Friday Fantasy ~ The Transformation – #poetry

… Nothing to really say here. I just REALLY loved this one!

Night Owl Poetry - Dorinda Duclos


Come to me, my sweetest pet
Let nothing stand between us
The fire burns, inside we two
I can’t wait until they’ve seen us

My transformation’s taking place
Soon I will be one, like you
And when my wings begin to sprout
You know what you must do

Lend to me, your golden scales
Let them form around my being
Watch, as your magic now unfolds
And I become a dragon, freeing

The flames that burn inside my soul
I become one, with the Master Clan
Just a little bit longer, is all it will take
Til, at last, I am no longer human

©2018 Dorinda Duclos All Rights Reserved
Photo via Pixabay CC0

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A Drakin Question!? (SPOILERS!)

Hi Jim,

I was hoping you could give us a better idea of what Dragon’s Bane is and how it works. You kind of touch upon it a little in the story and that seems like a major plot point in your character development.

Thanks,
Matt


Hi Matt,

 

Well… I thought I gave enough detail about what it was exactly, but I’d be happy to explain it a little more. Drakeas (the proper name for these dragons) have unique traits that are the result of their otherworldly origins. One of which is their advanced immune system. The way dragon’s fight off disease in their blood is very unique. Their white blood cells are designed to attack foreign bodies. However, unlike human white blood cells, theirs act like a disease by attaching themselves to the foreign body and using it as a host to replicate more blood cells. The process continues until the illness dies.

Their blood cells are actually very hearty and can survive for longer than ours could outside of the bloodstream. As a result, if a human with an open wound comes into contact with dragon’s blood, the dragon’s surviving white blood cells would begin attacking human blood cells. The subject’s blood cells are quickly replaced with dragon blood cells. While the victim would survive for a short time, because those blood cells aren’t made for human organs, the organs would slowly start to degrade. Typically the result is a painful death.

The reason we don’t see much of it in the story is that it’s rare. Few people who encountered a dragon attack lived to tell about it, thus the disease wasn’t widespread.

Hope that answers your question and you’re enjoying Drakin!

Thanks,
Jim



Readers,

Do you have a question about writing, publishing, my stories, etc? Please feel free to post a comment or email me.

jimthewritingwizard@gmail.com

I’ll use those comments to select my next blog post.

I have been writing for several years, have 4 published works, experience with publishing and independent work, so I can hopefully be of assistance.

Please note, I only do one of these a day and will do my best to respond to everyone, but it may take some time.

Also, feel free to check out my works of Fantasy and Historical Fiction, Available on Amazon and where ever books are sold. See the link below:

http://www.amazon.com/James-Harrington/e/B00P7FBXTU

Note:
If you have read my books, PLEASE log into Amazon and post a review. I really love to hear everyone’s thoughts and constructive criticisms. Reviews help get my book attention and word of mouth is everything in this business!

Thanks friends!

Catch you on the flip side!

-Jim

Encouragement… The Good/The Bad!

Hi Jim,
I have a book I’ve been working on. I want to get it published, but everyone around me… my friends, family, etc. have all said that I’d just be embarrassing myself. They said that I’d put it out there, it would get bad reviews and I’d never be able to live that down. The worst thing is that none of them have even read what I’ve written. I’ve worked hard on my story, but now I’m feeling self-conscious. I don’t know what to do. I’m having so many second thoughts, I’m not sure I even want to try. I’m so frustrated, I’m not sure what to do. What do you think?
Thanks,
Jeanine

 Hi Jeanine,

 

 

It always disappoints me when I hear stories like this… and believe it or not, you’re not the only one who has to deal with things like that. When I was younger, any time I worked on an art project, I’d literally have people come over to my desk in class, take one look at it, and say “You traced that.”

When I finally got sick of it, I confronted one of those people and said, “What makes you think that I traced it?”

“Because you couldn’t possibly be that good.”

Note that other people in the class did similar work, but never got such accusations. So it was pretty obvious what they meant.

I also get many people telling me similar stories from people they’ve had to deal with in the comments section of my blogs.

So here’s the deal. I often post about how you shouldn’t let your friends and family be your editors because… well often they won’t be the most critical (unbiased) eye out there. However, that doesn’t absolve them of their responsibility to be encouraging and supportive.

I usually don’t take such a hard stand on my responses, and some of my readers will no doubt disagree with me… but anyone saying things like that is no friend to you. Anyone who automatically assumes you can’t do something, just because, based on their own narrow view of you, you’re incapable of accomplishing anything on a grand scale that they would be unable to, is someone who needs to be put in their place.

Let’s be fair, they may not even know they’re doing it. In some cases, it could be a well-meaning family member that doesn’t want to see you get hurt and thus attempts to coddle you. Even in that scenario, the person obviously doesn’t have a very high opinion of your talents or your ability to manage your own affairs should you fail.

