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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:

Elbereth
Lorien
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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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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Fan Cast: Black Mask & Pale Rider


People do fan casts all the time.  And people with their own original characters (from herein called OCs) do it to.  I’m no different.  Here’s the fan cast (or my cast) for the characters of Tales of Six Gun and Sorcery (previously known as The Adventures of Black Mask & Pale Rider).  These are the actresses and actors that I sometimes envision when I’m writing the adventures of the gunslinging elves.

It’s long, so it’s all under the cut.

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Character Biographies: Shani Wennemein


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Character biography of Shani Wennemein, from The Adventures of Black Mask & Pale Rider, by Tim Holtorf (that would be me).

Full Name: Shani Wennemein

Nickname: Black Mask (this she doesn’t like as much, because it was forced upon her by those who glorified the nicknames for gunslingers)

  1. Age: 135
  2. Gender: female
  3. Date of Birth: 628 (Second Age of the Elves), Fifth month of the Moon, Last of the Season of Spring, Fourth day of Juno
  4. Ethnicity: Iroquois/Gaul (First Nation-North American Indian and European French)
  5. Occupation: Protector – one of the elves who keeps the evil creatures at bay, such as the venomous snakes and spiders
  6. Hair colour/style: long and black with two braids that hang from her temples down to her collar bone.
  7. Eye colour: brown
  8. Accent (if any): she has a thick Arkansas accent
  9. Height: 5’6”
  10. Weight: 115 pounds
  11. Tattoos: she wears a modified tattoo of her father’s house (Gaul) and her mother’s house (Iroquois) on her right shoulder.
  12. Piercings: small earring in each ear
  13. Birthmarks: none
  14. Disfigurements: none
  15. Scars: has a scar running from her forehead on the left side streaking down over her nose and ending on her right cheek that she acquired in a fight with a giant spider.

Fashion Sense

  1. How do they usually dress? Leather leggings, cotton or leather tunic with ties at the neck, she wears her father’s leather bracers, and has a pair of soft leather boots
  2. What do they wear to sleep? Just a long night shirt when at home, when camping will wear what she wears during the day.
  3. Do they wear jewelry? Her right earring holds a feather, about three inches long and the left earring is a small hoop with beads that hang at the bottom of the hoop, she has a necklace made of coyote claws and beads.
  4. Is there anything about their appearance they wish they could change? No.
  5. How would they look as the opposite sex? “I like boys fine ‘nough, but I’m better ‘n they are.”
  6. What do they smell like? Why (do they wear the scent or does it occur naturally)? Shani bathes, but she doesn’t use any perfume, she has a very rustic, mossy smell about her.
  7. Do they have an accurate mental picture of their appearance (how they see themselves versus how the world sees them)? How Shani sees herself and compares it to the world view is completely irrelevant to her. She knows that people find her a bit pushy and loud at times, and they feel she drifts away from the feminine (mostly the Scottish Celtic and Germanic and Prussian elves) but any of that “ain’t nobody’s business”.
  8. What are some of your character’s hobbies? What do they do with their time? Shani plays the banjo, guitar and harmonica. She is an avid reader, though not having her own library, she often travels to her best friend Pania’s house to read from her library.
  9. Favorite color: Orange, because it reminds her of autumn.

 

Favourites

 

  1. What are some of their pet peeves? She does not like those who would disparage her friends. Even if a friend would say something crass about another friend (for instance, she does not appreciate those who would say Pania is confused and will find a good husband some day).
  2. What sort of gifts do they like? Weapons, she likes daggers, short swords, and books.
  3. What is their favorite time of day? Early morning, late evening.
  4. Favorite weather? Season? Spring and autumn, calm, not too hot and not too cold.
  5. Where do they like to spend their time? Shani lives in the forest between Brockton (the northern tip of the southern region of the Place With Many Names) and the Drum (an Iroquois/Cree settlement that stretches from the northern coast line to the southern region of the island nation)
  6. Favorite food? Favorite drink? Hot drinks, soft drinks, or alcohol? She likes anything fried, though she’s not one to complain about any food. She appreciates a good salad with a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, she likes pan fried potatoes and pan fried onions. She also drinks whiskey but not in excess.
  7. Favorite animal? Dragon
  8. Do they have any pets? Do they want any? She has a small psuedo-dragon that perches on her shoulder named Scales. Scales isn’t so much a pet as he is a companion. He’s intelligent and will communicate things to Shani by way of head motions, small growling or purring, or rubbing his head against Shani’s cheek.
  9. What relaxes them? A good camp fire, and a good song.
  10. Do they have any bad habits? Whiskey, smokes fine rolled cigarellos.

