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I Must Believe

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The power of the mind is incredible.  The power of our own emotions, our own imagination, is incredible.  We take in so much information around us; ever since we were fetuses, ever since we were babies, we were able to process information.  And we continue to do this constantly.

The mind is incredibly powerful…so it’s not surprising that your mind can turn against you.

Sometimes we learn things from our surroundings.  We process things without needing to think about it.  I can see the doorway ahead of me, therefore I head there, and not into the wall.

However, sometimes things happen in which we do sit down and ponder “What just happened?  What does this mean?”  And that’s when our mind really becomes powerful.

Because we can influence ourselves, depending on the circumstances or the information we have…or the information we think we have.  And the more powerful our mind grows, the more we start to analyze and think about what’s wrong…what’s wrong with ourselves, what’s wrong with this situation, or this event, or that person.

And it so happens that, because our mind is so powerful, but our spirits are weak…we start to doubt.

We doubt ourselves.  We doubt the people around us.  We don’t even dare to hope, that’s how much we doubt.

Are you powerful enough to overcome your own mind?

Your mind is telling you to doubt.  You can’t do it.  You’ll never make it.  You’re not good enough.  The world won’t let you.  God won’t let you.  This is what your mind is constantly telling you, because you’re so smart, because this is how you processed the information, or how you interpreted the happenings of this or that event.

But are you willing to be stronger than your own mind…and BELIEVE?

Are you willing to have faith?  Are you willing to care, even when your mind says it’s stupid?

The mind is strong.  So make your spirit stronger.  Have faith.  It is a quality that all writers must have.


What do you think?

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I Must Believe

stressed-out-writer

The power of the mind is incredible.  The power of our own emotions, our own imagination, is incredible.  We take in so much information around us; ever since we were fetuses, ever since we were babies, we were able to process information.  And we continue to do this constantly.

The mind is incredibly powerful…so it’s not surprising that your mind can turn against you.

Sometimes we learn things from our surroundings.  We process things without needing to think about it.  I can see the doorway ahead of me, therefore I head there, and not into the wall.

However, sometimes things happen in which we do sit down and ponder “What just happened?  What does this mean?”  And that’s when our mind really becomes powerful.

Because we can influence ourselves, depending on the circumstances or the information we have…or the information we think we have.  And the more powerful our mind grows, the more we start to analyze and think about what’s wrong…what’s wrong with ourselves, what’s wrong with this situation, or this event, or that person.

And it so happens that, because our mind is so powerful, but our spirits are weak…we start to doubt.

We doubt ourselves.  We doubt the people around us.  We don’t even dare to hope, that’s how much we doubt.

Are you powerful enough to overcome your own mind?

Your mind is telling you to doubt.  You can’t do it.  You’ll never make it.  You’re not good enough.  The world won’t let you.  God won’t let you.  This is what your mind is constantly telling you, because you’re so smart, because this is how you processed the information, or how you interpreted the happenings of this or that event.

But are you willing to be stronger than your own mind…and BELIEVE?

Are you willing to have faith?  Are you willing to care, even when your mind says it’s stupid?

The mind is strong.  So make your spirit stronger.  Have faith.  It is a quality that all writers must have.


What do you think?

*KERSH* Houston, We Have a Cover!

Remember when I said that I would be reforming some things with my series?  A lot of things were going to get changed, like:

The name–changed from The Golden Lands to Elithius

The size–the books are going to be longer now

And last, but certainly not least—the covers!

And at long last, the first cover is finished!  I really hope you like it!

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Copyright 2017…be nice

An in-depth description of the cover is on its way!


I’m getting closer to republishing the series!  Thanks for all the support!

Well, what do you think of it?

Elithius 1.3

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Ever since I got a concussion, I haven’t had much to do but sit around and write!  (Thanks for all of your support, by the way!)

Here’s something new about Elithius!


All fantasy worlds are unique.  Something has to make each world special, or there will be something seriously lacking.  I’d like to think that I’ve done a good job with making my fantasy universe unique.

I know that we’ve been over this, but, just for any newcomers, my fantasy universe is called Elithius (this happens to be the name of my book series also).  Elithius has three worlds inside of it, which are connected by portals (The Golden Lands, the Gray Lands, and the Dark Lands).

This seems unique enough, right?

Well, things get a little more complicated, and that’s what I’m going to tell you about today (without spoilers!)

Kiilda: the Subworld Between Worlds

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My awesome sister’s representation of Kiilda

Only the bad guys (Malam/Evil) can pass through the portals (and thus between worlds) with ease.  If an Evil wants to go from the Golden Lands to the Gray Lands, all he has to do is take a step through the portal to the Gray Lands, and he’s there!  Evil can do this individually, or as a group.  They can also take humans with them too, and the humans will be unharmed when they reach the other side.

