Month: July 2014

5 Songs That Define “I Was Called”

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Hey everyone!  I’ve never tried describing my book “I Was Called” with music, but here we go!  I’m going to give you five songs that I believe define “I Was Called”, either by the way they sound (for instrumental songs) or by what’s being said within them.  Hopefully the songs will give you a feel for what the story of “I Was Called” is like!

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I’m not going to say that these songs perfectly describe “I Was Called”, but you should be able to discern that the story is 1. epic 2. amazing 3. intense 4. inspiring 5. possessing mystery, struggle, and a tinge of sadness.  Yes, all of those numbers correspond to the number of each song.  I hope that all of you enjoy these songs and embrace how they describe “I Was Called”.

Aul

 

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The Hero Saga, Episode 2

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Heroes are distinct people that stand out from the rest of society.  They are held high for the deeds they have done, deeds that usually everyone, in general, knows about, and can appreciate those deeds.  On a public scale, we may view many people as heroes, but if we looked into their personal lives, would their heroic actions really be a reflection of those personal lives?  What if our heroes live immoral lives but still defeat the bad guy.  Does the conditional work like this?

If bad guy defeated, therefore hero?

On today’s episode of “The Hero Saga” we’ll explore some of the most renowned, famous heroes of the United States: the Marvel Superheroes!

Captain America

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We might as well start out with the best of them!  Steve Rodgers was literally the “little guy” until he underwent an amazing scientific transformation!  Fighting for the good of the innocent and for what’s right, Captain America battles against the forces of the evil organization Hydra, the aliens under the command of Loki, and the mysterious Winter Soldier.  Steve Rodgers always is ready to concern himself with the needs of others and to put a stop to “bullying” wherever it appears.  Not only does he protect the world from evil as the First Avenger, he also advertises a hairstyle that is impossible to distort!    Let’s check his score:

  • Heroic attitude (kind, generous, patient courageous) 🙂
  • Protector 🙂
  • Good cause 🙂
  • Personal flaws :/

That’s a total of three smiles and one “iffy” face!  Incredible!  In all honesty folks, personal flaws are generally unavoidable, but Captain Perfect-Hair still came away with only an “iffy” face.  Give it up for the Captain!

Thor

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Watch out for this guy, folks.  Our next contestant is Thor of Asgard, son of Odin.  Don’t be fooled and think that he can’t be dangerous with a foot-long hammer; that hunk of metal can really wreak havoc in his hands!  And unless you want a mess on your floor, I suggest that you don’t give him coffee.  Thor originally started out as a show-off and disrespectful young…demigod.  In spite of his foolishness, he learned his lesson and figured out what it means to be a real hero.  Thor will do anything to keep his friends and family safe, and especially his most beloved Jane.   Bold and headstrong, Thor is one of those tough-guy superheroes that doesn’t like it when somebody gets in his way…especially bad guys.  Let’s check out his score, shall we?

  • Heroic attitude (kind, generous, patient, courageous) :/
  • Protector 🙂
  • Good cause 🙂
  • Personal flaws :/

Although Thor scores a smile on the two most important characteristics, his pride and stubbornness can get him into real trouble.  But if you forget that what a hero Thor really his!!!!  Put your hands together, folks!

Iron Man

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Tony Starks is a man of many…talents.  He can build robots, impenetrable armor, quote Shakespeare, and fix giant flying ships!  One might think he is seemingly a lazy, stuck-up, but super-smart guy….and you might be right!  But Iron Man has a way of dealing with those that do evil.  Although he supports many of the negative themes of our culture, let’s look at the bright side!  When fighting against Loki and his aliens, Iron Man valiantly carried a nuclear missile into the portal of the enemy…risking his life to save the world from imminent destruction!  And how could we forget his most sacrificial actions in regards to giving up his role as Iron Man for his girlfriend?  With so many clashing opinions of him, I can’t wait to see his score:

  • Heroic attitude (kind, generous, patient, courageous) 😦
  • Protector 🙂
  • Good cause 🙂
  • Personal flaws :/

Once again we have a contestant scoring on the major two characteristics.   I’m afraid we can’t give him anything for “Heroic attitude”, however.  Better luck next time, Mr. Starks!

