In Memory of Hanna Hymel (Raiya)

It is with a sad and heavy heart that I announce that Hanna Hymel, the model most of you readers knew as Raiya from one of my books, has unfortunately passed away. She was tragically struck by a train on Tuesday 10/8 of this past week.

I personally did not know Hanna very well, admittedly. Outside of her work for me, we only ever really chatted online and I followed some of her art. She had a real penchant for dark imagery, but could just as easily do some light-hearted pieces as well, including some that one could honestly believe were shot in the 40s.

I doubt any of us are ever truly prepared for such tragedies as if you ever could be. However, it is a far greater loss when it comes to someone so young. Someone who’s life was still just beginning and who’s book was still not even half-written. Now, those pages must forever remain blank, criminally robbed of the amazing story that she would likely have filled them with.

To those she’s left behind, I send my utmost condolences in this unimaginable time of grief. I cannot even begin to fathom the pain you must be experiencing.

Please feel free to like and share this post, whether you knew her, appreciated her artwork, or not. The world should know of the star that we lost.

From My Writing Playlist

So death and/or despair.

Hoo boy… um… well… I’m going to give you a few before I go back to Romance tomorrow.

I suppose I should post this one for death:

What the hell???

Before you all go scratching your heads, hear me out. I’m not referring to the entire song. Just the opening vocalist.

Still don’t get it? Listen to the opening vocalist again. Now close your eyes and picture a young maiden, maybe a character of yours walking through an open field its pretty, there are flowers, the sun is bright, everything is tranquil. Then she get’s either hit with a spell or shot and falls to the ground in fairly slow motion. Tell me it doesn’t fit.

[Spoiler Alert]

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That number is responsible for Lia’na’s death in Tears of the Fallen. It’s how I came up with the idea.

Second song:

This song is off of Evanescence’s little-known Origins Album, well before they became famous with ‘Wake Me Up Inside’ and then quickly faded into obscurity.

Honestly… this is a funeral dirge. This is a song for despair and loss. It’s technically not on my regular playlist, so it won’t come up automatically, but I go to this song when writing a post disaster/death/tragedy scene. It helps with the aftermath.

The first time I heard this when I started writing, I took it and placed the last 20 seconds or so (the harmonizing at the end) over Padme’ Amidala’s funeral scene in Star Wars… and it matched perfectly. Seriously, try it out. Start at about 2:38 (You can do…) and play the funeral scene with no audio:

Anyway like I said, definitely not a casual listen, but it works on many levels.



Readers,

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Thanks friends!
Catch you on the flip side!

-Jim

RIP Princess Leia

From the New York Time:

Carrie Fisher, the actress, author and screenwriter who brought a rare combination of nerve, grit and hopefulness to her most indelible role, as Princess Leia in the “Star Wars” movie franchise, died on Tuesday morning. She was 60.

A family spokesman, Simon Halls, said Ms. Fisher died at 8:55 a.m. She had a heart attack on a flight from London to Los Angeles on Friday and had been hospitalized in Los Angeles.


This… was unexpected… unbelievably unexpected. She was always a fan-favorite and one of the early strong female role models in film. Her performance in Star Wars alone set her apart from others and made her name one that would be remembered for a very long time.

I personally grew up watching her… everything from Star Wars to Drop Dead Fred to… yes… the damn Jay and Silent Bob Strikes Back movie.

Her death comes at the end of a very hard struggle with drugs, weight, and psychological issues that had plagued Carrie her entire life. I suppose it’s yet another testament to her character that she was able to overcome all of that with a smile and a sense of humor.

Carrie, yours was a life that touched many and you will be missed. Your loss is our loss and will leave an irreparable hole in geek culture for years to come.

Thank you Carrie, you will be missed!

No Moment Wasted… A Hero Leaves Us.

I know that this is a few days late, but I’ve sadly been in a bubble working… On Sunday, we lost one of the greats. A man who is the embodiment of a life where no moment was wasted. A legend and one of my all time heroes… Christopher Lee.

Christopher was born in 1922 and his resume includes, but is no where near limited to…
WW2 Veteran,
A member of her majesty’s SAS
World Champion fencer
Actor
Director
Singer
Writer
Activist
Philanthropist

The list goes on. He was the template for almost every villainous character out there, but there was not an ounce of villain in the man. Though he did have a thundering voice that you probably didn’t want reading bedtime stories to your children.
I remember the first time I saw him. He was portraying Dracula in a movie that I was WAY too young to be watching. I remember being scared out of my mind.
However, as the years went on, I began to recognize him in other roles. He was a reoccurring villain in Pirate movies, and then took center stage as the villain in two of the biggest fantasy series out there: Star Wars and Lord of the Rings.