So the portals are Evil-friendly, and whoever Evil bring with them.

What happens if you’re a human though, and you enter without an Evil?

You will be sent by the portal to the subworld of Kiilda, whether you like it or not.  Even if you enter the portal as a group of humans, the portal will separate you into your own individual subworlds.

What’s so bad about being sent to the subworld of Kiilda?  You have to fight a demon–also called Kiilda–who isn’t even alive.   Seriously.  Kiilda is neither living nor dead, and Its only purpose is to kill whoever enters the subworld.  If Kiilda kills you…well, you’re dead.  And if you kill Kiilda, you never have to face the Kiilda of that portal again!  And you basically have the status of an Evil; you can take however many humans you want through the portal, and the portal won’t take them from you!

So this is just another way that Elithius is a unique fantasy universe.  I know that all of this might sound a little complex, but in the context of the book, it all makes sense.  Sometimes, it doesn’t make complete sense, because this information is new to all of the characters!

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I do not own this picture.  But this is (surprisingly) a very good representation of what Kiilda looks like when It reaches the pinnacle of Its strength.

But hey, who doesn’t like a bit of mystery?  That is what Kiilda is all about, to be honest.  Where does the subworld of Kiilda come from?  Why does it exist?  Why is Kiilda friendly to Evil?

Lots of questions.  Does anyone have the answer (other than me 😉 )?


What do you think of the way I set up my universe?  Does it seem you unique?  Complicated?  Intriguing?

Your thoughts matter!

The Blue Sky Tag! An Interview (Basically!)

So I’ve been most graciously nominated for the Blue Sky Tag by Jaylee Morgan, over at https://jayleemorgan.wordpress.com/2017/02/01/blue-sky-tag/

Be sure to check out her blog, she’s quite an accomplished writer for only being in her teens! (I mean I’m only a teenager too, but whatever.)

Thanks Jaylee!

I really like the idea of the Blue Sky Tag, since it’s basically a chance for authors and bloggers to interview each other.


So here’s how the Blue Sky Tag works:

Thank the person who tagged you.

Answer his/her 11 questions.

Tag 11 people to participate in the Blue Sky Tag.

Give those 11 nominees 11 questions to answer.

(That’s a lot of 11’s!)


The Questions and Answers!

What’s your favorite writing style?

That’s a tough question.  I used to prefer writing in a thicker, more old-fashioned and wordier style.  I tried to use big words and describe everything in a grandfather-ish tone.   Did I like that style? Sure.  It really enabled me to be creative and delve into whatever parts of my story that you I to delve into.

But that’s not the way I write now.  My style is more short and quick, with a lot of repetition.  And it’s very fast paced.  There’s a lot of emotion.  I’ve decided that I like this style better; it’s expressive, without feeling as if it’s dragging on. (This paragraph is a good example of my writing style!)

Who’s your favorite author?

Another tough question!  I would say Christopher Paolini, author of Eragon (AKA the Inheritance Cycle) because I’ve reread his books SO many times.  I grew up with those books.  That being said, I know he’s not the BEST author.  I prefer Brandon Sanderson’s story-telling to Paolini’s.  But I would still have to say that Paolini is my favorite author.

What’s your favorite time of the day to write?

As weird as this sounds, I’m really particular about lighting and ambiance when it comes to when I choose to write.  I prefer to write in the late afternoon/sunset, because the lighting is just SO perfect.  Sunset is able to encompass every emotion I need for writing: peacefulness (for the happy moments in my story), intensity (because it’s getting dark outside), determination/heroism (because the sky looks awesome!).  I’m still able to write during other times of the day, but late afternoon/sunset definitely puts me in my prime!

Where do you like to write the most?

Well, wherever the lighting and ambiance is best!  Either in my room at my desk, or in the living room of our house.   Both spots provide for excellent ambiance, as well as a decent amount of privacy.

Are you a planner or a pantzier?

I like to plan things out!  Especially in regards to how I plot my stories.  I’m still flexible, because you have to be when it comes to editing your book.  I would say I’m a planner *rubs hands together greedily*(muhwahahaha!!)

What are your go-to snack foods for a writing streak?

This is going to sound boring and old-personish, but I don’t believe in writing on a well-fed stomach.  It makes you feel too…cozy.  When write for a long time, I usually like to remain focused, and food distracts me, because I’m a teenaged guy 😉

If I snack on anything though, it would be cheez-ITs!

What’s your favorite style of music for writing?

