So, you want to be an Author?

I have been writing for a little under a decade now. I’ve had ups and downs throughout my years of writing and I thought I’d share some of these with you all.

The most important step to being a writer is to read as much as you can from already published authors. This will help you understand how to write.

Before I started writing I had only one book that I could reference my writing to and that was the Holy Bible (I was writing The Righteous Jardacia after all). After that I continued to write in the same way, and having no other reference points, it wasn’t received well by my readers.

After a few years of writing I was becoming annoyed in my ability to write. I had good ideas and an excellent imagination, it just wasn’t translating to my work. I started reading novels by already published authors. I was interested in gaming, so naturally I found books that span off from some of the games I used to play.

I also used to rush writing and publish before I had even had a chance to proofread and edit. This is probably the most harmful thing I did, because it makes all of your work questionable before the reader has a chance to see it. I still make the mistake of publishing unfinished works to this day, and I still look like an idiot when I do it.

Usually, once I had completed a novel or short story, I’d advertise it. This, however, is a huge mistake if you are paying for it. Advertisements online are hot spots for trolls. What I have done instead of paying to be humiliated by online trolls is to post links to my novel in groups and forums online. This has generated more interest for me.

I made a number of my works available for free on Google Books, Amazon and a few others. This helped introduce my writing to new readers who were more inclined to leave a review. Who doesn’t like free stuff?

Another way I introduced readers to my work was to write about something people were already fans of. Fan Fictions is a great way to do this. My book, Xena: Warrior Princess was a complete success with over 5 thousand readers and a fair amount of 5 star reviews.

Today, I don’t advertise my work, yet it still sells. Once you gain a few fans of your work, it just snowballs into something huge.

Xena: Warrior Princess: The FanFic Collection

Xena: Warrior Princess: The FanFic Collection

Based on the hit television series, Xena: Warrior Princess, created by John Schulian and Robert Tapert, The FanFic Collection contains five original short stories and poems, which explore the past, present, and future of the legendary Warrior Princess.

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Lord Avatar II was born Ashley Ellison in Manchester, England. He became known as Lord Avatar II in 2009 when he became the leader of a growing religious movement in the North West of England. He started out as a writer and quickly moved into other areas of creativity, most notably his music which quickly generated mass following in 2014. In 2017 he made numerous appearances on radio shows and did a few interviews for magazines about his music. Most recently he started producing film and TV, but he is yet to start his professional acting career.

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Top 5 Terrible TV Shows

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5. Shameless

This programmes was first aired in the UK in 2004. It was a show about a dysfunctional family. The show was about the grim reality of living on a council estate in England. The show was filled with graphic content. Show drugs, sex and violence, this show is not for me. It made me feel ill watching it. Towards the beginning of the series, it had some humorous moments, but it gradually descended into filth.

4. Charmed

Charmed was a programme set in San Francisco about a sisterhood of Witches who battled demonic forces. It actually wasn’t all that bad, but it was targeted to women and children, who then believed that witchcraft was real and that they could gain powers. The show was overly cheesy and cliched which featured B-List actors.

3. DR Who

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DR Who has pulled in quite a cult following over the years, but for me, the reason it is on this list is because of the ludicrous idea of time travel that they have. Well, that and the predictability of every episode. Half of the stuff on the show makes zero sense and just when you think the Doctor can’t win he pulls off something incredibly easy to save the day. It’s also another show that is cliched and cheesy.

2. BATMAN

In the 1960’s we had Adam West as Batman. It was a terrible show by any standards. It seemed he always had a gadget in his belt that would save him. I saw one episode of a surfing competition where a shark came along, he just so happened to be carrying a shark repellent spray that day. PHEW! The special effects were also just as bad as the story and acting.

1. The Big Bang Theory

In at Number 1, The Big Bang Theory. Now this show wasn’t always terrible, but in later years it has become more like watching a car crash. Firstly, I find the characters to be getting whinier and more predictable. Each episode now lasts only 18 minutes with a whopping 10 minutes of advertisements. The jokes aren’t as good as they used to be. I used to LOL, now I just chuckle every now and again. And again, they get no A-List actors or celebrities on the show. The acting is also over the top and with the audiences overreaction to the jokes and emotional scenes, this is the worst show I have watched to date.

German Scientists Prove Life After Death

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Berlin | A team of psychologists and medical doctors associated with the Technische Universität of Berlin, have announced this morning that they had proven by clinical experimentation, the existence of some form of life after death. This astonishing announcement is based on the conclusions of a study using a new type of medically supervised near-death experiences, that allow patients to be clinically dead for almost 20 minutes before being brought back to life.

