East Side to da West Side… Of Wherever We Are…

Bonjour, gutten morgon, all of that good stuff!

So I am sure that many of my little American friends can remember hearing the Dr. Seuss book Oh The Places You’ll Go (by the way, the name Seuss is actually pronounced SOH-ees, not SOOS). Yes! Oh the places that you will go – when you are writing or reading a book. Destinations are extremely important, but first you need to create them. Now, you could think that I am referring mainly to cities, right? I actually am NOT. I am referring to those very potent yet mainly obscure places: geographical locations.

One of two ways to go is to just pick a place that already exists. Take The Hunger Games trilogy for example. Ms. Collins places the nation of Panem in the ruins of what was once North America, but many years after the ice caps have melted and the coasts have flooded. Because of that, it is original in its own right. But, the not-so-original aspect is the fact that she used the geography of North America.

I suppose that this unoriginal geography does add some fun to reading the story. It makes an American reader think,”Hmm, where am I in Panem? I think I am in District 1!” My English II class did this with the Writing Goddess and it was very fun to try and place the different districts. I am in Tennessee, and because most of the state farms, I could safely assume that where I am is part of District 11. American friends, that’s pretty fun, right? Friends from outside the country, my deepest apologies that you cannot experience this awesomeness…

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A fan-made map of the nation of Panem

Personally, there are some districts that are in different places than in the map above, but that’s just my opinion. Here is why: I have done my research, and some of the facts don’t add up. Where District 11 goes up into the Appalachian Mountains, I would replace it with District 12 land.

The simple truth for that is to do your research. Geography has a major role in where aspects of your world are placed. The geography can even be the foundation of the people and the culture. Greece is a mountainous country with tons of islands. Where do the Gods live? On a mountain. Where were most wars fought? On the sea. See? Simple things like geography can set off the entire culture.

Let me use my world exempli gratia.

My world consists of an empire split into 12 kingdoms. The Empire is called Terrapaxus, and not only does it span the globe, it consists of every land mass on Earth (minus Antarctica). Every nanometer is ruled by one person. It is basically like Panem, but the only thing the two empires have in common is the one person ruling everyone with a hereditary heir.

Each kingdom is based on a Zodiac sign, and if you were to rearrange the names of the kingdoms, you would find the names of the Signs. Let us take Cancerians and the kingdom of “Cranec,” for example.

Cancer the Crab is the 4th sign. It is a Water sign. Caucasian Cancerians are typically more palid and have lighter eyes and hair, but sometimes the hair and eyes are very dark. Many Cancerians have an affinity for water and the ocean, of course, and those who live near the beach in warmer climates tend to be tan. Cancerians are very sweet and caring, but can be crabby at times. If they get emotionally hurt, they can retreat into their own private world like a tortoise into its shell. They are very family-oriented, have a love of cooking and antiques, and sometimes can be very bad packrats.

Take the given information of a Cancer. When I think of Cancer, I actually don’t think of that warm Cancun beach full of sun, and the sparkling blue waters of Hawai’i, though they are some top destinations of Cancerian tourists… I think of the balmy, rough beaches of the west coast of Ireland, and the massive cod slowly smoking away in an old Inuit hut. Therefore, I placed the kingdom of Cranec in the Northern Hemisphere.

Cranec consists of the French region of Brittany, the British Isles (the “United Kingdom” has been abolished), Iceland, Greenland, Canada, Alaska (the Last Frontier has been separated from the US and made into its own country), and the Russian subdivisions of Chukotka, Kamchatka, Magadan, Sakhalin, Khabarovsk, Jewish Autonomous Oblast, and Primorsky.

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Do what you will with your world. Make it millions of years ago with the ancient continent of Pangaea. Place it in outer space with some crazy new planet.

Have fun playing Creator Deity and start working your geographically molded mind!

– The Ollam

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A God-Awful Lack of Inspiration, Drive, and Time

Oh my God… I have gone nearly a month without blogging. Yep… I suck… Well, not really. Since I should have blogged more but I didn’t, let me make a slightly ridiculous and somewhat lengthy shout-out to those of you who are slackers when it comes to writing.

