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Fidelyon: ‘W’ with Ethaniel

Fidelyon: ‘W’ with Ethaniel

‘W’ with Ethaniel:

Ethaniel, the main character in my novel, Fidelyon, has taken it upon himself to introduce you to his world by going through an alphabet of terms and names.

 

Wolves, of course. Not the nasty savage ones I’ve heard rumors about in other worlds; these are real wolves. I mean, I suppose they can be savage enough if let loose. But tamed, they make swift mounts and great beasts of war. Standing with their shoulders as high as a man’s chest, they are strong and can cover a distance two or three times the speed of a horse. Their gait is much smoother as well, I might add. And don’t look at me like that. Just because I’m Elentisaren doesn’t mean the Volandums get to keep all the cool things.

It took me a bit to get used to the idea of riding a wolf. Well… okay, so it took me five minutes. But they are well worth the strange looks others will give you, no matter Jagger’s protests. They can be quite amusing too, with personalities of their own. Each wolf has a secret password, given to it at birth. Any man who speaks it can command him—at least that is what I’ve been told. I’m sure there are exceptions. There are always exceptions. In my case, the password worked well enough though. And, quite often, the connection between rider and wolf will deepen until each would defend the other with their lives.

Wolves can live nearly twenty years. The oldest wolf on record was twenty-nine when he died. They grow slowly, taking five years before they begin being ridden (by men, at least. Lads sometimes slip on them earlier, in secret) and reach full maturity at seven years.

I could continue on because they are fascinating creatures. But for now, all you need to know is that if you are ever given a chance to ride a wolf, take it. You won’t regret it.

 

Anything else you’d like to ask, either from me or my chronicler? Comment below. However that works.

 

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You don’t have to be the best – and that’s okay

You don’t have to be the best – and that’s okay

I wrote this out of a struggle I had, and still have. Just because I’m writing an article doesn’t mean I have it figured out. I still have to remind myself of the things I know in my head time and time again…

See, I want everything I create to be perfect; I always have. I love reading well-written books. I sometimes ‘hate’ them at the same time, because I wonder how I can ever write as well and make as big an impact with my own writing. It’s not pride issue of wanting to be better than others. Rather, it’s the desire to create stories and characters and themes that touch lives and to do it in the best way possible. If someone has done it better than me, then that means I can get better. And if I can get better, that means I wasn’t good enough.

Right?

But eventually, I realized I didn’t have to be the best.

And that it was fine.

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October’s Monthly Prompt

First the winners of last month’s challenge:

september prompt

And the winners are…

*drumroll*

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Behind-the-scenes Burning Rose Facts

Behind-the-scenes Burning Rose Facts

As many of you know, I launched a book this week! Burning Rose is now for sale on Amazon, my own site, and tucked away in the corner of several dragon’s bookstores/treasure hoards. Anyhow, I thought you might like a peek of the behind-the-scenes of the writing and stories.

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Beyond the Parchment: Part 14

Beyond the Parchment: Part 14

Welcome to the final installment of my serial story, Beyond the Parchment, completed a little over a year since I posted part one. I hope you’ve enjoyed your stay, dropped plotlines, whatever typoes have found their way in, and all. It’s what happens when I write something for a year and can’t go back to change what I’ve written. 😉

If you’ve not read any of the story thus far, a dysfunctional portal, invented by a weary writer, May Ann, actually began to work, bringing characters to our world. And herself into their world. General maham is the result. Check out the rest of the story here!

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Burning Rose is Here!

Burning Rose is Here!

At long last, a paperback copy of Burning Rose is here! You can now order the first three Legends of Light novellas in one hard copy!

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Magic in Legends of Light

Magic in Legends of Light

The most common question I have received in relation to my writing is ‘what sort of magic, if any, do you have in your stories’? It is a valid question, and the views of Christian writers and readers varies widely, from those who love Harry Potter to those who don’t even want to read Lord of the Rings. So, in light of launching Burning Rose tomorrow, I decided to answer it for all of you who may still wonder.

Do I have magic in Legends of Light?

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September Highlights: Work, mainly

September Highlights: Work, mainly

My Life

Lots of writing. Well, for the first half of the month. Mainly Fidelyon. I got that finished. By which I mean this draft is finished. It still needs a little work before it’s ready for beta readers.

Also, I started my new job at Culvers. I’m enjoying it, so far. Yes, yes. I know. New things are enjoyable and then sometimes they get boring. But I think I’m going to like this job quite a bit. They put me on register on my fourth day. Besides, I get to watch and interact with people. Maybe I’m not quite as much an introvert as I thought. XD

Hope

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Fidelyon: ‘U’ and ‘V’ with Ethaniel

Fidelyon: ‘U’ and ‘V’ with Ethaniel

‘U’ with Ethaniel:

Ethaniel, the main character in my novel, Fidelyon, has taken it upon himself to introduce you to his world by going through an alphabet of terms and names.

Unfinished. Hey, don’t look at me like that. It’s the best I could come up with. Besides, it’s true. We’ve been working on this history upward… five years now? It’s still not done. The good news is that it is coming along, at least that is what Hope tells me. She just finished what she calls the ‘rewrite draft’ last week. She’s still muttering about it, though she tries not to let me hear. Something about too many things happening and too many people taking a role in the story. She has this structure which each part of the history supposed to be somewhat similar in length. Apparently, that didn’t happen. Don’t blame me. Here’s what the draft turned out to be.

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Guest Post: Making the Most of Your Secondary Characters

Guest Post: Making the Most of Your Secondary Characters

So a few weeks ago, I guest posted on the blog of a friend and Kingdom Pen writing team member, Brandon Miller, about Three Questions for Developing Characters. You can go check it out and stick around on his site because he has some pretty cool information there. But, for today, he’s popped in over here to give us some cool thoughts about secondary characters.

So, without more introduction, may I present Brandon Miller and secondary characters!

 

Secondary characters have a bundle of responsibilities for being just secondary.

Maybe they should start a support group.

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