The Tale of Cloran Hastings – Prologue – Fantasy Fiction – 2002 - 2004

“The Tale of Cloran Hastings” is complete at 82,000 words. I am in the process of getting it published. Three publishing houses have expressed interest in it so far, but I am open to conversing with other publishing houses until I sign a contract.

It is a fantasy adventure novel rooted in a complicated world and built upon an endearing love story. Cloran is in love with Adaire, a beautiful girl who works at the local pub in port, and they are engaged to be married. The Sea, however, desires Cloran more than anything, and she can’t bear to see him loved by another. When his king sends Cloran on one final voyage, the Sea gets her chance to seize Cloran Hastings and keep him with her forever.

The story takes place years after the Nurith Wars. The hero of the story is Cloran Hastings, who is the greatest sailor in the world. After the liberation of Menigah, trade increased between Rogvelt, Menigah and the small country of Miotes, far to the north. It is within this climate that Cloran Hastings is born and becomes a great nautical hero. However, can he live up to his reputation?

This book is based on the third video game I made with RPG Maker called “The Tale of Cloran Hastings”. The game was short and simple, but more people played it than my other two epic games, and I had a number of people ask for a sequel. Instead, I turned it into a book. The novel is a far cry from what the game was. It is much longer and has many more plot elements.

Here is the prologue to “The Tale of Cloran Hastings”. Once my novel is published, I will be sure to let everyone know.
 

Ænurin – The Foundations – 16,400 words – Fantasy Fiction – 2006 - 2007

Ænurin is the name of the world. It was created by Nurin to be his bride, for Ænurin means “of Nurin”. This novel is the backbone of my fantasy fiction, for it forges the world in which that fiction takes place. The scope of the book is great, and I have not finished it. I have posted the first section of the book, “The Foundations”, at 16,400 words, nearly 60 pages double-spaced. I have finished much more of my “Ænurin”, but the public will be able to read it when it gets published.
 

Ænurin – Original Summary – 8,971 words – Fantasy Fiction – 2000

I must tell you a bit about this before you read this summary. Originally, I wrote it as a Dungeons and Dragons world background for a campaign my brother was going to run. However, after I had written it, I realized that I incorporated much of the lore of my “Nurith War” trilogy into the story.

My brother never ended up running the campaign. I decided to use this as the first draft for the world in which all my fantasy novels are set. Of course, there are elements within this current version of the story that will not make it into the final version. For instance, elves, gnomes, orcs and dwarves have no place within my stories. I have created my own races for my books (Pintheans, Macerians, Menigans, Kliemans, etc.) and these races will take the place of the races you will read in this story.

My “Ænurin” consists of the genesis of the world—its creation, the creation of the animals and other natural beings and the creation of the intelligent beings like man, as well as the creation of the Lesser-Worlds. The political history that you will read after the defeat of Talitar will change drastically when I complete my “Ænurin”, but I will leave it for you to read to see how the campaign would have gone. The meat of the story ends after the defeat of Talitar the Red. When I rewrite this, the battles between the other Lesser-Worlds and Talitar will be much longer and intricate. Otherwise, the names will stay the same and the basic flow of the story will not change.
 

The Nurith War Trilogy – The War of the Elders – The Nurith War – The Return of the Noths – 2000-2002

I have not yet begun to write “The Nurith War” trilogy. My two video games, “Tsebaoth – The Nurith War” and “Nissi – The Return of the Noths” include a very basic outline of the story, but I will not sit and write it until I publish “The Tale of Cloran Hastings” (and any other sequel that I feel must be written) and until I further complete my “Ænurin”.

These tales are the meat and fat of my fiction. They were the first large fiction works I ever undertook. Here is how it started.

When I was in high school, I started writing stories about Rone, Natalph, Hayah and their exploits. I actually found these hand written stories on notebook paper not long ago and am just a little embarrassed at how bad they were. These stories, however, introduced the characters that would later become the primary players of “Nurith Wars”.

When RPG Maker for the playstation was released by Agetec, I found a great medium to tell my stories for the first time. I created three games: Tsebaoth - The Nurith War, Nissi - The Return of the Noths and The Tale of Cloran Hastings. You can download and play these games by clicking on the Games tab, above.