Resources and abilities:

  1. Where did they learn their abilities? Shani learned most everything from her father and mother, though she did go to a school not far from where they lived near Arcanum Bridge on the north eastern coastline of the island nation.
  2. If they have an income, where does it come from? She sells leathers that she tans when out hunting, and she “liberates” funds from brigands that hide on the Merchant Road and Farmer’s Road between Stone Bridge and Brockton and between Brockton and Overbrooke.
  3. Where does your character live? Why did they choose it, and how did they acquire it? How do they handle intruders (graciously? violently?)? Describe the space. Shani lives in the forest just north of Brockton. It’s well protected with really just one way to get to her cabin, which was built by Shani and her brother Sywyn. Her cabin is surrounded by trees, with a small break that lets the sun shine through directly onto her cabin at high noon. There’s one trail that leads to the Farmer’s Road, where she has a sign post that tells travellers where she lives (and a place where she can receive mail).  If there are unwanted intruders, she’ll often give them a warning, then usually pepper them with arrows (before going to Earth) or a hail of bullets (after she got her Colt .45s).
  4. Do they speak more than one language? Shani speaks the common elven tongue, French, Mohawk, Cree, Lakota, English and Irish.

Relationships and history:

  1. What is their family history like? How does it affect them? How do they feel about their family? How does their family feel about them? Shani`s father was killed during a war to defend the island nation against an invasion of orcs. She was raised by her mother, who is headmistress of the Arcanum Bridge Mage Academy. She has an older brother, Sywyn, who became a knight of the court of Arcanum Bridge, and is the head of the Patrollers (a group of knights who keep the peace in the region surrounding Arcanum Bridge). When Sywyn was younger, he was what Shani describes as being a little shit. However, he has grown to be more noble and thoughtful towards others. Shani has a younger sister named Wren. Wren is a Consoler, a knight who tends to the needs of those who have lost a loved one to death. They each love each other deeply, and would walk to the ends of the earth to help each other out. When Shani’s father was killed, she became closed for a time, but thanks to her mother, Shani opened up and began to realize that not all things will live forever.
  2. What were they like as a child? What was their favourite toy? Favourite game? Playmates? Shani was very opposite as a child to what she grew up as. She wore beaded dresses, with a red sash and often kept her hair in braids. While she still has her sash, she’s more comfortable in leather leggings. She often played Lacrosse and also darts (tossing a dart through a moving hoop). She didn’t have many toys, but she cherished the books she was given, which many believe gave way to her more adventurous nature. Her best friends are Pania Alow and Villith Argith. Pania is the youngest daughter of the Heralds Alow from Brockton, and Pania and Shani often read books together. Villith is the youngest daughter of the chief of the Cree settlement, and she and Shani would run wild through the forest together. Shani also often played with her sister Wren, her brother Sywyn, and Pania`s older brother Mandrel, and Villith`s older brother Waien.

Sex and Romance:

  1. What is their sexual orientation? Do they ever question it? Shani is straight, but a lot of people question that. Shani does not appear as the usual cis aspect of a straight woman. She’s never questioned her sexuality, and she’s never really had sex that often. When she does, it’s always under her terms.
  2. When did they lose their virginity? Who to? Where? What was it like? “Thet there is none o’ yer never mind.”
  3. What is their favourite sexual fantasy? “Thet there is none o’ yer never mind.”
  4. Do they have any particular fetishes or kinks? “Thet there is none o’ yer never mind.”
  5. What’s the strangest thing they’ve ever done in bed? “Thet there is none o’ yer never mind.”
  6. Is there anything in particular that they won’t do? “Thet there is none o’ yer never mind.”
 
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Posted by on March 16, 2014 in Black Mask and Pale Rider, Writing

 

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Character Biographies: Pania Alow


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Character biography of Pania Alow, from The Adventures of Black Mask & Pale Rider, by Tim Holtorf (that would be me).

