The Ramblings of the Titanium Don

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My writing – Seeker

Coming Thursday to an Amazon dot com near you:

I am proud to announce the forthcoming release of the first book of The Source Chronicles – Seeker.

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Five thousand years ago, a comet was on a collision course with t’Thera. To stop it from destroying life across the planet, all of the wizards and fully realized sorcerers and sorceresses combined their power to arrest its descent, destroying themselves in the process. With their passing, no wizards would rise again, and no sorcerer would ever claim the strength of those lost in The Falling of The Skies.

One mystery from before The Falling would spark wars, and inspire adventurers for five millennia – The Source. The Source is a prophesized relic of sorcerous energies, capable of changing the   destiny of the entire world. And only one will be able to wield this power – The Seeker.

The Seeker does not know that he is an agent of Order, pre-destined to overcome the forces of Chaos. He faces adversities and challenges on numerous levels, and must discover who he is in order to recover from many mistakes if he is to achieve his destiny.

The forces of Chaos are on the march. The Seeker comes to realize that if they overcome the forces of Order, his quest will fail, and the world will never know peace again.

This story began as a scene in my head in 1998. From that once character and setting, I have developed a rich fantasy world with many nuances and unique characteristics.

I completed Seeker many years ago now, and even had it professionally edited. After submitting this to numerous agents, I have decided that it is time to use the new and exciting tools available to me, and to publish this great story on my own.

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Seeker is the first book in a series of five. Source Chronicles Book 2 – Finder, and Book 3 – Harbinger, are both complete, but unedited. Source Chronicles Book 4 – Guardians, is about halfway complete. Book 5 – Healers, has been partially plotted out, and I know where it will go along the way.

The world of The Source Chronicles is so rich, I have already written a short story prequel to Seeker, as well as considered a couple prequel novels covering historic events mentioned throughout the primary series.

I am very, very excited to finally be able to share this with a wide audience! Seeker is Young Adult Fantasy, suitable for not only adults, but teenagers around age fifteen and up.

Seeker will be available both in print, and for the Kindle as of Thursday, October 30th. If you have enjoyed my blog, please support my first love and get your own copy of Seeker – and tell your friends!

Thank you for all of your support!

My writing – Website support

Sourcechronicles dot com was the first domain I ever purchased.

I had no idea what to do with it, but when I determined that the name of my novel series would be The Source Chronicles, I decided I needed to own the domain (domains, actually. I acquired both sourcechronicles and thesourcechronicles dot com).

For a long time, I had nothing there. I parked the domain, and let it be. I had taken a basic HTML class years ago, but I was still uncertain what to do. Then a friend gave me Dreamweaver, and I built my first website.

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Sourcechronicles was originally rather pathetic. No real architecture, it was just the grand map of the world, and sample chapters. Over time, I altered that, but it was still very basic, and utterly unprofessional looking.

I purchased more domains along the way, and a friend offered me a basic template I could use. From that template, I was able to build mjblehart dot com, the website for my writing overall; vaporrogues dot com, the website for my unique and original Steampunk world; and the currently defunct website for my own small business, Off the Compass Solutions.

With the coming release of Seeker, I determined it was time to revamp the website. I am not savvy enough to make this do what I really want it to, but I have been able to make it look much cleaner and more interesting.

What does The Source Chronicles need a website for?

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The world I have created is immense. Three continents, more than two dozen nations, each of those with different governments and exports and degrees of wealth and such. I thought it would be interesting to be able to expand upon these things online, since putting it into the book itself would not serve.

I spent hours rebuilding the web page. Though I intend to have it reflect my more grandiose vision for it down the line, using my own limited skills I wanted to make improvements and thus be able to share it.

I hope that it might generate some excitement for the story, and build anticipation for Seeker’s publishing.

Seeker should be available by Thursday, October 30th. Though it is not a horror story, I want to release it in time for one of my favorite holidays, Halloween, and in support of All Hallow’s Read. No, Seeker is not a scary book, but I want be part of anything that supports getting people to give books and read more!

Keep watching this space for more information. Thank you for your continued support.

My writing

I started to write fantasy and sci-fi when I was nine years old.

My first completed work was 50 pages, illustrated sci-fi. I still have the original and a color copy around here somewhere.

