A specific type of love for a certain relationship might be the focus, but in the end almost every story is about love…or lack thereof.  Therefore, you could say that my book is about love.  Is it about cheesy love?  No.  When all is said and done, love is nowhere near being cheesy.  If you read “Pure Love” I trust that you’ll find loving someone takes a lot of effort, a lot of determination, a lot of difficulty, and a lot of pain.  But in the end, it’s totally worth it.  So what is love?  How can you show love?   Will you love?  Are you are hero?  Here’s a slogan I came up with that corresponds to my book:

Seek the Truth.  Find the Truth.  Live the Truth.

Aul

Writer Victory!—One Day at a Time

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Kristen Lamb continues to give some valuable advice…

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So far we’ve made it through most of our Writer Acrostic. V is for Voluntarily Submit. Know there will be trials and challenges and there is far more strength in bending than breaking. I was for Identify Problem Areas. We can’t fix what we fail to acknowledge. Every day in this profession is about writing better than we did the day before. C was for Change Your Mind. We can only achieve what we can first conceive. Make your mind and set it and keep it set. T was for Turn Over our Future. When we let go of things we can’t control, we’re far more powerful to drive and direct that which we can.

O is for One Day at a Time

I don’t trust people who’ve never failed. As I’ve told you guys, Hubby…

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The Liebster Award….Part Two!!!

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Hey everyone!  I’ve been nominated for the Liebster Award once again by Jo at http://jojoknowseverything.wordpress.com/ .  Thanks Jo!

The rules are that someone needs to provide 11 facts about themselves, answer 11 questions, and provide 11 questions for 11 people they nominate…that’s a lot of 11’s!!!!  The main cause of the Liebster Award is to develop a blogging community and help readers find other bloggers.

Here are my facts:

1. I play football.

2.  I’m writing a novel.

3. I can quote Spongebob Squarepants and Avatar: The Last Airbender super well…perhaps too well.

4. I’m right-handed.

5. I have an appreciation for nature.

6. I’m currently trying to not give you the same facts that I did last time…this is a fact!

7. I’m good at math.

8. 2+2=4…..I told you I was good at math!

9. Writing a novel has helped me to become better when it comes to writing just about anything.

10. I’m not big on playing video games.

11. For some reason I can’t seem to whistle since I got braces.

 

My answers to Jo’s questions:

  1. Why do you write? I could go on for a long time, but I like it because it’s entertaining, I can make a difference via writing, and I’m considered to be fairly good at it.
  2. Pick one thing, event, or person that has made you a writer.  My older brothers, mainly because they were writing books when I was little, so I wanted to emulate them as any younger brother would.
  3. How many people do you know named Josh? 5
  4. Who is your writing inspiration? Myself through my own emotions and ambitions, God, and sometimes the weather ;P
  5. How many days a week/month do you work on your blog? Almost everyday.
  6. Where do you feel most at home?  In the area I’m living in now.
  7. If you could have a magical power what would it be? That’s a tough one…maybe firebending.  Sorry!
  8. The one place you have to see before you die. The Great Wall of China
  9. How do you feel about Highlander? I’m afraid I haven’t seen it.  Sorry!
  10. Worst flavor? Green apple.  It just doesn’t make sense to me.
  11. You’re in a cave. To your left is a mammoth grizzly bear with its arms wrapped around the thing you love most in the world. Armed only with your wits and a small bread pudding, what do you do?  Option number one: Make a trade; the bread pudding for the thing you love most.  Option number two: Call the police.

Nominated people:

1. http://uniquetresses.wordpress.com/

2. http://londryfairy.wordpress.com/

3. http://pcguyiv.wordpress.com/

4. http://akansha1104.wordpress.com/

My 11 questions:

1. When did you start writing?

2. Who is your favorite superhero and why?

3. What is your favorite book?

4. What is your favorite movie?

5. What is the meaning of life?

6. Do you prefer calzone to pizza?

7. If you could have any custom flavored ice cream, what would it be?

8. Do you enjoy the outdoors?

9. Is there any place you’d rather be living than where you currently are?  Where?

10. Can you name someone you think is a hero in our society?

11. What is the 11-letter word that everyone pronounces incorrectly?

Thanks again Jo!  I’ll work on nominating 11 people!

Aul

 

New Update to “Tips for How to Begin Writing a Book”!

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Hey everyone!  I’ve updated “Tips for How to Begin Writing a Book”!  I know it’s been a while since I’ve even touched that page, so I thought I’d take some time to edit in a word of advice.  Enjoy!

Aul