Author has written 2 stories for Humor, and Fantasy.
15/07/2014: Sorry to say that Dragon Lord Legends has been deleted from Fictionpress. Why? Because I have finally bitten the bullet and published it on Kindle and there's obviously no point in asking people to pay for a story that is available for free on here. So if you want to read the prequel to Dragon Lord Legends: The Beginning of Armageddon, it's available on Amazon under the title: "The Escape From Orium". Because of the story's length I've cut it down into several different books and so this is part one of "The Parishium Invasion". The story is cheap so I implore people to give it a go. Part two will be available soon.
29/05/2014: Just a note to say that I have uploaded two chapters in the space of about eighteen hours and I'm pretty proud of myself and what I have written. Chapter twenty two, especially, as writing it really gave me a lot of inspiration and fun. It was one of those spur of the moment chapters, where I didn't have what occurred in any plan at all, but I thought of it on the fly and just wrote as I saw fit and everything fell into place. Admittedly what happened came totally out of the blue and I wish that I could have added a bit more of an indication in earlier chapters as to what was going to happen, but I'm still proud of it and I am a few pages into another chapter now, which I hope to finish within the next few days, all being well.
28/05/2014: Wow I did not intend to go over a year without an update. In my previous update I mentioned starting a new job and working pretty much all the time. That's the truth, my story-writing has been limited to literally a couple of sentences late at night prior to bed every few days. And of course, once I finished my latest chapter I wasn't happy with it and so started the next one whilst editing the previous one. Times are hard at the moment, as they would be with a 50 hour a week job and two kids, but I've got a two-week holiday for now and have rediscovered some of my mojo. One chapter posted and another should be on the way very soon, hopefully I'll be able to keep this going for a bit. I'm sorry I keep letting everyone down with my long hiatuses, I really, truly am still writing, just very slowly.
07/04/2013: Just a quick update to inform people that I have a new job and, unfortunately, I have one day off a week so I'm sure you will understand if my updates get even slower. I'm trying real hard and I'm hoping that these six-day weeks are just temporary so please bear with me.
20/12/2012: In response to a couple of questions asked to me in reviews and emails: the reason I started and posted Dragon Lord Legends: The Beginning of Armageddon was because I fully intended to write it and finish it. I did not put it on this site knowing that I would go for years without updating it - at the time I had every intention of finishing it.
So I am very sorry that I got writer's block and that I went to university to do a three-year degree in Mental Health Nursing, got a job that I work 42 hours a week in, got married, had one kid and now have another on the way, play football on Tuesdays and Saturdays and have family members living a long way away from me that I need to visit. Things have gotten massively on top of me in the past four/five years and writing has definitely not been on top of my list of things to do. But I have always thought of my stories and have always planned new ideas and characters with the knowledge that one day I would finish the story and - hopefully - finish the third story in the DLL saga that I had planned. I am sorry and, believe me, I am trying harder than ever to write again.
Spoiler alert* One more quick note that a couple of people picked up in some reviews over the course of DLL is Thanks' "schizophrenia" and what sort of disorder she has. Actually, she has no mental disorder to speak of, which will be covered in BOA with any luck. But in the time that I have set DLL, they wouldn't have any form of mental illness classification. They send speakers to the Ariumdom and lock them up, for God's sake. Thanks' instincts to kill Vorlat were born from seeing Omniscient as she was being tortured and having various magic syphoned into her body as they tried to make him stronger. There are three voices that she hears: her own voice from her past life, her voice that associates Vorlat with Omniscient and thus wants to kill him and the third voice is a form of Omniscient's consciousness that went into her as they were torturing her and it is through that consciousness that she knows that the person she wants to kill is Vorlat (Vorlat senior, not Vorlat the wanderer). Omniscient's voice leaves her when she kills him and her consciousness melds into one, which is why she passes out and goes into a coma afterwards. People refer to her as schizophrenic or a psychopath because that's what I feel they would have done and not because she has a sure-fire diagnosis. *End spoiler*
Anyway, on to the update...
You know when you do something that you're really proud of and you sit on that accomplishment for a while and then when you look back at whatever it was, it either wasn't that great or you didn't do it as well as you should have done? Well I've been proud of Dragon Lord Legends for years now. Yeah, I haven't gotten around to finishing the sequel that I've been promising for around ten years now, but I was still hugely proud of what I managed to write when I was fourteen/fifteen given the scope and length of the story.
Yet when I was really bored recently I re-read the opening four or five chapters and I was appalled by what I had written. The story, especially at the beginning, had massive plotholes, one-dimensional characters and little sense to it. Having skipped ahead several chapters to the end of the story I realise that I definitely improved as time went on and things got a lot better. Yet I cannot even use my age and story-writing inexperience as an excuse for those poor several opening chapters (when I say "several" I actually mean "fifty plus") because I edited the damned story TWICE when I was in my late teens and in my story-writing prime. My editing was an atrocity worthy of being burned alive or something equally as evil. The spelling/grammar errors, from someone who takes great pride in his ability to speak "proper English" even in text messages and emails, were far too many for my liking and there were, as mentioned, several plotholes or parts of the story where I should have added extra explanations or linked one part to another in an attempt to stave off confusion.
Spoiler* An example of this is right at the start of the story. My intention was that when Ryn is attacked by a Dragon he becomes infected with Dragranor insanity (a Dragon-bourne disease that he harbours - unbeknownst to him or anyone at the time - inside his body), but it goes unnoticed until he encounters another Dragon later in the story. That second encounter makes the disease become active, culminating in him almost becoming a "speaker" (a person who can see inside the Dragon auguries but in doing so becomes immobile), but this process was slowed by Edna's witchcraft and then ultimately halted by Tiamat who appears to Ryn in a dream and alters the dynamic of the disease inside him, giving him certain properties that result in him being able to wield Dragranor Nal Ararnor without being hurt. In essence I wanted to demonstrate that Ryn was, in some way, "chosen" from the very start of the story to become the hero of the piece, even if it was at that time simply a case of being in the wrong time at the wrong place.
For reasons such as this I have decided to try to get my mojo back by performing another edit of Dragon Lord Legends, if only for my own peace of mind. I really hope that by doing this I'll be able to break my long years of writer's block and maybe resume the sequel that I have been working on, on and off, for years and years.
Yes, I accept that I could not do a complete re-edit without a massive overhaul. I really don't have the time or the patience to dissect the story and completely rewrite it, which is what it really needs. If I took out the parts that I feel aren't needed and take out the characters that don't add anything to the story (there's a lot of those) then the story would probably lose about twenty-thirty chapters. Maybe one day I'll do a total DLL rewrite, but for now it's just an edit and this time I promise the story will make more sense when you read it.
Bio (Updated 28/05/2014)
Name: Ben Miller
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In Progress: Dragon Lord Legends: The Beginning of Armageddon
Ryn and Lora have their issues and not even her new Godly powers can prevent what is to happen. They now have enemies not only in their own country but from other dimensions and soon the threat to their world is not just from the obvious opponents. There is a new power due to replace the Gods and that power could soon render the whole world asunder. While Lora must exorcise her demons and learn to control her power Ryn is taken somewhere far darker that anyone could have imagined - to a place where his friends died and their enemies won. His adventure is going to start all over again only this time there is no magic to help him and no friends to guide him.
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