I have numerous other projects that have been started, some finished, some not. These span across elementary school, middle school, high school, college and beyond.

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I have been an active writer for over 30 years. I have written a vast amount of fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, Steampunk, poetry, philosophy, political and social commentary, business works and more. I have had two short stories published in anthologies, and self-published the first year of Pathwalking in book and e-book form.

My first love has always been sci-fi and fantasy. Back in 1998, I had a scene pop into my head. I wrote it, then a follow-up, then another, and another. Before long it was a story. Soon that story evolved into a novel, and the novel would in time evolve into an entire series.

The Source Chronicles came into being, and I plotted out a prophecy that drove the series, broken into four parts, one for each book. I completed the first book, and the second, then reached a point where the third was so large that I decided to split it in half, and re-wrote the prophecy into five parts to accommodate the added book.

To set the world upon a course,

to free these lands of War and Strife,

Comes the finding of The Source,

for which The Seeker comes to life.

Wizardry and Sorcery forthwith return,

though seemingly forgotten, they hath yet endured.

Before the Falling, when the lands did burn,

long ago was The Source made thusly secured.

Order of Chaos is the rite of The Source,

Chaos of Order brings neigh but remorse.

And only the Seeker shall know it Discovered,

for only The Seeker may wield The Source.

Knowledge of Wizardry will be recovered,

returned to the world with great show of force.

The Source is Knowledge,

and Knowledge is The Source.

The first book, Seeker, was professionally edited several years ago. Since then, I have submitted inquiries to numerous agents in the hope of finding representation. This was the way I was told was best to become published professionally. It is a slow, often frustrating process, and you have to have a pretty thick skin to accept the mostly impersonal rejections you receive.

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Times have changed. The ability to self-publish one’s work has not only become easier, but frankly with print-on-demand and e-publishing, it is almost unbelievably simple.

I have been sitting on Seeker for a long time now. It has been mostly ready for an audience for many years.

I have determined that the time to self-publish my work is here.

I am going over the proof of Seeker – The Source Chronicles Book I, intent on its publication at the end of October. It will be available exclusively via Amazon.com, both in book and Kindle form (to open it to an even wider audience would make the purchase of the book cost-prohibitive, hence the exclusivity).

I am publishing this under my own imprint, Argent Hedgehog Press.

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I have loved this story since I began it so many years ago, and I think the time has come to share it. Seeker is fantasy suited for Adults and Young Adults, age 15 and up.

If you have enjoyed Pathwalking and Positivity, as well as my social and political blog posts, I think you will find my fiction an exciting and interesting escape. I hope you will enjoy reading this fiction as much as the rest of my writing, and that you will support my commercial endeavors as much as you have supported my weekly writing here.

I will post updates as I get closer to the publication date.  Thank you for your support!

Individuality and sameness

Humans are unique to this world in so very many ways.  The manner in which we live our lives, the technologies we build, the means by which we communicate is vastly different from the rest of the animals on planet Earth.

We are also unique in the ways we differentiate ourselves from one another.  Skin color, religion, nationality, political stance, gender…in our quest for individuality, we identify ourselves in increasingly divisive ways.  Yet we all strive to find common ground.  We all strive to find our place in the world.  We all strive to find love.

We identify ourselves by some of the most amazing intangibles.  I am American.  I am Christian.  I am Buddhist.  I am German.  I am liberal.  I am conservativeI am I am I am on and on.  But when the sun rises in the morning and sets in the evening, does this matter?

The divisions we have created between ourselves will be our downfall.  I am sorry to make such a simple and negative statement, but it is utterly true.

Look at the world today.  We are constantly standing against one another over intangible matters.  The various religious sects, be they Muslim, Christian, Jewish or other fighting both amongst themselves and between one another over who’s intangible Powers-that-be are right.  Republicans and Democrats obstructing one another over petty bullshit in a power struggle to control the country.

And just to add to that fun, there are the tangibles we divide ourselves with.  Women having to justify and fight for the right to their own self-care when men make ludicrous laws.  Homosexuals having to fight for equality and the right to marry or adopt or what-have-you.  Transgendered individuals struggling to not have to be identified by gender or sexual orientation to live their own lives.