The Hulk

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Dr. Banner is a very unique man; he can turn into a giant green monster.  He really is a nice man.  You just have to avoid getting on his green–I mean bad side.  Dealing with bad guys with a roar and a huge fist or two, please stay out of the way of this hero.  Always angry, always ready to fight, the Hulk can end a battle quickly and therefore destroy the threat before more innocent lives are lost.  Hah, look at my positiveness!  Now for his score:

 

  • Heroic attitude (kind, generous, patient, courageous) 😦
  • Protector :/
  • Good cause 🙂
  • Personal flaws 🙂

It would appear that as a person Dr. Banner is a pretty good guy.  He also fights for a good cause.  But unfortunately, due to being a giant green monster that destroys everything in its path, he cannot categorize as a protector, or having a heroic attitude.  Put your hands together for the Hulk before he gets angry!

That’s all the time we have for today folks!  We aren’t sure when the next episode of “The  Hero Saga” will air, but we look forward to seeing you all again!


 

Aul

The Hero Saga, Episode 1

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Heroes.

Our culture is filled with books and movies all about heroes.  There seem to be so many; from the ancient times until the present era, tales of brave, awesome men and women have circulated throughout society.  The idea of heroism is one that our culture entertains and encourages.

But what if the meaning of “hero” has changed?

“Hero” comes from the Greek word hērōs, which means “protector”.  This says a lot about what a hero is; they defend people.  What else comes to mind when we think of heroes?  They fight for what’s right.  If the knight of an evil king valiantly defends his king, is he a hero?  Of course not!  He is serving an evil purpose.  On the other hand, if a knight protects his king who is noble and seeks the benefit of his people, is he being a hero?  Certainly.  In recognizing this, we can recognize two key characteristics of heroes:

  • They protect.
  • They serve authentically good causes.

Let’s play a little game-show and plug in what we’ve learned into how society views heroes and let’s categorize many of the well known “heroes” to see which ones are authentic.  Today we’ll be tackling those heroes from sci-fi and fantasy.  It’s sure to be an exciting episode!

Frodo Baggins

(Image via http://www.thegalleryofheroes.com/frodo-baggins/)

Born from the rustic area of Hobbiton in the land of  Middle-Earth, this little guy may not be your typical power-house hero, but don’t underestimate him.  He can get pretty feisty if you knock him out the trances he sometimes falls into.  Carrying the weight of the world on his Hobbit-shoulders by bearing the Ring of Power, Frodo is an excellent example of a hero.  Battling fearsome orcs and Black Riders, he courageously travels across dangerous lands to save his friends and the whole world from destruction, persevering no matter how hard it becomes.  He is definitely a protector, and he most certainly serves a good cause.  Let’s check his score by analyzing his record, shall we?

  • Heroic attitude (kind, generous, patient courageous) 🙂
  • Protector 🙂
  • Good cause 🙂
  • Personal flaws 😦

That’s three out of four smiles.  Unfortunately, this little guy almost costs the world its life by…well, giving in to temptation let’s just say.  But that was almost completely understandable…

Give him a round of applause, folks!

Eragon Shadeslayer

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Our next contestant is just a teenager, hailing from the mountainous region of Carvahall in the land of Alagaesia.  Eragon may have been your average farmboy, but give the kid a dragon and look at what he becomes!  Assuming the role of Dragon Rider, Eragon must face the dark king Galbatorix in a battle that will decide the fate of the world.  Galbatorix is trying to rule the world, with all subject to his evil reign, and only Eragon can stop him.  Daring and determined, Eragon certainly acts as a protector and serves a good cause.   Now for his score:

  • Heroic attitude (kind, generous, patient courageous) :/
  • Protector 🙂
  • Good cause 🙂
  • Personal flaws 😦

Hey that’s two out of four smiles!  It appears that young Eragon can possess an arrogant attitude and seeks revenge.   Good try, Dragon Rider!

