Author has written 8 stories for Sci-Fi, Spiritual, Religion, General, Fantasy, and Action.
This is my FanFiction account here: Order and Chaos - Qui Iudicant
This is my facebook page: (Offline for now)
For today's Fourth of July (2013), here is a little something:
Here is a song that I wish for anyone who clicks on this link to listen to. It is calledand to me, it reflects the spirit of Christmas. God bless.
The original definition of epicness:
Another song that I found to be awesome... and haunting. It is the full, complete twenty-seven verse (with a few verses added at the end) song of what the Dwarves sang in Bilbo's home:
I, Order and Chaos - Quí Iudicant, do solemnly swear to review all the stories I read, regardless of the number of reviews, its age, or anything else.
Welcome to my humble abode. Please, take a seat, either in a chair or on a stool, or on the floor, it does not matter to me. Now, time for a little somethin' about me:
Name: Order and Chaos - Quí Iudicant (or any variation thereof)
Age: I usually switch between adult and child, in terms of maturity. Mostly though I act older than I really am.
Location: I guess it wouldn't hurt to say that other than the Internet, I can be found somewhere in the Tidewater Region of the Commonwealth of Virginia, United States of America.
Disposition and Personality: INFJ, or Introverted iNtuitive Feeling Judger (Myers-Briggs - link is further down in profile).
Religion: The belief that Christ, our Lord, Savior, King, and God, came to earth and died for our sins, more commonly known as Christianity. All of my works reflect this; in fact, I see them as nothing more than an extension of Creation which God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit have created.
Question and Answer time
Q: How did you end up on the FictionPress website? And what is the meaning behind that mouthful you call a penname?
A: I came onto the FictionPress website for the simple reason most people who do come on for a legitimate reason do: to write stories. Basically, I just wanted an outlet for my creativity. Facebook, the place where I originally started writing, didn't have much feedback, because there was only my family and many good friends who would be biased in my favor—and because of that, I ended up getting my head inflated and when I came on here, the first serious reviewer who read my stories (actually I'd pressed an accidental "button" of his, a pet-peeve if you wish) knocked me out so fast it was like getting shot to the moon—err, brought back down to Earth. Needless to say, I overreacted and pulled down the story which he'd read (he'd only touched the first two chapters, but enough was enough) and never looked back, in a good way.
Well, as for that, well that is very easy, or at least the first half of it is. Order and Chaos is basically the state of my mind, back in the day, when I first started to broaden my universe of stories from mere storytelling "role-play" with my little bro into the behemoth they are now. One moment it'll be calm, quiet, and tranquil; the next, a war stretching all across—well, all over the place. Everything from Jedi fighting Sith to Death Stars blowing up the Earth. Quí Iudicant is Latin for "The judgement," which is apt enough for my role as a storyteller. Actually, the Order and Chaos bit inside me is simply because that when I want to write, and can't get on the computer to do so, everything is a mess inside my head—rarely am I at Order.
Now, as to what you can call me, well let's see: Order and Chaos - Quí Iudicant, Order and Chaos, Quí Iudicant, OAC – QI, OAC, QI, OaC, or simply Quí. Or when all else fails, call me Author.
Q: Okay then, so Author, which genre do you mostly hang out at?
A: Well, I mostly never hang around FictionPress anyway, 1) because it is more or less dead (a fanfiction author in a PM told me that people seemed to prefer the established canons, and I agree with him); 2) reviews are equally dead—I have to ask for reviews if I want them, or read and review a story, which to be honest, I don't mind, but I like to be writting, not reading; 3) most of the authors on here are either inactive or I can't find them.
But when I do hang around FictionPress, I can be found in the Sci-Fi and Fantasy genres—although with limitations. I mostly prefer Sci-Fi because it is more "realistic" than its fantasy-counterpart.
Q: What is your interest in those genres—are there any other genre you're partial to?
A: I like Sci-Fi because it is my first love, end of story. The first time I listened to a Sci-Fi soundtrack (the entire Star Wars: A New Hope soundtrack list by John Williams) I was hooked, and that's where it began. Fantasy is my second love, for the simple reason my grandfather (now deceased, may his spirit rest in peace) introduced me to the Charlie Bone series—and then came Harry Potter, The Dragonriders of Pern, The Heralds of Valdemar, ect. Because of him, my imagination would never have gotten to the place it is now if it had just been stuck on Sci-Fi. (Or me, for that matter, though I'll have to thank my family for doing that!)
I don't mind a good Romance story (any story with romance, and you've got me interested), as long as it is not too out of hand—i.e. the M-barrier, and kind of lemons that are too much (and weird), ect. Now don't think me a Puritan, but that genre has gotten way out of control, and it needs a serious overhual. Adventure, well, since the Indiana Jones series, I am your man; give me a fantasy world to explore, and I'll have it mapped within a matter of days (mentally speaking). The others, reply hazy—except for Horror. I don't like it because my beliefs as a Christian prevent me from enjoying it. I'll explain it further on down.