These are what I call venomous relationships. They’re of no benefit to you. The first thing I would do is confront those friends who are saying such awful things. Stand up for yourself and challenge them. Ask them how they could possibly say something like that without even reading your work. Tell them how their lack of confidence in you is hurting you. Be prepared though, because in all likelihood, these people will either dismiss your feelings or try to make you look like the bad guy for overreacting when they’re only trying to help you.

At this point, it would probably be best to cut ties with these people. With family members, it’s not that easy, I know. So in those cases, you’re likely best to just take them as seriously as they take you. Dismiss their opinion as easily as they dismiss yours. Who knows, it might make them see the error of their ways (unlikely, but you never know).

Jeanine, I want you to look through my blog. Here, you’ll find everything you’ll need to know about editing and publishing your work. Find objective people to look it over, do some editing work, be ready to make serious changes where needed, and then decide how you want to go about publishing it.

If you wind up having problems finding resources to publish your work… reach out to me again. I’ll edit it for you and give you my honest opinion.

Readers, I know a lot of you have had this issue (your comments have indicated as such). How do you deal with this kind of criticism? Let me know below!



Readers,

Do you have a question about writing, publishing, my stories, etc? Please feel free to post a comment or email me.

jimthewritingwizard@gmail.com

I’ll use those comments to select my next blog post.

I have been writing for several years, have 4 published works, experience with publishing and independent work, so I can hopefully be of assistance.

Please note, I only do one of these a day and will do my best to respond to everyone, but it may take some time.

Also, feel free to check out my works of Fantasy and Historical Fiction, Available on Amazon and where ever books are sold. See the link below:

http://www.amazon.com/James-Harrington/e/B00P7FBXTU

Note:
If you have read my books, PLEASE log into Amazon and post a review. I really love to hear everyone’s thoughts and constructive criticisms. Reviews help get my book attention and word of mouth is everything in this business!

Thanks friends!

Catch you on the flip side!

-Jim

From My Writing Playlist

I’m admittedly not the biggest fan of these guys. I’ve honestly found them a little cheesy. (Seriously, who walks around in a foot suit of armor when they’re performing?) That being said, even the cheesiest metal band can have a few good songs!

When to Listen: Lot of positive energy here. I’d say write with this during the initial brainstorming?



Readers,

Do you have a question about writing, publishing, my stories, etc? Please feel free to post a comment or email me.

jimthewritingwizard@gmail.com

I’ll use those comments to select my next blog post.

I have been writing for several years, have 4 published works, experience with publishing and independent work, so I can hopefully be of assistance.

Please note, I only do one of these a day and will do my best to respond to everyone, but it may take some time.

Also, feel free to check out my works of Fantasy and Historical Fiction, Available on Amazon and where ever books are sold. See the link below:

http://www.amazon.com/James-Harrington/e/B00P7FBXTU

Note:
If you have read my books, PLEASE log into Amazon and post a review. I really love to hear everyone’s thoughts and constructive criticisms. Reviews help get my book attention and word of mouth is everything in this business!

Thanks friends!

Catch you on the flip side!

-Jim

Telling a Story vs. Glorification

Hi Jim,
I have a rather unique issue. I’m trying to write a story dealing with my grandfather. Let me give you some background.
My parents immigrated here from Germany, I’m a 1st Generation American. My grandfather was part of the North African Campaign during World War 2. He was a member of the Afrika Korps. My story is partially fiction given that I don’t know absolutely everything he did during the war. However, I wanted to tell his story as best I could, so I took a little literary license based on what I knew of him. I’m very happy with how my story came out, but I’m worried about publishing it, given that people might think I’m glorifying Nazis. What do you think I should do?
Thanks,
Francis

Hi Francis

(Geeking out, non-history buffs can skip this section).

Your grandfather was in North Africa???? Please email me! My grandfather was with the 320th Glider Division of the 82nd Airborne! I’d love the compare notes and share stories!

(Okay I’m done.)

So… in all seriousness… That’s admittedly a tough one. I can certainly understand your concern. The problem with who knew what/where/when and who participated in what is still a subject of heated debate even to this day.

So honestly, full disclaimer to my readers, I’m not trying to downplay the seriousness of what happened. My grandfather (as stated above) not only fought in the war, but also aided in the liberation of Wobbelin, which was a concentration camp that housed roughly 5,000 victims at its height. He never spoke about it, but I dug up as much information as I could find. The Holocaust was a terrible tragedy that can never, and should never be denied.

That being said… the first thing you want to do is go through your book and see if, in your opinion, you’re glorifying anything or anyone that shouldn’t be glorified, in your opinion. If yes, my advice would be to consider a rewrite. If not, then I would say go ahead and publish it. Without actually seeing your book, or knowing your grandfather’s specific history, I can’t tell you either way.

