Pages of Awesome

Monday, September 27, 2010

Let the Writing Begin! - The Outside


So I finally starting writing this short story for school.

Tentatively titled The Outside, the story is about a character named Adam who lives in a metallic prison of darkness. Literally, as in....no light. However, triangular shaped holes have begun to appear in the ceiling, allowing light to punch through into the tunnels. Adam is tasked by his captors with the job of patching the holes and preventing the light from returning. The light stabs at their eyes and becomes a growing problem. Eventually, Adam discovers that their might be more to their existence than the constant darkness of the tunnels. Their just might be an Outside world--filled with light, filled with pain, and filled with glory.

Today I got a measly 500 words but it's a start. And that's all I really needed.....a start.

So this is my new project. Thoughts?

The allegory is, obviously, very easy to figure out. But I think it's gonna be an awesome story!

I could use titles too if anyone's got any ideas.

And, if you're wondering why I've been updating so frequently lately, check out the earlier posts of this project!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

The Fountain's Song - Poem

Well I still haven't gotten around to fiction writing lately. Homecoming on Friday (awesome!), homecoming games on Saturday (awesome lol), and apple-picking on Sunday (uh...still awesome) kinda took my time. However after homecoming, Saturday morning, I wrote the following poem.

Pretty cryptic I suppose and the last two lines allude to three other poems I've written. So while it may not make complete sense and there's a line or two that's contrived I still think it's pretty good.

Enjoy!

The Fountain's Song
Nathan R. Petrie

There’s something rising in his heart
There’s something running to its start
It’s waited silent for so long
And as it’s come it won’t depart

The fountain waits behind his eye
The water yearns to fall and rise
The stationed guards hold fast the flow
The ocean’s wishes they deny

Yet fountain ancient, fountain new
Awaits a time that it once knew
Its water tastes of joy and peace
Of all the things that it’s flown through

Against the will of watchful guards
The water moves that once was barred
It rises, falls, within the bowl
But does not touch the vast courtyard

The music plays above the noise
A song, unbroken, by decoys
Though measures rest and tempos slow
The song plays on and he enjoys

The water rises, music soars
A cosmic battle man adores
A smile takes the face of him
For this is what he’s waited for

Now at long last the beings meet
Fountain and music, now complete
They surge as one and burn his heart
And cause his pain utter defeat

Behold the battered man today
Met by the music and by waves
Both he loves and would not trade
Because they came from what they say:

That good-byes never last for long
They’re just quick breaks within the song

Friday, September 24, 2010

Back into Swing....

Well it's been a while since I've made a legit blog post and for that I apologize. Ever since the media fast I've been having trouble getting back into the cyber world (or am I improving in life?? hmmmm lol). And what with joining the marching band, academic team, and all sorts of other activities I've been fairly swamped. So much so that my writing time has again been forfeit.

What kind of writer am I?

Anyhow, in my Language Arts class we've recently been given an assignment to "improve our happiness". Not really sure how this fits with core content or language arts but that topic will be saved for another School Chat post.

So I wanted to do something deep and life changing. Something that would effect the world for ages to come. Something my class mates and teachers could remember me for years from now. And then the day to decide my happiness "goal" came and I had come up with..........

Absolutely nothing.

So out of my mouth jumped the first and easiest thing I could think of--get back into writing.

I have a short story and novel to write and obviously expanding The Guardian's Tree into The Chains of Hethra to work on and I've done very, very little on any of these projects. Seems I typically burn out after 10,000 words and then I'm hard pressed to get started again. My break from writing has been far too long. It was helpful, but now that helpfullness is worn out.

I'm still going to break in the TCOH writing because I'm stuck on some plot issues but I have an excellent short story idea I'd love to finish and submit to the Scholastic Art and Writing awards.

So hey, I can write a story in two weeks. This will be my project!

The way this works is that I'm going to blog every day about what I did on this project and, because I'll be using this blog, tid-bits about the craft of writing. I was supposed to start Monday but, being the Master of All-Things-Procrastinated, I put off getting started.

