So its been awhile again since I posted, so before I get into why I have this title, how about an update on Song of Betrayal. Well, I discovered, thanks to some research and that final edit that I am doing, that even if I cut out all of the Jennifer Parks scenes and a whole chapter that doesn’t deal with the golden ticket plot, I still won’t get below 70 k.
So, I decided to cut the book in half and make two out of it. It needs the ‘Pyrrhic victory song’ chapters to make sense of the rest of the story. Besides, its turning much better. I think it has a CW/ ABC family vibe to it. (That’s me, though). It will be called Song of Betrayal, that first piece anyway. The second half I haven’t settled on. Here is why:
“G’Quan wrote, “There is a greater darkness than the one we fight. It is the darkness of the soul that has lost its way. The war we fight is not against powers and principalities, it is against chaos and despair. Greater than the death of flesh is the death of hope. The death of dreams. Against this peril we can never surrender. The future is all around us, waiting in moments of transition, to be born in moments of revelation. No one knows the shape of that future, or where it will take us. We know only that it is always born…in pain“
This quote from the end of Babylon 5 season 3 episode ‘Z’ha’dum’. If you love epic sci-fi, watch it! It’s still good today, 25 yrs later.
My problem is I can’t figure out where to call the second half ‘Song of Hope’ or ‘Song of Revelation’ You see the second half is when Gwen becomes princess and a musician. This happens after the school year ends. It still allows me to remove certain artists like this one because their launch happens around the time of Gwen’s. There are numerous ways this could be done. Anyway, the story is approaching that split point so decisions will be made soon.
This brings me the title. When you change a title, you change the meaning. I started with ‘Born in Pain’ referencing Glee. Then it was ‘Collide’ and now ‘Song of Betrayal’. Each time this changes the overall flow and meaning. Its why the first half, which is obviously about betrayal remains that.
However, this is more evident when we jump to the national level. I don’t use this platform as a political tool and regardless of what happens that doesn’t change. When we suffer an event that ends numerous lives by the hands of more than one individual (like Taft High Massacre in the story) it is a terrorist attack. However, if the ideology of the individuals is very narrow (like that of the warriors of Dagon, who believe that only they have the right to rule the surface) it is more so.
So its startling when people refuse to use that title. It’s even more so when people are willing to abandon the rights that allow them to say their thoughts to begin with. Like it or not, the reason I am allowed to post this blog has to do with thousands of people willing to die for an ideal that was created by a group of wealthy, slave owning Caucasian Englishmen who believed they had a right to be decide their own destiny apart of the self anointed King of England, George III.
Like them or hate them, they got you freedom of speech, and the right to bear arms in a document that is notorious to amend. If you believe the ‘times have changes’ or that their words are invalid, you are siding with others who opposed them. People like Joseph Stalin, Mao Zedong, Paul Joseph Goebbels, Charles Taylor and Robert Mugabe. There really is no middle ground here. You either support self defense or you don’t.
With that said, There won’t be a Christmas story because I didn’t have the time this year to write one. However, I did fix the map I post this time last year of the Lafayette that shows where Forest Hills is. Apparently I was unaware of the US highway and other issues so there you go. It will get a permanent link on the main page as its kind of important.
Also did another Wikipedia entry. This one is on Alexander Booker. He’s the person Booker Field is named after, as well as the founder of the college that became Forest Hills. It gives some insight into early 20th century Lafayette. Merry Christmas and Happy 2016.