At the core, at the root of it all, no matter what manner we choose to identify ourselves, tangible or intangible, WE ARE ALL ONE.  Despite religious interest, party affiliation, gender, sexual orientation, skin color, nationality – WE ARE ALL ONE.  And that is the message we need to become more aware of, and more accepting of if we are to avoid collapse.

John Lennon expressed it best in Imagine.  “Imagine there’s no heaven, It’s easy if you try.  No hell below us, above us only sky…Imagine there’s no countries, It isn’t hard to do.  Nothing to kill or die for, and no religion too…Imagine no possessions, I wonder if you can.  No need for greed or hunger, a brotherhood of man.  Imagine all the people, sharing all the world.”  The message is simple – See the world as it can be if WE ARE ALL ONE.

No, we cannot deny our individuality.  No, we are not all equal in that there are people who are going to stand out in different ways in different fields.  No, not everyone can be a winner just for participating – there will be winners AND losers.  But those are true individual matters, and the things that emphasize our individuality in a natural way.

But however we choose to individually identify ourselves, we need to remember that we need to be accepting of the individuality of others.  This should not be cause to opposition, to oppression, and intolerance…because no matter how we are different individually, ALL ARE ONE.

So rather than fighting against one another and our opposing viewpoints, tangible or intangibles, we need to remember they want the same things I want.  They want the same freedom, the same acknowledgement of their individual self, the same chance to identify with whatever group or groups they would.  What they want and what I want, at the root of it all, is the same.

We should not rue our differences, but celebrate them, remembering that within the individuals are the same substance as what is within us.  We need to forge bonds, not break them.  We need to unite for the greater good, not fight for it.  We need to work together for each other, not against one another.  We need to stop separating ourselves from one another, and start working on bringing ourselves together to make the world a better place for everyone.

What makes us all different?  What makes us all the same?  Just some food for thought.

Do not let them win

Do not let them win.

Who are they?  They are the people who are against us.  They are the people who are working all the time to do whatever they can to change how we live, and more – to have us live in fear.

This is not just about the horrid people who would set off bombs in public and murder innocents.  This is about the world in which we live, and our increasing willingness to sacrifice how we live in the name of “
“security”.

I am about to make what many will consider an ugly statement.  However, none has proven me wrong yet.  After the events of 9/11/01, the terrorists scored a win.

Since that terrible day, we have fundamentally changed the way we live.  We have allowed the violation of civil liberties, and we have turned a blind eye to profiling and racism all in the name of so-called national security.  We have fears that were not so raw before this event.  And now these new awful tragedies, terrorism or otherwise, will increase the nation of fear we occupy.

Fear is how the people in power, no matter how ignorant, foolish, obviously corrupt and unfit, or corporately owned, remain in power.  The government currently running this nation is what the founding fathers warned us to avoid.  The banks and corporations have control, and the puppet government only acts in the best interests of their future campaign financing.

Security is important.  But security that violates our fundamental rights is not security.  And every time something bad happens and our reaction is automatically to clamp down on group ‘x’ or ban object ‘y’, this slaps a bandaid on a far larger, less easy to repair problem.

I believe there is a solution, however.  And that solution is to not let fear win.  We cannot let fear of the next mass shooting or fear of the next act or terror dominate our actions.  Feed the fear, and more things to be afraid of will surely manifest.  What we need to do is acknowledge the bad thing, mourn those who are lost, and then shift our focus on education, on love, on abundance and peace and harmony.

Hippy new-age bullshit propaganda, you might think.  I do not believe that is so, and let me explain why I think this IS the key.  In a world where we are divided by class, divided by gender, divided by race, education, wealth, religion, and all kinds of other artificial separations – someone is allowed to become so desperate, they only way they can see to effect change is to violently lash out.  Somewhere in their psyche, they believe that if they shoot up a movie theatre, or blow themselves up in a public market, or blow up a night-club, or climb a tower and randomly pick off passers-by, they will change the world.  They get it in their head that they will make those they see in opposition to them react to them.

I am not making a political statement here.  I am trying to get across the idea that demonizing and blaming and subsequently fearing those who are different or the unknown or what-have-you changes nothing.  If these terrible acts of violence and terror fundamentally change who we are and how we live, then that proves this awful means achieves the ends.

