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THREE!!!

Only (roughly) three more days until I publish the first volume of The Golden Lands!  I’ve been working on formatting the book according to the recommendations by Smashwords, the company/website I’ll be using to self publish.  It’s been rough and tedious, because there are a lot of recommendations.  But I see why lot’s of their recommendations are necessary.

Only a little bit more work to go, and then I’ll be pressing that button!

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Your AA,

Aul

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Inspiration for the Scenery of The Golden Lands

Where do I get inspiration for the scenery of The Golden Lands?  Check out these pictures from my backyard!


I love the color of the grass in this image

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The light is epic in this one:

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And how about the spotted shade in this one?

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#theCreatorRocks

Well, now you know where I get my inspiration from!  What do you think?

Your AA,

Aul

Glory

So lately….

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…I’ve been thinking about glory.  Maybe I’m a bit of a prude, or something like that, but sometimes I get concerned about how much glory I should put into my book series.  What’s that mean?  What I mean is: how much should I try to make people think my series is glorious, or deserving of praise and admiration?  “Is there such a thing as too much glory?” you might think, at least on the level of fame and fortune.

But I don’t really work on that level.  By now, you should know I’m a person very deep in my faith.  That being said, I ask such questions of whether my book will be too awesome on a religious level.  So here’s the heart of the problem:

If my series is so awesome, with amazing characters people love, fantastic worlds that people get lost in, powers that people are obsessed with, and truths that they found inspirational, will such glory distract people from God?

Think about it.  People can get lost in fictional worlds.  Those worlds have power.  We have power as writers.  I have power.  I personally don’t want to draw anyone away from God, and certainly not to myself.  He deserves all the credit (although my series couldn’t be classified as Christian or Religious).

But, as I thought more about this problem, I started to realize something.  See if you can follow this logic:

God is perfect in every good way.

My book is perfect in every good way.

Therefore, my book is a reflection, in one way or another, of God’s perfection.

Okay, so it’s probably a stretch to say that my series will ever be “perfect in every good way”.  My logic is probably a little messed up too.  But…BUT, similarly, if my book is outrageously well thought-out, well-plotted, with characters you can’t get enough of, scenes beautifully depicted, and all people can think of is “this is AMAZING”…won’t they, somewhere down the line, think of God, and how awesome He is?

Well, not everyone.  I guess I’m talking about people who know and believe in God.  But think of it this way.  Whenever someone (at least a guy), takes a bite of the perfect hamburger, doesn’t he immediately think “Mmmmm! Thank you, God!” (maybe that’s just me).  Amazing things leave us in awe and wonder.  We think, “how can this be?” (*ahem* Blessed Mother).  Glory and perfection aren’t things that naturally come from this world.  Lots of things leave us breathless.  And they don’t come from us.

We see a beautiful sky.  Who created such beauty?

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God did.

We see a beautiful painting.  Who created the painting?

The painter.  But what he painted only could have been inspired by something beautiful he experienced else where.  If he paints a picture of a bowl of fruit, the form of the fruit which he tries to capture came from somewhere.  Where did it come from?

From God.

So here’s what I want to do.  I want The Golden Lands to be so awesome, sowonderful, that people will immediately be directed towards God.  They’ll immediately think words of praise and thankfulness to Him for ever inspiring a teenaged guy.  I want TGL to be something heavenly (although not religious).  They’ll thank God for the beauty in the series, the way it makes them feel, the way it empowers them.  God is at the source of all good things.  

God willing, people will be able to discover and continue seeing this through my work!

Your AA,

Aul

Why Should You be Excited for The Golden Lands?

WHY SHOULD YOU BE EXCITED FOR THE GOLDEN LANDS?

1. It’s set up like an anime series.  What does this mean?

  • Lots of excitement.  Not just excitement as in action or suspense, but excitement including emotional and funny excitement.
  • Lots of action.  Every volume is packed with well-described action.  There’s never a dull moment.
  • Lots of character growth.  Who doesn’t love falling in love with an awesome, fictional character?  And a series is a lot more exciting when you feel for the characters in all of their struggles.
  • Fast moving plot.  Definitely.  Most animes move very quickly, and every episode/chapter leaves you wondering, “What’s going to happen next?”
  • Totally cool worlds and unique kinds of magic/powers.  What can’t you do in a fantasy world?  And what kind of strange, epic powers exist in the world of The Golden Lands?

2. It’s fantasy

  • As mentioned above, you can put your characters through a lot of awesome, visually gripping, emotionally inspiring situations.  Or you can put them through eerie, dark, and violent situations.  Anything can happen.
  • There’s a deeper meaning behind everything.  All great artists are able to lead their audience through the world they’ve created into a better life in this world.  Here’s hoping I can do that too.

3. The volumes will come out about every fourish months!

  • Who likes waiting while an author takes a year or two to come out with the next volume of a series?
  •  And who likes enduring those painfully exciting cliffhangers until the next volume comes out?

I hope all of you are getting excited for TGL, because I know I am!

Once again, the cover of Volume One: Shadows in the Sunlight!

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Your AA,

Aul

The Giver of Wisdom

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the image is not mine

So I’ve got something to tell all you.  I know I shouldn’t be entirely proud of it, but it’s given me an idea for some good advice to pass on.

Almost every wicked-awesome idea I think of for The Golden Lands come to me when I’m praying.

Note that I don’t say “through prayer”, as in “I pray for cool ideas and then God gives them to me”.  Nope.  I get distracted during prayer, and that’s when I get the ideas.

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Now don’t get me wrong.  I’m sure that, even if I’m getting distracted at Mass (the service Catholics hold on Sunday), the inspiration may very well come from God.  God is good like that.  And I’m sure He wants to help me to become a better writer, and to create awesome stories.  And who better to help me than the Creator of Wisdom?  He’s the smartest person there is.  And He’s the greatest author there is.  Do you have any idea how complex and yet perfectly “plotted” the Bible is, all leading up to Jesus in the Gospels?  Over the course of thousands of years?  Every single prophecy fulfilled?  It’s ridiculous!

I cannot lie when I say that The Golden Lands is heavily inspired by and produced for God.  God finds His way into it, even when I’m not expecting it.  Even when I should be paying attention at Mass, or during prayers with the family.  But all goodness is from Him.  So if I get a totally awesome idea for the series, I’d better believe it’s from Him.

God’s the greatest author ever.  Ever think about talking to Him?  Ask for His help.  In my trilogy, The Saga of Montairyus (https://montairyus23.wordpress.com/), I have noticed a prominent difference in how gripping and beautiful my writing is, compared between the times I prayed before I started writing, and those times when I didn’t.

Pray before you write.  You’ll be surprised at the wonders He works.

the image is not mine
the image is not mine

Your AA,

Aul