Q: What do you focus on the most while writing? And, could you give us some background as to your "science-fiction" stories?
A: What I focus on when writing is how a character would react in a setting and how I see that particular setting (i.e. a spaceship, or a cathedral). I focus heavily on the details on both the character's mind and the setting they are in. According to K. S. Reynard (a fanfiction author who is not active on FictionPress—yet), the devil is in the details, so that is my area of expertise. And somehow I pull it all off without dragging the plot of the story down. Mad, eh?
When I write a character, I try to see how they would see things from their point-of-view. I try to articulate their thoughts as if I am in their shoes (though with female characters that can be a bit tricky); I try to see how they react in a given setting (e.g. a car driving underwater, or a horse-cart floating in space), and how they would adapt or overcome the setting. I also try to give them a distinct voice as to differentiate them from other characters and myself. According to feedback, I do this reasonably well.
As for the plot, it is like I am God and the Universe is laid before me. It is that simple. When I write plots (or the varied settings) I try to write them as how I would see it (i.e. the details, like the feel of the breeze on your cheek, or the sun against your back, or the feel of the water against your skin or fur, or the adrenaline rush in a battle) and I do this quite well—in fact, so well that I fear I'm about to become an egotist and that is why I ask other, more experienced writers (including those who will give me a hard time) for their opinion. And the reaction is usually "What the heck did I come across?" I chuckle whenever I see that.
Regardless I value their opinions, which is why I scoff at those who give their reviews as nothing more than "Gr8t chap, plz do moor!"
So, you want some background information on my stories, do you? Well, the best place to do that is to read 'em. Oh wait, you mean what my stories are about? Simple enough. They're science fiction crossed over with fantasy, and firmly grounded in the Christian faith. I will not deny that they are. Most science fiction stories are quite shallow in terms of depth, originality, characters, plots, you name it. In fact, we haven't seen any good sci-fi authors since the Golden Age of Science Fiction—and same thing goes for fantasy. Not since J.R.R Tolkien have we seen an epic fantasy that is not derivative of Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. You may disagree with me on that but if you're discerning enough you'll see exactly what I mean. And don't give me any of that crap that Tolkien's work is Pagan—it is as "pagan" as his good friend C.S. Lewis's The Chronicles of Narnia are. Both of them read and critiqued each other's work. Now I will not deny that mine own work is derivative from both authors, but I do not make it obvious (e.g taking words that come from Tolkien's fictional languages, though I'll make an exception when writing fanfiction); rather, the only thing that will be obvious is the Christian influence—everything else will come naturally on its own.
Where I get mine inspiration, that is a different story. I draw on many, many things not related to literature, including, but not restriced to are; Music, the Bible, walking around outside, books (and in some cases, online works from both FanFiction and FictionPress), and perhaps a few other things. Oh, and church. Never forget church. Also a big factor is roleplay (online roleplay). I will not tell you where, but needless to say it involves many things other than Sci-Fi. Through roleplay I developed my great ideas, and implimented them in action (unfortunately, I made the discovery that my plots were simply too complex, and that's how I branched out to write). Now my roleplay presence is diminshed but I still pop up here and there, though this time I follow other plots not related to mine.
All other information, please read my stories, and only then you'll get a small indicator as of this writting: they are in infancy.
Q: Do you have any pet peeves?
A: Like any author yes I do. However my pet peeves are more generic than anything, and they are as follows: Bad plots, bad characters, bad spelling, bad punctuation, and bad grammar. Aside from that, any story is worth my time. Even those bad ones (provided they're interesting enough, or the author wants genuine feedback), and then I go all "scathing" on them but I moderate it with encouragement. Let us face it, none of us wants to be kicked down at all. Sadly, there are those authors who do not know one thing of diplomacy, and that is a bad thing. (Unless they know what they're talking about; and sometimes even then it is a bad thing.)
There are others, but I'll expand upon them further on down.
Q: What do you prefer to read in the genres you frequent? What kind of stories do you avoid?
A: For what I like to read, hmm. Like I said before, just about any genre except horror. I don't like that fiction too much because it requires tension to an enormous degree (and suspension of disbelief far beyond my limits) to enjoy; not to mention: And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet." -Matthew 24:6 (King James Version) That should be enough explanation. And besides, I don't like horror fiction anyway.
What do I avoid? Two words: Aberrant sexuality. I despise any fiction that is homosexual or bestial in nature (excluding heterosexual relations between a female and male of two different species as is common among furry genres). If I find myself rubbing shoulders with a gay person however, I'll ignore their sexuality unless they try to shove it down my throat. And then out come the big guns until they shut up about it.
I also don't like stories where main characters are killed off (one of the reasons why I've never read George R.R. Martin's A Song of Fire and Ice; plus, he is also off his rocker, and I don't like that). Unless the author gives a good enough reason (not that it adds "realism" to their stories; that is stupid, real life is never like that) to warrant killing off main characters, I dislike those kinds of stories. (Also why I don't like horror fiction.)
