ACCALIA’S RAGE CHAPTER 4- A DTBH WIP NOVEL TEASER

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Xavier with Mary attend the town meeting about the missing girl, and it revealed that they are after the wolf pack and they are wolves themselves. Xavier tries to get Mary to forget about her assignment despite the Kraldire Accaila Wrath.

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TV SHOW & BOOK REVIEWS #1: BITTEN  WEREWOLF  TV  SHOW/ OTHERWORLD BOOK SERIES REVIEW

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This week on the DTBH Podcast :

In this whole new podcast episode 9 We will explore AND review the werewolf tv show Bitten in this whole new tvshow /book review series.

BUT FIRST LET’S START A DIALOGUE:

Have you watched the tv show Bitten? What is your opinion about it?

I want to know so leave your answers in the comments below.

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Next episode:

Episode 10 :Revisiting Little Red Riding Hood

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BITTEN (WEREWOLF  TV  SHOW/ OTHERWORLD BOOK SERIES ) HAVE YOU SEEN AND READ IT YET  ?

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(this post includes spoilers)

I’m  writing another  tv show/ book  review summary  and this time it’s about an actual werewolf  show.The tv  show entitled  Bitten  is based  on the Otherworld series books by Kelly Armstrong about not  only  werewolves but witches  and vampires as well. 

This series  was  right up my ally  because I’m writing about werewolves but   I  avoided   the  book series   for  years  because in 2008  I started  working on my  werewolf  novel  series and I did not want to be influenced  by  her characters  and world  while writing  mine.

But  after all these years  as  I  have  my story world   figured  out and established  being on my 2nd  draft  I decided  to take the chance  to delve into Armstrong’s  Otherworld Series. 

I have not yet read the first book  however  it is on my book list to purchase and  I  have started  to look  at the tv series.  From my  research on the series  like  most  tv adaptations of books the  show  is  said to be widely different from the  book series .

So  now  on the  3rd season I’m  eager to get  ready to read the books after its completed.

The tv shows  main character  as is in the 1st book is Elena Michaels and she as we  find out through the first season  has been a werewolf for 4 years  . She was bitten by  her  former  fiancé/boyfriend   Clay who turned  her for I  think selfish reasons and at the start of the season we  see her  not with him  due to her I guess  running away from him and the rest of the pack.  The show gives the  reason is  because  she killed  someone   and so she wants to lead a  normal human life. But a mysterious line of murders  brings her  back to the  pack.

And so what  do I think about this so far as I am not finished with the tv  series?  Well now in the 3rd and last season I feel like the show is coming full circle .  Everything  that surrounded Elena, the main character,  at the beginning  of the series  of how she felt and what  she went through is making a lot of sense  now in the third season.  And  I  kind of  like it.  

The 2nd season brought the arrival of witches . I  like a good witch tale. However  I did not  like  this one  within this  tv series . It happened  so  abruptly  and  the story   of the  witches  within the series  compared  to the  werewolves  were all over the place.  I  felt like it intruded  on the werewolf tale  itself .  The main  witch storyline didn’t make since and   then it just ended . Maybe if they introduced the witches within the first season?

My  favorites points  within the series  was :

  • I liked  how the story itself  concentrated  on the pack  and the structure  of the werewolf  packs . (it concentrated on two structured  werewolf  types ;  pack members and mutts)
  • I like  their  wolf  transformations  and  how they  fully  turned into a  wolf.
  • I like that they were  trained  in human form  for combat  and the  fights seemed fairly  reasonable  for  a  werewolf  in its human form.  

My most  disappointed  points in the  series:

  • I didn’t like how any and all humans  were  killed   if they knew the secret of the werewolves
  • I didn’t  like  how  the  werewolf fathers  had to steal their  new born male child away  from  the mother  or either  kill them.

My  most  confused   moments :

  • Elena’s  storyline that  included  that  she  was the only  female  werewolf  in the whole  world.  None of the woman who were  bitten before  Elena  never survived .

Season 3   clears my confusion up about   that storyline however  I feel  like  the characters  don’t  take notice that the reason why she changed into a werewolf  when first  bitten by  Clay is because  she was  born by a  werewolf father  but then bitten.   That  confuses  me more .  Because  now  woman   can  actually be a part  of the pack and not  have to be killed  .   Idk maybe  they just don’t want to take that risk of biting the  woman  who are  born from the   werewolves .   It would clear  up a lot of sad moments though .

