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Blue Paladin

Posted in Blue Paladin, Fantasy, Knights, Poem, Poetry, Story on September 1, 2014 by darkjade68

 

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by DarkJade

When The Dark Fire Skies Opened…

What Did Appear

Was Not To Be Expected…

The Rider On White Silver Steed

Slouched Just A Bit…

But Conscious

His Blue And Sliver Tabard And Armor

His Quest…

His

Curse…

Only He Knew

Around Him On Either Side…

The Glass Filled Snow

That Surrounded The Road…

And Beyond

The Less Than Golden Palace Of Mahron

DarkJade-

PICTURE CREDIT – Blue Knight

The Writing Process Blog Tour

Posted in Chess With Agatha, Fantasy, Fantasy Novel, I Died Once, Novella, Poetry, Winter Lust And Wonder, Writing with tags , on April 1, 2014 by darkjade68

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Today I’m participating in a blog tour where authors discuss their writing process. My friend Paige Addams posted last week. You can learn about her writing process here @ Paige Addams

Here we go…

What am I working on?

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Agatha is a 17 year old, typical misunderstood girl… Raised by adopted parents who spent most of their time drinking, and disregarding her existence… All that is about to change, when Agatha is contacted in a very unique way, which will lead her on an adventure that will reveal her ‘true’ identity.

“Chess With Agatha” is the First of a Fantasy Novel Trilogy, which I began writing in 2012. At the beginning of 2013, I had it Edited, but than whilst reviewing it with another brilliant Writer, found that it’s just not ready yet.

I’m hoping to work with this same Writer to finish up the Editing, as well as having her do some Wordsmithing for me.

With any luck, “Chess With Agatha” will at last be Self-Published in the next 6 months.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I’ve been told that there are ‘Concepts’ within “Chess With Agatha” that are largely original… Something that it isn’t all that easy to do in the Fantasy Genre. You will find that ‘Characters’, ‘Character Development’, and ‘Story Scope’ are very prevalent within my writing. I was originally planning to be a Film Maker, which I did in fact pursue for three years… Inspired by the First Two Original “Star Wars” Films. George Lucas’s ‘Characters’, ‘Character Development’, and ‘Story Scope’ are what impressed me most (That and Han Solo’s Millennium Falcon, Lol). These Films, as well as Films like “Shawshank Redemption”, and “Blade Runner”, lead me towards being the Storyteller that I am.

I Died Once CoverWhy do I write what I do?

I love both ‘Fantasy’, and ‘Sci-Fi’ Stories… Though my Novella “I Died Once” was more of a ‘Human/Suspense/Father Daughter’ Story set in the past… In addition to the “Star Wars” Films, and “Blade Runner”, such films as “Clash of The Titans”, “Krull”, “Legend”, “The Never Ending Story”, “Flash Gordon”, “Labyrinth”, “Time Bandits”, “Conan the Barbarian”, and “Sinbad and The Eye of the Tiger”, all played a role in what inspired me to Write. In addition to those films, though I’ve never been a huge Reader, Terry Brooks, whose “Sword Of Shannara” Book I couldn’t put down, very much inspired me. Lastly, Shakespeare’s plays, most particularly “Hamlet”, plays a very vital role in the essence of who I am as both a Film Maker, and Writer.

How does your writing process work?

Through the creation of my “The Written Word” Blog, I developed a method/process that has worked very well for me. “The Written Word” is basically a ‘Writing Journal’ for me, and everything I Post on here either comes right from my head onto paper (Er, Cyberspace), and is not Edited. Or is Written Down, then Posted. Perhaps if I had done better in English, more specifically Grammar, they would be cleaner from the get go… But being ‘Math’, and ‘Creative Writing’ were more my thing, I just let it fly… That said, I see these Posts as First Drafts… Once I decide to Self-Publish something I’ve Written/Posted, I place it all on a Word Document, and clean it up a bit… Only a bit though, as like I say, English isn’t my thing. I then ship it off to my friend, and fellow writer, where she first Reviews it, then sends me feedback on the Story, Characters, Story Clarity Etc.