Q: Who are your influences as a writer?
A: The old classical authors. Tolkien, Lewis, Asimov, to name a few. Those three, however, I consider the Trinity of modern fiction, and therefore I mentioned them here, and not the others.
Q: Are there any authors on this site that you would recommend?
A: Well now, there are only a few I'd recommend, and I only do so because their stories are either unique or superior to my own:
JCScannell (First one to find me): Her story, Drakids: First Awakening (Earth Born Guardians: Part One), is very fasinating, impressive even. When I first clicked on it, the writing was short and brief, but interesting. Then, a few months later, it jumps ahead by several lightyears in both quality and quanity Also, check out her Facebook Page, under the name .
Nagwam (Second one to find me): His stories are quite interesting; take, for example, his Voices in the Dark, an awesome peice of work if I do say so myself. Even though his paragraphs are really, really long, he makes up for it with incredible descriptions (similar to mine). Also, check out his War of the Bound, a fasinating peice of sci-fi/fantasy combo if I ever saw one. (Recently, he has edited a portion of his Voices in the Dark story, and revamped it.)
Th' TolimnesDavin: He and I have many things in common, not the least of which that his stories and mine share many similarites. His story, Children of the Gods is very well written and is in sore need of reviews.
Irony's Friend : A good friend (reviewer I should say) of Nagwam's. Her story, Under the Blue Moon(the title since has changed to Midnight Moon), is well thought out and well writen. Definitely worth a read.
RemnantsOfSyreal: Long story short, he is awesome; just simply that. His story, The Second Reality, has since been removed from the site and is, I believe, published on Amazon.com. Even though I had not even finished a third of the way through when it was on FP, it was enough to convince me that this is something worth reading.
CheeseloverTwentyFive: I recommend this one author because of his fiction Dreaming Out Loud. It is well thought out, well planned, and much different from his other works. Enjoy and tell him I sent you.
Q: How do you overcome writer's block?
A: Well, how I do that is I just stop writing—and wait. Writer's block is my brain's way of telling me that I'm going in the wrong direction, and therefore I'll wait until it tells me the right way: and it works! And I go onto FanFiction to work on my fanfiction or onto Facebook and hop around talking to people as I go. Sometimes, I take a break for the computer itself and let my mind rest for a day or two, and then on I come back! Both ways are foolproof.
Q: Where do you get your inspirations?
A: I told you a few questions (six) up. Not to mention I also talked about the three authors whose fiction I highly admire three questions (3) up.
Q: What motivates you to write?
A: People who make it worth their while to actually read my stories, and then leave good, long reviews detailing what they liked/hated/wanted to improve about the fiction. Those are what makes me motivated. Flamers, I ignore (mostly because they are idiots, and stupid, and morons; and I can go on forever on this), harsh critics who don't know one thing of diplomacy I will sever contact with, but will take their advice to heart, and those few who put in what they liked about the story as well as what they didn't like about it.
What about those I sever contact with? It is as I said (though in time I'll forgive them).
Q: How do you write?
A: When I dream up a story, I usually begin in the middle, then work my way towards the back, and then rewind to the front. But the main problem for me is, that I usually think up the middle and the end in great detail, but as for beginings, I am awful at writing them. Fortunately, I have been reading books on how to write well and hopefully, I'll overcome this "disability" soon; though according to feedback, it appears that I am both good at creating fantastic plots, and creating believible characters that one can relate to—that, to me, is my best achievment.
Q: What is—to date—your favorite story that you've written?
A: Well, you could say it is my FanFiction story The Cerinian Earth, one of the best stories I have written (actually, it is the only "good" story I have managed to make respectable). Now before you ask me, I'll tell you why it is my favorite story, and also what fandom it is in, since it is FanFiction, understandably enough. The fandom it is in is Star Fox (of which Nintendo is notorious for not giving it any news games in, like, seven fucking years!), and that fandom has gotten tired, mostly because all of the themes in it have become exhausted and overused; not to mention the lack of readers. (Blame it on Nintendo for not producing another SF game.)
I like it for three main reasons: One, it allows me to develop my great ideas, which will be implimented in my original stories here on FP when I get around to writing them; two, it allows me to take liberties with the conventional modes of fanfic (since the first chapter, nor the second or any others, was not kicked off by FF, I feel justified in saying that), and hopefully to inspire others who want to break the mold SF fiction (no, not Sci-Fi) has gotten itself into; and three I love the interrelationship between Theran, my main character, and Sparky, his constant, ever-present tormentor inside his head—they argue, fight (mentally speaking), and even Theran is driven to the point where he shuts Sparky up for an hour or two: but through it all, they must depend on one another for survival. I won't say any more here, go read it—and perhaps leave a review?
But wait; there is one more! (Readers who are uncomfortable with what I am going to say, skip it.)