So here’s the deal… Today in my Creative Writing Class, the Creative Writing Goddess (AKA The Teacher) played the preface of Amy Poehler’s book Yes Please, in audio book form. Poehler is really funny (of course, those of you who pay attention to those smaller shows like Parks and Recreation know exactly who she is). The reason she is funny is because she is cynically optimistic, and very realistic. One point she makes in the preface is so damn true: WRITING IS FREAKIN’ HARD.

She writes (or in this case, says) that a lot of writers sugarcoat the writing process. Oh yea, of course, as I’m writing this, I’m TOTALLY sitting on my bed with my computer in my lap, chai latte in hand. Hell to the no. Currently, my room is in my grandmother’s terms a disaster area, I’m hungry and I want my Zaxby’s chicken, like, NOW, and I’m blasting my wide assortment of sometimes obscene music. Oh, and of course I’m typing this blog.

Ms. Amy Poehler makes a hell of a point! Writing, fiction and realistic for me, is really difficult. Why: I feel like my writing isn’t worth a crap unless I plan it. Writing is nowhere near quick. But, fear not. There are times like this when something just floats around in the air and……. BOOOOOOOOM! It hits you. Like a missile. Or a massive snowball. Something big, solid, and explosive. Something like this blog, I suppose.

There was a large period of time in which I was writing a story, but because I felt so consumed with it, I literally was sick of it. I couldn’t bare to look at the damned ol’ document again. It happens. I honestly was plain sick of writing! But after a good while, my vigor for writing was renewed and I hopped back to the computer.

Writing really is hard, but believe me, it is so worth it. Take your time, and if you can’t think of anything, just put it down and do something else, which my personal favorite: SLEEP. I don’t know if it would help you, but if you sit at your computer for too long with nothing coming out of your fingers, just take a nap and when you wake up, something might come to you. One thing about a creative mind is that the person most of the time ends up being a night owl, and the mind keeps the person awake. If you end up getting in bed and laying there with your eyes closed, an something comes to you that makes your head explode with excitement, I encourage you to get right back to the keyboard, or in the case of primitiveness, the notepad, and KEEP WRITING. Write till you run out of ideas for that segment.

This brings me to something the Writing Goddess taught the class. First, get a down-draft. Just write something down, don’t edit the hell out of it. When you finish, have someone help you edit it. Rewrite it with the edits; this is your up-draft. When you finally edit the updraft and get the final product, VOILA! YOU HAVE A MASTERPIECE… Even if every reader says that it’s a piece of shit. You worked hard. If no one liked it, technically someone did: YOU. And that’s one of the things that matters in writing. You have fun.

Remember, don’t ever get discouraged when you write. If you run out of inspiration, just take a step back and focus on other things. It’s okay to take a break from writing. It’s also okay to lose a couple hours of sleep.. Well, only if you don’t have to work. Do your work first, and if you get something, write it down. Just don’t stress over details in the beginning. Just saying, I’m guilty of perfectionism in the beginning stages. That leads to failure.

– The Ollam

While Caring for Magical Creatures, Remember to Wear a Kepi, a Crown, or a Kippah: Creating the Inhabitants and the Government

While Caring for Magical Creatures, Remember to Wear a Kepi, a Crown, or a Kippah: Creating the Inhabitants and the Government

*the trumpets blare in all of their glory, announcing the arrival of…* THE OLLAM!!!

BENVENUTI MIEI AMICI! It is time to begin having some fun in designing your world! The first two things we are to start with, as I listed in my previous post titled “You are a Writer in a Sandbox” (check it out under the Beginnings category), are the inhabitants and the government.

To reiterate, they can all be human, all beast, or a hodgepodge of both. Yes of course, one could go straight for the usual elves, wizards, dragons, dwarves, and the other stereotypical myriad of creatures. Keep in mind, however, this little array of fictional creations is small, and I mean small!

The kinds of government are endless. The most common in literature are monarchies, tribalism, and totalitarianism. However, many governments are not completely within the definitions. One can say that the United States was made federalist-democratic republic, but it has evolved to include obvious aspects of netocracy, corporatocracy, bankocracy, and plutocracy (rule by social connections, large corporations, large banks, and the rich, respectively).

