Chronicles of Imaginus: Book 1

Once again, salut! Glad that you’ve stopped by for a few minutes before traveling to some other part of the Internet.

All right. In this post I want to talk about the books I’m writing, The Chronicles of Imaginus. Some of you have read the first book, and one or two of you might have read the second one. And maybe you’re going, “He’s written a book? HOW DID I NOT KNOW THIS?” Well, now you do. So perhaps I should elaborate a bit.

It’s hard to pinpoint an exact date of when I decided to start writing the Imaginus series. The basic idea originated about three years ago, in 2010. I had a book full of short stories that took place in a real town with mostly real people (it’s a long story), and one of the stories was about my fictional self traveling to another world. The world was called Imaginus, and there was a centaur-like creature named Cylanius in this other world. It was somewhat similar to the first book in the Imaginus series, although I never finish it.

Fast forward a year later to the middle of 2011. I’ve known about the NaNoWriMo since 2009, but I haven’t done it yet. So I go, “Why not? Let’s do this thing.” And so I begin to plan my outline for writing the first book in the Imaginus series. Soon I created Chad Warren and Dayne Williams, the main characters from our world. For those of you who’ve read Book 1, Chad was a LOT different in the pre-writing stages. He originally had superpowers due to a genetic problem at birth (completely scratched that idea, thank goodness) and people used to call him Chaz. Kristy didn’t exist; instead, there was Amy. And Dayne. .well, Dayne never really changed.

So November rolled around, and it was time to write 50,000 words in one month. I remember sitting down in front of my computer on November 1, thinking, “I can do this. This’ll be easy.” The very first sentence that I typed for the book was “The background noises of all the high school students leaving school did little to break Chad’s concentration as he silently followed Kristy Miller with his eyes as she talked with her girlfriends, waiting for the bus.” If you’re thinking that that’s not how the book begins, you’re right. The first few chapters of the first draft completely took place in our world. I had to drastically edit it afterwards.

Anyways, November kept on going by, and I fulfilled my necessary 1,667 words on most days, and writing more on some. I got tired of writing by the third week, but I finished in exactly 27 days. Of course, I was nowhere near done. I’d reached 50,000 words, but I still had about 13,000 more words left to write, which I did. .many weeks later. Then it was time to edit. I’ll tell you, it was no fun. I had to almost completely get rid of the first few chapters and begin the story with Chad and Dayne in the airplane, on their way to Hawaii. The only way I was able to retain some of what I had originally written was through the flashbacks. It was not fun.

But at last, I had completely edited the book. I proceeded to get its ISBN number and self-publish it through CreateSpace, and then ordered my five free copies, which was awesome. Who doesn’t like free stuff? Through the next several months when I was in the States and Bonaire, my book got around mostly by word-of-mouth, and I was able to sell some copies of it, since I had printed more. The other good thing that came out of it was that I found out that there were people who actually *liked* it. Surprise, surprise! And of course, there was plenty of helpful criticism. In fact, there was so much that I ended up completely re-editing it. Again. Good stuff.

But that’s some of the basic blah-blah stuff about The Chronicles of Imaginus: Book 1. In my next post, I’ll talk about Book 2, and maybe even a little bit about what I plan to do for Book 3. Maybe.

Anywho, that’s all. Once again, thanks for sticking with me. Feel free to leave a comment below. Or something. PopTarts would be good. Or cookies, too. Yeah.

Less than three,

Josh

 “Dear friends, let us love one another, because love is from God, and everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. The one who does not love does not know God, because God is love.” 1 John 4:7-8

**Extra** If you’re interested, here’s a link to the cover of Book 1, and here is a photo of what it looked like when I got the first copies.

Happily Ever After

Hello, peoples. Today, for my first post that will showcase something I have written, I bring you a short play I wrote for school some time back. It has both satire and sarcasm, and I hope you enjoy it. Or not.

