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DragonCon 2008, Harry Potter Part 6

admin on October 16th, 2008

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DragonCon 2008, Harry Potter Part 5

admin on October 9th, 2008

DragonCon 2008, Harry Potter Part 4

admin on October 2nd, 2008

DragonCon 2008, Harry Potter Part 3

admin on September 25th, 2008

DragonCon 2008, Harry Potter Part 2

admin on September 18th, 2008

In Writing, Inspiration Can Come From Anywhere

admin on September 12th, 2008

As a fantasy writer you get ideas from everywhere and no where all at the same time. Some days a ton of ideas hit you and you just go with one or two or them. Other days nothing comes and you just go with what you have already or don’t worry about it. You can force yourself to write but you can’t force it to be good. But there are some days when the clarity just hits you hard and you know what you write from this piece of inspiration will be great, no matter what anyone else says.

Being part of the SCA has been a great experience for me in many ways. I have learned a lot about myself and what I can and can not handle. I have learned more about my tolerance for pain. And it is very funny how years ago when I did not think I could take the hits in heavy weapons, that now I show off my bruises. But watching some of the fighters who have been doing this for a while are a highlight.

One of them I am still terrified to fight. It is not that he is better than me, which actually means nothing because I have fought other people better than me and survived. He is just intense. In melee he either races in ahead of everyone else and dies or takes out three to four people before the rest of the group catches up. He is scary to watch. This intensity is seen in single combat as well

What does this have to do with writing and inspiration? That image of him racing in to fight during the melee must have made an impression on me because the other night I woke up to it and thought how there is a story to it. I am not sure just what yet but I know that since I saw it with such clarity a tale will emerge over the coming weeks.

There are times, such as these, that I wish these flashes of greatness would come sooner and faster so I could be the great published writer I want to be. And I am sure some would say it takes me writing all the time to be that person. In a way I do not disagree. But at the same time when I have seen some people forced to write, it has not been as good as when inspiration has hit. So I say write when the inspiration hits.

DragonCon 2008, Harry Potter Part 1

admin on September 11th, 2008

The Barn – Part 7

admin on September 9th, 2008

“What do you think Blaze? Should we worry about them coming back?” Eva asked her.
“No they were only here because of the black dragon.”
“What about the hobgoblin?” Elter wrinkled his nose as a slight breeze picked up carrying the terrible scent of the creature to them. Eva wrinkled her nose in disgust and shook her head to dispel the smell.
“I’ll get rid of it. Carry it off somewhere and dump it. Will you watch the nest while I do that?”
“Of course. It’s the least we can do. Thank you for saving my life.”
Blaze nodded. “I will be back soon.” She glided over to the body and picked it up by its clothes with her teeth. “This tastes horrible.”
Elter giggled. Blaze gave him a look that was unreadable and flew off. Eva looked at the kender.
“I think we should retrieve those caltrips from inside. We don’t want any of those baby dragons hurting themselves when they hatch.”
Elter nodded and they walked to the foliage.
A short while later Blaze returned, a smile crossing her huge face as she landed.
“We have removed the caltrips from the barn for you,” Eva informed her.
“Thank you.”
“Now what do we do?” Elter asked them both. “Do we tell Malin’s government about you or what?”
“I think it’s best we leave Blaze out of our report. We can tell them we found the barn but it was empty. How much longer will you be here?”
“About another month. The eggs will hatch soon. The babies will be able to fly shortly after that. Once they can fly they will go off in their own directions. They should not bother anyone on their journeys to wherever they go.”
“And what about you Blaze? Where will you go once they hatch?” Eva looked at the dragon earnestly.
“I shall remain around here. I have grown to like this place. It is quite and there is plenty for me to eat. I will find a new lair and move in.”
“Will it be close?”
“Possibly.” Blaze looked at Eva.
“I would like to know if we could call on you again if we need your help?”
Blaze smiled again. “Of course. I have come to think of you as my friends. One of my kind does not forget such acts. I will let you know where I am after my return. But you may not recognize me as I will come in disguise. I think the fewer people who know about me the better.”
“I agree. People tend to get frightened of any dragons nearby.”
“You mean I can’t tell anyone about you? But I wanted to tell my story to everyone. How we met a silver dragon, fought some bugbears and hobgoblins. And even saw a black dragon.”
“Elter no one would believe you anyway. I don’t think it will matter much if you tell your story.” Eva told him.
“But I want them to believe me. It’s true after all.”
“Yes I know El but who would think a silver dragon would ask us for help?”
Elter had a downcast look on his face. But then he brightened. “But I did get to actually meet a dragon. I told you we’d find a dragon here Eva.”
Blaze and Eva laughed.
“Yes Elter you did. And now I think we must be on our way. It is getting late and I do not want to set up camp for the night too near you. I don’t want to attract attention to the nest.”
“I think that is wise. Well met Eva. I thank you for your help.”
“I thank you again for saving my life.”
Elter bounced in front of Blaze. “Wow I still can’t believe I got to meet a real life dragon. What a great day! I can’t wait to see you again Blaze. Try to get one of the baby dragons to stay so I can meet one too.”
Blaze laughed. “I will see what I can do.”
“Wow thanks.” Elter bounded off and then looked at Eva. “Come on let’s go.”
Eva turned again to Blaze. “Goodbye Blaze. When we see you again, I hope it is under better circumstances.”
Blaze nodded. Eva turned and caught up to Elter.
“You know my Uncle Trapspringer met a dragon once. I bet he didn’t get to almost see a dragon nest but he met a dragon once.”
Eva just nodded and settled in to hear the tale that Elter was now concocting.
The End

Here you go. The Official Traile for Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. Drool over it because I did.