Anyone here in the U.S., and I am assuming you guys in other countries are/were told by your teachers: DON’T USE WIKIPEDIA FOR RESEARCH. My friends, here is a suggestion… Go against that. Use Wikipedia. But once you find what you were searching for, search for it across the Internet. This page below has been a literal lifeboat for me in finding new creatures.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_legendary_creatures_by_type

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Government

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Below are pieces from my fictional world’s history to give you an idea.

The Chronicle Omnibus, Branch II, Chapter 1:

Ylillyz Bambinyfh dellaz Terras (Children of the Earth)

Dyaonnipotentykh created every creature when the Feng Grove of Heligask Trees was planted, and placed them within each universe. However, when the Fourth Age of Man came to an end, Dyao removed the now-called supernatural creatures and placed them in the Realms of each Tree. Such creatures would slip out from time to time, and near the end of the Sixth Age, they were released into the worlds. The Diabolic Supernaturals began to take power, and the Light Supernaturals were recalled. The Final Age began and the Diabolics were locked away in the Infernal Realms of the Heligaskar until the Second Advent of the Messiah.

The Master of the Creatures was Mankind, but after the Sixth Age, the Supernaturals lived independently and peacefully alongside Mankind. The most amazing of creatures were among the assortment, such as Sleipnar, Garudas, Bradáns, Qilins, and Heidhrúns.

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The Chronicle Omnibus, Branch II, Chapter 2, Part A, Piece i:

Iloz Cavallimm Tuttopadrimm A.K.A. Sleipnar

From Google Images - Media Cache
An Allfather Horse

This is an illustration of an Allfather Horse, a descendant of Sleipnir, the Steed of Odhinn Allfather. They are usually grey in color, and have the ability to fly despite having no wings. Their spirits can be described like blue fire and lightning, but extremely cold, and their spirits can be seen on their bodies through the eyes and in the form of hoof sleeves, hair markings, and strangely geometric birthmarks. A gust of cold wind is actually the passing of an Allfather Horse, and the phenomenon of St. Elmo’s Fire is the result of a point being struck by a hoof. Two other phenomena caused by Allfather Horses are Mammatus clouds and the Hessdalen Lights.

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The Chronicle Omnibus, Branch III, Chapter 1:

The Government of The Empire

The Empire of Terrapaxus spans the globe and is governed as a democratic-federalist autocratic monarchy. The supreme leader is the Their Most Serene Imperial Eminences the Emperor and Empress. They are to be succeeded by Their Gracious Imperial Excellencies the Prince and Princess, and then Their Gracious Imperial Excellencies the Imperial Knight and Dame.

The Empire is broken into twelve kingdoms ruled by Their Royal Majesties The Kings and Queens, and they will be succeeded by Their Royal Majesties the Viceroys and Vicereines, and then Their Royal Majesties the Royal Knights and Dames.

Each Kingdom is broken in Duchies, led by Their Ducal Highnesses The Dukes and Duchesses, to be succeeded by Their Ducal Highnesses The Marquesses and Marchionesses, and the Their Ducal Highnesses The Ducal Knights and Dames.

This is the monarchic aspect. Now the democratic aspect.

Each municipality after the duchy is broken as such until it is a city or a shire:

Duchy -> County -> Satrapy -> Province -> Prefecture -> District -> City/Shire

The cities are led by a single mayor, while a shire, being within a district but without a city, is ruled by a yearly elected local council.

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Believe me, there is SO much more I could go on about, but I do not want to ramble. There is too much stuff to talk about! There is your little rocket launcher for success when building your world. Albeit, I did say that the sixth and seventh things to do are write the history and the story, but to be honest, if you feel as though you need to do this first in order to get started, do it! Writing is not like coloring in the lines in a coloring book. Branch out.

Good bye my little sapling writers, and happy writing and thinking!

– The Ollam

Sleipnir Pic by Media Cache, taken from Google Images

Crown picture by David Liuzzo, Wikimedia (Consort Crown of Empress Eugénie de Montijo)

Cookie-Cutter Character

Cookie-Cutter Character

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No… It’s… THE OLLAM!

Howdy, howdy, howdy! I’m back, and I am going to help you guys out with the most difficult aspect of my previous post: Character.

