Announcing my return to high fantasy

It’s been a good six months since I’ve actually worked on my high fantasy series. The planned short break became an extended one and I pushed all of my work over the past two years away to focus on short stories, school, and experimenting. I have promised you all a few different blog-only novels that never surfaced.

The reason behind my switching between novels and short stories so much over the past few months was my determination to finish something for the first time and make it good. I wanted to write something different that explored many different areas, but most of the time my ideas just didn’t get on paper.

I started a novel called Eagle Eye, which would have been a fantasy/military story set in the modern day. I didn’t even start writing it before I decided I didn’t feel like it. Then I started a novel about a civil war in an imaginary nation that would have focused on political themes and character struggles through the crisis. I wrote two chapters and just gave up on it. Then I moved on to The Other Half, an urban fantasy novel that was actually going really well. I wrote six chapters and had most of the novel planned out. I even let my girlfriend read it and she loved it, and she was being honest. A few chapters needed a lot of work and I was prepared to spend this entire summer working on it. I still plan on writing this novel, but something changed.

For the past 8 days I have been in sunny and hot Kailua Kona, Hawai’i on the big island. I spent the week swimming, getting sun-burnt, and reading. My family rented an estate with 5 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, and a huge pool (70 ft by 27 ft or so). It gave me a chance to think and relax my mind after a stressful senior year of high school.

On June 29, as I was just waking up from strange dreams and getting into the shower like a zombie so that I could catch my plane ride home. In my tired mental state, I remembered that I had brought all of my notes for The Other Half so that I could get the second half of the novel planned out for Camp NaNoWriMo. But then I decided maybe it wouldn’t be a good idea to do that novel for Camp because I have no idea where its going. Plenty of authors write like that, but my mind immediately went back to Prophecy of Euphinor, my high/epic fantasy novel.

I thought about it throughout the day and I started to feel guilty for not staying strong with Prophecy to begin with. I started writing it in 2013, although really the ideas for it had existed since 2009. This novel is my main goal in writing, so why was i not focusing on it?

So, today I am announcing that I will no longer be writing The Other Half for Camp NaNoWriMo. Instead, I will start to revise and rewrite portions of the Prophecy of Euphinor and work towards finishing the final few chapters this year.

This means that I will resume writing everyday and I will start blogging about my progress.

Anyone else picking up an old project or participating in Camp NaNoWriMo?

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A victory for equality

I was surprised to wake up yesterday morning, getting ready for a trip to the eastern side of the island of Hawai’i, to find that the U.S. Supreme Court had ruled in favor of same-sex marriage.

I am glad that the U.S. court system delivered justice to all of the gay/lesbian/transgender people in the nation. They have been picked on and shunned for decades and I have seen it happen even in Washington, where same-sex marriage was legal after a 2012 referendum.

As a usually open-minded straight man I have a few gay and lesbian friends, and I have heard their stories. This is a landmark that may help them start to heal now that they have the same rights as everyone else.

I know that there will be a hard road ahead with the battle that is raging between certain religious groups and those in support of same-sex marriage, but I’m tired of the bickering. I also have some very religious friends and they are driving me nuts right now. I actually unfriended one of them on Facebook because I couldn’t take her negativity for a second day in a row.

I remember writing an article for JagWire in 2012 when same-sex marriage was legalized in Washington. I had interviewed a few lesbians for their views and I listened to their stories off the record. It made me realize how unfair the world was. Since then, I have been an advocate for marriage equality. Now, it is legal across the nation, as it should have been long ago.

Once again, congrats to all of the marriage equality supporters.

Living the Life on Hawai’i

On Monday my flight from Seattle to Maui touched down after 5 miserable hours on the Hawaiian Airlines jet. The first thing I noticed was the heat. It was about as warm as at home, but it felt much, much hotter. Washingtonians like me aren’t used to any sort of muggy or extremely humid weather, for the most part, especially where I live, which is in a suburban city in the Cascade foothills, far from the water.

Hawaii doesn’t have dry heat.

After spending an hour in the disgusting airport we took a smaller jet for the 25 minute flight to Kona’s airport on the island of Hawai’i, and guess what? It was raining. It was fun watching everyone at the rental car place run for cover when it was only a light mist. I guess I’m just used to the rain.