Four and final, because it allows me to express my faith here on the Internet without bringing the roof down around me. If the readers have a problem with Christianity—in everything that is true Christianity as the Bible, in all truth and assurance testifiys, not the shallow, compromising Laodicean Christianity which is common amongst today's world that allows such foul, heathanish abominations such as (bleep) to actually become acceptable for Christian behavior—then let them continue to have a problem: I am uncompromising in what I believe. My stories are testimonies to that fact. (That might be a contradiction in terms, since it does sometimes bring the roof down around my head; but I don't care.)
However, as a Christian, I am not a fanatic: rather I am quite accomodating as my beliefs tell me I must. "Hate the sin, not the sinner," as such persons as Saint Augustine and Mahatma Gandi have said. Hence, I shall love all, but hate their sins: it is the Church's duty as given to her by Our Lord Jesus Christ to save the lost, and I am not one to discriminate.
Q: How does your faith affect your writing?
A: Maybe the question "how does breathing air affect your life" would be a better one to ask than this. Everything I do is but my way of showing God praise for my gifts. There can be no higher honor than to "render the things that are God's unto God." That being said, if you pull the plug, you'll find me gushing all about it; and that might put a hole in your ears (err, eyes when talking about the 'Net). Really, it is the fuel of life which we run off of, and those others who deny it are simply wasting their time.
Q: Is there any advice you would give to new writers?
A: You know that saying "Eat like you mean it?" Well, "Write like you mean it!" Write the best you can, to the highest ability you posses, and keep looking for authors better than you to critique your work. That is but the first step to becoming a writer (actually, it is the only step; the rest is to have fun, and learn from your mistakes; and read books on how to write well, or Internet blogs).
Oh, and look up TV Tropes-dot-com too, cause it'll help you immensely. There is a link at the very, very bottom of this really long profile labeled TV Tropes—go and click on it, and enjoy.
Q: Is there any advice you'd give on how to give a review?
A: Yes, in fact, I do. The proper way of giving a review is this: be kind and courteous in your wording, especially when you give criticism (constructive criticism is the best kind), and bear in mind that the one you're trying to help is just like you, a living, breathing human being with a mind, will, and personality that is different from your own. Constructive criticism can be just about anything (e.g plots, characters, spelling, punctuation, and grammar, to name a few) you wish, although sometimes you can be treading the line between what you think should go in there, and what the author thinks. Above all, respect the author. I've put together a list of various things I have found on FanFiction that should help you even more, and they are right below.
Things I found helpful from fellow writers—links to their profiles will be included.
Criticism Definitions 101: For Writers and Critics (from Peach Wookiee)
Authors and authoresses, I think we all need a tutorial on what the differences between flames, harsh criticism and constructive criticism are. We all criticize our fellow authors' works at one time or another, reminding ourselves that none of us is perfect. It is important, therefore to know what the differences between flames, harsh criticism and constructive criticism.
1. The flame: A flame is characterized by no suggestions on improvement. It is simply a diatribe on how the story sucked, the author sucked and how s/he should get out of writing because s/he has no talent. A flame may also contain vulgar language, particularly language that would not be acceptable on North American TV. A borderline flame may contain some constructive criticism, but it also has insults that do nothing to help the author. A flame also contains insults toward the author in different forms.
2. The harsh (but useful) criticism: Okay, many of us have had a criticism that we agreed or disagreed with for some reason. Perhaps we needed to hear what was said, but it was phrased less than diplomatically. The critic intended honesty but was perhaps a little bit too blunt or used language that was too rough for the situation. This is not a flame, but is a criticism that can be used to our advantage.
3. The constructive criticism: This type of criticism contains what a critic liked about the story and what s/he felt you could improve upon. It is well worded and you, the author, can say, "Okay, this is definitely where I need some improvement and I'm glad you pointed that out."
My philosophy regarding flames: I won't give them, though I will give constructive criticism as needed. If you choose to flame me for whatever reason and you are a member of this site, I will choose to respond and in a courteous manner. I may disagree with you, but there's no reason for me to get snippy with you. It serves no purpose and just serves to rile up things.
Thank you for your attention, everyone, and I hope it's helpful to you.
RainbowNoms' Writing Tips:
1. Write something every day. Work on a new chapter, write a one-shot, it doesn't really matter. Write 50 words, or 1,500 words, it doesn't really matter. Just keep writing. It puts your brain on track and keeps the ideas flowing.
2. Let yourself get distracted. Kind of contradicts the previous point, but hear me out. If you visit, say, Facebook, read an updated story on FanFiction, or just look up ragecomics, sometimes these places have inspiration hidden inside of them. Also, it helps keep you out of a serious state of mind, which leads directly into number 3...
3. Have fun. Writing is supposed to be fun. If you worry too much about mistakes, other people's opinions, or your sex life, or whatever, it blocks your creativity. If you're having fun, not only will your writing be better, but the enthusiasm will also show through. Especially in humor stories. :D
4. Exercise. Weird, right? You're probably at a computer, not in a gym. If you have some open space next to your desk (and a high enough ceiling), though, get up and use it. Run in place, do push-ups, or jumping jacks (my personal favorite). It helps keep your blood flowing, and good circulation = good ideas.