Anyone who that has taken a reading or English class undoubtedly heard the terms of protagonist, antagonist, supporting character, or even archenemy. Mis amigos, there are far more than just these four types of characters…

Lesson time! To assist in this little show-and-tell, I am going to use the one and only, my favorite fiction character of all time: PERCY JACKSON. (PJ IS PERF, DON’T JUDGE ME. Judge the movies, though. They sucked. Logan Lerman does a good job playing PJ, however…)

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Logan Lerman as Percy Jackson, son of Poseidon

A protagonist is, of course, the main character, and has a clear conflict with an enemy, the antagonist. Also, s/he has a downfall. Percy Jackson, son of Poseidon, is the protagonistt of the entire series of “Percy Jackson and the Olympians,” written by Uncle Rick (‘scuse me, Rick Riordan). However, as shown in the equally-amazing spin-off series, “Heroes of Olympus,” Percy is not the only protagonist; there are six other characters serving as protagonists.

The antagonist of the PJ&tO series is the Titan King, Kronos. The antagonist (or as shown in the previous type, it could be multiple antagonists) is the arch-nemesis of the protagonist(s), and usually is the trouble-maker.

Here is a character you have probably never heard of before: the deuteragonist. S/he is the second most important character of the story. In PJ&tO, our deuteragonist is Annabeth Chase, daughter of Athena (I ship Percabeth 100%). A deuteragonist can be for or against the protagonist!

Another one you probably haven’t heard of is the tritagonist. Notice that prefix of “tri-.” This is the third most important character, and like the deuteragonist, s/he can be for or against the protagonist. Our tritagonist of PJ&tO is Percy’s BFFFL, the satyr Grover. In the spin-off series, HoO, he becomes a supporting character, as he is not as essential to the conflict at hand as he used to be *cue the frowny face*.

An interesting thing about Percy, Annabeth, Grover, and Kronos are that they could be defined as stock characters. A stock character is that cliché person that you see ALL THE TIME. PJ is the usual, weaker, unpopular kid that has the funny friend (Grover) and gets the badass hot chick on campus (Annabeth) and has to battle an evil that is older that the General Sherman sequoia (Kronos). See that cliché there? Yep. All writers use stocks.

There are a couple you may not have heard of… It is the anti-villain, and the anti-hero. The anti-hero is more common than the anti-villain. Now, these two types of characters are exactly what they seem to be.

The anti-hero (for example, Luke Castellan from PJ&tO and Octavian from HoO) is a character who is initially good, but has some darker ulterior motive. The anti-villain is a character who is, in opposition to an anti-hero, initially bad, but still has a crumb of a heart left. The best example available in the PJ&tO series is Ethan Nakamura, son of Nemesis. He fights for big-bad Kronos, but he is doing it for his mother, who is unrecognized by the gods. Another example of an anti-villain that may seem more prominent and far more recognizable is the one and only Magneto, the anti-villain antagonist of the X-Men Universe, created by the Marvel God Stan Lee. He is destructive, yes, but he does it for the good of his fellow mutants.

Ian McKellan as Magneto, photoshoot for X-Men:Apocalypse film

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One thing that one must remember is that there is such a thing as characterization. 

Explicit characterization is a straight-up biography, and one can learn exactly what the character is like on the spot. The Implicit characterization is far more difficult, but fun. The character of Death in Markus Zusak’s amazing historical fiction story The Book Thief is in my eyes the perfect example of a character that is described implicitly. PERF.

To further characterize your peeps, you have to decide: round or flat, static or dynamic?

A round character is the basic stereotypical nagging girlfriend, complex and deep. The flat character is the simplistic stereotyped boyfriend that does the same thing 24/7.

A dynamic character is the one that is “reborn”, and changes throughout the story. The static, as you can guess is the one that stays the same. Writers, aren’t you glad that there are such people in this world?

Now, if you happen to be a budding scribe of lovely fictional tales, here is an idea. Before you begin the process, pick out a good book, like The Book Thief, and analyze the characters. What is his/her position? How is s/he characterized? Is s/he round or flat? Dynamic or static?

If you do this, I believe it will help you in creating the characters and their personalities.

