The West Was Built On Legends


They say the west was build on legends
And every story holds some truth
From daring gunfighters who’d keep the law
To those outlaws who’d become savages to the world

They say the west was built on legends
Of this there is some truth
But what you might not know is this
Some of the most fantastic stories are very real

They say the west was built on legends
A time when men would shine
When righteous ones would step into the light
And drive away the darkness that plagued mankind

They say the west was built on legends
When pioneers would make their mark
When men would rise to the challenge
Whether it be the elements, nature, or the cruelty of man

They say the west was built on legends
But what they don’t say is who
They talk of men and how they survived
And they erase or forget the stories that were true

They say the west was built on legends
So it comes as no surprise
When the story turns to a pair of women
Who would answer the call and rise

They say the west was built on legends
When the strong would defend the weak
Where those who could not fight
Found someone who could make things right

They say the west was built on legends
Of this, there is no doubt
But it comes as a surprise when two of those legends
Were of the forgotten elves; a pair of elven maids

They say the west was built on legends
With six gun and sorcery they rose to fight against evil
Defending those who did not call them kin
And at the end of the day, they’d stand, proving they’d win

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Posted by on April 23, 2014 in Black Mask and Pale Rider, Writing


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Wake up!

I’ve been up for an hour.  I woke at 4:30 this morning, got out of bed, made a pot of coffee, did normal morning things.  I see the sun rising during this last hour.

And part of me can’t help but think “you know you could have spent the last hour asleep”.  I could have, indeed, but I like the quiet of the early morning.  When I get up this early on a weekend, it’s a great feeling.  Lots of the day to do whatever I want.

A new bookshelf

I got a new bookshelf last night.  Well, new to me.  I bought it from the reporter at work who’s going to be leaving the paper.  It now holds all of my graphic novels.  I usually end up acquiring pieces of furniture in this way.  I got my coffee table, end tables and a TV stand (which is still devoid of a TV) in the same manner over ten years ago.

The acquiring of stuff

The bookshelf got me thinking last night that as you grow older, what you acquire and how excited you get changes.  I remember being very excited about a vacuum I bought in the mid 2000s.  Last Christmas I received a casserole dish, a new frying pan, and a microwave.  It was very exciting.

When I was younger, getting a new dual cassette AM FM player was the big thing.  I even remember getting my Commodore 64 in high school.

Breaking up is hard to do

Break ups stuck.  I haven’t had one in years, but I remember the feeling.  They’re horrid, they’re awful and they leave you with a deep sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach.

But, there comes a time that one has to start to realize that the only person who mattered in the relationship that ended, is you.  Build yourself up, focus on you.  It’ll still be difficult, considering the fact that the comforting aspect of someone around is now gone.

Don’t analyze things.  Don’t blame yourself.  Don’t see yourself as the problem.  The only one important in any break up is you.

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Posted by on April 22, 2014 in Life, randomness


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So it is Easter

Apologies to John Lenon for twisting the title of the song “So it is Christmas”.  Well, not really, it fits.

A lot of people are hearing about Easter messages of peace, especially from the Pope who is calling for an end to conflicts in the Ukraine, and in the terrorist attacks against Christians in Nigeria.  I think the ante should be upped on that to include an end to the terrorist attacks, those being the drone attacks, in Yemen, Pakistan and other locations in the Middle East and Western Asia.  Followers of Islam deserve just as much peace as Christians do, and the living under the constant fear of being killed in a drone attack is a kind of terror I cannot imagine.

This is also a time that Christians need to remember this one thing.  This time of year is symbolic to when Christ was crucified on the cross and rose again three days later to enter the Kingdom of Heaven body and soul.  With his death, He said, let the veil be lifted and the old laws be no more.  He died for our sins, so we would not have to make a sacrifice to God as we once did.  So all those laws in Leviticus, null and void thanks to Christ’s crucifixion.  And to those who continue to repeat that Christ would not have supported a socialist health care system, women, or gays, Christ was probably the biggest hippie socialist in the Bible.  He would have been on the front lines of protest marches against corporate health care, big pharmaceuticals, GMOs, and been a huge anti-war advocate.  He would have joined women during the Slut Walks that happened across the world, He would have joined those in the midst of the Arab Spring, He’d be against the constant drone attacks overseen by the United States.  Christ would have been the first to stand up against those attempting to ban same same sex marriage and those who would try to strip rights away from transgender people.

Christ would have been against corporate America in all it’s shapes and forms.

In other words, the current administration that rules in the United States today, would have seen Christ as a radical element.

Think about that for a moment.

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Posted by on April 20, 2014 in randomness


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The other writing work

I’m also still in the editing process for Rocket Fox: Flight of the Nighthawk.  It was a series I wrote and finished (not fully, but the first part, yes).  So, I thought I’d share a reminder of some of the things created for Rocket Fox.

