About the Author

About the Author: Update

Greetings again one and all, just thought I would give you all an update on my life. Those of you who had not seen my previous birthday post, I have turned twenty-four with another year of survival under my belt. A present that appeared with this occasion was to see Lion King on Broadway. Super excited to be going to New York again to see a show I have been yearning to see for a long time.  Also in recent weeks the date for my fiancee’s and I’s wedding has been decided. Much excitement comes along with this news accompanied by oh my goodness the cost of such things, but in the end all that matters is the love for each other. Hopefully with the date we have set we can both save up the money to have a splendid day to celebrate our love… and of course to get to a little place called Ireland for the honeymoon. Why here? Both of our families come from the Emerald Isle and it has long peaked our interests to visit this land of rolling hills and fences made of stone. Excitement fills my very being of celebrating such a joyous occasion and traveling to a place that I have wanted to visit since I was young.

On the writing frontier, my efforts with agents have been less than successful. However, I will say that none of them have said that my book was terrible or poorly written. The only reason they passed it was on their gut feelings. It gives me a bit of encouragement but at the same time frustration. I can feel myself having my goal at my fingertips but not able to grasp it. More annoyingly is the fact that my followers are waiting so patiently for my book to appear and I cannot produce it yet. For that I am truly sorry that you have to wait to see the fantastic tale. I promise it will get to you, of that I am sure; just unsure when that will be. Hopefully in the coming days I will have the good news of finding an agent. On a side note, I have gotten half way through writing A Collection of Epic Retellings of Classic Fairy Tales of which I will be posting another story of tomorrow. When not working on this, my thoughts linger back to the story in Magitotum. Yes, indeed friends I have started to write the second book in my Scales series. Looking on the bit I have already done, my head begins to spin. The very first place that the group ends up in at the end of the first book is filled with a mixture of many different cultures. What I mean is I used influences of many different countries’ mythologies to form this land. The tricky part is blending them in a way to give proper homage to each. Before I forget, if you have not noticed in recent posts or looking at old ones, I have almost caught up on my illustrations. Now, I do request that you be gentle with me on the artistry; it is not my strong suit by any means of the word. I do hope you are enjoying what you find on my page and the posts that are soon to come.

About the Author

About the Author: Birthday Reflections

Another year on this planet has passed as I tread upon my path. Mistakes and frustrations have beset me, but there was much good as well. Spending more time with my beloved is at the top of that list. With her support, I was able to experience much that would have frightened me many years ago including amusement park rides, scare fest, visiting New York City, etc. She is my inspiration to write and share with you all the stories that I so do love to write.

Upon the previous year, my dream of being a writer did spark. Since I was a kid, I enjoyed spinning tales for my cousin, brother, and friends as we acted out our imaginary games. As years passed, opportunities arose to show my wordsmanship, but I always seemed to come in behind everyone else. My confidence was shot as for many years I suppressed this dream; spending my days in high school filling journals with ideas that I would expand upon later. It was not until my second year of college that I would relearn the joys of writing when one of my professors challenged me to write a story. At first I treated the assignment as an assignment just to get the job done. She took one look and handed back with a retort that I could do better. (She had seen some other writing assignments I had turned in on a more research based level where I had to put a lot of work to get it up to par).  With a bit of an eye roll at the time, I went back and instead decided to do a different story. I quickly found that spark I once had of writing and wove such a tale that made me smile. Eagerly and timidly, I brought in this new story. Applauds were met by this professor as she asked if I had ever thought of being a writer. At that moment, I had nervously laughed, saying that it was a career that was not stable enough for someone with anxiety. She chuckled remarking that if I ever did change my mind, that she would be thrilled to read anything that I wrote. Thinking on that, I wonder if I still have her contact information.

Anyways, that spark stayed in my bones as over the next few years I started to write my first book Scars and Scales, I only had time to make a paragraph here and there while I went to college. Unfortunately, during the beginning of my third year my leg ended up needing surgery, effectively draining my account of any money for school. It brought my drive to my original plan of becoming a music teacher to a halt. With this time to stop and look at my plan, I realized that I still could feel that electricity in my body. I felt more like me when I sat down and wrote rather than when I was doing my studies. With a new found vigor, my book became complete before I gave it to my fiancee for an edit. Nervously I waited for her feedback when, to my relief, she came back that I was entertaining and interesting. After pointing out my mistakes, the next few months were spent polishing the story. At long last while visiting her mom in Florida, I had gotten to a point where the book was at its best. Now, at that point that was going to be it. I more wrote this to empty out the space in my head to allow more ideas to flood in. It was not until talking with my fiancee and other friends that I was inspired to try to get this book published. At the moment, that has not happened yet. However, my drive and hope does not waiver. My dream will be achieved.

And what is that dream you ask? It is much simpler than you think. All my life, all I have wanted is a job that a thoroughly enjoy, a house that I design, and a loving wife that I can spend my life loving right back. One part of this dream has been achieved and another is in the works of becoming reality. I would say that it was pretty good year over all, in no small part to my family, friends, and fiancee who support me. Not to mention those who enjoy my writing and share it with others across the web. I thank you as my goal is almost within sight. May you all remember and recognize what is important in each of your lives.