  • Killing humans  who find out  about werewolves.  

Okay  I kind of understand  why some  humans might  be killed   because  they  might  use  the secret against the werewolves .  However, they  didn’t  even give  humans  a chance  to decide  whether  or not  they were on their  side before killing them.  An example of that  would be Jeremy the alpha  of Elena’s pack  wanting to kill  Elena  when  she was human because he thought she saw  him  change  from the werewolf  .  

Another   example is when Jeremy  killed Karen Morgan  the  former  shieriff  of Bear Valley .  He  was going to let her  go but then she started  to talk about what she saw  which was Elena ‘s brother  turning into a werewolf .  However Jeremy  never  gave her  a chance to  even  say she would keep   the secret  of the werewolves.    Upon  viewing that   episode I  believe  she would  have kept  their secret  but  at  that moment   she was  just  confounded with  shock  because  she  just  found out that the world  actually existed .   Maybe  if she was just given a couple of days to wrap her head  around  everything she saw.  I mean  she did say before  she died  that  she was going to keep his secret of the werewolves.  But  it’s like he  didn’t care and it  was  that  moment  I  gave up  on his character  because  I tried to like  him but it was too  hard.

I mean  Elena showed herself  to Phillip  and he  kept the secret until  Jeremy’s  father  ordered  a kill   on him . 

And then Antonio changed  in front of his wife. She knew  what him and her son  were   and kept their  secret for years .  But the only reason why she survived  the series  is because  Jeremy  never  found out .

I  just felt  the  reasoning they gave for killing the humans who found out  were  kind of weak.

All  and all it was a reasonable series and  it has led  me to delve  deeper and actually read the books . 

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WEREWOLVES IN FICTION:Big Bad Wolf & Little Red Riding Hood Moments

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As you well  know  Little Red riding hood  is by  far one of the most famous  fairytales  their  ever was  about  Werewolves . But  no one  really ever talks about or analysis the story in that aspect .You have the  talking  wolf that is by far  in every way  considered  a werewolf. I know it’s an  anamorphic animal  but  he literally stalks  humans  ie  little red  and devours the grandmother . An although  there  is no howling at  a moon  there  are versions of   Little  red  riding  hood  that  delivers on werewolf mythologies  and  legends of the  past.

Some  being;

  • 11  century version  by a  cathedral schoolmaster named  Egbert of Liège
  • La finta nonna (The False Grandmother), written  by Italo Calvino in the Italian Folktales collection
  • Le Petit Chaperon Rouge

With  that  being said  I will be analyzing  Little red  riding hood in-depth  in a later  podcast episode. Because  my work in progress novel During the Blue Hour has a lot of  Big Bad Wolf & Little Red Riding Hood  scares  and  Moments.

What’s your opinion about Little red riding hood really being about werewolves?

Do you have any big bad wolf moments in your novel?

Let me know in the comments below and lets start a dialogue.

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Some Alpha You Are CHAPTER  14

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Completed yet another scene for  my  14th chapter in my 2nd draft .  2750  words, not all in one  day  though.

This scene  features  the  main love interest  Cristen’s POV where  he  has to  struggle  and come to terms  with his mother lying to him about who Sirena really  was and  is in fact also a werewolf  like them.

This  scene is yet another  confrontation with him and Adrian about who Sirena really is and what she means to the yearling  pack at this point .

This  scene  does contain a flashback scene with Cristen interacting  with both  his parents  before they were killed .

In the  flashback scene it  reveals that Cristen’s mother  gave him  Sirena’s  father’s journal that tells who she is.  But his mother tells him no matter  what happens don’t ever read the book just give it to Sirena when the time comes.  And  she also has him believe that Sirena  is just a  human girl.

So this is why he as my character is seen struggling.

He is supposed to be an  alpha  but doesn’t know the truth to anything .  And he is mad because his  rival  Adrian knows  more about Sirena than he does himself.

And the thing is in my  story is that he cannot be challenged as an alpha unless  he is in  the community  of werewolves  during their  ritual bluffing ceremonies . So Adrian  tries  to make  little  small jabs at Cristen  whenever  he can get the opportunity to  because Cristen knows that Adrian wants to be the alpha of the yearling pack.