5. Use a cloud service. I figure most of you aren't shut-ins who live in your mom's basement, so you're not always going to be at home. Ideas never take a rest, so neither should your writing. If you get an idea, don't be afraid to implement it into your story on your iDevice, or Android, or even your work computer. Or, if you don't have the previous three...
6. Keep a notebook around. As long as you write it down somewhere, you're doing things right. Just remember to pull it out again and use it.
7. Eat, eat, eat! You can't think straight if you're hungry. Have a snack or something. Just don't get Dorito crumbs in between the keys on your keyboard.
More to come as I think of them!
Reviews: (from redrachxo's profile)
I want to take this opportunity to ask, not just for myself, but on behalf of all the amazing people on here, if you enjoy a fic then please do review! As authors of fanfiction, reviews are often the only reward/encouragement that we get for writing.
Below are links to two incredibly useful articles if you’re not sure how to interact on FFN/write reviews. I hope you enjoy! (Both are from Fandom Wanders.)
Tips: Rose and Psyche
Some People have had the kindness to ask us for tips on writing and while writing is something that comes from inside and once out, has a life of its own, there are a few things that we've found helpful:
Don't take yourself seriously: we're serious, here; learn to laugh at yourself. There's nothing more important than remembering that you might not be the most wonderful writer in the world... because, you're not. As King Peter pointed out in Prince Caspian (and he ought to know), "The best swordsman in the world may be disarmed by a trick that's new to him."
Avoid self inserts: Not self inserts, per se, if they really are you, there isn't anything wrong with that; we mean you should avoid inserting what you think you're like. If you can laugh at yourself, your characters will have a better chance of coming alive (see above). As Shakespeare so eloquently put it, "God has given you one face, and you make yourself another." Because, no matter how hard you try, your characters will always have a dash of you in them.
Be careful with word usage: Take a little time to check your spelling and find out word meanings. Let's get this straight once and for all: 'hanged' is a form of capital punishment, 'hung' is what you do with the laundry.
Don't initially 'write' chapters: This works for some, but not others. We've found that we think better if we write the story through, adding asterisks at a change of scene. After the story is complete and we make all the changes we want we take a day to put chapters in. That leads into the next thing we like to do.
Complete your story before you try posting it: A story grows all the way through and when it's done you might want to go back and overhaul it in places. Sometimes finishing it and leaving for a few months is helpful too, because when you've gone and forgotten what you were thinking when you were writing it, you realize that you are your own best critic. Writing one chapter at a time and posting it (for me at least) would be like handing over the ingredients of a cake and never getting around to baking it.
Be yourself: There are literally tons of writers in the world and the best became the best because they weren't trying to copy anyone else's style or ideas. Give us yourself, tell us a story and be sincere about it and there's a good chance that you'll become one of the best, also. We don't want to hear what everyone else has to say, we want to hear you.
On that note, take some advice from Doctor Suess, "You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You're on your own, and you know what you know. And you are the guy who'll decide where to go."
My own advice: How about you learn how to craft a character. Okay, the first step is...The purpose of this link is so that you can create a core personality for your character, whether it is a robot, human, alien, elf, furry, etc! The trick is, is to imagine yourself in that character's shoes, and how they'd react to the questions. And please be honest when you do so, because you're making a character out of scratch. Also, it wouldn't hurt to see what an established character of yours would react—and its easy, as they're already developed! Also, this test is free.
Step two - is...(Myers-Briggs model). This provides you with a detailed analysis of your character's personailty type once you've taken the test in the link above. Reasons why? One it is if you're just curious; two is if you want to know more about that personality type; and three is if that type is right for your character. Also, you can learn about your own personality. ;)
Now, below this are a list of my stories. Feel free to check them out, and my infamous Wall of Quotes. Now, if you will excuse me, "Heigh-ho, heigh-ho, it's off to write I go…"
List of stories and their universe(s)
Armageddon Chronicles: A compilation of humanity's history in the space age, ranging from 12000 AD (the launch and activation of the first WarpGate to Mars) to 108501 AD (when humanity fell to superior forces). Estimation is to be five Chronicles. To be writen by the scholars of the great and almighty Volatêrranos Imperium.
Jenesis Chronicles: It is the beginning of the Second Age, directly after the Fall of Lucifer and his angels. The Multiverse is in a state of chaos, a result of Lucifer’s meddling with Mankind. His few daemons in the Multiverse that were not trapped in the Outer Darkness began to conspire to free him, and to further corrupt Man. But one thing stood in their way: the Volatêrranos Imperium. (Collection of Oneshots)
Q & A: Questions and Answers; inspiration came from Raymond E. Fiest's Riftwar Cycle, novel Magician: Master. Whereas Pug, also known as Milamber, is questioned about his place within the Empire, the questions and answers here about our ultimate destiny; becoming a Son of God in the End of All Things.