This controversial process that was repeated on 944 volunteers over that last four years, necessitates a complex mixture of drugs including epinephrine and dimethyltryptamine, destined to allow the body to survive the state of clinical death and the reanimation process without damage. The body of the subject was then put into a temporary comatic state induced by a mixture of other drugs which had to be filtered by ozone from his blood during the reanimation process 18 minutes later.

The extremely long duration of the experience was only recently made possible by the development of a new cardiopulmonary recitation (CPR) machine called the AutoPulse. This type of equipment has already been used over the last few years, to reanimate people who had been dead for somewhere between 40 minutes to an hour.

The team of scientists led by Dr Berthold Ackermann, has monitored the operations and have compiled the testimonies of the subjects. Although there are some slight variations from one individual to another, all of the subjects have some memories of their period of clinical death. and a vast majority of them described some very similar sensations.

Most common memories include a feeling of detachment from the body, feelings of levitation, total serenity, security, warmth, the experience of absolute dissolution, and the presence of an overwhelming light.

The scientists say that they are well aware the many of their conclusions could shock a lot of people, like the fact that the religious beliefs of the various subjects seems to have held no incidence at all, on the sensations and experiences that they described at the end of the experiment. Indeed, the volunteers counted in their ranks some members are a variety of Christian churches, Muslims, Jews, Hindus and atheists.

“I know our results could disturb the beliefs of many people” says Mr Ackermann. “But in a way, we have just answered one of the greatest questions in the history of mankind, so I hope these people will be able to forgive us. Yes, there is life after death and it looks like this applies to everyone.”


 

How Christianity Changed Pagan Europe

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It was not easy for Christianity to spread around a pagan Europe that was mostly under the cruel Roman control. It emerged as a Jewish sect and contradicted the Roman theology in its every little aspect, which was quite dangerous back in those days. Rome was promoting an idea where people were slaves or vassals of the empire, while Christianity promoted the idea of human freedom, an unimaginable concept in those times. In front of one Almighty God, everyone was equal, poor or rich, weak or strong, as God loves everyone. But the Romans fought with everything they got these ideas, which were abominable in their opinion, trying to exterminate Christianity from the territories they controlled.

But something amazing happened in Europe. The harder the Romans tried to extinguish the flame of Christianity, the greater the fire became, as this new formed religion was starting to grow in popularity. Around 135 CE, following the downfall of Bar Kochba, Christianity started to spread around Europe at an incredible speed. It took less than 100 years for a third of the Roman Empire to become Christian. Of course, this didn’t come without a price, as Christians were persecuted with cruelty by the Romans, who saw this religion as the ultimate offence brought to the empire’s Caesars, finding even the smallest reasons to publicly torture and execute Christians. But, from 260 to 360CE, the Roman Empire started to decline. The persecution of Christians did not help the pagan empire at all, as this only made Christianity more popular among common people, who were tired of the oppression unrolled by the Romans.

Christianity impacted the life of pagan Europeans at a significant degree, bringing customers and ideas that never existed before. In a world where women were considered worthless, except in the case of Jewish people, Christianity managed to give women hope, allowing them to believe in their goals and ambitions. Also, Christianity changed a lot the perception over sexuality as well. In both the Roman and Greek empires, sexuality was seen as a part of human’s nature, as normal as eating and sleeping. It was part of a natural and healthy society, not being condemned at all, as it was believed that people don’t have full control over their sexuality, being both mysterious and important. Thus, homosexuality was seen as normal in the pagan world, although it was still discriminated in a certain degree.

When it came to Christianity, sexuality was part of the moral identity of humans, being completely controllable and within the range of our free will. Of course, Christianity saw some pagan sexual practices as demonic, and we make reference here at homosexuality, which is completely forbidden and against human nature by the Christian religion. So, by introducing morality to the intimate lives of people, Christianity promoted the fact that sexuality is not a form of entertainment, as it was left in the world as a mean to procreate. Thus, intimate relationships outside of a marriage were not allowed, together with sexual relations between two persons of the same sex, and there were also rules about pre-marital sex, which were similar to the ones that existed in Rome and Greece as well, in spite of the fact that they followed pagan religions.


 

Achievement Unlocked


Well, today, I have completed everything I wanted to on my album. I managed to complete the album itself within the time frame I gave myself and released it on the date I wanted. I created a remix of my favourite track and a music video to go along with it. I’ll be putting the CD version together tonight, on which will be the remixed track. I have advertised across Facebook and Instagram. Only time will tell if it was a successful endeavour, but looking at my stats it should be. Of course it doesn’t end here. I still want to make a video for YOUR favourite track. And there are a few more videos to upload about this album. If you have any to send, feel free. And if you’re in America, listen out for me on the Radio and in the Nightclubs because I’m sending it everywhere. I’m so proud to have created this album and I will be back with more at some point. Thanks to all my loyal Fans across the globe for their support.