So this  is the point of where I’m at  and  at the end of the scene Cristen screams  towards Adrian ,

” Until we get to Aquilum, don’t you dare challenge me again,” he said. Before Adrian or anyone could object Cristen picked up the book and raced out the door.     

Adrian just spilled  the info that Cristen is the one who killed Gabby in the mountains.

The next chapter  will be back in Sirena’s  POV .  I’ll keep you updated on this  next scene  within chapter 14. I’m thinking about combining two scenes into one for that scene  .

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WAS PLATO’S DIALOGUE ABOUT ATLANTIS FACT OR FICTION?

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(originally published on July 12, 2021)

I was doing some more research on post-apocalyptic fiction.  My current  work in progress novel is in fact a post post apocalyptic novel  about  werewolves and  how  their  world ends  not once but twice.  And  so while  researching  I was  curious about  something.  

You all know  that Plato wrote about  Atlantis, right? 

Well  if you didn’t know  the lost city  of  Atlantis  is always looked  and  thought upon as  a myth. A legend.   The city or continent with  advanced civilization and technologies  filled  with abundance and prosperity  that fell  beneath the sea  due to cataclysmic destruction because of a war  . 

So  the thing that I was curious about was  what if Plato was one of the first  post-apocalyptic  fiction writers? What if Atlantis was true and not a myth?

I  know. I know. I’m far reaching but that’s what I do.  Read on if you want to  delve  deeper with me and find out through Plato’s writings about Atlantis  if he was in actuality  one of the first  post-apocalyptic  fiction writers or actual historian of a real society. 

Post-apocalyptic fiction  can refer to any time after an apocalypse, either when things are a mess, or when order has finally been restored.

What is an apocalypse ?

An apocalypse  is  an uncovering, a disclosure or revelation of knowledge.  But can sometimes  be described  as an  catastrophic event.

Now let’s delve into Plato and whether he wrote  about  the apocalypse   that  refers  to the  events of Atlantis .

Plato was known as one of the most  prolific Athenian philosophers  of his time. Educated  in  both philosophy  and poetry  he  followed  the teaching of  Socrates .  He even  founded  his own  school in the year  387.

He wrote   a lot  of  literature  called  Dialogues . He  wrote 36  to be  exact. But it is said that his later dialogues  are not  in fact dialogues but explorations of  different topics.  We  can assume  at  this point and time  Plato  decided   to write  fiction ? And venture  into the  area  of  post-apocalyptic writing?

WHAT YEAR  DID HE  WRITE ABOUT ATLANTIS?

He first  wrote about Atlantis around the year 350 . So this  is way before he founded  his school. He  wrote two dialogues  about Atlantis entitled  the Dialogues of Timaeus and Critias.  He incorporates  the myth of  Atlantis  with  Greek  gods .

*(Lets  keep note  of these 2 things)

Today  writings  about Greek gods  would be considered  fantasy fiction.

But in  Plato’s day they were simply  factual historical writings.

WHAT DOES  HE WRITE ABOUT  ATLANTIS ?

PLATO  WRITES   IN HIS DIALOGUE  that  Atlantis  was an  island  founded by Poseidon and Cleito  who  divided   into 10  sections or kingdoms  and  gave each  section  to  have it ruled over by their children . There were abundant natural resources   for   the  people  of Atlantis to build their homes and live off  of.   It was literally a  continent filled by mountains,  sea, wealthy villages and meadows . Basically abundance all around .

He  also describes  how  Atlantis was shaped  and how long  it took for the creation  of  Atlantis  and how  it  began  to flourish.  But there were also  laws the people  had to abide by  that  were  inscribed  on the temples of the town and villages

These laws  were  as  follows:

  • They were not to take up arms against one another.
  • They were all to come to the rescue if anyone in any of their cities attempted to overthrow the royal house;
  • like their ancestors, they were to deliberate in common about war and other matters, giving the supremacy to the descendants of Atlas.
  • And the king was not to have the power of life and death over any of his kinsmen unless he had the assent of the majority of  all the ten kingdoms  of Atlantis.

HOW  DID THE DESTRUCTION OF ATLANTIS  OCCUR?