Tsebaoth - The Nurith War was the first game I made. I took the characters that I had used when I scribbled my first stories in high school and set them in a new world. This became the first bits of my trilogy. As I was creating the story for Tsebaoth, I realized that there was much more history that needed to be explained. So I decided to make a prequel called Rapha - The War of the Elders. I never made this game, but this prequel is still part of the trilogy, and will be the first book when I write the novels. After I released Tsebaoth, it became so popular that folks were asking for a sequel. I decided upon a story that was a natural continuation from Tsebaoth and created my longest and most technical game, Nissi - The Return of the Noths.

So then it became a trilogy without me ever meaning it to. I have changed the names and the stories have evolved much since the release of the games. They are now collectively called “The Nurith War Trilogy”. Book One is “The War of the Elders”. It takes place at the very end of my “Ænurin”. The main continent is divided in half into two peoples, the Pintheans and the Macereans. Due to influence by the Nurith, the Pintheans make war upon Macerios. The book deals with the Elders of Macerios—Gyrlon of Suphah, Natalph the Sky-faller, Kaedmon the Key-holder and the Seer of Ketubim—defending their communities from the Pinthean and Nurith aggressions. The book ends with the Elders forming a blockade and forcing the Pintheans away from Macerios.

“The Nurith War” takes place twenty years later, with Sir Gyrlon's son as the hero; his name is Roneatek (Rone for short). Natalph arrives to call Rone out to help defend Macerios and beat the Pintheans back for good. However, things have changed; the Pintheans have become a hijacked country, so the fight is to first liberate Pintheo and then defeat the Nurith. The book deals with this and how Rone and the Macerean Knights gathered their armies, ending with the defeat of the Nurith and the unification of Pintheo and Macerios.

“The Return of the Noths” takes place only a few years after “The Nurith War”. Pintheo and Macerios have united to become the nation of Rogvelt. The Nurith did not act alone during the Nurith War and had been instigated by the Noths, who inhabited a land far to the south, called Menigah. Word comes to Rogvelt by sailors from Menigah talking about the return of a race of giants called the Nephilim that have begun to terrorize the inhabitants of Menigah. The logical conclusion is that if the Noths had already sent the Nurith to destroy Pintheo and Macerios once, they will likely come with their Nephilim after they devastate Menigah. So Rone and company take preemptive measures to protect Rogvelt by traveling to Menigah to muster an army and rebel against the Nephilim to defeat the Noths and ultimately, the leader of the Noths—Sheth the Noth Lord.

My completed novel, “The Tale of Cloran Hastings” starts a few years after the end of “The Nurith War” trilogy.
 

 

The Judgment of Gritty Sax – 3,737 words – Children’s Fantasy Fiction – June, 2007

I wrote this story as a present for my cousin Tova on her birthday. It is the sequel to “Tova and the Tree” so be sure to read it first.
 

The Day Elena Ate a Wrigglydoop – 4,884 words – Children’s Fantasy Fiction – April 2007

I wrote this story for my cousin Elena for his birthday
 

The Tree in the Meadow – 2,934 words – Fiction – February, 2007

This is a short story I wrote for a class I took during winter quarter of 2007. It is rather different from stories I normally write. It isn't a fantasy and is geared towards adults.
 

David the Yigreblat Champion – 5,263 words – February, 2007

I wrote this story for my cousin David for his birthday.
 

Just Keep Rowing” – 4,371 words – Fiction – February, 2007

This is a short story I wrote for a class I took during winter quarter of 2007. It is rather different from stories I normally write. It isn't a fantasy and is geared towards adults.
 

Bumpystump’s Christmas Story – 3,396 words – Children’s Fantasy Fiction – December, 2006

I wrote this story for my cousins for Christmas.
 

Athenian Conversation about Lysistrata – 2,064 words – Historical Fiction - 2005

This is the sixth story I wrote based on Thucydides' history of the Peloponnesian War.
 

Athenian Assembly – 1,225 words – Historical Fiction – 2005

This is the fifth story I wrote based on Thucydides' history of the Peloponnesian War.
 

Revolution in Corcyra – 1,769 words – Historical Fiction - 2005

This is the fourth story I wrote based on Thucydides' history of the Peloponnesian War.
 

The Attack of Plataea – 3,771 words – Historical Fiction – 2005

This is the third story I wrote based on Thucydides' history of the Peloponnesian War.
 

Pericles and the Cause of War – 1,535 words – Historical Ficiton - 2005

This is the second story I wrote based on Thucydides' history of the Peloponnesian War.
 

