Monthly Archives: January 2014

Adventure Awaits

Hey Everyone!

I’ve decided to post a story I wrote for a friend of mine, Zachariah Owens. He has not only created his own pen and paper roll playing game (like dungeons and dragons for those of you who don’t follow such things), but has built an original world (populated with its own interesting races, factions and politics) for the game to be played in. He asked me to write a story that would help introduce and (hopefully) excite people about the world he so carefully put together. I jumped at the chance!

The story is supposed to give you a taste of Zach’s world and leave you wanting more, so hopefully it will be just self-descriptive enough to make sense. Any issues with it are, of course, all mine and no reflection on Zach’s amazingly creative mind!

Please enjoy Adventure Awaits and let me know what yo think of it by replying to this post.

New Year

Hello everyone!

I know it’s been a while, but I’m back from vacations and holidays and raring to go on all sorts of new projects I’ve been thinking about. But, first things first…

I went on a vacation with my wife and my parents¬†to New Zealand. We flew to Auckland and cruised for fourteen days, hitting a number of port cities on New Zealand’s east coast, before heading to Sydney, Australia and then back to Auckland. True to what you saw in Lord of the Rings, New Zealand is an absolutely beautiful country!

I saw the youngest geothermal system in the world! Waimangu valley erupted in 1886 destroying an existing resort and world renowned tourist attractions. Now there’s a whole group of geysers, lakes and other interesting geological stuff to see.

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We visited Wellington, home of the government and the burgeoning movie industry. There we saw shooting locations and got to visit Weta, the company that did the special effects for Peter Jackson’s films as well as Avatar, Tintin, Elysium and many other famous films.

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Dunedin (the Scottish Gaelic name for Edinburgh) was a very cool university town that we visited in southern New Zealand. Lots of art galleries, a huge Cadbury factory and a few cathedrals. Also, there were a number of businesses there owned by Todds. I wonder if they are distant relations?

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Fjordland National Park occupies the southwest corner of the South Island and is the largest of New Zealand’s 14 (14!!!) national parks. There are plenty of opportunities for hiking, camping, kayaking and other such activities, but we cruised through it in our big ‘ol cruise ship. Breathtaking!

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We saw many beautiful places and I was outdoors enough to last me well into 2016!

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More posts to come, including a new short story next week. Happy Holidays to everyone and welcome back to the real world!