The clear morning air mixes with the soft mist of the stream. Golden rays of the rising sun shyly pass through the leaves overhead and, amid the shade on the ground, dancing patches of vibrant light seem to sway back in forth as the trees are rustled by the whispering breeze. The water of the stream moves smoothly over and around the rocks which fill the creek, their contact resulting in a gentle, bubbly laugh. The noise is so serene, you wonder if it is really the sound of children playing nearby.
And you realize, after contemplating all of this, after feeling the water rushing over your hand, as you listen to the songbird sing without fear or interruption, as the sun washes you, gently telling you it’s another day…
…you realize that creation is an amazing thing.
It’s a beautiful world.
Good morning from Elithius/The Golden Lands! Hope you have a great weekend!
Showing you just how awesome anime is…with epic pictures!
I’m not usually going to comment whenever I post a “Why We Love Anime”, but this picture deserves some attention.
First of all, I love this image. It beautifully depicts what love looks like. You can see how both Emiya (the boy) and Saber (the girl) are giving of themselves to each other. Emiya is obviously giving himself entirely to Saber; he doesn’t even have the strength to stand. His lifeless body is falling into her. And she’s receiving him. Both of them are covered in Emiya’s blood, embracing each other through the blood. Love exists even through the pain. That’s exactly how love between a man and a woman should like.
And look at the scenery around them. What’s flying around in the sky? Crows. Maybe vultures. Either way, both of those birds are symbols for evil and death. But look at Saber’s face. Even though they are seemingly surrounded by evil, the sky dark and the world decaying around them, they are both at peace. Because they’re holding each other, and real love exists between them.
I don’t know who drew this, but I tip my hat to you!
This is just another reason as to Why We Love Anime!
Also: I lowered the price to 99 cents for the eBook and Kindle version, in case you didn’t know! Please consider buying a copy to support me and my future writing endeavors. It’s tough advertising if you’ve got no money.
And besides…it’s a five-star book XD
Got any advertising ideas to help me out? Please consider sharing them! I need all the help I can get, because it’s a big, bad world out there for a young, self-published author.
Also, if you have any questions about my book, or if you need any advice, feel free to ask!
So what’s your book like? What kind of book should you be trying to produce in the digital age of the 21st century? What’s the content like? How do you structure your sentences? How does your book look?
Let’s be honest; in general, we all know what we want.
We want a book that looks cool; we can be proud to be seen reading it.
Wewantabookthat’s fun toread!!!!: don’t kill your reader’s brain by throwing crazy/eccentric words at them (what does “eccentric” mean!?!?), or by writing enormous paragraphs, or by avoiding all things simplicity/clarity (which most great authors would recommend you work towards).
Something structure, wrong with your sentence (haha)? Pick up a grammar book. Look at how other popular, professionally published authors write. “All art is theft”, as my dad says.
But don’t steal. That’s breaking the 7th commandment…I initially wrote “the 6th”…but it’s okay, I corrected myself. My dad is talking about learning from others and applying it to your work.
How should your reader feel when he/she picks up your book? You want your book to look and read like it’s something professional…but not too professional. Depending on what your genre is, you want your book to have a casual air; make the reader feel right at home when he/she is reading your book.
Just a few examples from yours truly:
Observe the title page, worded in an epic font, followed immediately by a professional and yet friendly greeting from the author (me):
Well gosh, I wish the resolution was better. ANYWAY…
Another example: have your own style. Do something characteristic of you. Note how I do my protagonist switches:
And last but not least…write. Just write. You might have heard of “Just do it”. Well, I’m telling you “Just write”. Show the world what you’ve got. And the more you write, the people are bound to read. The more you write, the more people will want to read. And the more you write, the better writer you’ll become. That’s just the way it works.
I hope this was helpful/inspirational to all you readers! Tell me if you have any tips about writing or what ways are characteristic of your writing style.
And by the way, I’ve officially published a novella as both a paperback and an eBook. You can check it out here for the paperback or here for the eBook.
So I’ve been thinking lately that it’s very hard for me to give all the attention I need to both my book and my blog. It’s hard for me to do both at the same time. Usually, I end up neither giving attention to my book series nor to the blog as each deserves and needs. I have several unfinished blog posts because I’m trying to balance how much I blog and how much I write.
The truth is, I need to split up which week I will blog and which week I will write. Writing my book is a very big part of my life, as it enables me to release and share my emotions in a meaningful way. I can honestly become crabby if I don’t write! That being said, this tension between blogging and writing has to stop. I will alternate weeks as to which will be a blogging week and which will be a writing week.
This week will start a writing week. With that being said, I bid you all farewell until next week! I really need to spend my time doing what needs to be done: writing.
Hey all! Just wanted to let you know I uploaded the first chapter of Volume 1 to my page now entitled “Prologue and First Chapter”.
…What? I know it’s not very original…
ALSO! Here’s the description for Volume 2: Wrath, which will be coming out very soon!
John and Faith now know the plot of the Evil that kidnapped Soror and Frater, John’s little sister and brother; Soror and Frater, along with a host of other humans, are to be sacrificed to the ominous god of death. Meanwhile, Faith is realizing the true, dark nature of John’s desire to hunt the Evil. Can she stop him before his thirst for vengeance consumes him…or will it consume her instead?
Just so you know, my siblings tell me that Volume 2 is waaaaaay better than Volume 1. So it should be a good sequence.
One last thing: my book is officially a paperback book on Amazon. I listed the price as $9.99, the usual price for a manga novel, which my book mildly resembles. However…haha…my mom told my that that’s a little too pricey for my novella, which is only 78 pages. That being said, I’m lowering the price to $5.99. I don’t know when Amazon will upload the new price, but I’m sure it won’t take too long.
That’s right! The Golden Lands, Volume 1 is now a paperback book on Amazon!
Teehee…I decided to sell it for $9.99, the same price as a manga novel would cost. How could I resist?
I’m very pleased with everything; the cover, the interior, the size—it all looks fantastic. This is all so incredible. I had only dreamt of publishing a book. I had only imagined sharing my art, feelings, passions, and stories with the world. It’s a lot to take in.
Thanks for being there with me every step of the way. Obviously, there’s still a lot of work to do, but maybe there’s reason to celebrate. I hope you all have an awesome time reading my book; I worked very hard on it, and there were many times that I was honestly thinking of all of you as I wrote it.