Maundy Thursday, Black Friday, Black Saturday, and Easter Sunday: I wrote this during our Church's celebration of Christ's last days on Earth; the events leading up to his Crucifixion, from the Last Supper to his Desending into Hell for Three Days.
A disturbing vison: This one I wrote after listening to Simon & Garfunkle's Sound's of Silence, and reading the book of Revelation. The result is a work I am very proud of. It begins with a young man in a doctor's office, recounting a strange dream he has been having for the past few months. The doctor asks him to recount it, and so he does. The conclusion is that the young man has been spending too much time at work and not getting a chance to clear his mind. After the young man has thanked the doctor and left, the doctor is thoughtful, and worried, saying "that is the third time this week I have talked to people who've had identical dreams". He is left profoundly disturbed. "Does this mean something? If is does, then what does it mean?" The story closes with no explanation on what happens next.
Paradise Lost, and Found: An interpretation of the Book of Revelation. Read and Review, if you wish.
A Flame in the Darkness (Star Wars/Halo cross-over)The Republic has fallen to the Covenant and the Jedi have been rendered "extinct." As the remaining Republic forces fight to survive under the Mandalorian banners, help will come from the half-destroyed U.N.S.C., and a forgotten race... -Going to be recycled
Kurse of the Erinyes: (Star Fox) Krystal McCloud has walked far along the Dark Path, drowning in her self destructing hatred for the human race. But Those Above All have not forgotten her, and will use any means to redeem her. Even if those means are painful and humiliating, those are the lengths They will go. -AU "original Hell Series" -In Progress
Benedictione Dei: (Star Fox) A lonely Cerinian kit receives a very special gift from a mysterious stranger… (Submission for SF: Holiday Contest) -Complete
Song of the Stars: (Star Fox/other) A collection of oneshots and short stories, based off of Emile The Watcher's Destinies. "To boldly go where no one has ever gone before." Content will be primarily OT in nature but occasionally others will appear. -In Progress
Wall of Quotes
"No grand enterprise is ever achieved without passion. Passion breathes life into it, passion protects it, and passion sustains it. And even when it's finished, passion hangs around unwilling to leave, eyes wide, saying 'Wow!' over and over again." - Mem Fox
“A single dream is more powerful than a thousand realities.” - Tolkien
"Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy." - Norman Vincent Peale
“A man who gives his children habits of industry provides for them better than by giving them a fortune.” –Richard Whately
"Imagination is the air of mind." -Philip James Bailey
"Every child is born blessed with a vivid imagination. But just as a muscle grows flabby with disuse, so the bright imagination of a child pales in later years if he ceases to exercise it." -Walt Disney
"I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world." -Albert Einstein
"For me, reason is the natural organ of truth; but imagination is the organ of meaning. Imagination, producing new metaphors or revivifying old, is not the cause of truth, but its condition." -C.S. Lewis
"Philosophy makes progress not by becoming more rigorous but by becoming more imaginative." -Richard Rorty
"You do not chop off a section of your imaginative substance and make a book specifically for children, for — if you are honest — you have no idea where childhood ends and maturity begins. It is all endless and all one." -P. L. Travers
"The trouble about trying to make yourself stupider than you really are is that you very often succeed." -The Magician's Nephew; C. S. Lewis
"A proud man is always looking down on things and people: and, of course, as long as you are looking down, you cannot see something that is above you." -Mere Christianity; C. S. Lewis
"We do not retreat from reality, we rediscover it. As long as the story lingers in our mind, the real things are more themselves... By dipping them in myth we see them more clearly." -C. S. Lewis's review on Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings.
"I believe that reading and writing are the most nourishing forms of meditation anyone has so far found. By reading the writings of the most interesting minds in history, we meditate with our own minds and theirs as well. This to me is a miracle." -Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
"Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence." -George Washington
"I'm a bit of a grinder. Novels are very long, and long novels are very, very long. It's just a hell of a lot of man-hours. I tend to just go in there, and if it comes, it comes. A morning when I write not a single word doesn't worry me too much. If I come up against a brick wall, I'll just go and play snooker or something or sleep on it, and my subconscious will fix it for me. Usually, it's a journey without maps but a journey with a destination, so I know how it's going to begin and I know how it's going to end, but I don't know how I'm going to get from one to the other. That, really, is the struggle of the novel." -Martin Amis
"The original writer is not one who imitates nobody, but one whom nobody can imitate." -François-René de Chateaubriand
"Writing is nothing less than thought transference, the ability to send one's ideas out into the world, beyond time and distance, taken at the value of the words, unbound from the speaker." -Arthur M. Jolly
"Indeed, unless a man can link his written thoughts with the everlasting wants of men, so that they shall draw from them as from wells, there is no more immortality to the thoughts and feelings of the soul than to the muscles and the bones." -Henry Ward Beecher
"Left to its natural bent affection becomes in the end greedy, naggingly solicitous, jealous, exacting, timous. It suffers agony when its object is absent - but not repaid by any long enjoyment when the object is present." -C.S. Lewis; God in the Dock, part III, page 285, paragraph II, lines IV and V
"Love is not affectionate feeling, but a steady wish for the loved person's ultimate good as far as it can be obtained." -C.S. Lewis; God in the Dock, part I, page 49, paragraph II, lines XX
"Never compare yourself to the best others can do, but to the best you can do." -Unknown
“Three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are, first, hard work; second, stick-to-itiveness; third, common sense.” –Thomas Edison
“Try not to confuse attachment with love. Attachment is about fear and dependency, and has more to do with love of self than love for another. Love without attachment is the purest love because it isn’t about what others can give you because you’re empty. It is about what you can give others because you’re already full.” –Unknown
"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again,... because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat." -Theodore Roosevelt
"THE Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because they are generally the same people." -G.K. Chesterton: ILN, July 16, 1910.