Full Name: Pania Alow

Nickname:Pale Rider (she`s not fond of this term, due to the fact it has Biblical connotations. Also, it was picked up by dime store novelists who are all “nothin’ but a bunch o’ emptyheaded plikes who wouldna know a good book from the shite they put ta paper. Nothin’ but a latcheeco would try an’ say they were a writer when they produce such lies buncrana lighthouse.”)

  1. Age: 130
  2. Gender: female
  3. Date of Birth: 623 (Second Age of the Elves), Tenth month of the Moon, First of the Season of Autumn, Twelveth day of Octor
  4. Ethnicity: Celtic Irish, European
  5. Occupation: Herald, skald, bard, songstress, story teller
  6. Hair color/style: blond, often held in curls, has the left side of her head shaved.
  7. Eye color: Green
  8. Accent (if any): thick Irish accent (there are many who say that it’s so thick, and so full of slang, that they often have to have her repeat what she said, this is not when she tells stories or sings).
  9. Height: 5’4”
  10. Weight: 105 pounds
  11. Tattoos: a very long and intricate tattoo along her right arm that tells the story of the elves retreating from Earth to their own world at the time of the Crusades.
  12. Piercings: left ear has six piercings which are connected with chains and loops, right ear has a modest heart earring stud.
  13. Birthmarks: none
  14. Disfigurements: none
  15. Scars: none, but if she had one, she’d definitely have a story to tell about it.

Fashion Sense

  1. How do they usually dress? Soft cotton or leather leggings, often dyed a dark red, thigh high leather boots with a small heal, dyed black, a white cotton poet’s shirt, auburn corset with ties in the front, a long, auburn cloak that hangs from her shoulders with gold embroidered trim, black leather gauntlets that cover her forearms and have intricate beadwork and embroidering (these were given to Pania when she was born by Uni Wennemein, Shani’s mother), a wide brimmed hat with a white feather.
  2. What do they wear to sleep? At home, or at an inn, she will sleep in a large, soft bed; when travelling, if she has to sleep at a camp site, she has a bed roll she carries with her that is stowed with other sundries on her horse.  Usually, she sleeps naked.
  3. Do they wear jewelry? Along with the piercings, she has a small necklace which has a silver book and a silver musical note, she also has three modest rings that she wears.
  4. Is there anything about their appearance they wish they could change? “Why when I can just wear somethin’ diff’rent each day?”
  5. How would they look as the opposite sex? “They’re boys, o’ that there is no doubt.”
  6. What do they smell like? Why (do they wear the scent or does it occur naturally)? Pania likes mild perfumes, a hint of a fragrance that isn’t overpowering, but something that will draw attention to her. She has a morning ritual of rising early, bathing with lilac scented soap in bath water she sprinkles rose petals in.
  7. Do they have an accurate mental picture of their appearance (how they see themselves versus how the world sees them)? It’s quite accurate. Most she her as a showman, wanting attention drawn to her, and that suits her fine as she is a herald and a damn good one at that.
  8. Favourites, habits, likes and dislikes: She enjoys writing, singing, and telling stories. She’s also an accomplished swordsman having trained with a rapier since a very young age. She has no time for those who would heckle and bicker.
  9. What are some of your character’s hobbies? What do they do with their time? When not travelling or adventuring, she often is writing down her thoughts in a leather bound journal.
  10. Favourite colour: “There’s so many, it’s hard ta choose. What say, I like them all.”

Favourites

  1. What are some of their pet peeves? Pania does not like those who would twist history. She often searches out the truth of stories and has been known to argue accurate history for hours on end, often times managing to change the attitude and thoughts of stories that were told.
  2. What sort of gifts do they like? Pania enjoys anything frilly, pretty, and colourful. She treasures jewelry, books, and music sheets.
  3. What is their favorite time of day? Early morning, often she sings when she wakes.
  4. Favorite weather? Season? Summer, with a light breeze just to cool down the air.
  5. Where do they like to spend their time? Pania often will stop at taverns and inns, just to listen to the townsfolk talk about their day, tell stories and jokes, listen to songs, and shares her own if asked to.
  6. Favorite food? Favorite drink? Hot drinks, soft drinks, or alcohol? Pania is vegetarian, so she likes light food, juices, or tea. Her favourite drink that she has once a month is a finely aged scotch whiskey.
  7. Do they have any pets? Do they want any? No pets, but she has a familiar. A wood pixie named Verit who accompanies her as she travels and helps her when she writes. Verit sometimes gets in trouble, and Verit is more than willing to help Pania spring a lock or disable a trap if called upon.
  8. What relaxes them? Warm bed, good book, enjoyable music, good sex.
  9. Do they have any bad habits? Pania has been accused of talking too much. She does not see this as a bad habit.