Happy Aanalyzing, My Guap-Filled Writer Homies!

–  The Ollam

Photo Creds: PJ&tO Pic from spinoff.comicbookresources.com

Magneto Pic from huffingtonpost

Cookie Cutter Pic from coppergifts.com

Writing That’s Mad Exciting

Writing That’s Mad Exciting

It’s….. THE OLLAM! *blasts John Cena theme music*

What’s up guys! I’m back and it’s time to give you a little sneak peak into the future of your mythical world: The story! Sooo… What is a Story? By definition, a story is “an account of imaginary or real people and events told for entertainment.” (Thanks, Google!) I will be very honest, I am still writing the story for my world. Well, technically, I’m working on the details, but I got the basics down…

My friends, the basics of a story of any kind are Characters, Conflict, Setting, Plot, and Theme. Below is a little video that has been a good reminder for what I need to put into my writings:

Many thanks to my man Flocab! So yea, that is what you need! “Plot! Character! Conflict! Theme! Setting! Yes, these are the five things that ya gonna be needing when you’re reading or writing a short story, that’s mad exciting!”

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Now, we’re going to return to the classic Lord of the Rings.

Here is a way to get a sense of everything you just figured out: identify the stuff in the book series.

Plot (More So Of A Summary):

Frodo, a little hobbit, must go with his friends to destroy a ring in the Kingdom of Mordor. They go through many challenges together, such as facing the Orc Army, being separated, and being followed by the weirdo half-hobbit creature Gollum.

Characters (Just The Main Ones):

Frodo, great-nephew or something of Bilbo, the hobbit hero from The Hobbit.

Samwise Gamgee, Frodo’s BFF

Gandalf the Grey, a second-class wizard that tasked Frodo with the ring’s destruction.

Gollum, a hobbit that discovered the ring and kept ahold of it, which drove him crazy and made him into a disgusting erebophilic creature.

Conflict:

The One Ring must be destroyed to defeat Sauron. Simple as that.

Theme:

Hell If I Know! There are a good five or six themes!

Setting: Middle-Earth, a continental mass that is based on the Norse mythological realm of Miðgarðr.

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If you wish, I can share the story elements of my mythical story, but not now… I must build the suspense. Don’t worry; one day, you will read an excerpt one day.

Next week, I will be sharing with you the steps to building creating the inhabitants of your world. Happy Writing!

In the words of the Writing Goddess (my Creative Writing teacher), go out into the world, do good deeds, think great thoughts, and be the best versions of yourselves!

– The Ollam

Video Creds: Flocabulary (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c6I24S72Jps)

Brawn vs. Brain: Thor the Jock Goes to Útgarðar and Gets Burned

Brawn vs. Brain: Thor the Jock Goes to Útgarðar and Gets Burned

My God… Those stupid jocks on the football team, flexing their muscles for the girls, who are squealing in delight. Then there are the nerds who do the jocks’ homework every night, rolling their eyes as they hoist the books on their backs like pack horses… Everyone these days is really worried about being in shape, especially some nerds… Because if that homework ain’t done, someone is getting an ass-whoopin’!

Here’s the thing though… Y’all need to worry about your education, too. It is very much a balance that everyone needs, a balance of brawn and brain. Sure, a little more of one than the other is fine, but if the scales tip too far, you’re screwed. There is something else that comes with an excess of brawn OR brain: arrogance. Trust and believe, I am totes guilty of being arrogant due to my Aquarian intellect. (Can I get a Hoiyaaah!?)

Lesbi-honest… (Don’t get the reference? Don’t continue… Just leave…) Whether we have a ton of brains or brawn, we all fail… and a lot of us don’t want us to get back up and try again. We decide to cry about it as we gorge on ice cream and watch The Notebook. LISTEN. It is COMPLETELY OKAY to cry over a failure. But don’t you DARE cry like a little puta about it for weeks on end. Get up and keep going.

Myths are of course not real. They are legends. If anyone has ever watched the Disney movie Brave, you can probably remember that the Queen tells Merida that legends always have a connection to reality, and give us advice. To give you an example of such legends, I am going to share with you a Norse story from the Prose Edda book called the Gylfaginning. 