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The Full Series - Rocket Fox – Flight of the Nighthawk

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Posted by on April 17, 2014 in The Barrow's Revenge, Writing


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It’s still being written

I haven’t posted anything regarding the rewrite to Black Mask & Pale Rider, because it’s a real slow process and I want to get this one right.  But, I thought I’d go into the way back machine and bring back a couple of things that really helped inspire the first part of the original writing.

Believe it or not, this song (and the video) helped begin The Adventures of Black Mask & Pale Rider, the saga of two elven women who traveled from the Union to the Confederacy and back again.

The story telling technique of some country and western songs, such as some of the songs of Big & Rich, Johnny Cash, Kenny Rogers, Reba McIntyre, Dolly Parton, Juice Newton and others, helped tell the story of Shani and Pania as they met up just outside of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Between Raisin’ Hell and Amazin’ Grace played such a role that the first series of the stories was called Between Raisin’ Hell and Amazin’ Grace. It helped set the tone of a pair of gunslingers who were also adept at magic (as Pania is a bard and sorceress).  I even wanted to create a character that was a drunk preacher that followed Shani and Pania around (I might still do that).

In an odd mix, Big & Rich and Nightwish help mould the tales of the elven gunfighters. And they still help at that, as I continue the major rewrite, hoping to add some representation and historical fact (most gunslingers in the mid 1800s were black or Native American).

This is the second biggest influence for the Adventures of Black Mask & Pale Rider. You might ask, how does a symphonic metal song by a Finnish metal band help inspire a western style book that takes place in the United States. Because the main characters are elves, and Wishmaster, if you listen to the lyrics, speak about the great fantasy lore of the 20th Century.

That being the Dragonlance novels:

“I’ll be with you soon, my Shalafi”

Which anyone who read the Dragonlance series would know, means master/teacher in elven.  It also is said to be another name for Raistlin.  It also mentions The Inn of Last Home, as in the lyric:

A maiden elf calling with her cunning song
“Meet me at the Inn of Last Home”
Heartborne will find the way

The Inn of Last Home is known in the Forgotten Realms series and within the handbooks and manuals for D&D.

There’s also hints of Lord of the Rings as in the first few lyrics of the song:

A dreamy-eye child staring into night
On a journey to storyteller’s mind

Elbereth is a Valar, or a god in Middle Earth mythology. And Lorien is a magical forest of the elves of Middle Earth.
So yes, a country western song and a symphonic metal song by a Finnish band can have a great deal of inspiration in a western fantasy novel.

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Posted by on April 16, 2014 in Black Mask and Pale Rider, Writing


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Today is a day

Today is not exactly a great day.  It started off the same as usual, but on my way to work there grew this heavy weight, and I don’t know why.  I reminded myself of two things.  The first that today will be a busy day, as there is a lot to do.  So it should go by fast and I can be home well enough later this afternoon.  The second, this is a short week, so only four days of work and then three days off.  Today and tomorrow are busy, and if things go well, so are Wednesday and Thursday.

I’m looking forward to getting my income tax return.  Then I can get the plates on my car again and get it fixed (needs an oil change and some other minor work).  That’ll give me a bit more freedom and maybe I’ll go into the city on the weekends.  That won’t happen this weekend, but it should happen soon.

I’ve went and planned out what I want to do for my vacation time this year.  I’m going to spend it on the lake (or rather the beach) in Elbow.  Elbow isn’t that far from Outlook, and I went there a few times over the course of the nine years I lived there.

Time is an interesting thing.  When you’re comfortable and calm and quiet, in a good place and happy, it can move so fast.  Even when you’re not doing anything at all.  But when it seems stressful, uncomfortable, and nerve wracking, it can move so slowly.  My weekends and my mornings/evenings are like the former.  Everything else (unless I’m busy) are like the latter.  Maybe, hopefully, that will change in time.  I seem to recall my days being like that when I arrived in Outlook, but there was a lot of worry and doubt mixed in.

There was things I wanted to do this weekend.  Stuff I thought would be fun.  But I never got around to doing them.  I find there is a serious lack of motivation sometimes.

Today is a day, and this was random stuff.

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Posted by on April 14, 2014 in Life, randomness


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Writing teaser! Black Mask & Pale Rider

From Tales of Six Gun and Sorcery, here’s a look into the rewrite of Wild Wild West, where Shani and Pania fight a lich.  In this, Shani and Pania are joined by Wren and Abisayo, Clayton “Slowhand” Adams, Aurela Dorchester, Ellen Jackson, and Captain Samuel Williams and his men.  Putting aside the hunt to bring Shani and Pania to justice, Captain Williams has a hard time believing what he sees when the four elves reveal the lich is in reality a dracolich, nestled in a small valley just north west of Bloomington, Indiana.  Pania sent out a heraldry and summoned the General of the Erinyes, Queen Trianna N’Tir.

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Posted by on April 9, 2014 in Black Mask and Pale Rider, Writing


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