Resources and abilities:

  1. Where did they learn their abilities? Pania is a graduate of the Academy of the Arts and Magic in Brockton. There, she continued to hone her skills as a singer, a story teller and a writer.
  2. If they have an income, where does it come from? Pania is often paid in tribute for her stories and songs, and many invite her to fancy parties to regale the guests in an interesting tale or two.
  3. Where does your character live? Why did they choose it, and how did they acquire it? How do they handle intruders (graciously? violently?)? Describe the space. Pania lives in a comfortable house with a large library on the main floor, sleeping areas on the second floor, a sitting area in the back yard, and a welcoming front yard that she keeps neat and tidy. She purchased the house from an old skald who was going off to live the remaining years of his life in Turtle Island. All are welcome to her home, as long as they are polite and gracious. If they come with threatening advances, Pania shows first a stern voice and a good warning, and then she displays just how good she is with a rapier.
  4. Do they speak more than one language? Pania is well versed in all the Celtic languages (Irish, Scottish, Welsh), Prussian, Norwegian, common elven language, English, and has recently learned Lakota and Iroquois.

Relationships and history:

  1. What is their family history like? How does it affect them? How do they feel about their family? How does their family feel about them? Pania is the middle child of a small family, all heralds and skalds. Her older brother, Mandrel, competes with Pania a lot when it comes to telling stories. At times, the two would have a story telling dual, where one would start the story, the second would continue, and it would go back and forth until the story’s end, each part becoming more dramatic. Pania always wanted to have a fairy tale relationship, because she says she got to see that very type of relationship with her parents. It seemed as they grew older, Karl and Titianna grew more and more in love, and even doted on their children more and more. Pania’s youngest sister is Pylia, who was born mute. This has not stopped Pylia from learning and watching Pania when she plays her musical instruments or writes in her journals. Sometimes, Pania would sit Pylia in her lap and tell her a story as she wrote in down.
  2. What were they like as a child? What was their favorite toy? Favorite game? Playmates? Pania was very much a young girl who wanted to be a princess. As she grew, she found it was much more interesting to be the prince who saved the princess. Her favourite toy growing up was a small top that she’d spin and it would play a musical tune. She’d often wind up the top and spin it and dance as the top spun. Her playmates were Shani, Wren, and Villith growing up. Along with Mandrel, Sywyn and Waien, whom she often accused of being “ruffians who drew great pleasure from teasin’ an’ pokin’ fun at their younger sisters”.
  3. What did they want to be when they grew up? Pania always wanted to be a herald. Or a prince. Or an adventurer. It changed from day to day, but remained constant in those three things.

Sex and Romance:

  1. What is their sexual orientation? Do they ever question it? Pania is a lesbian. She’s never questioned this. She’s always thought the touch of a woman was always more wonderful to feel.
  2. When did they lose their virginity? Who to? Where? What was it like? “If it were any o’ yer business, then I’d tell ye. But fer now, sod off.”
  3. What is their favourite sexual fantasy? “It has somethin’ ta do with candle light an’ feathers.”
  4. Do they have any particular fetishes or kinks? “Intense tickling.”
  5. What’s the strangest thing they’ve ever done in bed? “That would be tellin’.”
  6. Is there anything in particular that they won’t do? “That would also be tellin’.”
 
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Posted by on March 16, 2014 in Black Mask and Pale Rider, Writing

 

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Thoughts and Ideas: Part Two


Black Mask & Pale Rider, the rewrite and what has become Tales of Six Gun & Sorcery.  The series of stories originally followed two elven women, Shani Wennemein and Pania Alow, through the Union and into the Confederacy and back again.