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Once upon a time in Asgarðr… Haha, you thought I was really gonna be serious? Nah bruh. You gonna follow the story my way.

So, way back when, only Oðinn damnit knows, Thor woke up one day and decided he’s gonna go big-pimpin’ around Jotunheim, the land of the Giants. His crazy uncle Loki wanted to ride along, so they hopped in Thor’s tricked out chariot with his amazingly thoroughbred goats and they bounced across the Rainbow Bridge to Earth. So apparently goats are way more efficient than horses, and the gods were flashing gay pride first… Who knew?

On the way, they stopped at a farmhouse, zapped the goats, and took the kids as punishment for breaking the bones. Thor and the-very-much-a-pedophile Loki brought along the kids, a quick guy named Thjalfi and his sister Roskva, and left the goats and chariot at the house. Thor and his entourage made their way to the Ifing Sea, which separated Earth from Jo-Town, and crossed it in a creaky old boat.

After landing in Ballsy-Mean-Giantland, they walk through the forest (which was about as thick as a silver-back gorilla’s pubes) and find a big ol’ cabin. They stay the night and are continually scared by earthquakes. You wouldn’t believe it, but it was the mighty Thor that was screaming like a baby. When morning comes, they find that the cabin was really the glove of a giant named Skrymir. Yes, you pronounced it right; it sounds like “screamer”. Skrymir woke up, saw the group, and said, “Yo waddup y’all I’m Skrymir. My girls call me Big-n-Tall.” They all get along swimmingly (except Roskva probably…) and head to Útgarðar together.

They later stop for the night, and Biggie G went to sleep first… We all know what that means… Thor decided to try and kill Skrymir with his hammer, but the three times Thor hit the giant, the damn thing sank even further into his head! The next morning, Skrymir bounced and left his little friends in the dust. As Thor and his N.W.A. got close to Útgarðar, they saw three valleys, perfectly square. IKR, like, WTH bruh? They finally got to the capital, slipped through the bars, and went to the throne room.

In the throne room, the giants looked at the foursome like ravenous wolves, or perhaps Miranda Priestly, but the King, Útgarðar-Loki just looked at them like, Dafuq y’all want? Thor stood up like he was all that and a bag of chips and more, and said, “AY! We straight outta Asgard and we lookin’ for someone that wants to buck! Who wanna go? Who wanna take some L’s?” Útgarðar-Loki, being the OG Giant he was, acted real slick and said, “Y’all gangstas look hungry. Anyone wanna have an eating contest?” Of course, Loki stepped up like the Big Cheese, and sat down across from a giant named Logi. They started eating the king out of house and home, and when they were finished, Loki had eaten the meat; Logi, however, ate EVERY-DAMN-THANG.

Thor, man, he was piiiiissed. The King saw he was pissing off Thor, and challenged the foursome to a race against the giant Hugi. Thjalfi, being long-legged like a skeeter, took up the challenge. Hugi beat him without breaking a sweat, three times in a row. The King then said to Thor, “Ay, man, you lookin’ a little warm. You want a little drink?” Taking this as another challenge, Thor accepted, and chugged the water he was given. The horn barely emptied. Thor’s veins were practically about to pop out of his skin, and he screamed, “I dare one of y’all brothas to fight me!”

“Aight then,” the King said, and he moved aside to reveal his old, crazy-ass stepmama from hell, Elli. Thor ran at her, and she knocked his ass OUT. The other giants leaned back and yelled, “DAAAAAAAAYUM!” Útgarðar-Loki was, however, a good king, and took care of the ego-wounded group. The next morning, he took them outside the city and said, “Hey Thor, my man, I’m real sorry you took an L last night tho. But listen, I know you wanna go another round, but that ain’t happenin’ G.”

Man, Thor looked at him like a Blood lookin’ at a Crip. The king kept talking. “The giant you met, Big-n-Tall? That was me, bruh.” Roskva threw up a little in her mouth at that… “Those big valleys over there? I pulled that mountain in front of my head and you hit the mountain!” Loki was grinnin’ like the Joker, like he knew the whole damn time…

“That giant Logi? Didn’t you see the crazy red hair? Logi is Wildfire! And Hugi? He’s Thought, man! Didn’t you see him daydreaming before the race? And the horn man, that was a trip! Just sayin’, the other end was in the sea! And my step-mama? She’s Old Age! I know you saw her lookin’ like a raggedy-ass vulture on a tree with her cane and wrinkles! Can’t nobody beat Old Age!”

