My blood runs with the DNA of nine ancestors from the Mayflower, several more who fired their rifles during the Revolutionary War, and many others who engaged in the defense of their freedom in various ways. Even centuries later, I am still enjoying the fruits of their many sacrifices. The story that they began I now have a responsibility to continue.
Even in fiction, that battle cry for freedom still emerges. That desire of the soul to follow truth without infringement by another echoes through our stories. Today, I'm going to share ten quotes about freedom from science fiction and fantasy.
Last week, Elizabeth asked: "What do you think of a dog showing up and Jack expects it to be able to herd the sheep, but the dog is definitely NOT of the sheepherding variety?"
I loved it! There were so many ways that I could take that idea (which most of the other voters seemed to like the best of the options) and it took a while for me to decide how, exactly, I wanted to implement it. I wanted to do something that no one had suggested or thought of yet (including me), but still keep the humorous undertone. And then I thought of...
Well, you'll see.
Last week, the votes on Episode 2 (read it here) were pretty unanimous that Option 3 was the best choice. One commenter (MK) added this:
Right! So I decided to add MK's idea into this episode. Bear in mind that if you come up with awesome ideas, do feel free to share them with me. I can't have all the awesomeness, can I?
Welcome to Episode 2 of the interactive serial fantasy story, Jack & Tollers. If you missed Episode 1, don't worry! Read it here. Then vote on this episode's options. Voting for Episode 2 closes on Monday, June 20th, 2016, so I can write Episode 3.
Recap: Jack has chosen his supernatural ability (aka "skill") and none too soon, for the place where the ship is taking Jack offers a challenge that will test Jack's wit and abilities.
Warning: Don't read if you dislike puns, wordplay, and whimsical humor.
Welcome to my newest interactive serial story, Jack & Tollers. (Extra points if you know why I chose those names!) Read the episode, choose option 1, 2, or 3, and I'll write the next episode based on the most popular choice.
A summary of what you should expect with Jack & Tollers:
Jack has volunteered to be the main character in the book of his best friend, Tollers. As Jack maneuvers his way through the unfamiliar world that Tollers has created, he must mollify the wrath of the Editor, survive plot holes, avoid cliches, and strive to reach the climax successfully. Even with Tollers' help, none of that is easy...
Can you name the science fiction or fantasy book/movie based off of these zany summaries?
Episodes ago, we asked the question: What was the other half of the conversation with the Half-Tree? In this episode, we learn the full message of Rahayar, and the companions have to make the biggest decision yet, a decision that will impact the future of Azinae--and their own futures.
(Click here to read previous episodes)
This has been promised since the early episodes, since one of the first votes, and now it is here--Connie arrives at the Time Pool. But what awaits him there, and what happens when he reverses time and begins to rewrite Azinaean history? Find out in this episode!
(Click here to read the last episode)
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