Athenian Democracy – 1,506 words – Historical Fiction – 2005

This is one of six papers I wrote in 2005 based on Thucydides’ account of the Peloponnesian War for a class. In the class I took, I had to write a short story based on the events we had covered that week. This is the first one, "Athenian Democracy".
 

Tova and the Tree3,409 words – Children’s Fantasy Fiction – May, 2006

I wrote this children's story for my cousin Tova on her ninth birthday. This is one of my favorite stories that I have written.
 

The Sabotage Brothers – 5,471 words – Children’s Fantasy Fiction – March, 2006

I wrote this children's story for my cousin Elena on her birthday, and got it bound and printed as a present.
 

Lanette the Dragon Tamer – 3,111 words – Children’s Fantasy Fiction – Sometime in 2006

This is the first in a series of children's stories that I am writing for my young cousins. This one was given to Orianna for her birthday.
 

Opening of a New Cultural Center – 243 words – Satire – September, 2004

I once passed a building on the way back from campus called the Ethnic Cultural Center. It sparked my imagination and so I wrote a little argument between two friends on how to name the building.
 

If Gore Had Been President – 1,068 words – Satire – April, 2006

A newspaper in Seattle wrote an article musing over what the world would be like if Gore had been president. I decided to write my own hypothesis of what the world would be like (and I do believe that my use of the "alt-o-time-o-later" makes my account much more credible!)
 

Planned Immortality – 2,719 words – Science Fiction - Sometime Before September, 2004

I wrote this story as an assignment for a creative writing course that I took while in college. It ended up being far longer than my instructor had wished. When I finished reading it in front of the class, the whole room was silent (and quite aghast, it seemed to me at the time) and no one knew how to respond to it.
 

The Discovery of the Third Gender – 2,233 words – Science Fiction – Sometime Before September, 2004

I wrote this story for the release of my print-on-demand book entitled Era One. The book is composed of all of the older writings on my website, but originally, this story was exclusive to the book. I’ve decided to post it here now. A story is worthless unless people read it.
 

Seekers of Vengeance – 3,600 words – Fantasy Fiction - Sometime Before September, 2004

This was an assignment for an advanced fiction class I took. I was not allowed to write a fantasy, so I came up with this instead.
 

The Dagada’s Sidhe – 2,948 words – Fantasy Fiction – Sometime Before September, 2004

This was an assignment I had in college for an advanced fiction class. It ended up being one of my favorites, so I placed it here.
 

The Man who Let His Druid Die – 10,951 words – Fantasy Fiction – Sometime Before September, 2004

I wrote this story set within the world of Dark Age of Camelot. It is a story about how one can fail his duty.
 

The Last Thoughts of a Lurikeen – 2,844 words – Fantasy Fiction – Sometime Before September, 2004

I submitted this story into a contest run by the Dark Age of Camelot Vault Network. It is set within the world of Dark Age of Camelot. I had a guideline for writing it. It had to have a section of tension where the hero is walking through a dark cavern and he hears noises coming towards him. This is the story I came up with, based on those criteria.
 

Another Encounter with the Grave – 1,237 words – Fantasy Fiction – Sometime Before September, 2004

I wrote this story as an assignment for an advanced fiction-writing course at college. I was angry because my instructor (all of my instructors, actually) had a prejudice against the fantasy genre, as if it were an inferior form of writing, and forbade me to write a fantasy. So I produced this little gem that I wrote as a fantasy, but I argued was not a fantasy when I turned it in.
 

The Doings of Narconius – 1,683 words – Fantasy Fiction – Sometime Before September, 2004

I have a friend that is obsessed with dragons. I have no idea why. It is very strange. Anyhow, he asked me to write a short story about dragons, something that I may be able to elaborate on later, and so I did. This is the product. It wasn’t what he expected, but I had fun writing it.
 

Diron’s Call – 2,872 words – Fantasy Fiction – Sometime in 2000

I wrote this story while sitting, bored in one of my high school classes. I wrote it out longhand and then typed it up when I got home. It was one of my brother’s favorite stories, so I am putting it here.
 

The Hold – 1,255 words – Fantasy Fiction – May, 2000

This is another of the older stories I wrote back when I was in high school. It was written around the time of “Diron’s Call”. Most people who have read it give me funny looks when they finish, but for some reason I really like it, and so it is here.
 

