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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,


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,


The Genre

So far, the only thing you know about my novella series is that it’s supposedly “epic”.  And that’s all you need to know.  Anticipate my masterpiece.


And right now you’re probably thinking, “Um, #uninformative.”  (Maybe you’re not a “hashtag” person, but I’m a teen so I’ve got rights ;).)  If you did think that, you’re a smart person.  If you didn’t think that…

Well, anyway.

…Haha 🙂

So, on to describing my novella series.  What’s it about?  A jaded, depressed, angry teenager, who goes on a quest of personal vengeance to get back at a group of evil dudes for nearly killing him and leaving him to bleed out…in the middle of his family-room floor.  And let’s not forget they’ve kidnapped his younger siblings.  Wrath making him relentless, the main character is prepared to do anything to find these “Evil” and punish all who do evil.  He makes some life-changing friends along the way.  He makes life-changing enemies.  He starts uncovering a deep, dark, secret plan.

What’s the genre? Fantasy/slightly graphic novel(la).  Why the “slightly graphic”?  I’m not sure if I’m introducing a whole new genre here, but I personally have a love of anime.  These novellas are therefore going to be “literary graphic novels” (Anime is based off of graphic novels).  If you’ve never seen anime, that’s okay.  It’s basically just Japanese cartoon shows, but they tend to be very mature, have epic plots, lots of awesome and inspiring characters, and some of them are ridiculously funny.  These novellas that I’m writing, coming out in volumes, are meant to have an “animeish” feel to them.  What does that mean?  Well, in anime, most of the characters are super tough; they can somehow suffer terrible wounds but find the means to persevere and keep on fighting.  It makes it…unrealistic, in a sense, but this is fiction we’re talking about.  What else about my novellas resemble anime?  The humor.  Although this exact scene doesn’t happen in the series, here’s an example of anime humor:

Michael was having a seriously bad day.  His car broke down on the way to work, a woman spilled coffee on his shirt, and, due to being so stressed, his face was the color of a strawberry.

You’re laughing, right?  Didn’t think so.  Let me get to the punchline.

Upon entering his office building, he grumpily thought, “How can this day get any worse?”  Almost simultaneously, a random explosion erupts in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, destroying all of Western Civilization.

And also, in response to the explosion, the American flag on the moon falls over.

Okay, so maybe that wasn’t my best joke.  You’re probably wondering what happened to Western Civilization.  Well, in anime, you’d watch the explosion destroy all of Western Civilization, and then you’d be right back with Michael in the office, like it never happened.  I think you’re starting to get the idea of anime.  Some things are exaggerated.

The reason my novellas classify as fantasy is because there is sword fighting, magical powers, strange creatures, and stuff like that.  Each volume is going to be very fast paced; in fact each volume is only about sixty pages long!  That being said, there are going to be a lot of them; the goal is to write at least twelve.  I’m already producing them pretty rapidly.  Once again, if you’re having doubts, I hope you give them a chance.

So here’s your summary of the genre:

Fantasy/Graphic novel


Yes, I added “dark” and “emotional” in there.  That’s because the first volume is indeed both dark and emotional.  But then, you’ll have to find out for yourself.

Your Aspiring Author (AA)


The Golden Lands—An Epic Novella Series

The Golden Lands

I guess I kind of deserve this.

If you’re kind of a pessimist (uh, like yours truly), you’re probably thinking that this is going to be another one of those blogs.  Another writer who thinks he’s got what it takes and that he’s got the best.  I called my series “epic”…if you’re having doubts because there are hundreds of other writers who call their series’ “epic”, then I’m not going to blame you.  Whether we like it or not, sometimes our ideas and our writings aren’t as good as we think they are.  Hey, that could be the case with me.  Maybe my series isn’t epic, and you’re having doubts.  That’s okay.

All I want you to do is find out for yourself.  This blog is going to be about my series of fantasy/slightly graphic novellas that I’ve been producing quite rapidly.  It will also be about my other projects as a writer, and my thoughts on contemporary issues.  This blog is going to be a lot of “me”.  So if you’re ready to experience me in one of the most profound ways I’m able to express myself (e.g. writing), then stay tuned.  Yes, I’m an aspiring author, hoping that this blog will take me to where I want to be.  It should be an interesting journey.

the image is not mine
the image is not mine

So sit down.  Grab a cup of coffee or tea, if you like that stuff.  If it’s cold, grab a blanket.  If it’s hot, sit in the shade.  This should be an interesting journey.  I’m welcoming you to experience it with me.  Please enjoy the ride.

Your Aspiring Author (AA),

Aul (Dominic)