Give it up for Mr. Shadeslayer!

Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark

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These next contestants I’m doing as a couple because, heck, they are one.  But seriously folks, these two just can’t be heroes, or survive withouteach other.  In fact, half of the time, I’d say they’re more victims than heroes.  Nevertheless, both of them try their best to avoid making immoral decisions, even though they are often forced into making them.  Defiant against the evil rulers of the Capitol, they struggle to overthrow their nation’s corrupt government.  Both Katniss and Peeta almost lose their wits in this epic story between the forces of the helpless and the forces of the oppressors.  Let’s check out their score:

  • Heroic attitude (kind, generous, patient courageous) 🙂
  • Protector 🙂 (when they have the choice)
  • Good cause 🙂
  • Personal flaws 😦

Unfortunately, there are themes of revenge within Ms. Everdeen and a great source of fear that thrives within each of them, which tends to govern their actions.   Don’t worry, my dear viewers, I know their human; let’s try to be understanding!

Put your hands together for this couple!

Beatrice Prior

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Our final contestant comes from apocalyptic Chicago.  She’s not your ordinary girl; in fact, she’s divergent!  Strong-willed and courageous, Beatrice, like our previous contestants, has to fight an evil government that seeks to control everyone in their power by using a type of mind-control.  With the help of some friends, Beatrice learns what it means to be a hero as she fights for freedom and for the lives of those she cares about.  Shall we check her score?

  • Heroic attitude (kind, generous, patient, courageous) :/
  • Protector 🙂
  • Good cause 🙂
  • Personal flaws 😦

That’s a total of two smiles and one “iffy” face.  This girl’s attitude can be filled with confusion which brews some irrational actions, and while this does tie in to personal flaws, she has cleared the two most important criteria for scoring points.

Give it up for Beatrice!

Ladies and gentlemen this closes our first episode of “The Hero Saga”.  Join us again tomorrow as we explore the legendary Marvel superheroes.  Who will be the most heroic?  Find out in another exciting episode of “The Hero Saga”!


 

Aul

 

Meet Gladamear

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I have decided to post character descriptions in a new category aptly titled “Character Descriptions”.  These descriptions will be longer than the overviews I will present in “Characters in TSOM”.  I’m going to do it this way so that “Characters in TSOM” won’t get so crowded and long that you won’t have time to read all the way through it.  This way, you can read a lengthier summary of a character at your leisure if you go to the category “Character Descriptions”, whereas in “Characters in TSOM” you can find a short and simple overview of the characters.


 

Gladamear is Terren’s brother.  I would prefer not to reveal too much about Gladamear, but the very fact that I am going to describe him gives away what I wanted to keep secret.  Yes, that sounded tricky 🙂  If you have read “Sneak Peek at ‘I Was Called’!”, you know what I’m talking about.

Appearance

Gladamear could be considered handsome, but he is only averagely handsome.  He is slightly taller than the average man, but still shorter than Terren.  He has a thin build; he is not skinny, but its obvious that he just doesn’t have as much meat on his bones as other men.   He has a round, youthful face, with a round nose.  He has small ears, and short (at least at the beginning of the book), thick blonde hair that parts on both sides of his forehead.  His lips are neither thin nor full, but right in the middle.  His hands are large, and his feet are mildly large too.  His eyes are brown and large, and they seem to be filled with sadness, confusion, and awe.  There is also a hint of bashfulness and self-consciousness in his expression, as if he is trying to gain approval from those he looks up to.  Even though he is an adult, he is often in humble submission to his self-pity, as well as his feelings of awe, respect, and amazement, which he possesses quite frequently.  All of this can be seen by the way Gladamear carries himself; either with confidence, or with subtle, but unmistakable countenances of doubt, uncertainty, or awe.