Behind the Tapestry – 4,197 words – Fantasy Fiction – Sometime in the late 1990’s

This is the first story I ever wrote. At least, it is the oldest story that I have written that I still have. I think I wrote it when I was thirteen of fourteen. I have the original, but I went back and rewrote it. This is the edited version. Although it isn’t how I would write things today, I still rather like it.

Tsebaoth is one of the names of God, Jehovah-Tsebaoth, meaning “Lord of Hosts” or literally, “The warlike nature of God.”
 

The White Door – 2,975 words – Science Fiction – May, 2000

Another one of my older stories, this one was written as an assignment for an English course I took as a senior in high school. I was supposed to write a story using the style of Ray Bradbury, and so of course it had to be a science fiction sort of thing.
 

100th Anniversary – 1,501 words – Satire – Sometime Before 2004

This was written as a humorous satire around the time that homosexual marriages became a big issue in the States. For this little story, I forecasted how far down the ladder of sexuality our society might descend unless we do something about it. The story is short and pretty ridiculous, but I had fun writing it.
 

Just Another Pickup at the Airport – 1,892 words – Satire – Sometime Before September, 2004

I wrote this during the time when gay marriage was a big issue here in the States (and still is, actually). It is a silly story that explores how far folks might go in their quest for “sexual acceptance” and makes a rather good point, if I do say so myself.
 

The Tree Hugger – 960 words – Satire – Sometime Before September, 2004

I wrote this as a political and social satire from the perspective of the video game, Dark Age of Camelot.
 

The Host of Emain Macha - 1,019 words – Satire – Sometime Before September, 2004

I wrote this within the world of Dark Age of Camelot. I was very frustrated with the imbalance within the game and, much like “The Swiftaxe Letters”, wrote a little satire poking fun of the game (being just a little inflammatory). It may not make much sense if you aren't familiar with the game.
 

The Swiftaxe Letters – 3,338 words – Satire – Sometime Before September, 2004

These are a series of letters I wrote as a fan of the game Dark Age of Camelot. At the time I was frustrated with the lack of balance within the game, and so I wrote these letters to... rub the sores, as it were. They may not make much sense if you aren’t familiar with the game, but I still find them fun. And yes, I did model the format after C.S. Lewis' The Screwtape Letters.
 

 

Ode to my Beard – 206 words – March, 2006

I had to cut off my beard! Oh, the agony, the shame!
 

Bear the Storm – 215 words – Sometime Before September, 2004

I do not think we should succumb to fear, like the speaker of this poem does. However, it is also wise to acknowledge and understand the types of fear we have and how they are caused. This poem is about fear, the fear of certain creatures (a fear that is unjustified, I might add). This poem is my try at a pantoum.
 

Hound’s Loud Howling – 446 words – Sometime Before September, 2004

This is based on a true event. I used to live on a hill that overlooked a wooded valley within the shadow of Mount Rainer. One night I began to hear what sounded like the barking and yipping of dogs, coming from the forested valley below. When I say "dogs" I mean it loosely. I do not know what they were, but that is as close as I can place the sound. It sounded like dozens of them. Anyhow, I walked outside and stood there wondering what on earth was going on, when all at once they stopped. If it was the sound of dogs, how could all the dogs be baying loudly and then stop on a dime? It almost sounded like a recording being turned off. But it wasn’t one. This poem is based on that event, and is a pantoum.
 

Forbidden Tunnels and Passages – 490 words – Sometime Before September, 2004

I had a lot of fun with this one. I got to think back to the days when I was young and every hole or compartment held innumerable secrets. I was required to make a visual poem that looked like what its words said. This was what I came up with.
 

I Was Crazy Once – 150 words – Sometime Before September, 2004

This is a rather silly poem about nothing. That is, most would think it is about nothing. I suppose I codified much of what I was thinking when I wrote it, but still, it is a poem of absolute gibberish. Which is always fun.
 

Man Was Not Vapor Kindled – 342 words – Sometime Before September, 2004

This poem was written in the sestina form, which is a tricky form to write in (but that's what makes it fun!) And so I explored a few things with it that man has been exploring since they could write. Albeit, a little differently.
 

March of the Nurith – 204 words – Sometime Before Spetember, 2004

This is one of my earlier poems, also based on my Nurith War books. This was written using the pantoum form.
 

