Friday, May 29, 2015

Updates, Stories, and Dimensions

Its been a while since I posted, so I'll give an update. I am currently working on the cover art with an illustrator. We have a banner designed for Harmonic Wars incorporating the Symbol of the Holy Warrior, and I really like where the cover is going.  All the editing is complete for Guardians, and I even provided a teaser for the next story in the Harmonic Wars series: Ghost Warriors. This is actually the first book I wrote in the series, but it was too big to publish for a first time author. So, I decided that it was easier to write a prequel to introduce the story, rather than trying to end Ghost Warriors in a rushed ending.

When writing Ghost Warriors, I had something rather peculiar happen. First, I couldn't write a story of good vs evil without using the best examples I could find: angels and demons. While I was writing one of the evil parts of this book, my power switch on my MacBook Pro died. I was not too worried, because I had back ups of most of my chapters, and my publisher was able to send me the most current four chapters that I had submitted, but lost. In the end, I only lost the last chapter, but I still had the outline I was working from. I pulled an old PC that I had in storage and continued working on the last chapter.

Just as I got to the same point in the story, the power supply on the PC fried. Now I got rather spooked, because I was in literally the same point in the book and had the same basic result with a different computer! Shortly after a trip to a computer supply store, I installed a new power supply and was back up and running. The very next day, the internet at the house stopped working and it took them 6 days to fix. Now, I admit this all could be just coincidence, but all the same I spent a great deal of time in prayer and in church after all this! Sometimes the truth CAN be stranger than fiction. Either way, I tell you this really happened.

Now, for some fun fictional info on the different dimensions I created and used in Harmonic Wars.

"Guardians of the Crystal Skulls" highlights a multi-dimensional war fought between two diametrically apposed forces: the Light and the Dark. The Light nurtures, while the Dark destroys. Many dimensions have already fully committed themselves to the Light or the Dark, driving away the opposing force. Many more are still struggling, but are leaning toward one or the other. Only the "Isle of Man" is a truly contested dimension that could put the balance of power dangerously closer to the Dark. All humans originated in the Isle of Man, and some became advanced enough to escape this dimension to build great civilizations in others. Other hominids are scattered throughout the various dimensions, but humans provide the critical connections that the spiritual beings of the Light and the Dark crave: powerful souls.

The chart here provides a glimpse at breakdown of control between the Light and the Dark. All of the dimensions leaning toward the Light are various shades of blue and purples, while the dimensions leaning toward the Dark are shades of red. The Isle of Man is split evenly between the Light and Dark and is where both forces are concentrating their efforts. The Dark knows it cannot hope to ultimately defeat the Light without control of the Isle of Man. Even if the Dark destroys the entire dimension, the Light still has more souls and maintains control.

But if the Isle of Man falls, then the Dark will have gained 49% of the contested dimensions and could use its influence to bring more of the Light Leaning dimensions closer. It would be a real game changer for the Dark forces.

Overriding all of the dimensions, is the fabled "Ashandaria" more commonly known as the "Land of Dreams" by most humans. People access this plane of existence when they are sleeping or sometimes in deep meditation. It's a very dangerous place because many different races of corporeal and spiritual beings scattered throughout the dimensions can also access Ashandaria. These beings can be much more powerful mentally and physically. The Dreamwalkers in the Harmonic Wars series are very powerful in the Land of Dreams, and are only bested by the spiritual beings of the Dark or Light.

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