DarkJade - Cover (BlackandPurple) - Winter Lust and WonderNext she basically does a Line Edit, or what I call a ‘Pre’ Edit of the work. After I make changes based on what she said, I begin the some times rigorous task of finding an Editor. If I work directly with the Editor, such as I did with “Winter, Lust, And Wonder“, and “I Did Once”, there is no need to Review it afterwords. However, in such a case as with “Chess With Agatha”, where I shipped it off to be Edited, I then Review the results, and apply them as I see fit. Being this was the first time doing this with “Chess With Agatha”, this then resulted in my finding the need to do some more Editing, as well as Wordsmithing (Rewriting of some of the words, for the sake of ‘Clarity’, ‘Impact’, and truly making the most of the Story Concept, and Characters).

Now I know some of you are probably wondering, “What about Rewrites, and or 2nd Etc. Drafts?”. When I wrote my one finished Screenplay, I had, in fact, over 20 Drafts, and had poured hundreds of hours into Rewriting it. With Book Writing, or at least so far, I have chosen not to do this. I suspect the reason for this falls on one theory in particular… I once read that in regards to Writing, it’s best to Write lots of Books, as opposed to just focusing on ‘The Great American Novel’… So to speak. That way if any of your Books is liked, Readers are likely to go back and find your other Books… Thus, nothing is wasted. It’s not that I just want to ‘Pump Out’ Books… However, if I’m not careful, I will end up spending ‘Years’ on just one Book… And that’s not I want to do. Nothing wrong with that, it’s just that I have ‘Tons’ of Stories that I want to get out there.

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I hope you enjoyed learning about my ‘Writing Process’ etc…. Normally I would tell you about some Writers that will be doing this Tour Next Week, but the ones’ I approached were not able to participate… And so, it ends here with mine… However, Paige did recommend more than I, so hopefully they’ll be able to keep this going

Thanks for your Time and Interest

DJ-

Wolfjade (Chapter IX) – Trust No One

Posted in Entertainment, Fantasy, Fiction, Story, Wolfjade, Writing on March 17, 2014 by darkjade68

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by DarkJade

Prologue

Chapter I

Chapter II

Chapter III

Chapter IV

Chapter V

Chapter VI

Chapter VII

Chapter VIII

CHAPTER IX – TRUST NO ONE

RIVER NORAN

WOLFJADE’S STORMDARK CAMP

WOLFJADE’S TENT

Wolfjade sits alone, staring at his drawn dagger’s reflection…

“Wavering Thoughts…”

Wavering… Loyalties”

“I can not Stop what has begun”

“I am Surely Undone…”

“The girl…”

This last thought jars Wolfjade out of his momentary trance…

“Forget the girl…” he says to himself out loud, and sheathes the dagger

SOME FORTY FEET FROM THE OUTSIDE OF WOLFJADE’S TENT

The Emperor speaks to Eldof, his High Advisor, and two of his Elite Stormdark Guards

“Keep a close eye on Wolfjade…” the two guards listen intently, “Something has changed in him… I can sense it,” he finishes, the guards bow, and the Emperor makes his way to his tent…

…Eldof follow closely at his side, “Why not kill him now?”

“It’s not him that we need alive…” speaks Emperor Lasate

“It is his ‘name’,” finishes the Emperor as he steps through his tent opening, the fabric being held back by two of his guards

Leaving Eldof outside, left to ponder

THE ELVEN KINGDOM OF VERNOS

Aliazia stands on her bedroom balcony, in a beautiful Vernosian gown…

Suddenly there’s a rap on the door, and her Father, Thae-oh-lon, enters the chamber, one hand covering his eyes

“I hope I’ve found you decent daughter…” he speaks with a smile

Aliazia smiles, and quickly makes her way into her father’s arms

“Woe! That’s one strong squeeze,” speaks her father playfully

Thae-oh-lon has blue white hair, and yellow blue eyes…

Suddenly Aliazia looks sad, and turns away, making her way back to the balcony…

Her Father frowns slightly, then joins her

“So you freed the Great Stormdark Knight, Wolfjade…” speaks her Father

With this she quickly turns towards him, almost smiling, but knowing better

“I must go to him Father… I must find him… There is good within him, I know it…” she speaks earnestly…

“Perhaps… But be that as it may, it is I that shall seek him out… And look into his otherwise darkened heart… Only then will I know if what he’s been doing has merit… And if not, why he has done it,” replies Thae-oh-lon

“But father…” she pleads, but he raises his hand, as if indicating there is nothing more to say

And so there wasn’t

OUTSIDE ALIAZIA’S CHAMBERS

Thae-oh-lon speaks to his High Guard Captain, Bre-sah

“Gather a group of 30 of our Archers… We leave tonight,” speaks Thae-oh-lon, as the two of them walk away