So Plato also writes that  the people  abided  by the laws for many generations and  they wanted  for nothing  .  Neither gold or money  or other possessions.  However  somewhere along the way they changed and I guess humanity got the  better  of them  and he describes  in Crtias that Zeus came along  and saw the people  weren’t listening  and made   some kind of speech.

Plato  wrote  about  what Zeus had said but  the writings of what he said  is apparently lost. 

But if you take a look at the dialogues  of Timaeus(25d) The destruction of Atlantis  happened  practically overnight. First there were violent earthquakes and floods. Then the people of the city simply   disappeared into the earth and the city sank into the sea. Finally mud swept over the city making the waters unpassable as they were too shallow.

Plato  writes  in   Critias (110d) Even though Atlantis was  in fact destroyed there were  still asteroids/comets  that  collided with the earth causing fire, thunder, earthquakes and floods  after  Atlantis destruction.   There were survivors. Mountain people who knew the names of the people of Atlantis. However, they did not know many details of them or their virtues. But Despite this fact  the people of the mountains survived  and thrived .

SO DID PLATO ACTUALLY WRITE  A UTOPIAN/DYSTOPIAN  APOCALYPTIC DIALOGUE OR WAS IT FACT?

On the site  LIBGUIDES Plato’s works  are  classified as a utopian and dystopian  and he is  labeled as one .

Plato himself  got the mention of Atlantis  from  an Athenian statesman named  Solon who  ventured  to Egypt and got the story    from there .   Solon was said  to be the first to write a poem about Atlantis but then this is disputed and  it is claimed  that Plato is  the  originator  of the Atlantis tale.

Well there are arguments and debates today  whether Plato’s Dialogues  about Atlantis  were  real or not. Some feel  like The Atlantis story is clearly a parable of  maybe an ideal city or society . A fiction based on some ancient political realities.

Some also  think that  his tale  of Atlantis  is about  the explosive disappearance of an island might have been a reference to the eruption of Minoan Santorini.  And also  that Atlantis as a tale  should be considered a myth.

There are  many   writers   right after Plato who takes his work and turns the   tale of Atlantis into a poem and other works of fiction 

In 1627   Francis Bacon’s  writes   New Atlantis   which is based off of Plato’s  two Dialogues.  This is the first instance  where   you can see  a classification  of where  the Atlantis  tale /myth  falls  into place. Francis work is  thus  considered  a Utopian  work in that time period .

WHAT  IS UTOPIAN & DYSTOPIAN FICTION AND  WHAT DOES IT HAVE TO DO WITH THE APOCALYPSE FICTION ? 

Utopian fiction is  fiction that tells stories  about perfect societies.

Dystopian fiction is the opposite.  An imperfect or undesirable society.

Sometimes  a   written  society can  be  ideal or horrific  depending  on how you  go about writing it  and this is the very reason why dystopian  and  utopian fiction is sometimes crossed over with post-apocalyptic fiction .  

Moreover,  utopian  fiction and  dystopian  fiction  are usually   deemed as umbrella  terms  of post-apocalyptic and apocalyptic  fiction. The only differences between the three  would be the written plots.

In the case of Plato when he writes about Atlantis and finally  its destruction

He  goes  from  ideal society(utopian)

To   a  society  that’s   ravaged by  both political, spiritual , moral  upheaval.  Simply put the  downfall of Atlantis  humanity  . (dystopia)

He literally  writes about it all  and  what  happened  after  the destruction.  Where did the people go ?  How did they respond to the devastation of Atlantis? How  did they rebuild? (post -apocalypse).

So  to answer  the question from my own observance and research

Was Plato  a post-apocalyptic fiction writer?  Yes.  And also a fantasy  writer? Yes

But that is only if you don’t  consider  his  writings  of Atlantis   to  be  historical fact.  

Remember  I told  you back then  when  the ancient philosophers wrote about  the Gods  they wrote them as being  historical writings. So you decide. 

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WRITING  QUESTIONS :Writing Excerpts

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So I see a lot  of writers writing excerpts of the their work in progress.

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A  NEW  REALITY  & INSIDE THE YEARLING  DEN  CHAPTER  14

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Yesterday  I had a poll open for  which title to  name my 14th chapter .  The titles being  three;  A  New  Reality ,  Awoken  Dreams, The yearling den.Only two people voted  but those  two  votes  went  50/50 with the  two  appealing titles  ;  A  New  Reality  and  The Yearling Den .