Happily Ever After

(A play with satire and sarcasm)

Characters

The Frog/Jeremy

Mecry

Anne

The setting is simple. There should be a few chairs around a table with a book on it that Mercy is reading. Only other items needed are some flowers.

MECRY (reading softly to herself): . . .and the prince took the princess away to their new home, and they all lived happily ever after. (Closes book and looks dreamily away.) If only that could happen to me. . .

THE FROG (Is sitting watching Mercy): But it could, Mercy.

MECRY: What? Who’s there? (Jumps up and looks around.)

THE FROG: It is I.

MECRY: Wait, but where are. . .oh, I see. But you are a frog! And frog’s don’t talk! (Pauses.) What’s your name?

THE FROG: That is not important. But you can call me the Frog.

MECRY (Staring at the Frog): That’s an awfully important title for a. . .frog like yourself. What is it that you want?

THE FROG: I have been watching you for a long time. (Pauses to swallow.) You see, Mercy, I have had my eyes on you for as long as I could remember. You are the only one for me! Why, you—

MECRY: Now hold it just a minute! (Holds book closely, as if to use on the frog.) Don’t you think that’s a little weird? I mean, you’re a frog. I’m a human girl. We can’t get married, can we?

THE FROG: We could, my dear. But only if you did one thing.

MECRY (Slowly): And what would that be?

THE FROG: If you just. . .(Pauses again.). . .just kissed me, then—

MECRY: Are you insane?! Kiss YOU? A FROG? (Looks disgusted at the thought.)

THE FROG: I cannot explain, but if you did, everything would be well! We could live a happy life forever and ever!

MECRY (Is thinking): That is true, but. . .

THE FROG: All I need is a kiss. Then after that, I promise you that I will do whatever you want. We’ll be happy! It’ll be just like in the stories.

MECRY: The stories. . .(Looks at books.) Well, I suppose that it might be worth it. . .(Thinks for several seconds. THE FROG waits patiently.) Oh, I’ll do it! (Walks over to frog.) Here. . .I. . .go. (Scrunches eyes, makes face, and kisses the frog rapidly).

As her eyes are closed, the frog changes into Jerms, dressed in shining armor.

JERMS: Oh my. . .it worked.

MECRY: (Looks) You. . .you became a human! You’re absolutely stunning!

JERMS: Yes, if I do say so myself. (Smiles and drops on one knee.) Oh Mecry, my one and only love, will you please be mine for all of time?

MECRY: (With a catch in her throat and a tear in her eye) Oh. . .yes my Jerms, I do. I do! (Happily collapses into Jerm’s arms.)

Anne (Comes in the room with flowers) Oh, my, Mecry! (Stares at Jerms.) Who are you? (Eyes narrow) And why is she in your arms? Mecry!

MECRY: . . .what? (Stirs.) Oh! Anne! (Smiles broadly and points at Jerms.) This is my knight in shining armor, Jerms. We’re to be married! And who could ask for a better person? I mean, he has perfect hair, the cutest dimples, his feet don’t smell—(Jerms looks worried here.)—and he’s just adorable!

Anne: . . .okay. I guess.

MECRY: I know, right? We’re going to go the wedding, and it’ll be fantastic! You should come too, I’m sure you could do something. Let’s go!

JEMRS: Yes, let us. This will be the best thing ever! And then we’ll. . .

JERMS, ANNE, and MECRY: All live happily ever after! (Mecry giggles.)

ANNE: (Sighs.) Yeah, right. Oh boy. Long live the new couple!

JERMS and MECRY: Yes, indeed!

THE END

Thanks once again for reading! Feel free to leave your thoughts below, whether good or bad. Have an awesome rest of the day, folks.

“Writing is a good way to look at God. He knows what’s going to happen next, yet He wants us to “keep writing” so He can read what happens next.” —RhynalliYah

First Post!