Other than that first day, my vacation has been amazing so far. My family is renting this massive estate for 8 days, It’s a five bedroom, 6 bath home with an endless swimming pool and lots of tropical plants, including a papaya tree. It’s just a few blocks from the ocean, and because its at the top of a small hill I can see a bit of the ocean beyond the palm trees, not to mention the sunset.

I’ve walked the streets of Kona, waded into the warm ocean waters until the waves crashed upon my chest, and I’ve swam for countless hours in the pool.

All of this fun in the sun is because of my graduation from high school earlier this month, and to celebrate the start of college.

I also got some exciting news this week, which I’ll just insert here while I’m thinking about it. I had a job interview last week for the college newspaper and on Monday I got a phone call offering me the position as Online/Social Media Editor for the newspaper. I am very exciting to start this next phase in my short journalism career (I’m not going to college for it, but at least I have 2 more years of it).

Next up in my vacation is more ocean fun, some jogging, star-gazing, and, of course, three hours of zip-lining this Friday. I’ll keep you posted on my island adventure. For now, here are a few photos. Credit to my dad because I haven’t uploaded any of my own photos to my laptop yet.

Reading again and a recap on my senior year

I found the time to start reading again, which is exciting. I am trying to get a lot of reading done before I spend all of July writing for Camp NaNoWriMo, but first I want to recap some of the things that have been going on for the past week.

On Monday my final edition of JagWire newspaper was released. I was not the editor-in-chief for this issue because every year we use the last edition to watch and train the new editors for next year. I ended up designing two of the pages, but I am proud of the new editors and my girlfriend, who will be one of the editors-in-chief, for their creative design.

I also attended senior awards night, where I was recognized for being one of the top 20 outstanding seniors, the JagWire Outstanding Senior Journalist, and as honor roll: high honors.

Then on Tuesday I attended the senior assembly, where I received my honors cords for graduation, which is this Saturday. High school has gone by SO FAST.

Because I no longer have homework to worry about, until I start college that is, I have started reading again. I just started A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin on Saturday and I am now 246 pages in. I plan on getting through most of or finishing A Song of Ice and Fire this month and I may write my first ever book review. Then its on to writing the rest of The Other Half for Camp NaNo.

This also means that I will be back to blogging more because I will have lots of time on my hand. Stay tuned.

Prom recap: a night in Seattle

Senior Ball was this past Saturday and boy do I have a lot to share.

I went to prom with my girlfriend, Bryanna, who is the perfect date and just such a great person. If she hadn’t been with me I would have left early, but we will get to that story. I asked Bryanna to prom back in April while I was in Denver with her and a bunch of my fellow journalism nerds for the National High School Journalism Conference. The unsuspecting Bryanna, who actually had a crush on me too apparently, was surprised with a Hallmark card and a stuffed cat, which we named Lucipurr. Not five minutes later we were not only going to prom together, but we were official boyfriend and girlfriend.

So, on Saturday she was dropped off at my house, where we took a few photos with the flowers, and then we loaded into my parent’s Suburban and we headed off to Seattle. Traffic was actually very light and we got there about an hour and a half later and paid for parking right across the street from Lake Union.

We took a few more photos at the South Lake Union parks and then headed off to dinner at an Italian restaurant, Buca di Beppo with our prom group. After a nice meal and a bad service we went to the Seattle Center and entered the magic land of prom 2k15 at the Pacific Science Center.

Bryanna and I in Seattle for the 2015 Senior Ball.
Bryanna and I in Seattle for the 2015 Senior Ball.

Did I say magic? Yeah, there wasn’t any of that. But there were butterflies and snakes and naked mole-rats.

Prom itself was extremely boring and not worth our time, but we found a way to make it work. Neither of us really wanted to dance, especially with the terrible rap music and modern dance electronica. Instead, we walked around and sat in the planetarium with Pepper, the real cool woman who worked there and told us about constellations and the future and about the Fremont bridge.

We also watched a liquid nitrogen show at 9:15 p.m., which is a story for another time and a bit ridiculous.

We ended the night with a slow dance, watching someone get carried away by ambulance, and holding hands as we walked through Seattle Center with the Space Needle just feet away, twinkling in the night. It seemed romantic at the time, although we did have to steer away from some drunk people. Seattle, what can I say?