But it doesn’t.  Not really.  Slapping that bandage onto the sucking chest wound may slow the bleeding, but it certainly won’t heal the wound.  Bans and military strikes and eroding separation of church and state and violating civil liberties to spy on our own feeds the fear and paranoia, but does not repair the damage.  We have to look past the short-term guttural reaction, and start acting in our better interests.

The gaps between us need to be bridged.  Education needs to be about learning, not about meaningless testing.  We need to help the mentally ill, not stigmatize, traumatize and even imprison them.  We need to stand for the rights of all, not against the rights of those different from us in whatever way, real or perceived.  We need to reach out to one another and work together, not erect fences and further the divides between us.

Which is more constructive, building or destroying?  Which do you think goes further to heal our wounded nation, our bleeding world?  How can each of us do anything in the face of overwhelming, seemingly out-of-reach issues?

Do not let them win.  Do not let fear change how you go about your day.  Do not focus on the horrific images of terrible acts of violence, do not feed the fires of rhetoric and hate and anger.  Mourn as you need to, grieve as befits you, but don’t let these awful things change your life on a fundamental level.  Do your part to build trust and love and peace and all the rest of that hippy bullshit stuff, because all of us, no matter where in any divide we fall, are the same.

We are all grains of sand on the beach, drops of water in the ocean, and as unique as any individual is, we are all the same.  Fearing those we perceive as different from us is really fearing ourselves.

Do not let them win.

Words of Encouragement for EVERYONE

You are pretty amazing.

It doesn’t matter what anyone else tells you – you are pretty amazing!

You know that thing you do, that only you can do so well – keep doing it!

I don’t know you.  And with some exceptions, you probably don’t know me, either.  But that doesn’t make this statement any less true.  You are pretty amazing.

We all need words of encouragement along the way.  Everybody has bad days.  Everyone gets brought down because of something they read or something they heard or something someone else said to them.

Even when the encouragement comes from a random source, it can still make us feel well.  And when we think about Mondays and the return to the work week and all the things we have to do and the workload ahead and everything else that might be defeatist, encouragement is welcome.

Don’t berate yourself, don’t beat yourself up, don’t knock yourself down…remember that you are pretty amazing.  You are awesome.  You are worthy and deserving.

Maybe if we spread this message, more people will encourage than discourage.  Maybe instead of standing against one another, we can stand WITH each other.

Isn’t it preferable to be told you are awesome than to be told you are worthless?  I know I prefer to be built up rather than torn down.

There is no catch here.  This isn’t some old-fashioned chain letter where you’ll get something awful if you don’t pass this on.  This is just a message of encouragement from me to you.  And I mean this in all sincerity.

I hope today is a great day.  And I hope you know that you are pretty amazing.

Being FOR the things you want in the world

Be FOR, not AGAINST, the things you want.

I have observed that in the United States, we always seem to be on the defensive against things.  We are against drugs, against guns, against drunk driving, against hunger, against war, against against against.

Why is this important?  Because consciousness creates reality.  Ergo, what you focus on is what you get.

What does “against” mean, anyhow?  Dictionary.com defines it thus:

a·gainst [uh-genst, uh-geynst]  (preposition)

1. in opposition to; contrary to; adverse or hostile to: twenty votes against ten; against reason.

2. in resistance to or defense from: protection against burglars.

3. in an opposite direction to: to ride against the wind.

4. into contact or collision with; toward; upon: The rain beat against the window.

5. in contact with: to lean against the wall.

Opposition.  Contrary to.  Adverse.  In resistance to.  Opposite direction.  Do these notions seem counter to or supportive of creation?  How can you create something if you are doing the opposite?

This is the part people don’t understand.  To oppose what you actually want will not make it go away.  You can’t stamp it out.  And focusing on it, even when you want its opposite, will bring IT into sharper focus.

But I do not want this!  I am consciously saying I do not want this.

If, as I postulate to you, consciousness creates reality, then how can you create from a thought of destruction?  You cannot create when your thought is on taking something apart.

How do you create ending this thing you are against?  Simple.  Create it’s opposite.  Be FOR, rather than AGAINST.

Be for alternatives to drugs.  Be for alternatives to guns.  Be for sober driving.  Be for plenty of food for all.  Be for peace.

Positive thinking alone doesn’t do jack.  This is true.  As I have said before, thought must be mated to feeling for effectiveness.  But further than that, let me ask you this: How does all the negativity of the “againsts” make you feel?