Greetings, netizens! (Isn’t that a delightful word, netizens? Someone mentioned that word to me some time ago. It’s a portmanteau of  Inter*net* and cit*izens*. Hence, netizens. Or, if you would rather, Internet citizens. But let us get out of the parentheses.) I could start my first post with the typical “If-you’re-reading-this” junk, but I won’t. However, if you happened to randomly stumble onto this little blog in the middle of the great and vast thing called the Internet, and you decided to go to the first post to see what this is all about, mayhaps you should direct your attention to the other pages on this site. There you can find out more about the blogger, which would be me. Of course. That being said, welcome. Salut. Namaste. Or whatever you wish to say, in whatever language you wish to speak. Whether it is Swahili, Hebrew, Eseperanto, Welsh, or Chinese, I don’t care. I welcome you.

For those of you who already know something about me, and probably are reading this because of some effort on my part, you might not know just exactly what I’m going to be doing here. Right now, what I want to use this for is for one thing: writing. I’ll post random stuff that I’ve written, or write something specifically to post here, and sometimes just ramble and say what’s on my mind. As a fair warning, I’m quite critical. But to be fair, I’m not mean about it. Unless, of course, you’re being judgmental or downright immature, and type something like this: “i dont no y ur being so stupid about it i mean thats completely idiotic ur so lame for not watching twilight come on lets be real thats teh best movie ever ur lame im not gunna talkto u anymore bye.” (It caused both me and my word processor great pain to type that out. My word processor kept auto-correcting the errors, and I had trouble actually using incorrect grammar and spelling. I apologize most sincerely.) So. If you’re gonna talk like that, I’ll probably be a little blunt. Particularly if you do it over and over.

That being said, if some of you are curious as to just exactly what I’m going to be posting, I have several little stories that I’ve written throughout the years. Some of them were written many years ago, and are the cause of great embarrassment on my part. I may or may not post parts of them as we go along, but we will see. At the moment, I’m not sure how frequently I’ll be posting, but I think I’ll try to do this once a week. Currently on my list of things I have planned on posting in bits include a memoir I’m working on that details what happened during my trip to the States, the Caribbean, and Europe last year, a mediocre sci-fi novel I started working on a few years ago, my various short stories I’ve worked on over the years, and parts of my first full-length novel “The Chronicles of Imaginus: Book 1.”

For those of you who don’t know, I wrote it in November 2011 during NaNoWriMo (www.nanowrimo.org) and then proceeded to edit it myself and self-publish it. It hasn’t been distributed, so it’s not as if it’s out for the public, though I have sold copies. I’ll soon write a post about the book, explaining more about the plot, what I did, and whatnot. For those of you who read Book 1, I wrote the first 50,000 words for Book 2 in November 2012 (again for NaNoWriMo) in 26 days. Book 2 is currently just a few hundred words longer than the first one, and if I may say so myself, is far better than the previous one. I mean, it’s bound to be better if there are dragons and sorcerers and time travel, isn’t it? Both books are being edited by a good friend of mine, RhynalliYah! Shameless plugging here, but you can check out her blog at www.eyelit.wordpress.com and check out all the awesome stuff she does. Do it, and I’ll love you forever. Don’t do it. .I still will. But the ones who visited it get stuffs. Don’t ask what.

All right, if you’ve stuck with me this far (and we’re at over 700 words already), I award you a virtual Internet cookie. Here, have a bite. It’s nommy. I’ll stop writing for now, but I’ll be back sooner or later. Do leave a comment if you feel like it, and if you’re feeling extra-wonderful today, you can always follow me. Or tell somebody about it. They can get a free virtual cookie as well.

And that’s all for now, folks. Glad you dropped by today!

Less than three*,

Josh

“Do not owe anyone anything, except to love one another, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.  The commandments: Do not commit adultery; do not murder; do not steal; do not covet; and whatever other commandment—all are summed up by this: Love your neighbor as yourself.” –Romans 13:8-9

*If you don’t know what less than three is, let me Google that for you. You’d probably recognize it if I typed it in characters, though.