Drakin: An Empire of Ashes Question??? #Writing #Fantasy #SciFi

Hi Jim,

Me again! I was looking at the book again and was curious about the almost insta-evolution of the dragon species as you’ve set it up. As you’ve said, Qira is a G3/4 drakeas(Dragon) living on Earth. In her, we see the evolutionary changes. She’s smaller, her skin is softer, her mental abilities are stronger, and she has a hairy mane instead of spikes.

In only three to four generations, we saw radical changes happen to the drakeas species. Yet two hundred years later, Nayeli doesn’t seem all that different from Qira. We know based on your writing, she’s only about twenty-something years old, making her around a hundred eighty years younger than Qira. I’m just curious why we saw such radical changes in only three generations, but then centuries later there’s no difference.

Hope to hear from you soon!

Thanks,
Ella


Hi again Ella,

SPOILER ALERT!!

So let’s go back and take a look at the original post I made tackling this subject as I think you may have misunderstood the Drakin definition of generations. In my Drakeas post, I stated that generations do not mean one specific family group; grandfather, father, son = 3 generations. No, it’s more like GenX, Millennial, GenZ, etc.

Generation 1: Original dragons or the dragons born in the first 10 years on Earth.
Generation 2: Dragons born in the next ten years on Earth.
Generation 3: Born a minimum of 20 years after the dragons landed on Earth.
etc.

So when we say she’s Gen3, that doesn’t mean she’s third-generation-Terran-born. Far from it. Given the short amount of time it takes for a dragon to mature, how many litters a dragon can have in the span of a few years, and how quickly dragons bread an army to attempt to take on humanity, it’s likely that Qira’s line has six or more familial-generations that have been born on Earth. Yes, in the beginning, bread quickly and often in order to swell their ranks. This toned down towards the end of the war as many were being born deformed or still-born and the dragons had no idea why. This is why Nylen only had one ling; Qira.

We saw such evolution in the first three to five period generations because dragons had to adapt to living on Earth. They came from a different planet that had an atmosphere slightly richer in nitrogen. They either adapted or died. If they were still adapting 200 years after the war, the species would likely be dying out by then.

So in this case, the easiest answer is the right one; Qira was the result of that evolutionary shift and dragons going forward from her generation look more like her.

Great question! Hope I answered it to your satisfaction! Please like and comment and we can keep the conversation going!

-Jim



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Essential is the Marriage! #Writing #Author #Advice

Hi Jim,

A central theme in a lot of your writing seems to be love. I was just wondering, as someone who is trying to get his foot in the door with romance novels, how important is marriage in your books?

Thanks,
Jermaine


Hi Jermaine,

Good question. The truth is that I’m one of a dwindling crowd that still believes in marriage. Do I believe that two people belong together for life? Not in every case, but it can and does happen. If two people love each other enough, they can make it work. One may have to sacrifice here, another may have to make a change there. The problem, as I see it in a lot of cases is that people get set in there ways, aren’t willing to respond to change and are not willing to do the work to keep a marriage stable.
This is almost… (Oh God) ten years of marriage talking. It’s not always easy and it does take a lot of work and patience.

Now, you didn’t write to me for marriage advice, so let me get back on track and answer your question… How important is it? Important, but not the be all, end all.

Keeping in mind, in my latest books there’s only one instance of the characters actually getting married.

SPOILER ALERT!!! 
In Soul Siphon, while two characters are together and love each other, the book ends very early in their relationship.
In The Story of Raiya, Raiya and Jagger drive off into the sunset and refer to each other as ‘partners’. This is a little more alluded to in next book where Jagger refers to Raiya in a more possessive way, which she playfully calls him out on, but still there is no mention of marriage.

In The Orphans of Haven, Radley dies right after Qira tells him how she feels. When their minds merge at the last second, she technically becomes mated to him by imprinting, but that’s more of a physical/mental bond. The emotional concept of marriage doesn’t get a chance to manifest, so it’s never really explored.

An Empire of Ashes is the one time we have two characters marry. Nayeli and Joaquim, after spending years together on the run, decide to get married when she reveals that she’s imprinted on him. Again, this is after years of them being together and after the bond is already established.

So the question should probably be more geared to the idea of a lifelong, loving, partnership between two people. If that’s your definition of marriage, then unless you’re going with a tragic romance or something of a summer fling novel, then IMHO it’s very important.
A lot of people consider marriage itself to be more of a religious/legal bind. I do not agree as I think there’s something more spiritual in it’s affirmation, but if that is the definition we’re going with, then it’s not essential at all.

Anyway, I hope this answers your question. Let’s open it up to see what the readers think.



Readers,

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

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

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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:

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Thanks friends!

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-Jim

From My Writing Playlist #Music #Metal #Writing

I’m really loving Temperance more and more with each song they put out.

When to listen:  This is general playlist for me. Lot’s of positive energy in this song.



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