NEXT TIME… ORCS

DarkJade-

PICTURE CREDIT – Myth

 

 

 

 


Wolfjade (Chapter VIII) – The Emperor

Posted in Entertainment, Fantasy, Fiction, Story, Wolfjade, Writing with tags , on March 9, 2014 by darkjade68

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by DarkJade

Some men have died… And yet live… The shell of their former self reeking havoc on the living world… Some sleep… Never to be woken… Some… Awake

Prologue

Chapter I

Chapter II

Chapter III

Chapter IV

Chapter V

Chapter VI

Chapter VII

CHAPTER VIII – THE EMPEROR

RIVER NORAN

WOLFJADE’S STORMDARK CAMP

“HOORAH!”

Early in the morning, Wolfjade is brought out of a post sleep daze, lying in his hammock, by a great cheer outside his tent

It is Emperor Lasate

Suddenly Wolfjade’s tent flap is opened by two Imperial Guards, and in comes Lasate

“Greetings great Knight…” speaks Lasate with a hand gesture towards Wolfjade

Wolfjade bows, “Emperor…”

Emperor Lasate is an older looking, greyish skinned man, with not so great teeth

But he wears lots of gold trinkets, and a thick white robe

Wolfjade sets a seat for the Emperor, as well as for himself, then there is silence

“Why so gloomy Wolfjade, your ifiltration into the Breenum Hall was a great success,” speaks Lasate

“Soon we shall tear them down foot to neck…” he finishes

“I do not think w should strike at Breenum Hall my Emperor…” speaks Wolfjade

“Oh…” with this the Emperor adjusts the sleeves of his robe, then looks up at Wolfjade blankly

“The Dwarves are arrogant… Foolish… We can remove them at any point we please…” explains Wolfjade

“I see…” replies the Emperor…

“CLAP!” suddenly with a clap of his hands, the Emperor summons in food…

Brought in by three beautiful woman…

All stealthily eying Wolfjade

The Emperor takes note of this… “I think they favor your younger, stronger form over mine…”

The Emperor laughs in a mischievous way

Wolfjade is unphased, and waves away the food

The Emperor is a bit bugged by this

“CLAP!” he clamps hands again for them to leave, not taking anything more than a few grapes himself

“What then Wolfjade… The Elves?” inquires Lasate

“The Human?” he continues

“I think that is time to bring on some allies…” Wolfjade replies

“Allies… Interesting…” the Emperor responds

“They know what we’re doing now… We no longer have the element of surprise as they battle the Orcish Tribes…” Wolfjade explains

“We need allies…” he finishes

“Who the… The Orcs?” questions the Emperor

“No… The Tokra…” replies Wolfjade

The Emperor is silent at first, then, “The Giants of Light… I see”

“There power is… Well… And the fear that they cast… I feel this is the right move… With your blessing that is,” explains Wolfjade

The Emperor stands, “You have my blessing Good Knight…”

“And I feel you should leave in the morning my Emperor… This is not the safest of time for you to be vulnerable,” explains Wolfjade

The Emperor nods, “We shall, as you say, leave in the morning…” replies the Emperor, who then leaves the tent

DarkJade-

Wolfjade (Chapter VII) – The Return

Posted in Entertainment, Fantasy, Fiction, Story, Wolfjade, Writing with tags , on March 7, 2014 by darkjade68

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Some men have died… And yet live… The shell of their former self reeking havoc on the living world… Some sleep… Never to be woken… Some… Awake

Prologue

Chapter I

Chapter II

Chapter III

Chapter IV

Chapter V

Chapter VI

CHAPTER VII – THE RETURN

RIVER NORAN

A WOOD NORTH OF THE EXELUM DESERT

North of the Execlum Desert is a very unique place…

A place called, River Noran

An unlikely place where harsh desert, transforms to a wooded area, near a river

This is where Wolfjade’s Stormdark Legion awaits…

This is where he has just arrived

“HOORAH!” yell his 120 Swordsmen, and 60 Archers of Stormdark

Though he is ragged, and weary, he raises an arm in appreciation

AN HOUR LATER

Wolfjade bathes in a metal tub, brought there for his arrival

His eyes are tired, but relieved, being safely within his camp

Suddenly one of the Emperor of Stormdark’s Advisors enters Wolfjade’s tent, with two Imperial Elite Soldiers, appointed from the Emperor himself