So  this is what I did.  The main chapter 14 is entitled  A New Reality  and the first scene in the chapter 14  will be entitled  Inside the Yearling Den. 

CHAPTER 14 SUMMARY

Sirena awakens insides the yearling cave to find Cristen and the  rest of the pack arguing  and discussing her.   Cristen struggles  to  make a  decision  to tell Sirena  who she  really is.  While  Xavier and Mary devise another plan to capture  Sirena .

Yesterday I was able to finish the first scene  which came to  778 words .

And  I  went ahead and named it  inside the yearling den because Sirena  the main character  literally wakes  up  in the yearling den  in like a  kind of  hole within the cave that wolves  in real life usually  sleep in. The  hole  is large  within the cave  .  In fact the cave  itself  has   many large   holes within. the  walls  of the cave  that  surround  a  large  body cenote and  waterfalls.  

But within these shallow holes  it is dark  and  so Sirena  is basically laying on like a makeshift  bed of  sticks , twigs and rocks  and she is  in pain  being  wounded   from the previous chapter  but however  she is also  scared  when she wakes  up within  this darken   hole in  the wall.  Of course  because she doesn’t know where  she is .

She only  sees these beings with  red eyes who look like her.  And she hears that they have healed  her but it didn’t  work.    Scared  she remembers  what happened  to her and Eli  in the previous chapter 13 and  she sees  a  crawl space and  literally crawls out of it to go after him .

I wrote this scene like this because  her new reality  hasn’t kicked  in yet and it  won’t  for the rest of the novel  until  maybe the end .   But this chapter  will basically be the start of where  she finds out about her  true werewolf  existence.

The next chapter  will be in Cristen’s  POV .  I’ll keep you updated on the next scene  within chapter 14.

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NOVEL WORK IN PROGRESS POLL: CHAPTER 14  TITLES 

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Need a  little  assistance . I’m starting  chapter 14  today .

SUMMARY FOR CHAPTER 14

Sirena awakens insides the yearling cave to find Cristen and the  rest of the pack arguing  and discussing her.  Cristen struggles  to  make a  decision  to tell Sirena  who she  really is.  While  Xavier and Mary devise another plan to capture  Sirena .

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 I  want to know so let me know in the comments  below.

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WRITING GOALS & MILESTONES  FOR THE  NEW YEAR  (2022)

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I haven’t  wrote in  three  weeks because of being busy and life you know gets in the way of writing .   But  I am  energized and  solely  ready to write again . With the writer’s  block  gone I’m heading into  finishing up my chapters for this  2nd draft of my  work in progress novel. Although  I was  hoping to finish the draft  fully this year and  start the editing publication steps. But  I haven’t. Goals  aren’t always accomplished of course .   So  since I did not accomplish my goals this year I’m  going to push it into  next year . 

So where  I’m at  right   now is  I’m in the 13th  chapter of  my 2nd  draft .

And I’m  still working on the first short story  In the Hour of Humanity 

Soin the year 2022 I plan to not only finish this up  but also  start finishing up  on the 2nd short story RED ENVY  and maybe start a  3rd  draft of my work In Progress but we  will  see what happens.

When trying to get  your goals  done  in my opinion you  have to prioritize  which  writing  project  is most important to you .

Your goals must matter to you as  the writer.

I would say  set deadlines  for yourself.  But when setting deadlines  I always  end up not   meeting those deadlines.  So instead  create  milestones  that way  you  will be able  to complete your writing goals  without  a time  frame  and  will be able to finish  what  prioritize  whenever  you get a chance to finish .

For  example when I  completed  my  1st draft  I did not set a deadline  but  I  made sure to at least write  every day . It  took  one year  to write but  after  completing it was  a definite  milestone  that I felt  good about.   But even though  I finished  the first draft my goal  to publish my novel was  not yet  accomplished  and still isn’t but will 2022  be the year  I finally  publish  this novel ?  Only time  will  tell . Until then I will just have to work on  my  writing milestones  to help  me get to the  publication.   

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WHAT WRITING GOALS AND MILESTONES DO YOU HAVE  FOR NEXT YEAR?

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