Thor came undone and smashed his hammer in the King, or at least he tried to… In the King’s place was nothing but a little rock on the ground, with three little indentations in its surface. Loki picked it up and lost his shit. “It says, it says, it says… HAHAHA!!!!! ‘DEEZ DENTS! HA! GOT’EEM!'”

Thor’s face:   -___-    ..|..  *gives the middle finger* Screw you, Loki…

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Welp, that’s arrogance! And see? All legends have some truth and teach us a lesson!

Now, serious time… In all reality and seriousness, guys, try to be like Útgarðar-Loki. Have that balance of strength and wisdom. Thor was pissed, oh yes, he was pissed, but he didn’t let that stop him. He used his anger to do other bad-ass stuff, like defending Miðgarðr from the Giants. Everyone needs to do the same. Did you just fail a test? Turn the negative energy into positive energy, and study harder for the next tests. Did you just get pissed at your parents, or a teacher? Take that B.S., and think about all of the good they have done for you. If you can’t do that, at least try to make something positive out the negativity.

Another lesson we can take from this is to be humble. Thor FO SHO wasn’t humble, and he got checked by the Giant King. One thing that I can genuinely and originally say is something my mama has always told me: No one likes an asshole.

So guys, always remember:

1: Be humble.

2: Turn negativity into positivity.

3: Balance your brawns and brains.

Peace out y’all!

– The Ollam

Photo: Creds to adornments.files.wordpress.com

You are a Writer in a Sandbox

You are a Writer in a Sandbox

Projects, admittedly, can be a pain in the butt. However, they can be an inspiration. In the 7th grade, I began a project for my reading class after reading The Giver. The task presented to the class was to create a utopian society, complete with transportation, laws, etc. I had recently been infatuated with the art of astrology, and used it as my basis. The Utopia of the Taureans! Got a good grade, no biggy. What happened next was purely imagination, and everyone has this same imagination. The following summer, I thought, Why not make this society for all signs? Thus was the conception and birth of the global utopian empire known as Terrapaxus.

Now, everything I have said seems like I’m bragging. Albeit, it is a little bit asinine. However, I have to say, everything I am going to display and share, yada yada yada, is to help you out and maybe inspire you to create your own world.

However, before you start, there are some things that must be addressed: the structure of y0ur world.

First, create the people. Are they all human, all beast, or a hodgepodge of creatures and man?

Second, choose the government. Are you a wild child? Make it an anarchy! You want to be revered as the supreme ruler? Make it a monarchy. You want to have total power and be feared? Make it a dictatorship. Do what you want.

Third, create your culture. What is the main religion? How do the people(s) dress? What do they eat on the regular? What are some of the ideals of the society? What are the languages like?

Fourth, make the lands. Where do the people(s) live: in the mountains, under the sea, on the prairie?

Fifth, names. Give the people and places names, along with this fantastical world that you have worked so hard to create.

Sixth, write the history of your world. How did everything come to be? Why are things the way they are now?

Seventh, last but not least, make a story to go along with it. Make the storyline to bring this world farther into the future, for better or for worse. Or, you can illustrate it!

Are you an avid MineCraft player? Hot damn, build your world. Do you love to draw, paint, and sketch? Grab a ton of canvases and get to work illustrating your fantasy. Is writing and reading a passion of yours? Cool, write some fanfiction about your world. Or better yet, if you want to, add something from your mind to my fantasy. Write, paint, draw, build, add on to your fantasy.

There is another person that started this stuff over 80 years, and continued for over 20 years: J.R.R. Tolkien, the writer of The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and the posthumously published Silmarillion. Look at how much success he had! He wrote The Hobbit for his kids, and when approached by a publisher, he believed no one would like his work! Now, Tolkien’s work is known world-wide!

Clearly, if Tolkien can do it, so can you! Give it a try!

Good luck to ye!

-The Ollam

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