Season of Blood- Nickolas

Nickolas stared in the mirror trying not to blink as the image looking back at him began to distort. He involuntarily blinked as a tear ran down his cheek.  He turned around peeking through the door into the adjoining room.  He smiled widely as he watched the two tied up teenagers squirming under their restraints.  He waved at them as if they would be able to respond.  He turned to face his neatly made bed with two silver, diamond encrusted machetes next to a blue hat box.  Nickolas carefully removed the lid, gently placing it next to the box.  The dark mask looked up at him as if to call to him.

Nickolas.”  The mask spoke.  “It’s been a long time.  I thought you had forgotten about me.”

“It’s time to begin.” Nickolas whispered to himself as he picked up the mask carefully putting it to his face.

He emerged from the room feeling the god like power he enjoyed more than anything. The muffled teens began to struggle more as he grabbed a chair placing it front of them. The sounds from the plastic below his feet heightened the fear in the terrorized teens.

He placed a machete on each of their laps and sat down.

“You two are going to be part of something great. Something that will live in the hearts and minds of man forever. I almost passed you up. I thought to myself, they can’t be worthy of this great honor.” The mask began to move as he spoke.

He pulled the ball gag from the young ladies mouth. He put his finger to his lips to keep her from screaming.

“If you scream I will disembowel you.” His voice seemed to become deeper.

With tears running down her face, she mustered up enough strength to speak.

“What do you want from us?” She asked as a weird sensation swept through her body.

Nicholas didn’t answer right away, but leaned in smelling her hair.

“Do you feel the tingling throughout your body?” He smiled under his mask. “It’s a little something I came up with. It’s my favorite neuro toxin. What do you think about it?”

The young man tried to free himself as he attempted to scream with the gag securely in his mouth.

Without looking Nicholas viciously back handed the helpless young man.

“Do not interrupt me while I am speaking!” His voice echoed through the room.

“We are sorry. Please don’t hurt him anymore.” She apologized between whimpers.

Nicholas sat back to regain his composure. The temptation to cut her eyes, and lick the blood from her sockets was almost to much to hold back.

Nicholas looks over at the young man as he felt the mask constrict and release. He put his hands on the young man’s knees, and with a word grabbed one of the machete plunging it into his chest.

“I decided the lesson I need to teach will only benefit one of you.”

The gurgling only lasted a short time sending the girl into a screaming episode. Nicholas struck her in the mouth instantly stopping the screaming. She slumped over with blood running from her mouth.

“Let’s began, shall we?”

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Sometimes It’s Like Beating My Head Against A Wall

I know people that don’t write think that it’s easy to do so, and those of us that do write know how hard it can be.  We live the struggle of writers block, rejection letters, making time to work on projects, self publishing, selling of projects, getting your projects out into the world through marketing and other sources.  I feel like this is an everyday thing with me.  It’s not as bad as it used to be, but even when  I tell myself to write for me and not anyone else it doesn’t always work out that way.  I do want people to read and like my works, but I shouldn’t rely on that to keep me writing.

I should keep writing because I enjoy it, and I really need to get these stories out of my head.  As I sit here this very second writing on a blog that I have taken for granted for much to long, I’m thinking about working on the two books sitting on my laptops desktop.  Although I don’t feel like a real blogger in anyway, I believe publishing these thoughts help me in the creation of my other projects.  Even when writer’s block ruins my night, I can come here and share with everyone the hardships I see in my works.  This helps me in the long run to work through the wall that is keeping me from doing what I enjoy.

I am really bad at marketing and getting my novels out into the world.  The fan page that I have set up on Facebook [https://www.facebook.com/DarkEmpyrean] has a lot of followers, and I hope they enjoy the things I do. I just get so frustrated that I start to rabble on like I am doing in this post. Do I feel like giving up sometimes and deleting my current projects? Yes I do, but I won’t. I know this feeling will pass like it has done in the past, and I will look back on this post as a waste of my time. I will see how I am over reacting and everything will go back to normal with me writing my stories. It is what I truly love to do. Well, that’s all I have for now, and I hope everyone returns to this blog to see how my progress is going. More to Come…

What is Writing To You?

Long ago when I was a boy I bought my first comic book, and seeing Conan on the cover killing his enemy started the thoughts of my best friend and I starting our own comic book.  First we had to make up characters.  Check.  Then developed our dark super hero group.  Check.  Next we made new character after new character until our number grew to around three hundred, which is pretty impressive (in our minds) for 4th graders.

Now the hard part started.  Well, the hard part for me.  I found out pretty early that although I was a decent artist, my best friend was and still is an excellent artist.  So of course putting my work up against his was a little discouraging.  He never compared his art to mine, but in the back of my head I thought the art aspect of our new adventured was to be left to him.  I went the writing route.  I put out scripted comic books and had my friend draw the scenes.  I found I actually enjoyed this more than drawing.

As the years passed, and the thought of doing just comic books faded, I decided to take my characters and put them in novel form.  I had this great idea and started taking notes and making outlines.  I finally started my first novel The Darkstone Chronicles:  The Power Within.  It felt great to finally accomplished something on that scale.  I took out story lines from the past and began to put down story lines for other novels.  I put out book II of The Darkstone Chronicles line.  I have all these stories lined up and I’m trying my hardest to get them out in the world.

Writing to me is showing the world that I live in, the universe I created in my head.  At the end of the day, I just love writing whether people read it or not.  It’s who I am, and who I will always be.

More to come…

Just A Little Update

Sorry that I have been away for so long. I have worked on a few side projects and my time has been limited. My third novel, Alexander is coming along nicely. I am almost halfway through the first draft and feel very excited about my progress. I decided it was best to just work on this novel instead of working on two different ones like I was before.

My Facebook fan page is steadily growing and that’s really exciting and a little scary. I am so happy to have all my followers, but there is a small part of me that feels it’s weird that they would want to follow me, and it’s also pretty cool they do. If you would like to join my fan page, go to http://www.facebook.com/DarkEmpyrean and like my page. I post pictures, have contests, talk about books, writing, gaming, Cosplaying, comic books etc…

I am also trying to figure out new ways to market my first two books. The Darkstone Chronicles:The Power Within and The Darkstone Chronicles:Rise of the Death Lords. You can buy these books or download the Kindle version at http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_0_13?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=the%20darkstone%20chronicles&sprefix=The+Darkstone%2Caps%2C265.

I plan on blogging, posting, writing, and just being an all around geek more often. Thank you for your interest in this blog and I hope you will come back soon.

More To Come…