This blog is primarily for my writing, but sometimes I will
come upon related topics. That is the case here. There are many interest birds
in the world, but I ran across several I’d never seen before. I wonder if you knew
The reason I learned about these unusual birds? I was doing research for a new book. In the story, the main character is given a falcon to watch over her. And that research led me to the above serendipity. Stayed tuned for the post about the falcon in the story!
Back in 2015 I was privileged to be among a group of great authors who put together an anthology of short stories called The Secrets of Castle Drakon (no longer in print). They’ve gotten together again for another anthology, titled “Another Bloody Christmas.” As you can probably tell from the cover, none of these will probably ever get made into a Hallmark Christmas movie. However, I know these authors, and have no doubt their work is top notch as always. I was invited to contribute, but was wrapping up Tyrian and so had to bow out. However, I shall shortly be reading their stories and writing a review. I’ve read one already! If you like your short stories with a scary, spooky, or paranormal flavor, you won’t be disappointed. So, check out the works of Poppet, Elaina J. Davidson, Richard Rhys Jones, Jillian Ward, Joanne Sexton, Paul Rudd, Hannah Ferguson, and T. K. Geering. https://www.amazon.com/Another-Bloody-Christmas-Poppet-ebook/dp/B07KT562YD/ref=cm_cr_srp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8
Joseph Campbell was a professor of Literature who focused on mythology and comparative religion. He’s credited with defining the idea of the Hero’s Journey, a story telling device which has been used in thousands of stories for thousands of years. We see it in the Odyssey, and the journey of Odysseus coming home from the Trojan war. It’s evident in stories as like the Wizard of Oz, and George Lucas consciously followed this formula in writing the Star Wars movies. Tolkien uses the Hero’s Journey in The Lord of the Rings.
I’m not sure if I was aware of the Hero’s Journey when I
published my first two novels, Draegnstoen and Highland King, but was
pleasantly surprised to see I’d pretty faithfully followed the formula. I
attribute that to much reading of fiction and having a subconscious understanding
that this is the way such things are usually written.
Gears of Uriel did not follow this path. That novel was
about the creation of an artifact and the lives of the numerous people who
protected it over the course of many lifetimes. Finally, the last main
character in the book took the journey above.
In Tyrian, my next book, the main character took this path.
But in writing Tyrian, it became very evident that the markers on this journey
are not evenly spaced. Every story is different. Road of Trials, Approach, and
Ordeal probably take up three fourths of Tyrian, and the last few steps are wrapped
up within 20-30 pages.
It has been said there are no new stories. That is probably
true as far as the way stories are written, and even for the themes we write
about. But we will always find new ways to tell those stories, because we all
have different ways to learn the truths they teach.