Species Spotlight

Species Spotlight: Yilong

Eerie how shadows can seem to crawl toward one and follow one’s every move; never leaving their side. Constantly, they watch as those in the light walk about ever so freely. Caution is advised if you find one acting strangely, one of two beings you could have on your hand. This time around we will talk about the option of it being the dragon species known as the Yilong. These creatures have the ability to make shadows move at their will; sometimes forming solid constructs or simply melting into the darkness. They are extremely crafty, able to plan several steps ahead of time while favoring surprise attacks. Usually, these dragons are hired for assassinations by other lands; rarely getting into larger conflicts except for warring with their human ninja neighbors in the land of Ying. The reason being not of land division, but a rivalry of gaining contracts for assassination targets.

In appearance, these dragons unlike others have a beak-like mouth and are smaller in size. This proving an advantage as it helps them to move about quicker and with more acrobatic ability. Their smaller wings are more meant for gliding from roof top to roof top than anything else; depending on their quick feet or hitching a ride in a stranger’s shadow. Found along their body are thin black scales that help camouflage them into the darkness except for a band-like gray pattern found around the eyes to the back of the head. Down their spine you will find no spikes, only a smooth back to their short tail that they use to heighten their jumps. Their eyes adjust to light from having them be completely black to a sliver with green outside the pupil. Never try to face these creatures without a plan of action. Odds are they have already put theirs into effect before you take your first step.

About the Author

About the Author: Recent Projects

Recently my postings have been slow compared to prior weeks. For this I apologize, but I have not been twiddling my thumbs. I have been working on other writing projects in between query letters. As of right now, I am working on the second  book of my Scales series; the first being Scars and Scales, a sample of which is located on my site. This I have not really been able to truly focus while contacting literary agents. However, something that take less time are a series of short stories of which I reimagine classic fairy tales into epics. Such examples include but are not limited to Aurora the Warrior, Jack the Nimble and Quick, and the Slaying of Humpty Dumpty. After I edit them further, I shall feature them under the Samples tab. Hopefully you enjoy what you read as it may be the second book I have published; making a collection of twenty stories into one book. I eagerly look forward to the future where I share all my tales to this world of ours. To provide an escape from this world when one gets to the brink of one’s sanity, that is the goal of my storytelling.

A Closer Look

A Closer Look: The Supreme

Born only once every thousand years, a Supreme has the ability to use every class of sorcerer spells. They are discovered by the coming of age test known as the Habepert. When a Supreme comes in contact with the Rock of Affiprob the center gem will hover around them before glittering down from above them. A beautiful sight before the rugged training begins. Having the ability to do any spell comes with the workload of all other classes. Meaning, they must study under every core for a number of years. This depending on how fast the person can learn. Primary care and teaching of the individual fall under the responsibility of the head Scroll Keeper of the Mages; decided so after the Wizard’s War as an agreement between the dragons and sorcerers. With a teacher that has such big heart, many Supreme’s have had the personality of a kind soul more often than not. Those who do become rotten cause massive mayhem to the world of Magitotum. Such a perfect example is the witch Delsey. With her reign on the throne, she has wrought great pain upon the land. However, one cannot help but marvel at some of the spells she has accomplished. One of the most known is the magical scar put on the Omni Xerxes. Though he will never tell the name of the affliction, it forces him to relive past horrors at any time by the whim of the user. It also provides the spell caster to show possible futures to the victim; causing said individual to experience extreme anxiety and stress in any situation. Not much else known about this particular affliction, but it is the first seen by all in the lands of Magitotum. What else can these Supremes do? Only time will tell.

Item Inquiry

Item Inquiry: Mage’s Staff

Using their staffs, Mages can focus their magic into the physical pane. The look of these items differ from user to user. Some have it made of many items, such as a cluster of pencils, while others like a classic wooden or even a solid metal design. Whatever the case one element stays the same, at the top of the pole is a gem. This crystal is taken from the Rock of Affiprob from the sorcerer’s Habepert. Almost all their spells stem from this gem as they form shields and heal wounds. Never try to snap on of these enchanted items. When an idiot does this; a shock wave obliterates them and any around the surrounding area.

Species Spotlight

Species Spotlight: Corniasp

A sub species of unicorn, the Corniasp is a stone horse with a single diamond horn on its head. Unlike other creatures of rock, its hide contains traces of diamonds that it can use to dust the field through its nostrils. Almost nothing can stop this beast once it decides to charge. Its horn will pierce through anything that happens to cross its path; finishing the job by embedding its diamond hooves into the ground. Riding this creature is strongly advised against for it has only been domesticated by Stonewall and his men. Meeting a wild one is even more dangerous especially if it is the leader of its team. It will stop at nothing to ensure its fellow creatures remain unharmed by outsiders.