There is a difference between telling a story and glorifying a certain group of people. The problem is that where that line is drawn is constantly being skewed. So where does the line fall? Where should it fall? Well… that’s extremely arbitrary.

One school of thought says that glorification is painting a person or event in any positive light, or even just making said subject sympathetic.

Another school of thought is that glorification is as simple as making a person or event the central focus of your story, regardless of whether they’re portrayed positively or objectively.

The final school is probably the most obvious one… where said person or event is blatantly heralded as a hero and portrayed as the moral ‘right’ in the story.

Honestly, IMO the line should be drawn somewhere between that first and third schools of thought. The people who fall into the third category would just assume that these people never be written about at all… which is the antithesis of everything the subjects of history and literature should be.

If you just want to tell the story of what your grandfather did/saw that shouldn’t be a problem. I’m not saying you won’t get blowback, you might. So you’ll want to be ready for that.

Personally… I don’t think it should be a problem though. The commander of the Afrika Korps was Irwin Rommel and they were never accused of war crimes (At least not based on any of the research I’ve done. If there have been new developments, please let me know). The people who would likely read your book would be able to put that into context.

I hope this advice helps in some way. The best thing to do in this case is do a little soul searching and ask yourself a couple of questions;

  1. Who was my grandfather?
  2. Do I know everything I can possibly know about where he was and what he did?
  3. Why do I want to publish this book about him? What is my goal here?

Regardless of your answer, legally (At least in the U.S.) no one can stop you from publishing it if you want to. However, there is also the line between legal and ethical.

So I apologize if this is all over the place, but I’m really struggling to give the best answer I can on this one. I guess in summation, all I can tell you is that as long as you’ve documented everything as historically accurate as possible, and are putting it out there for the right reasons, then I would go ahead and publish it. There’s always going to be detractors and people who are looking for controversy where none exists. That’s just how it goes.

Please let me know when it’s published. I’d love to look into it a little and definitley shoot me an email as I’d love to get your insight into your grandfather’s experiences from the other side.

Readers… this was a fairly touchy subject. What do you all think? Should stories be out there where the central focus or “Hero” is a German Soldier from WW2 or should that be left for the history textbooks? As always, I’m very interested in your thoughts, let me know in the comments.



Readers,

Do you have a question about writing, publishing, my stories, etc? Please feel free to post a comment or email me.

jimthewritingwizard@gmail.com

I’ll use those comments to select my next blog post.

I have been writing for several years, have 4 published works, experience with publishing and independent work, so I can hopefully be of assistance.

Please note, I only do one of these a day and will do my best to respond to everyone, but it may take some time.

Also, feel free to check out my works of Fantasy and Historical Fiction, Available on Amazon and where ever books are sold. See the link below:

http://www.amazon.com/James-Harrington/e/B00P7FBXTU

Note:
If you have read my books, PLEASE log into Amazon and post a review. I really love to hear everyone’s thoughts and constructive criticisms. Reviews help get my book attention and word of mouth is everything in this business!

Thanks friends!

Catch you on the flip side!

-Jim

From My Writing Playlist

 

Hammerfall… there really is nothing I need to say about these guys. They rock and I love them!

When to Listen: This is a hero song. Listen to it when everything else has been stripped away. I guess to put it simply, write this as your ‘final boss confrontation.’



Readers,

Do you have a question about writing, publishing, my stories, etc? Please feel free to post a comment or email me.

jimthewritingwizard@gmail.com

I’ll use those comments to select my next blog post.

I have been writing for several years, have 4 published works, experience with publishing and independent work, so I can hopefully be of assistance.

Please note, I only do one of these a day and will do my best to respond to everyone, but it may take some time.

Also, feel free to check out my works of Fantasy and Historical Fiction, Available on Amazon and where ever books are sold. See the link below:

http://www.amazon.com/James-Harrington/e/B00P7FBXTU

Note:
If you have read my books, PLEASE log into Amazon and post a review. I really love to hear everyone’s thoughts and constructive criticisms. Reviews help get my book attention and word of mouth is everything in this business!

Thanks friends!

Catch you on the flip side!

-Jim

Hey, Your Writing Sucks

The hard truth we all sometimes need.

Memoir Of A Writer

Let me explain.

When I first decided to pursue writing seriously (as in put my all into something that might not give me any return) all I wanted was someone to tell me that I was making the right decision. I didn’t know if I was good enough at writing to make it my career choice.

My entire way of thinking was wrong, but I’ll get back to that.

What I actually needed was someone to tell me my writing sucked. Because it did, and hey sometimes if I’m in a hurry it still does. (I’ve had to delete a few blog posts due to my hastiness.)

Pretending someone is better at something than they are is detrimental to their growth, especially while learning a craft. My biggest pet peeve in workshops are when people are so nice that the person whose work is getting critiqued thinks that their work…

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