Here's what I've done so far:
  • Outlined the opening scenes
  • Thought long and hard about the story

And that's about it :-) But it's all I really need to get started.

How is your all's writing going? What's the weirdest assignment you've ever been given?

Oh! And don't forget to enter for the Dekker shirt if you're interested!

To the end,

Nathan

Monday, September 13, 2010

Immanuel's Veins - Ted Dekker


Yes, this is another book review. But this is not just another book. Bear with me.

By now most readers of all walks of life have heard the name Ted Dekker. Author of more than twenty-five New York Times bestselling novels, Dekker has captivated the hearts and minds of readers for years now. He practically invented the genre of Christian Suspense/Spiritual Warfare and continues cooking up a tantalizing blend of adrenaline laced thriller, amazing fantasies, and profound allegories.

I am writing this post a week or so before today, a little over an hour after I finished the book. I must tell you, I will never again doubt Dekker's abilities to deliver. He is by far the greatest storyteller I have ever read.

I don't want to spoil plot by giving such an in depth review as typical. So I'll just give you the back cover along with a sentence or two giving you the actual plot.

From the Back Cover


This story is for
everyone--but not everyone is for this story.


It is a dangerous tale of times past. A love story full of deep seduction. A
story of terrible longing and bold sacrifice.

Then as now, evil begins its courtship cloaked in light. And the heart
embraces what it should flee. Forgetting it once had a truer lover.

With a kiss, evil will ravage body, soul, and mind. Yet there remains hope,
because the heart knows no bounds.

Love will prove greater than lust. Sacrifice will overcome seduction. And
blood will flow.

Because the battle for the heart is always violently opposed. For those
desperate to drink deep from this fountain of life, enter.

But remember, not everyone is
for this story.


Review
Immanuel's Veins, in its simplest form, is a love story. Dive deeper and you find a suspenseful conflict between good and evil. Dive even further and you find an allegory to God's immense love. Toma Nicolescu, warrior in the 1772 army of Russia, has fought many battles, but none so difficult and draining as the inward struggle he faces upon meeting his new charges. Tasked with protecting a small family from an unknown evil, Toma finds himself locked in a new kind of warfare--one over the heart. But there is another suitor, masquerading as a being of light and spewing words of darkness. Who will win the lady's heart? Who is good? Who is evil?

Once again, Dekker has crafted a beautiful fable of the love of God for his bride and the raging battle for its heart and soul. Opening with a haunting letter and prophecy, Immanuel's Veins latched onto me and didn't let go. There are slow points in this book, but expertly placed mysteries, foreshadowings, and clues dragged me through them, begging for more. I won't ever doubt Dekker's ability to deliver an excellent story again.

Books of History fans will find much deserved answers and more questions. New fans shouldn't be lost during the reading of IV and will likely be hooked onto Dekker lore. For most enjoyment I would suggest reading the Circle books before IV though.

The story contains several interesting topics of discussion from vampires to the modern day condition of the church.

All in all, with this final book in the Christian market Dekker has won my heart forever. I doubt I could read a thousand more books and find someone his equal. Crying, laughing, cringing with dread I read this book like lightining. And I can tell you now--Immanuel's Veins has changed my life.

Sacrificial Love
As part of the Booksneeze review program I was able to get this book for free (what a deal right?). Not only for free, but before publication! Their stipulations included my posting this review on this exact date and telling you I didn't buy it, etc. But one of the other things that they asked was that I answered a very simple yet profound question:

What is sacrificial love?

And I will tell you :-) In my next post!

MWHAHAHHAHA!

For now, how about I give you something? Say....a limited addition Immanuel's Veins T-shirt? Yeah that sounds good.

The shrit features a heart (like...an actual blood pumping heart) interwrapped with flowers/thorns of sorts and the words "Spread the Love" to the bottom left of it. All in all pretty cool. I"ll try to upload a picture shortly.

All you have to do is comment to enter. Who's in?

To the end,
Nathan
"Stand tall now and proclaim what you have seen, speak in whispered roars..."