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tWoTcast and The Wheel of Time

Some people may know that Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time series is my favorite fantasy series to date. The books are expertly written, and Jordan creates a world that is easily envisioned, filled with political intrigue, new species, and magic. The books caught me as soon as I started reading them. I actually found the series by accident, wandering through the fantasy section at Barnes & Noble. This was before Brandon Sanderson took the helm finishing the series after Robert Jordan passed away. Looking at the scope of the series, I am relatively new to the series. The first book I had to wait for to come out was, The Gathering Storm , the first of the books for Brandon Sanderson to pen. One of the things I like to do is listen to podcasts about the different fantasy series I am interested in. Up until now, I have mostly listened to Dragonmount's podcast for The Wheel of Time. The crew at Dragonmount has done an incredible job at pouring through the details of the book

JordanCon 2012

JordanCon 2012 is on April 20th - 22nd in Roswell, Georgia at the Doubletree Hotel. Unfortunately, I am broke and won't be able to go. It's going to be a great time, and I'm going to miss out. I've included the link for JordanCon for anyone who is interested. The three day temporary membership is still available. Anyone who has been reading the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan (Brandon Sanderson for books 12, 13, 14) has this conference in the back of their mind. The world that Jordan has created is of epic proportion, surpassing Tolkien, the father of fantasy, through his dedication to detail and the scope of the series in general. Check out the JordanCon site, read The Wheel of Time series, and fall in love with the fantasy genre over and over again with each book. Enjoy! Jacob Donley

Re-Learn to Finish What You Have Started

When striving towards a goal, we can always see the end at the horizon. It always seems to be just over the next hill or around the next bend. But, many times, when the goal seems to drop out of sight, no longer visible to the naked eye, we give up. We seem to find excuses for our failures so that they don't affect us as much as they should. We will rationalize that the goal was not in our best interest or that it really wasn't that important to begin with. However, what we are really doing is learning to leave things unfinished, learning to give up when the going gets tough, learning to keep our self-esteem at level where it cannot be damaged by setbacks. When all is said and done, this process never allows us to accomplish anything other than the mundane and everyday goals. It keeps us from succeeding, from moving on to greatness, from improving ourselves. When it comes to our own happiness, we need to reteach ourselves that failure is not an option. In order to reach true

The Power of Positive Thinking

I know you can't do this while reading, but ... close your eyes and think back to a time when you were most at peace. What was it about that time that made you feel completely at ease? Were you with loved ones? Friends? Were you alone, doing a task that you loved? Whatever it was, keep that memory close to the surface. It can help you in the worst of times. I have a few memories that bring that feeling of complete ease, of happiness bubbling to the surface, and it doesn't matter what mood I'm in. If I can recall that memory, I immediately feel better. It may not come all at once, but as soon as I summon one of those memories up, I can feel the stress and depression begin to fade. It's not some magic spell or some hype that I'm getting ready to throw a price onto. It's a simple method of remembering happy times, a tool to use when life is battering at your will or making your emotions do a swan dive. Just remember that you have had happier times, and those tim

Books In Progress Update: Shindarin Rising

My novel, Shindarin Rising , is still in the works. I'm about 75-80% of the way through the first draft. I know I haven't had many updates on it in a long time. This was mostly because I was shuffling between writing and my life in general. I'm trying to devote more time to it now, but I will also have to make sure I have time for my studies as well.  For those of you who weren't aware of the book in progress.  Shindarin Rising  is a fantasy book that I am currently working on about a young man who is running from an empire because of his magical ability as a magemorph, a person who can transform into the their animal essence. He is a part of a fragmented prophecy that foretells his leadership role in fighting the Prendarin Empire. The Prologue and Chapter 1 is currently available for reading on the My Books page. In the meantime, I will continue working on the novel and will try to give more information on its progress as it is warranted. Thanks! Jacob Donle

When Self-Doubt Strikes

If there is one thing that slows down progress, it has to be self-doubt. It can swallow down enthusiasm and leave hopelessness in its wake. I find this as a common malady when I write. I am always viewing my writing with a magnifying glass of self-doubt. It often causes me to give up, leaving unfinished works thrown to the trash, deleted from my computer, and cast out of my mind. I always thought of myself as a good writer, in some circles I may be, in others...probably not so much. But, I have learned, to some degree, to block out this part of my psyche. Whether my writing is good or not, I can still learn from its successes and failures. My advice to writers who suffer from this malady of self-esteem, when it comes to their writing, ignore it. Don't throw away that short-story, that poem, that novel that you made it five chapters into before stumbling and falling off the writing roller coaster. Keep it! Read that work over and over to figure out why it went wrong. What about tha

The Hypothesis of Semipermeable Realities

It's the through the search for ourselves that we discover the truth, about ourselves, about others, about the world, about reality itself. Every day we experience the world around us and the world in our minds; two very different worlds. We meet friends, strangers, touch objects, think thoughts about these very encounters. Do the thoughts equal the physical experience? Or, do they exist as separate entities, apart from the world our bodies walk in? When you lie in your bed at night, thinking about whatever it is that you think about, do the thoughts that you create instantaneously exist, like the doorknob to your bedroom, despite not being able to reach out and grasp them? In a way, yes, I believe they do exist. I believe that our mind is a separate reality that exists within the reality that our bodies do. It is a semipermeable reality that can interact with the physical reality. Thoughts have a powerful effect on our physical bodies, our conscious thoughts interact with people