With a wave of Wolfjade’s hand, still within his tub, the two Elite Soldiers leave the tent

The man that stands before him is Eldof… One of Three of the Emperor’s High Advisors…

Eldof being the least trustworthy, in regards to anyone other than the Emperor that is

Everything he does… Every move he makes… Is contrived, and designed to further his own Political Career

“Greetings Great Wolfjade…” he says with a dramatic ceremonial bow

“What is it Eldof…” states Wolfjade, who has now lifted himself up, and out of his tub

His 300 pound form of solid muscle, shaking Eldof a bit…

“Good Knight… In behalf of Stormdark, I say bravo for your penetrative efforts of infiltration into Breenum Hall… Well done sir… Well done…” he states and bows again waving his arms about

Wolfjade drys himself, and begins to place his red under armor attire on

“Speak your words Eldof…” demands Wolfjade, quickly tiring of him already

“The Emperor is coming my Liege…” speaks Eldof, cunningly spying Wolfjade’s reaction

Which, other than pausing for a mere second, there is none

“Good… We have much to discuss… If that is all,” Wolfjade states plainly, hoping to rid his tent of Eldof

Wolfjade begins now to place on his under armor layer of silver chainmail

“Yes… Well… I just thought…” begins Eldof

“Yes?” replies Wolfjade, getting irritated now, as he draws his long sword from its scabbard, and inspects the blade, which is very sharp

“Perhaps you’d like to run your thoughts by me, prior to speaking to the Emperor…” finishes Eldof

With this there is a great silence, as Wolfjade places his blade back in its scabbard, turns and inspects Eldof’s throat, wondering how quickly he could remove his head, even without removing the blade from the scabbard

“Nope… I’m good… You may go,” replies WolfJade as he claps, and two squires enter the chamber to help him put on his black steel plate armor

The Red Lion Emblem blazing on the chest

“Very well my Liege…” Eldof replies holding his tongue, which is sharp… But he’d rather not die this day

He bows, turns, and leaves Wolfjade’s tent

“TURNUM!” Wolfjade suddenly calls, and one of his two Stormdark Swordsmen who stand guard outside of his tent, enters

“My Liege…” he replies.

“I want two of our Archers to keep an eye on Eldof… If he tries to send a messanger, or a bird to the Emperor, kill the messenger… Or kill the bird… No word leaves this camp… Understood?” speaks Wolfjade

“Understood sir,” replies Turnum, who turns and leaves the tent

DarkJade-

PICTURE CREDIT – Advanced

Chapter VIII

Wolfjade (Chapter VI) – Out Of Mind

Posted in Entertainment, Fantasy, Fiction, Story, Wolfjade, Writing with tags , on March 6, 2014 by darkjade68

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by DarkJade

Prologue

Chapter I

Chapter II

Chapter III

Chapter IV

Chapter V

CHAPTER VI – OUT OF MIND

BREENUN HALL

GUEST CHAMBERS

Aliazia lays in a queen size bed, bright blue eyes staring blankly at the ceiling

Aliazia’s uncle is in the doorway talking to High Dwarf Geono-Miaton

“She has not uttered a word since Wolfjade’s escape…” speaks her uncle

“I do not think her mind is right,” he concludes

“Mind right, or no, I want her out of Breenun Hall… And quickly, before I change my mind and hang her from the rafters…” huffs Geonno-Miaton, as he storms away

THE EXELUM DESERT

JOYOBUN OASIS

THE NOMAD’S CAMP

Wolfjade sits by Haro at a campfire

“Your men are not safe…” speaks Wolfjade

“Whatever can you mean my friend…” states Haro dismissively, as he pokes at the fire with a stick

“Trust me… What’s coming will leave nothing alive… I will part ways with you in the morning…” continues Wolfjade as he stands

“You speak madness…” replies Haro, still not taking what Wolfjade is saying all that seriously

“I am appreciative of what you have done for me…” Wolfjade says as he makes his way to his sleeping spot

“But even I will not be able to protect you if you stay…” and with this he leans up against one of the lush oasis trees…

“Disappear Haro…” are the last words that Wolfjade utters before passing out

“Madness…” speaks Haro under his breath… This time with a hint of worry in his voice

THE FOLLOWING MORNING

The next morning Wolfjade awakes to an abandoned camp

He stands and notes a lighter brown colored, fresh horse waiting for him tied to another tree by the oasis water

Fully supplied with all that he will need to last a week in the desert

He smiles slightly, “Haro…”