When I listed off his accolades to my wife, I remember she had a sly look on her face as she replied, “Yeah, but in everything he did, I bet he didn’t have time for a family.”
Well… I looked into it and discovered that not only did he have a family, in rare form for a famous actor, he had been in a stable marriage with a child for over 5 decades. So add family man to that list.

There are few words out there that can really do this man justice… so instead, I’ll leave you, my readers with his thundering, but enchanting voice. Here he does what he loves so much, singing… with one of my favorite bands.

You inspired me in many ways… including my writing, and you will be missed, Mr. Lee. Rest in peace.


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

Thanks friends!
Catch you on the flip side!

-Jim

A Legend Leaves Us…

Today we bid farewell to a man who has touched the lives of many.

I usually don’t write posts like this, but as a huge fan of Star Trek and someone who grew up watching Leonard Nimoy… I felt I had to pay my respects…

I remember that I was about 4 or 5 the first time that I saw Mr. Nimoy on Star Trek. My dad and I were watching Wrath of Khan for the first time. By then, I was already a Star Trek fan and when I first saw this, I remember my reaction… ‘Dad, this isn’t Star Trek! Where is Captain Picard and Commander Data?’

Yeah my introduction to Star Trek was via the Next Generation. So seeing another cast take center stage was not something that I was prepared for, even less so to find out that they came first. I immediately connected with Spock and, like so many children before me, he was my favorite character… so you can imagine how traumatized I was an hour later when he got killed off.

Thankfully, my parents were quick to get me a copy of The Search for Spock, so that I could see that he wasn’t permanently gone. From then on, I was hooked. For years, when I needed a good adventure, or just something I enjoyed, Star Trek was always my fall back.

It takes a certain actor to bring a character with no emotion to the screen and make him dynamic. I can honestly say that if anyone else played him… the character would not have been anywhere near as likable.

Mr. Nimoy, thank you… thank you for years of underhanded comments to Dr. McCoy, thank you for years of enjoyment and entertainment. Thank you very much! Rest in peace, sir.

Video production Irresponsibility…

Everyone… I rarely bring politics into my posts, and hopefully this will be the only time that I feel the need to.

Recently, a somewhat misguided gun control advocate released a PSA on dealing with guns in the home. Please watch below:

Now I don’t care if people are in favor of gun rights or gun control. What makes America great is a difference of opinion, and everyone is entitled to their views, but as a parent, when I saw this, I was absolutely horrified. I spoke in a previous article of mine about the responsibility of ethical and moral portrayals in both video and written format and this is the epitome of stupidity.

First of all, what this video perpetuates… is illegal (In the USA at least). In fact, I’ll list the felonies for you that the child in this video is committing (though there may be more):
Theft of a Firearm,
Minor in Possession of a Firearm,
Illegal possession of ammo (assuming its loaded, which you always should),
Illegal Concealed Carry of a Firearm,
Taking a Firearm into a Government/School Building,
assault,
and brandishing a firearm.

In total, that’s 7 very serious felonies that would land that kid 15 years in prison, easily. Plus if the teacher takes the gun, that’s receiving stolen property, so 8 in total. When people tried to bring this to the director’s attention, she laughed at them for it.

As a parent, after viewing this, I had to sit down and figure out how we would address this with my son if he ever saw it.

Look, I’m not saying guns aren’t dangerous. I’m not saying that people who follow the law shouldn’t own one. In fact, I’m not saying anything about any issues with the 2nd Amendment, period. You’re all entitled to your own views and all power to you. What I am saying though, is that if you have children and they see this video… if you have a gun in your home, or even if you don’t, explain to them why this is wrong. Explain to them that if they see a gun to come and get you, or a police officer, or a nearby adult, but under no circumstances pick it up, put it in a backpack, and then endanger themselves or others by BRINGING IT TO SCHOOL!!! One would think that this would go without saying, but it doesn’t seem like it does.

Again, I don’t care if anyone likes firearms or not. I don’t care if you agree with the overall message of advocates on either side or not. My only concern is that someone will see this video and act on it, which is a very bad idea. So spread it around, raise awareness of anyone who should know, please, lest someone get’s hurt.

Anyway… I just wanted to give my followers a heads-up.

Thanks all, catch you on the flipside,

Jim