"There are three things all wise men fear: the sea in storm, a night with no moon, and the anger of a gentle man." -Patrick Rothfuss
"Love is not about how long I can wait for someone, but about how well I understand why I am waiting." -Unknown
"Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned." -Buddha
"Love is a language spoken by everyone but understood only by the heart." -Unknown
“Death is only a grim porter to let us into a stately palace.” -Richard Sibbes
“Hope is never ill when faith is well.” -John Bunyan
“Only the young are unsophisticated enough to see past the mask to the truth, and brave enough to speak it aloud.” -Unknown
“He is faithful in little things is faithful in big things.” –The New Testament
“Who's the more foolish, the fool or the fool that follows him?” -Obi-Wan Kenobi
“It’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind” – Neal Armstrong
“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” -The Fox and the Stork
"There is one rule for the industrialist and that is: Make the best quality of goods possible at the lowest cost possible, paying the highest wages possible." -Henry Ford
"If there is anything in my thoughts or style to commend, the credit is due to my parents for instilling in me an early love of the Scriptures. If we abide by the principles taught in the Bible, our country will go on prospering and to prosper; no man can tell how sudden a catastrophe may overwhelm us and bury all our glory in profound obscurity." -Daniel Webster
"Speak softly, and carry a big stick." -Theodore Roosevelt
“We're all going to die, the trick is not to rush it.” -MacGyver
"The path of power is a path of turns within turns." -Unknown
"Gold and silver are fine things, but you can't burn them to keep you warm." -Unknown
“There are times when one can only win by losing... or, at least, appearing to lose.” -Makuta Teridax
“When you enter another's reality, you obey his rules.” -Unknown
"When you don't know what to do, do what you do know to do." -Unknown
"There is will be safety in numbers when the right one walks out of the door." -P. Floyd
“You can not run from your past. You face it or suffer.” -Unknown
“Be careful when choosing what you’re proud of—because the world has every intention of using it against you.” –Unknown
“The very powerful and the very stupid have one thing in common. Instead of altering their views to fit the facts, they alter the facts to fit their views...which can be very uncomfortable if you happen to be one of the facts that needs altering." --The Fourth Doctor, "The Face of Evil"
“The eagerness of a listener quickens the tongue of a narrator.” -Charlotte Bronté
"So this is how liberty dies...with thunderous applause." -Senator Amidala
“Many people, especially ignorant people, want to punish you for speaking the truth, for being correct, for being you. Never apologize for being correct, or for being years ahead of your time. If you’re right and you know it, speak your mind. Speak your mind even if you are a minority of one. The truth is still the truth.” –Mohandas Gandhi
“Don’t use time or words carelessly; neither can be retrieved” -Unknown
“Never laugh at live dragons.” -J.R.R. Tolkien
“Give your enemy a face. If your enemy is human, do not dehumanize him. Know him and know why he is enemy. If your enemy is within you, understand what it is and why you are afraid. Put a face on your fear. When you understand it, and it is no longer vague and shapeless, you will find that your fear is no longer so formidable.” -Unknown
“We play the game we're put into.” -Unknown
“Fear can make anyone a tyrant.” -History
“You see the mudslide start, and it's so slow, and so big, it seems impossible that it's actually impossible to stop- and impossible for you to get out of its way. And if you aren't in the path, all you can is stand there and watch, knowning that there isn't one damn thing you can do except try and pick up the pieces when it's all over.” -Unknown
"Never was anything great achieved without danger" -Niccolo Machiavelli
"No man can walk out on his own story." -Fate
"Some get lost in thought because it is unfamiliar territory." -Unknown
"Some people will do extraordinary things to attain power." -Chancellor Palpatine
"I lift up my eyes to the mountains- where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip- he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord watches over you- the Lord is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will keep you from all harm- he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore." -Psalm 121
“You don't have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body.” -C.S. Lewis
“Never design your character like a garden where anyone can walk. Design your character like the sky where everyone's desire is to reach.” -Anonymous
“Learning does not consist only of knowing what we must or we can do, but also of knowing what we could do and perhaps should not do.” -Umberto Eco
“Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere.” –Carl Sagan “If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.” ―Albert Einstein
"Whatever a man can imagine, other men will achieve it" -Jules Verne
“Application to business is the root of prosperity but those who ask questions that do not concern them are steering the ship of folly towards the rock of indigence.”
