The Journey

On May 22, 2013 by T.
An astrolabe pointing the exact cosmic time.

An astrolabe pointing the exact cosmic time.

The Project And The Journey

The project is simple: to self-publish the first book in a fantasy series entitled The Stave And The Shroud that follows a man named Teren on a quest to break his curse. His journey takes him to the mystical order of the Academy of Seekers. This is as much of a journey for Teren as it is for me, the author. So, I wanted to dedicate this blog to three main themes: 1. to introduce the setting and universe (The Lore); 2. to chat about this self-publishing journey (The Making); and 3. to account for the story behind the story, the writer’s own journey – my personal views (The Maker).

I invite you to join me on this three-layered adventure, as I continue to research and write, as well as publish my findings from the world inside the novel, the world around it, and the world within me. This blog will serve to document these three dimensions, and I will deliberately blend and mash them together to confuse you and challenge you to see similarities on all levels. There will be articles dedicated to writing tools, craft of writing, publishing; articles from within the world of Tellurion: character diaries, poetry and music, art and illustration, history and folklore – stuff that doesn’t fit in the books but fuels it; and articles about myself as a writer, critic, healer, scientist, philosopher, comedian, human, and godlike. I hope you enjoy them.

Greetings And Some Background

So, my name is T. Pleasure to meet you. T is a simple name to go by, and no, my real name is not Teren – it’s Thiago (pronounced chee-Ah-go). I have been writing since I was able to write. The first book I’ve ever read was a translated version (in Portuguese) of Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone‘s Fighting Fantasy roleplaying gamebooks. It was a school assignment – we had to go to the library and pick a book to read. It literally was the first book I’ve ever willingly read. While classmates were on to Pollyanna or The Little Prince – I took on to the young adult library shelf and pulled a book with a dragon on the cover. “The Citadel of Chaos” it was named, and I was hooked. I later started a club and collected all of the fighting fantasy books available in Rio – we traded them once we had them beat, and to this day the only one I could not finish was “Appointment with F.E.A.R.”, but I told all my friends I had. Sorry, I lied, but I had a reputation to keep at age 12 (here’s a list of all the fighting fantasy books ever published).

The Citadel Of Chaos, by Jackson and Livingstone.

Those books influenced me. They made me live and breathe fantasy. I could not stop imagining the scenes, especially when I was in the book, taking the reigns of the story. For those unfamiliar with the genre, this was to me what first-person shooters are to kids these days. Except it was on paper and used your imagination (and two 6-sided dice). I developed the ability to enter this world at will. Very vivid fantasy scenes came to me in my mind, and often I remained in that world for a while. It felt familiar, and natural to be in that alternate universe – it’s served as a refuge to me in times of need (and I’ve often employed this ability to get to a good place when the real world seemed to crumble around me).

As for writing, I told I had been writing since I was able to write. My mother used to take me to her work on occasion – she worked at a government facility downtown, and had lots of offices and desks and typewriters. I would sit on a typewriter and just type – all day. Sometimes she would force me to take a lunch break with her. I was so immersed, and hypnotized by the clicks and the dings, the enter new line sound, and the feel of the keystrokes. And I was writing stories, rewriting the ones I saw on television or read on my fighting fantasy books. Sometimes I had stories of my own, and I would draw characters, name them, and there was a five-page story about how they saved the day.

So there’s a little bit about me, about my background, and about the purpose of this blog. I welcome you to join me on this adventure, and feel free to post your comments or questions below. Did you read any of these books? What was the first book you’ve ever read? What is your favorite fantasy book?

Until next we meet.

T.

 

4 Responses to “The Journey”

  • Rune

    The first book I read? That’s difficult. I guess it must’ve been a book at school. My dad used to read to me. All the classics. I particularly remember The Lord of the Rings, the part where the hobbits are attacked by Shelob. My dad was reading it and he stopped because he had a sore throat. I didn’t stop, I couldn’t. I just kept on reading it, slow at first but faster as I got the hang of it.

    The first adult book I picked up (at the school library, of course) was The Clan of the Cave Bear. There were a lot of boring parts in it, mostly the sex parts, which I skipped, and others that I was captivated by. I was hooked in equal parts by the rush of being able to decipher this code and create meaning out of paper and ink, and by the stories themselves.

    I started going to the library by myself, reading all the books with cool covers in the fantasy department. I could easily read a book a day if my mom didn’t usher me out to play with the other kids. I’m glad now that she did, but not back then.

    Lately I’ve been trying to cast my net further back. I read Robert E. Howard and was captivated by the raw power of his stories. I went further back, to Lord Dunsany and George MacDonald, both great writers and poets. I love a lot of the stories that get written today, but to go back and read fantasy before Tolkien, can be a great experience. It was to me. Rid of all the stereotypical elements of Tolkien, it really spoke to me.

    My favorite fantasy book? I couldn’t say. I love most of them for different reasons. I could suggest a ton of books, but I can’t pick a favorite. 🙂

    • Rune

      Just re-read my comment. 🙂
      I don’t mean to imply that Tolkien used stereo types. I mean, what he did was pretty original when he did it. I mean to point to the enormous amount of books that borrow from Tolkien without adding much new to their stories.

  • T.

    Hi Rune!
    Yeah, I know what you mean… fantasy as a genre can be defined as “Before Tolkien” and “After Tolkien”. We have all been very much influenced by his work. As a writer, I try to go back to the source as much as possible: I find inspiration from original records like the Iliad and the Odyssey, you know, classic Roman and Greek mythology, and even some indigenous/native stories – have you read the Epic of Gilgamesh? I am fascinated by these primitive yet powerful sources. That, and also a lot of science (astrophysics) and spirituality (take the Bhagavad Gita, for instance). I strive to convey a deeper message through the fantasy theme, using some of these powerful and ancient stories that have been with us for so long and are so universal. That’s what I like to write.

  • Rune

    I haven’t read the Epic of Gilgamesh, but I might now. 🙂
    Have you read Mahabharata? Now that’s an epic.

    Speaking of Lord Dunsany earlier, I really love this quote from him.
    “And little he knew of the things that ink may do, how it can mark a dead man’s thought for the wonder of later years, and tell of happening that are gone clean away, and be a voice for us out of the dark of time, and save many a fragile thing from the pounding of heavy ages; or carry to us, over the rolling centuries, even a song from lips long dead on forgotten hills.”
    ― Lord Dunsany, The King of Elfland’s Daughter

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