Hmm…do I have a favorite?  Not sure.  I usually just listen to whatever I’m in the mood for, or whatever puts my mind in the right spot.  I’d say, for the most part, I listen to epic instrumental music (like trailer music), or soundtracks (like Lord of the Rings, Bleach [the anime], etc.).

Outlines: yea or nay?

Nay! I would consider myself a planner, but outlines takes things a little too far.  If anything, I might keep mental outlines.  But real, hardcore outlines? NAH!

Do you ever kill characters?

Sure.  Lots of characters.  It entertains my psychopathic mind.

Psych!

…sorta :S

What’s the hardest thing about writing?

Finding time.  Or convincing myself that I actually DO have time.  I’ll admit it, sometimes I get lazy.  I need to get better at motivating myself.

Why do I write?

Lots of reasons!  Because I love it.   Because I’ve got an awesome story to tell (and proud enough to say it!).  Because it’s how I grow as a person, connect with others, with humanity, and make a difference in the world.  And because I’m able to praise God through my writing, and maybe bring others to Him through it.


Those were great questions!  I know this might sound lame, but I can’t think of better questions to ask other writers, so I’m going to ask these same questions to whomever I nominate!

My questions (which I stole from Jaylee Morgan)

  1. What’s your favorite writing style?
  2. Who’s your favorite author?
  3. What’s your favorite time of the day to write?
  4. Where do you like to write the most?
  5. Are you a planner or a pantzier?
  6. What are your go-to snack foods for a writing streak?
  7. What’s your favorite style of music for writing?
  8. Outlines: yea or nay?
  9. Do you ever kill of characters?
  10. What’s the hardest thing about writing?
  11. Why do you write?

I Nominate:

Burresor at https://seekinggoddailyblog.wordpress.com/

W & W Sawday at https://wandwsawday.wordpress.com/

And more! (Possibly, if I remember :p)


I’m excited to see your answers!  Cheers!

To Live The Dream

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When you wake up in the morning, what’s the first thing that comes into your head? What do you look forward to each day? What inspires you to rise?

As authors or bloggers seeking publicity, we all wake up each day, hoping that today will be better than yesterday. We have goals we are constantly pursuing, and we want to believe that each day, we are getting closer to those goals. HOPEFULLY, every day starts with hope.

So don’t let that hope be for nothing.

I am writing this to inspire you, but also to inspire myself. Don’t believe that anything can stop you, and nothing will. If your goal is to become a better blogger, don’t let your doubts get in the way. If you want to become a world famous author, why let the “odds” stop you? Life isn’t about gaining. It’s about giving something, and giving FOR something or someone. The funny thing is though, it’s only by giving that we are truly able to gain.

What are you willing to give to reach your goals?

I am a doubtful person. I am far from optimistic. I’ve had too much training in critical thinking and logic. Obviously, that can be a good thing. But when it comes to pursuing your dreams?

Screw logic. Screw the odds. Logic only exists because of mystery, because there are some things we CAN’T see coming or explain.  And odds were made to be turned.

Shatter the odds, upset the logic that says “you can’t”.

Tell yourself, “I can”, and then go do it.

 

The Death of an Outline—Off-roading, Freedom, and Expansion

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the image is not mine

So yesterday afternoon I found myself writing an outline for The Golden Lands.   All the future volumes, their names, maybe different books of the series—I was planning all that out.  I finished the outline, my brain having that “burnt out” feeling, and then I stopped for a moment.  All at once, I felt a pang of regret.  The outline suddenly seemed evil, and for some reason, I almost felt guilty.

Why?

Because TGL is not meant to be limited by the barriers erected by an outline.  That’s right.  I don’t like outlines.  In fact, when it comes to creative writing, I think they don’t even make sense.  What about “creative writing” makes you think you should write out a blueprint for your “creativity”?  Here’s the thing about outlines: when you make one, you intend to stick to it.  That’s not what TGL is supposed to be.  And I don’t think that’s what any form of creative writing is supposed to be.  A set path is good, but not one that holds you back.

I immediately crossed out the outline.  An outline would hold me back.   It would limit expansion.  It would cause me to stick to one path; a path I set up for myself.  Sure, you can make outlines bigger, and I’m sure they can be useful.  But when it comes to freedom, to expansion of the mind and of the story in all of its characters, plot-twists, and subtle, moral glory, a blueprint doesn’t make sense.   It doesn’t work.  It impedes.

the image is not mine
the image is not mine

So I’m going to do some off-roading.  I’m going to ride in the freedom of my mind, allowing my own creativity to lead my story wherever I (and God) deem it wander.  This is writing.  This is art.  This is creativity.

Outlines?  Not for me.

(***NO OFFENSE TO THOSE OF YOU WHO USE OUTLINES!!!***)

Your AA,

Aul