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The Cover

The Genre.

The Dream.

The Reason.

You now know all of these things concerning The Golden Lands. ¬†You know the unique genre I’m writing the story in, the dream for the story, and the reason why.

Now I’m going to show you the cover.

*Cue epic music*


….The fantastic…

…Most epic…




…Now I know what you’re thinking:

the image is not mine
the image is not mine

I can’t say you’d be wrong ūüėČ ¬†But I was just kidding. ¬†Ladies and gentlemen, here’s the cover for the first volume of The Golden Lands!

Copyright 2015 All rights reserved
Copyright 2015 All rights reserved

This picture was drawn by my younger sister Clare (who happens to run a blog with her friend over at¬†https://lilyorphaned.wordpress.com/ [you should check it out!]). ¬†This masterpiece has literally succeeded all I could have hoped for in regards to getting an awesome cover. ¬†Being no artist myself, and not having enough money to pay an illustrator, my sister came through just in time. ¬†And I’m totally satisfied with what she’s created. ¬†The picture is a scene taken from the first chapter of volume one of the series, and I think you can guess what’s happening. ¬†I hope you’re starting to get the “animeish” feel to the series. ¬†What’s more, the¬†cover¬†is a perfect reflection of so many emotions and themes intertwined throughout the series; the darkness of the series, the violence, the emotion, the struggle of the characters, and the strength of the antagonists.

Things are starting to come together now. ¬†I’ve¬†almost finished editing the first volume AGAIN and, already having my cover, I’ll be ready to self-publish very soon.

Start getting exciting, because the ride is about to start!

Your AA,


The Reason

So far, you’ve learned about the genre¬†and the dream¬†of The Golden Lands.

Now I’m going to explain the reason why I’m writing The Golden Lands:


(the image is not mine)

Just kidding! ¬†Although I can’t say that I’d say no to fame and fortune (and I probably wouldn’t be the best at domination the world), those aren’t the reasons why I’m writing TGL.

The Golden Lands is, first of all, extremely fun to write. ¬†It’s very fast paced, which means it’s always exciting for me to write and present to others, and the main character is based off of yours truly, and the second main character is based off of a friend. ¬†So now I get to write about myself doing things I could only imagine doing, in the hope that I’ll someday be able to live up to my character’s example. ¬†This is a big part of why I’m writing TGL: I’ve done it to create a “better me” so that I can try to live up to my “better me”.

It’s actually pretty interesting; fusing my character, aspirations, likes and dislikes, what I know or don’t know about myself, into this person who grows into a better person than I am. ¬†It enables me to learn more about myself, and what I’m truly like. ¬†I think most writers would agree that their writing is a reflection of who they are; combine that with a character that is supposed to be you yourself, and the puzzle of who you are starts to come together.

Sheesh, that paragraph was confusing…

Let’s not forget another significant reason why I write TGL. ¬†I am doing this for God. ¬†I believe that my writing can be pleasing to Him, and I believe that I can help others to follow in His ways. ¬†Mind you, The Golden Lands could not be categorized as Christian, but it does have themes of Christian morality. ¬†And I think most people appreciate and take the most away from Christian morals. ¬†If you’re not a Christian, maybe you disagree, and I can understand why. ¬†But, for example, out of all the Avengers, I think most people would agree that Captain America possesses the most impressive moral values. ¬†Which Avengers’ values reflect Christian values the most? ¬†Captain America’s.

Just a friendly example ūüôā

But anyway, God is one of the most important, if not¬†the most important reason why I am writing. ¬†Although The Golden Lands aren’t Christian fiction, the characters still possess that impressive sense of morality, based off of Christian values.

So now you know the reason.  Stay tuned for the next post when I show off the cover of TGL!!!

Your AA,


The Dream

the image is not mine
the image is not mine

So, what’s the dream?

I’ve always wanted The Golden Lands (TGL) (we’re talking about the series) to become a long lasting series of books that people, including myself, can’t get enough of. ¬†I want people to fall in love with the characters; to feel what they feel, want what they want, feel happy for them, sad for them…I think you get the picture. ¬†I want people to think about my characters; about why they do what they do, say what they say, believe what they believe, or enjoy this kind of soup or that kind of soup (obviously the most important one).

I want people to enjoy TGL too!

As of now, as you’re witnessing my journey, I’m planning on self-publishing The Golden Lands very soon. ¬†It will most likely only be an ebook of some sort at first, but I’m sure I’ll move on to hard copies as time goes on. ¬†I know self-publishing is a tricky road to go down; tons of people self-publish, and it’s very easy to get lost in all the madness. ¬†What’s more, there isn’t very much appreciation for self-published books. ¬†Thus, while‚ÄĒlet’s face it‚ÄĒnot every self-published book is that great, it would certainly stink if the good stuff (cough) just got blown over on the assumption that it’s also lame too. ¬†So there’s a danger to self-publishing.

But¬†it’s a lot quicker! ¬†There’s a better chance that your work won’t get stolen and changed by some back-stabbing publisher and you get way more money for each copy you sell.

So there’s good stuff.

There’s always bad stuff.

…Sheesh, writing a book is a lot like going through life.

I know, that was beautiful. (sarcasm)

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 ūüôā

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)