The following contains new ideas, which includes the Furies, twin sisters that speak in rhyme and a dracolich.

 

There is a change I’d like to make but I’m not so sure.  It would open up a great aspect of the elves and just how far back in their history they go.  In part of the original story, Shani and Pania face off against a Lich (an undead Lord) in a high noon style street gun fight.  But dealing with a Lich should be more epic.  The idea is that Shani, Pania, Wren, Abisayo will be joined by Clayton, Aurela and one of Aurela’s friends from the brothel, a young black woman, to track down the Lich.  But it turns out the Lich is just using a human form.

In reality, they discover a dracolich.

A dracolich, used most often in Dungeons and Dragons, resembles an actual dragon, but as they age their body decomposes and it begins to look more like a corpse.  A dracolich has all of the abilities of a dragon, and most of the abilities of a lich.  This means the dracolich could take a humanoid form (as has been an ability of dragons in different cultural folklore).

Suddenly, that’s a lot more power than what one might expect.  So I’m torn if the small group should call upon a larger group.

The idea is that Pania, being a herald, would call upon a cry of vengeance.  This cry, spoken in ancient Greek, would draw the attention of a select group of elves.  A very powerful, very feared group of elves.  In many cultures they had many names, but in Greece they were known as the Erinyes; the Furies.

The Furies are lead by Queen and General Trianna N’Tir.  She, and all her Furies, are a race of elves called the Mystos.  They appear with pure white hair, dark grey blueish skin, and red eyes.  They’d look a lot like Drow, from D&D, to be honest.  When Trianna appears, she is flanked by her personal guard, her twin daughters Thradra and Threna N’Tir.  The N’Tir twins have a rather eerie reputation as being assassins and adding to that being able to speak completely in rhyme, as one would speak the opening stanza, with the other speaking the rhyming stanza.  One does not speak without the other.  They are also mirror images of each other.  If one styles their hair in a certain way, the other will style it too look as though they are the mirror image of the sister.  Also, if one acquires a scar or a wound, the other will give themselves a scar or wound on the opposite side of their own body to reflect the pain of the other.

In other words, they’re kind of creepy.

But as Trianna would see the dracolich, she wouldn’t shrink back with fear, but instead call upon a portion of her army.  And five hundred Furies, armoured in the typical Greek and Roman armour of ancient myth, armed with longbows, gladius, spears and pulling siege weapons with them.

I’m just worried if this would be a bit much, or if it would actually be something that would be an interesting read.

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

 

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Thoughts and Ideas: Part One


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Black Mask & Pale Rider, the rewrite and what has become Tales of Six Gun & Sorcery.  The series of stories originally followed two elven women, Shani Wennemein and Pania Alow, through the Union and into the Confederacy and back again.

The following contains aspects of real world folklore, representation based on race, and representation based on sexual orientation.

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Posted by on March 15, 2014 in Black Mask and Pale Rider, Writing

 

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The World of the Elves


The Green
Valhalla
Elysium
And all names in between
The stories have named them
Elves One and all
This world called Terra-Kall

To the north
The Innu live and hunt
They fear not the growing cold
Their hearts are true
Their voices raised so bold

East of that
Across the ice
Nordician mountains rise
With elves so tall
And stories filled with pride

Turtle Island
Is a massive land
Filled with elves that hunt the night
They push back the spiders
And tell stories that do delight

The Green
Valhalla
Elysium
And all names in between
The stories have named them
Elves One and all
This world called Terra-Kall

Europa stands with many a tribe
From Prussia to Celtic to Gaul
Their warriors stand
Tall and proud
Their buildings oh so grand

Italia a nation
All on it’s own
Where the Erinyes stand on guard
The history they share
Would brighten any bard

Arabia lay as a bridge in between
Europa and Africa
The elves called Djinn
The home of great libraries of old
With stories of how the elves did begin

The Green
Valhalla
Elysium
And all names in between
The stories have named them
Elves One and all
This world called Terra-Kall

Kemet is a land of it’s own
With riches ne’er before seen
Great pyramids rise
Above the sands
The river is the prize

To the south is Yoruba
With elves so bold
They live as a family
Along the coast they hunt and fish
Their stories told with glee