He mounts the horse, and rides off

Meanwhile off in the distance, some 200 feet or so, Haro watches…

…and follows Wolfjade out of detectable range

WEST OF BREENUN HALL

A HORSE DRAWN CARRIAGE

Within, Aliazia lays on one of the two benches, covered with a blanket… She is across from her Uncle

“I had to do it Uncle…” she explains

“”Rest now child… Let us put more distance between us, and Breenun Hall before you start any kind of ‘confessions’…” he says with a smile

With this she sits up, “Leave me here! I must face justice for what I’ve one…”

“Not a good idea… Nor is it a choice… Your father will have my head if I simply toss you to the wolves…” her Uncle replies

“But, it’s the law?” she rebuttals

“Not our law… The law of the Six Dwarven Kingdoms… And Breenum Hall,” he replies

“You think me not a murderer? A, traitor?” she speaks

With this he smiles again, “I hardly think so… You have a gift child… You have the innate ability of knowing what is wrong… And right…” he explains

“And between you and I, if they had ‘hung’ Wofjade, the wrath of all of Stormdark would surely have fallen hard upon the inhabitants of Breenum Hall… Leaving none alive,” he continues

“So wrong or right… What you have done has, though it cost several guards their lives, has likely saved the rest of Breenum Hall

With this she seems a bit relieved, but not much

“Now rest… Soon we shall home… Soon we shall be in Vernos…” finishes her Uncle, as he closes his eyes to sleep

DarkJade-

PICTURE CREDIT – Dreamers Of The Darkness

Chapter VII

Chapter VIII

Wolfjade (Chapter V) – Silent Ride

Posted in Entertainment, Fantasy, Fiction, Story, Wolfjade, Writing with tags , on March 5, 2014 by darkjade68

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by DarkJade

Prologue

Chapter I

Chapter II

Chapter III

Chapter IV

He Who Waits…

Breathes

He Who Longs…

Grieves

CHAPTER V – Silent Ride

THE EXELUM DESERT

Wolfjade, slumped over, rides his way through the Exelum Desert, far to the east of Breenun Hall, and the hundreds of Dwarves that seek him

He is mourning…

He is…

Lost

His Crusade leading 60 Stormdark Archers, and 120 Stormdark Swordsmen prevailed for many a battle…

7,000 plus killed by his command

Primarily Dwarves of their Six Kingdoms… But also some Humans and Elves

He was alone

His Legion assuredly seeked him, knowing of his escape

But did he want to be found

And return to his life as a Shell of a Warrior…

A Shell of a Knight

“The girl…”

He thought to himself…

“Forget the girl…” he spoke out loud, countering his thoughts

“Forget the…”

And with this he fell from his horse…

The 120 plus degree sun beating down upon him

THREE HOURS LATER

THE JOYOBUN OASIS

TWENTY MILES EAST OF WHERE HE FELL

DEEP WITHIN THE DESERT

FAR FROM THE REACH OF THE BREENUN HALL LAW

Wolfjade wakes to water being thrown on his face

He opens his eyes, squinting blearily, up at a smiling dark skinned human

A Nomad

“Hello my friend…” spoke the smiling man, who was handing Wolfjade a wineskin pouch, full of water

Wolfjade did not react at first…

“Drink or die…” spoke the man

Convincing words

Wolfjade reached out and took the wineskin…

And drank all within it at a rapid pace

“You have been out under our sun a long time my friend… It is amazing that you are still alive,” spoke the man

Wolfjade sits up to see that he is the middle of a Nomad Camp, right by a bright blue oasis, surrounded by lush dessert trees

“Joyobun?” asks Wolfjade

The man is surprised to hear this

“Yes friend…” he reaches out his hand to lift Wolfjade up, “You are full of surprises…”

Wolfjade stands, his grey clothing covered in sand

“Swim…” speaks the man, as he gestures towards the oasis

Wolfjade starts towards the water, piece by piece removing his clothes, then looks back at the man

“What is your name?” he asks

“Haro…” replies the man, as he turns and returns to his friends in the camp

Wolfjade enters the water…

The coolness envelopes him…

The sun still blazing down, but can not penetrate the coolness of the spring

Wolfjade swims down as deep as a man can go…

Then goes deeper, and sits in the darkness of the water’s depths

“Alone…”

DarkJade-

PICTURE CREDIT – Futile

Chapter VI

Chapter VII

Chapter VIII

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