How do you feel when you read the news and see that Celebrity So-and-so is against ‘x’, Senator Bigshot is against ‘y’, Generic Activist Group is against ‘z’, and everyone but a small crowd of lunatics are against ‘a’.  Negative news, drawing more negative news, drawing more negative emotions from everyone.  The message is spread and reinforced, and yet we all wonder why things seem bad?  Because we get focused on all those, we draw them and more like them to us.

Standing against things may seem to work, but not in the same manner as standing FOR things.  (Perfect example – Prohibition.)  Taking a positive position and a positive attitude is FAR more powerful than taking a negative one.

Think about all the times you really focused your energy, your thought, your emotion on something you wanted.  And when you got that something, how did you feel?  Now how many times have you focused on something you did NOT want, tried to make it not happen, gave it tons of focus and energy and thought and emotion…and got it anyhow?  How did THAT make you feel?

Taking a position ‘against’ will not stop the thing you do not want.  And while taking the position ‘for’ its opposite may not produce an immediate response either, doesn’t it feel better to think positively than to think negatively?

I know there are people out there who seem to relish their depression.  They love a dim cloudy day.  But most of the people I have encountered in this life seek to be happy, and happy is a positive emotion, not a negative one.  Most people prefer pleasure to pain, praise over scorn.  Positives.

It is so very easy to get caught in the trap of negativity.  We’re inundated by it rather constantly.  Messages from the media about this terrible thing or that awful war or that criminal act meet us at every turn.  If, like me, you want to stay informed, no matter how much you minimize media exposure, it is difficult to not get swept up in the downer messages.

So – we have to start on our own.  We can’t expect this to change from without, so like most things, it needs to change from within.  Start choosing things to be FOR, rather than things to be AGAINST.  Consciously make a choice to find the positive spin, rather than the negative.  Feel the emotions being produced in you, and make conscious choices FOR rather than AGAINST.

The next time you find yourself in opposition to something…can you find something instead to be in support of?

Actions for the New Year

Last year, I ended 2011 by stating my plan to make actions rather than resolutions for 2012.

I feel that taking action, rather than making a resolution, is more powerful, and far more easy to work with and on.  I am not just putting out some idea for what to do that I might try, I am going to take action.

My New Year’s Actions for last year:

  • I will act to more frequently show gratitude for the things I have, the people in my life, my health, my job, and all the other things for which I am grateful.
  • I will act to treat the people around me as I wish to be treated.
  • I will act to focus on positives, and ignore negatives.  I will act to spin out a positive from a negative.
  • I will act to work on the now, and not dwell in the past nor pine for the future.

I believe that I have done a pretty decent job with these.  And rather than create new actions for 2013, I am going to restate these, and add one or two.  Having learned quite a lot from actions of the past year, I also know these can and should be made more concise.

As a part of taking actions last year rather than resolutions, I began to blog weekly.  I created my Pathwalking series, to explore the idea of finding and walking my own path in life.  In order to experience the actions I set forth at the end of 2011, I use the blog to share what I am learning as I undertake this journey.

I recognize that these actions are something that can be applied daily.  That was the intent.  They are not grandiose, they should not require any truly life altering acts.  They create simple things easily done that I think will better my life.

It is too easy to resolve to do something big and life changing.  And the complexity of big and life changing ideas can quickly become too difficult and thus overwhelming, and as such get abandoned.

The actions I have taken, and will take further, are simple.  But in choosing these simple actions, I am setting myself up for success.  And success, I have been learning, will build up bigger and bigger, no matter where you start.  So why not start small, and allow for some exciting escalations of success?

I am far too good at self-sabotage.  So doesn’t it make more sense to set myself up for success, instead of failure?  The only conclusion I can reach here is, yes, why not allow myself something I can easily succeed with?

So before you make that convoluted, hard-to-follow resolution, why not choose a simple action to better your life for the coming year?

My New Year’s Actions for 2013:

  • I will express gratitude frequently and unreservedly.
  • I will treat others as I wish to be treated.
  • I will focus on feeling positives, and finding positives in any negatives I encounter.
  • I will live in the now.
  • I will feel as well as think.
  • I will focus on abundance.

Happy New Year to all!

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