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The Friday 5 - Antagonists

1. Voldemort (Harry Potter)
While Voldemort is pretty much known from all the books and movies about Harry Potter, he is actually a pretty straightforward villain/antagonist. Yes, there was some explaining about how he could have become so all-encompassingly evil, and he is in every sense of the word. He is as evil as they come. But, as far as antagonists go, he pretty much follows the cookie cutter model for evil villains. The only time we feel any remorse for Voldemort is during the flashbacks to his early life, during the times when he hasn't chosen the path of darkness and death. As soon as he does make his choice, all remorse is gone.
2. The Dark One (WoT)
The Dark One or Shai’tan, which is his true name, has a very dichotomous personification. Essentially, he is considered the most powerful evil being in the universe, but he is also paralleled to chaos personified and counter to the world’s creator (which plays a hands off role and is never brought into the series). If Voldemor…

Wednesday Writing - A WEEK IN FICTION ... authors, stories, and news

I seem to always have a fidgety moment where I'm always trying to do more than my time allows. In this case, I found that I wanted to provide an outlet for some of the great posts by authors and book lovers that I send out in tweets and follow in blogs. I wanted to collect them and present them in one place, every week. At first, I wasn't sure how I could accomplish this and still have time to do all the other things I'm doing right now. Then, I remembered this little online newspaper website called paper.li. It's a website that allows you to create an online newspaper through aggregation. I simply add the twitter tags, twitter ids, blog rss feeds, or other type of info that gives me a source to draw potential articles from.

I decided that my love of writing was the perfect way to go about this. I have a great network of talented authors and reviewers to draw from. So that is how A WEEK IN FICTION came to be. So, every Monday morning the paper will update, and sometim…

Book Review: SEVEN PRINCES

SEVEN PRINCES, by John R. Fultz, was, in many ways, a traditional fantasy story in every sense of the phrase. I often felt like I knew what was going to happen in many of the key points. However, don’t let that deter you from purchasing the book. I thought it was a very entertaining read. I enjoyed the emotions of the main characters, the fight scenes, and much of the back story and histories of the people of this world. I also thought that the idea of ancient people with unimaginable powers would create a nexus of power that couldn't be stopped by any means. I was wrong, and I’m glad that I was wrong. Fultz worked this aspect of magic into the story in a way that made it possible for the plot to continue along a logical path without using Deus Ex Machina to get himself out of jam.
I gave this story a 3 star rating. I felt that I really wasn't surprised by the way the story progressed. I did enjoy the story though. I enjoyed the characters and the dichotomy they often showed in…

Friday 5 - Fantasy Worlds

1. Narnia
The world created by C.S. Lewis is both fantastical and unique. During every trip taken to Narnia something new is discovered or time has passed so long there that the land and inhabitants have changed. This is the type of world where anything can happen as long as the traveler has the chance to come back and see how the world has progressed. Every trip a new part of the land is discovered or new inhabitants take key roles in the development of the world, and for the most part, as long as forces at work in Narnia aren't overpowering, Aslan let them figure out their own solutions.
2. The World of Harry Potter
The World of Harry Potter really isn’t that much like our own world at first glance. But, that’s the point. J.K. Rowling created a magical world that wanted to keep its existence a secret. Underneath our logic and scientific explanations, the real reason for the way things happen are explained using magic and disturbances in the magical world. Wands, creatures, and peop…

Wednesday Writing - Short Stories and Long Dreams

This Wednesday comes and goes like many others. Minutes turn to hours and the sand pours from top to bottom. It reminds me of my short story series that I am working on THE COLLIDING EMPIRES. It seems that for the past few months, the stories have slowed down in their progress. While A STORM OF CHAOS seemed to fly off the paper, A CHOSEN PATH came and went in bursts. FRIENDS & FOES seems to be dragging on and on as I struggle to put finger to keyboard key. The story is there in my head - I know where I want it to go - the outline is still providing me with a path to follow, but the story itself is not flowing out of me like the muse is singing in my ear like the two previous stories. I know the story fits the world, and it needs to be written, but I’m still looking for the motivation side of things. My plan is to have it done and covers ready (provided by Jeffrey Kosh) before the Blogger Book Fair event in July, so I can participate as an author. I know that this series has potent…

Over 12000+ Visitors

I want to thank everyone that has come to view the website. It truly makes me happy to know that people enjoy my posts and the information that I have to share, whether it be writing tips, book reviews, journal entries, or anything else that gets posted here. Without site visitors like you, I never would have reached over 12,000+ visitors since this site went live. I know, 12,000 visitors aren't that many in the scheme of things, but even since back in January, I never thought that 12,000 would have been possible by the middle of May. So ... thank you everyone that takes time out of their day to visit this blog/website. I appreciate that my ramblings are worthy for even a few seconds out of your day. Enjoy the rest of your week, and I hope that you enjoy the many posts to come in the future. Thank You!

May '13 Writing Prompt

I'd like to get a writing prompt going this month. Essentially, I'm going to give two to three sentences that you can either take as inspiration or start a story/poem with the lines given. So, for May 2013 these are the lines:


The black, billowing clouds split the sky open like an eruption of forces never seen in this generation. The sky seemed to give birth to the idea that the end could come at any moment and without mercy.

The Colliding Empires

For those of you who don't know, The Colliding Empires is a collection of short stories that take place in Weirth. The known world has been conquered by the Trimak and Grynithian empires, who predominantly hold all their prospective landmasses except for a small isthmus that is known as the Freelands. The two empires meet and fight within the Freelands, chipping away at each other's armies with the people of the Freelands often caught in the middle. The Colliding Empires series will have ten short stories that chronicle a different person's life within this world. The final story in the series will conclude the series with many of the characters making an appearance. As of right now, A STORM OF CHAOS and A CHOSEN PATH are currently available in the Amazon Kindle Store. Work has begun on FRIENDS & FOES, the next story in the series that features Mandaru, a thief in the Acquisitions guild of the capital city of the Grynithian Empire, Holdentara. Stay tuned as the story …