The Zulu lay on the southern tip
Of the great dark continent
Great warriors and bards
Who live with care
As one building a house of cards

The Green
Valhalla
Elysium
And all names in between
The stories have named them
Elves One and all
This world called Terra-Kall

And through it all
An island rests
On the sea that’s in between
A place of many names
On this world human eyes have not seen

This island nation
Welcomes all
To rest on it’s humble shores
And elves did come
And settle there, in numbers and in scores

Celtic, Gaul, Mohawk, Yoruba
Even Nordican, Innu, and Romani
They found a spot they called home
And neighbours one and all
A place they found no need to roam

 The Green
Valhalla
Elysium
And all names in between
The stories have named them
Elves One and all
This world called Terra-Kall

 
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Posted by on March 2, 2014 in Black Mask and Pale Rider, Writing

 

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The Riders Four


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A hand that was quick
A flash and puff
With a dragon did she spy

She’d be one with night
On a horse so fine
She’d never stop to question why

An elf so bold
With dagger and pistol
That’s Black Mask, they would cry

With shot and shell
And Horse did ride
She raised her rapier high

A voice so clear
And a wink and nod
Her siren’s call was nigh

A missed calling
A confused lore
Pale Rider was just a lie

With inherited longsword
All dressed in black
She’d comfort by and by

A kind smile
To those who knew her
All sorrow from her would fly

Half first nation
Half Gaul
The Black Knight was one quite sly

A people saved
Though little too late
With blades risen high

A black skinned maid
With royal blood
Took up the rally cry

To sail the seas
And set those free
A goal set, she’d at least try

 
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Posted by on February 24, 2014 in Black Mask and Pale Rider, Writing

 

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Another round of shameless self promotion


I haven’t done this in a while, so here goes!

From time to time I’ll post up information about the first book I’ve written, called the Adventures of Black Mask & Pale Rider.  Here’s a little synopsis about the book, which is a western/fantasy.

bmprfront-smallElven magic meets gunslinger grit. What happens when two elven travellers find themselves in the United States in the middle of the Civil War? The Adventures of Black Mask and Pale Rider tells the story of two elven women who’s curiosity gets the better of them.

The wild ride takes them from the Union to the Confederacy and back again. Along the way they make enemies and friends and learn a little bit about this world, and about themselves. An adventure of six guns and sorcery.

The Adventures of Black Mask & Pale Rider isn’t the only book I’ve written, Canyons of Steel is also available.  Here’s a quick synopsis.

5.83x8.26_Front_EN-smallWhat happens when an old gun hand makes a decision to turn his life around and set a new course? In Canyons of Steel, Johnathon Tiberius Walker makes the choice of turning his back on the underground military of the Red Hand and try to make right his own sins. All because he wants his daughter to live in a better world than he does.

Both my first book, Black Mask & Pale Rider, and my second book, Canyons of Steel, are available for purchase online through many different online book sellers.

Lulu.com (where both books were published)

  1. Tim Holtorf Author Spotlight the front page store for my books on lulu.com.

Amazon.com (both in paperback and in kindle versions)

  1. The Adventures of Black Mask & Pale Rider
  2. Canyons of Steel

Amazon.co.uk (both in paperback and in kindle versions)

  1. The Adventures of Black Mask & Pale Rider
  2. Canyons of Steel

Amazon.ca (price not listed and currently out of stock)

  1. Canyons of Steel

Barnes & Noble (for the Nook)

  1. The Adventures of Black Mask & Pale Rider

iTunes iBook store

  1. The Adventures of Black Mask & Pale Rider

I’ve also written a sci fi novel (not published, but available for download) called Rocket Fox: Flight of the Nighthawk.  Here’s the synopsis:

Vulpinia Prime.  A utopian paradise on the edge of the Lupine Sector of Space.  The third planet of the Vulpine Star System, her inhabitants take to heart their age old adage that they are meant to protect the sector from any and all threats.  For many, it is an honour to be chosen at the many Academies of science, engineering, mathematics and even the famed military colleges that dot the planet.  Rarely has there been a serious threat which the Royal Vulpine Armada has had need to deal with.  But Article 16 of the Space Exploration Charter is there for a reason.  And for many of the cadets at the Chattingham Academy, they are soon going to find out why.

 

 

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