Mister Slinky is Not the Sickle-man – 286 words – Sometime Before September, 2004

What was it that Revelations said? "Let he who has ears to hear, hear." Aye, that was it. Bah, it is not as cryptic as I am making it appear.
 

Oft I Sat and thought About Shadows of the Moon – 316 words – Sometime Before September, 2004

I wrote this during a time of restructure, as it were, in my guild within the game Dark Age of Camelot. I was frustrated and sad, and so I sat down and came up with this.
 

One Day, Not So Very Long Ago – 539 words – Sometime Before September, 2004

Sometimes things appear to be black and white. One knows, and has the answer, and doesn’t need to worry about the future or the present, for it is all mapped out and he can foresee the end. But then that feeling leaves, and one wonders how he got it to begin with. That is what this poem is about.
 

Rowanbough – 318 words – Sometime Before September, 2004

This is one of my favorite poems. I wrote it for an advanced poetry class I took in college. I ended up reciting this one at a poetry reading at the college, and people seemed to like it very well. I know I had fun writing it.
 

That Blasted Log – 432 words – Sometime Before September, 2004

This poem is the result of an assignment during an advanced poetry class. I was supposed to write a poem with a lot of dialogue, and this was the result. I used no fixed form, but generally alternated stanzas of 3 and 4 lines.
 

The Elder’s Last Stand – 130 words – Sometime Before September, 2004

This is another one of my earlier poems. It is based on my “Nurith War” books. It is my attempt at a villanelle.
 

The Grass is Always of the Verdant Persuasion – 174 words – Sometime Before September, 2004

This was an assignment. I was supposed to write a poem imitating the style of a published poet. I chose Edwin Morgan to imitate, and came up with this. I doubt very much that good ol' Mr. Morgan would ever write anything like this, but ah well. This was what I came up with.
 

The Hunt for the Tastiest Head – 323 words – Sometime Before September, 2004

I had a great time with this one. It was actually an assignment for an advanced poetry class I took. The assignment was to write a story about nature or animal life. While most of my fellows wrote about trees and butterflies and bunnies, I came up with this.
 

The Sacrifice – 626 words – Sometime Before September, 2004

This was an assignment. I was told to write something without even lines, something that looked sprawled all over the page. So I did.
 

The Scent of Gray – 156 words – Sometime Before September, 2004

How can something wet and gloomy be pleasant? I tried to express the thought through this poem. This is also a villanelle.
 

The Spellbinding Lady with Stars on Her Brow – 147 words – Sometime Before September, 2004

This is one of my favorites. I wrote it in villanelle form. I was told to write a villanelle that didn’t have a fragment each line, so I tried to structure this as a flowing sentence each stanza.
 

Road to Madness – 414 words – Sometime Before September, 2004

This one... was fun. I experimented with many things here; some worked, some didn't. I'd like to tell you more about it but I don't want to spoil it for you. I am sure you will figure it out.
 

Westwind – 98 words – Sometime Before September, 2004

This poem is not autobiographical. There are many things about it that I am well acquainted with, but this poem is not about a real person. I entered this one into a poetry contest, and although I do not know if it won, they asked if I would like to publish it in their book and CD. Since they were going to charge me both my arms and half a leg, I refused.
 

 

Alcibiades the Chameleon – 1,490 words – Ancient Greek History – Fall, 2005

I wrote this as a research paper for my History of the Greek World class, taught by professor Carol Thomas. She gave me a 4.0. I think that was my only one—ever.
 

Herodotus’ Charming Masterpiece – 2,543 words – Ancient Greek History – March, 2007

I wrote this for another course taught by Professor Thomas on the ancient Greeks. This was also my presentation paper at the 2007 Phi Alpha Theta History conference.
 

The Father of History and the Great Historian – 3,534 words – Ancient Greek History – March, 2007

This was another paper written for Professor Thomas’ class on the ancient Greeks. I had to compare Thucydides, considered by many to be the first great historian, with Herodotus, considered by many to be the father of history.
 

Love – Another Aspect of Roman Marriage – 3,192 words – Ancient Roman History – Spring, 2006

This was my senior history lecture seminar paper. I wrote it for Professor Sandra Joshel during her class on the Roman family.
 

Ned Kelly the Bothersome Hero – 2,190 words – Australian History – May, 2007

This was my final research paper written during my class on Australian history, taken during my last quarter at the University of Washington.