WELSH REVOLT

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I have just watched a documentary about the Welsh Revolt of 1400 where the people of Wales engaged in guerrilla warfare against English rule. I have been brainstorming on what kind of military tactics the main character for my fantasy series would utilize. Now, after watching the documentary and learning about how the Welsh resisted the English, I was thinking of having my protagonist plant sleeper agents throughout his rival’s territory in order to spark rebellions among the populace. This will cause the rival kingdom’s integrity and infrastructure to gradually weaken. When enough time passes and his rival’s regime becomes vulnerable from internal attack, the main character will unleash the bulk of his army against his foe and officially begin his conquest.

WRITING UPDATE: PARODY POEMS

In my Creative Writing Class, we were given a rather unexpected assignment in which we had to choose a poem and then write another poem that served as a parody to the original. For this assignment, I have written a version of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven from the raven’s point of view. On the side I also wrote a poem that can be seen from death’s perspective. It is becoming a very fruitful semester for me as a writer and I look forward to seeing how my writing arsenal expands when the semester is over.

WRITING UPDATE: FANTASY SERIES (CHAPTER 4)

I have started the fourth chapter of my fantasy series and this will be a significant section of my main character’s backstory. In the last chapter, he received an unexpected revelation and now he is about to learn more about his origins. Right now, the protagonist is in a very psychologically vulnerable state as he struggles to accept the revelation he was given. The chain of events is now in motion and the protagonist’s fate is ultimately sealed. It is going to develop into a complex story and I cannot wait to see where this will lead. I will keep you updated on any further developments.

A KING’S TRIALS

Every hero’s journey has a series of obstacles to test him. The main character in my fantasy series will have such trials in his quest to claim the throne. These trials will symbolize the character’s evolution as an individual. When the story starts, he will start out as a humble, generous, semi-naive idealist, but by the end of his trials and subsequent conquest, he will be transformed into a ruthless conquerer and hardened yet competent ruler (but parts of his original personality will remain). I will be drawing inspiration for these trials from the trials of Hercules. These trials will be tests of his worth as king in order to win the loyalty of potential allies in his conquest.

WRITING UPDATE: NATURE POEM COMPLETE

I have finished my nature poem and I must say that I am quite satisfied with the results. Those who read the poem say that it possessed an ancient and archaic voice like someone who has lived for a very long time. Because some trees can live for centuries or millennia, I chose to give the poem the voice of someone who has witnessed the world change many times over. I will be adding this poem with my sword one when I release my literary collection in December.

DNA TEST SOON

Even though I have heard details about my family’s heritage, I will soon take a DNA test in order to receive a completely thorough look at my genetic history. I already know I am Irish, Scottish, Viking, French, Norman, Anglo-Saxon, and Comanche so it will be interesting to find out what other culture I come from. Once I receive the results, I will use the cultures I come from as inspiration for the various factions in my fantasy series. This will be an interesting way for me to make creative use of my heritage, which could prove to be a spiritual experience for me.

KING HAROLD GODWINSON

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During his conquest of England, William the Conquerer’s greatest rival was Harold Godwinson. Just as I will model my main character after William the Conquerer I will be modeling the main villain and his enforcers after Harold and his brothers. This character’s reign will resemble the tyrannical reign of King John of England.