“A thought will lead to an act, an act will lead to a habit, a habit will lead to character, character will lead to destiny.” -Unknown.
"Intellectual rigor annoys people because it interferes with the pleasure they derive from allowing their wishes to be the fathers of their thoughts." -George F. Will
“God created the world out of nothing, and so long as we are nothing, He can make something out of us.” -Martin Luther
"There are two types of folks who sit around thinking of ways to kill people: psychopaths and mystery writers. I'm the kind that pays better." -Castle
"One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men, No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man." -Elbert Hubbard
"Anyone who tries to make a distinction between education and entertainment doesn't know the first thing about either." -Marshall McLuhan
“Do the thing you fear most and the death of fear is certain.” -Mark Twain
"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." -Nelson Mandela
“Are you telling me, that the arm of God is longer than man's?”
“A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.” -David Brinkley “Some things you can’t control. If you fear them, then those things control you.”- Jacen Solo
"Truth enlightens the mind, but won't always bring happiness to your heart." -Unknown
“We have come from God, and inevitably the myths woven by us, though they contain error, will also reflect a splintered fragment of the true light, the eternal truth that is with God. Indeed only by myth-making, only by becoming ‘sub-creator’ and inventing stories, can Man aspire to the state of perfection that he knew before the Fall. Our myths may be misguided, but they steer however shakily towards the true harbour, while materialistic ‘progress’ leads only to a yawning abyss and the Iron Crown of the power of evil.” -J.R.R. Tolkien
"Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on: you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of — throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were going to be made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself." -C. S. Lewis
“If you hold back your feelings because you are afraid of getting hurt, you end up getting hurt anyway.” –Unknown
"Love is never wrong. People everyday point and declare one love or another is against a rule, a law, a doctrine, or some belief. But what they point to is not love. They point to lust, infatuation, and disguised hate.
"Being a Christian does not mean judging others based on their race, culture, or beliefs. It means loving your brothers and sisters in this world, embracing them, and accepting them just like God would accept anyone. After all, we're all part of this world and in it together. And our differences are what makes it so great." -The Pen vs The Sword (See above)
"Christianity was never intended to replace or supersede the ordinary human arts and sciences: it is rather a director which will set them all to the right jobs, and a source of energy which will give them all new life, if only they will put themselves at its disposal." -C. S. Lewis
"Great minds think alike, but extraordinary minds rarely ever do." -K.S. Reynard
"It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels." -Augustine of Hippo
"Humility is, of all graces, the chiefest when it does not know itself to be a grace at all." -St. Bernard
"May I govern my passions with absolute sway, and grow wiser and better as my strength wears away." -Walter Pope
"I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth- that God Governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot without his notice, can an Empire rise without his aid?" -Benjamin Franklin
“Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.” –Eleanor Roosevelt
“Right is right, even if everyone is against it; and wrong is wrong, even if everyone is for it.” –William Penn
“Try your best to treat others as you would wish to be treated yourself, and you will find that this is the shortest way to benevolence.” –Mencius (variation of the Golden Rule)
"Do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing, and you'll never be criticized." -John North Willys
"If you want to change the world, pick up your pen and write." -Martin Luther King
"The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits." -Albert Einstein
"Good judgement comes with experience, but experience comes from bad judgement." –Will Roger
“The problem with tigers is they have no setting between ‘Off’ and ‘High’.”—Calvin & Hobbes
"Listening, not imitation, may be the sincerest form of flattery." -Dr. Joyce Brothers
"To be heard, there are times you must be silent" -Chinese Proverb
Trinity of authors of the Twentith century
Isaac Asimov: His most famous work is the Foundation Series; his other major series are the Galactic Empire series and the Robot series. Ironically, Asimov was an atheist, but that does not diminish my respect for him, which is why I've placed him in the "Trinity" of authors of the twentith century. There may be others more worthier of the position, but I consider him the best sci-fi writer of all time.
Clive Staples Lewis (C. S. Lewis): He was once an atheist, like Asimov, but was converted to the Christian faith with the help of many friends (i.e. J. R. R. Tolkien). He is best known both for his fictional work, especially The Screwtape Letters, The Chronicles of Narnia, and The Space Trilogy, and for his non-fiction Christian apologetics, such as Mere Christianity, Miracles, and The Problem of Pain. (Last paragraph comes from Wikipedia.) My respect for him, like his fellow author and friend J. R. R. Tolkien, knows no bounds.
John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (J. R. R. Tolkien): He was an English writer, poet, philologist, and university professor, best known as the author of the classic high fantasy works The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion. (Paragraph comes from Wikipedia). My respect for him knows no bounds.
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