Personality and Purpose

Gladamear’s personality was almost summed up while I was describing what you can deduce about him by looking at his eyes.  He’s not an open book, if I made it seem as if he is, but you can indeed discern some things about his personality by the way he looks and behaves.  Gladamear is generally quiet, but he likes to make jokes.  He is always searching for approval, as if he lacks self-esteem.  Despite an unmanly past, he tries to live up to his manhood and struggles to do the right thing.  He wants to find his own way to aid Montairyus and help others, especially his family and friends, but he is often confused as to how to do this.  His methods for aiding the group in their quest to rescue Earyis are somewhat different from theirs too, which brings me about to his purpose.  Unfortunately, because I don’t want to spoil the story, I will refrain from mentioning his whole purpose to the story, and say only that he travels with Terren on his journey to rescue Earyis, and that he does a great service for Terren and his companions.  We don’t know much about Gladamear, but he is a distinct, likable character, and as Terren’s brother, he plays a significant role in “I Was Called”.

Aul

 

Character Quote

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“Character quotes” will consist of the wise, silly, or serious things that my characters say.  I hope you learn, enjoy, and are inspired!

     “Vengeance is a dead cause.  It is selfishness, evil, and nothing good ever comes of it.”-Erock

Cheaper by the Dozen

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Is your writing cheap?  Is my writing cheap?  What does it mean to have cheap writing?

When something is cheap, it usually means that it doesn’t cost very much.  More often than not, this is because it is poorly crafted.  I’ve been thinking lately and I’ve been asking the question, “Is everything cheaply made?”  Do carpenters work their hardest to make a house properly any more?  Do companies produce items that work to their full potential?  Do restaurants live up to their reputation?  Do they have you pay too much money for food that’s not so great?

A lot of things in society are cheap.  It’s just a result of the poor economy.  But while we can’t always have a great influence over the economy, we do have the power to make our words the best they can be.  Our books don’t have to be cheaply made.  We don’t have to be like the rest of society; we can put valuable effort into our writing.  I know, it isn’t easy.  It’s easier to go cheap with our writing.  Publishing houses are smart and will take whatever will sell.  Do you notice how some poorly written books get published by big companies?

Why?

Because publishers know that people will read cheaply written books so long as they are entertained.

Ah.  Here lies a big problem with our culture.  Hedonism can effect even our writing.  Hedonism is the erroneous notion that pleasure is the chief good in life.  Unfortunately, many people follow this false belief unknowingly.  Pleasure, and being entertained, are in and of themselves good things.  But they can be cheaply attained for little cost, and we often miss out on the really good stuff because we are blinded by our longing to fulfill our desire.  This applies to our moral life, but even to writing!  How often do you settle with reading a book that has unimpressive writing but an exciting plot?  How often do we forgo the classical work of literature and instead pick up the lousy science fiction novel (no offense to sci-fi readers.  I like sci-fi too!)?  Do we seek to discover what will make our writing a true work of art that will actually be remembered five years from now?  Will we work hard so that our books will be good enough, and will possess something good enough that will last for centuries?

I tip my hat to you, Shakespeare.

Don’t let my words discourage you from ever sitting down and writing a book.  But I want you to know that the writing doesn’t occur when you’re jotting down the story…it happens when you go back and start editing.  Good luck, my dear followers!  I know that many of you are embarking on a journey I am quite familiar with!  Remember that you can ask me any questions and I will be willing to answer.

Aul

Dual-ing Authors

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This is a post written by my younger sister and her friend. I have to say, for being younger than me they sure know how to write!

Lily

Two authors….  One story.  How do we do it?  Well, firstly, it’s not always as easy as you would think.

Here are a few of the problems I (Clare) run into when writing with Lizzie.  The first is, whenever I want to make a change, I always have to consult with Elizabeth, and that’s really annoying, especially when I want to be writing.  Another very big problem that we have is when Lizzie and I don’t always see characters the exact same way.  This causes problems because I will want Lily to sound, or act, more maturely than Lizzie thinks she is.  There is also the problem when Elizabeth and I disagree on a matter, like how to fix a plot hole.  I am also known for wanting to make large changes, when Lizzie doesn’t always see the point in them.  So how do I deal with all these problems?

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