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Poetry Month Fridays – Unfinished Epics: The Two At Gonl

A black wave surging
‘tween mountain walls.
Roaring with one voice,
rushing with one purpose,
to break,
with fury, with rage
upon the two who held against them.
The ogres charged.
But the two stood fast.

One a daughter of the arrow.
Helnara, called The Bow,
laughed in the face of the darkness,
laughed, as she bent her bow
and loosed two arrows.
How straight and true her arrows!

The air humming with their flight,
each summoned an enemy
to the Cold One’s halls.
Yet the wave swept onward
as she drew again.
Warm the sun on her bright hair shining,
fierce the light in her eyes,
as she sighted down twin shafts.

Helnara The Bow,
facing hundreds,
to see them running to their death.

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Poetry Month Fridays – Unfinished Epics: The Key Riddles

The Key of Light

Hold your anchors, hold your boats,
leave off the slippery sides.
You will find no anchor here,
where the first key bides.

Within the sacred, ancient hill
is where the secret hides.
But only water can breach the stone
and find where it resides.

Towers, walls, and battlements
hold your guards and guides.
Watch the shields, watch for swords,
and watch the burning tides.

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How Roleplaying Could Help Your Writing

Let me start out by specifying what kind of role playing I mean, since there are several different kinds. According to Wikipedia it is called Play-By-Post, which is actually the first time I’ve ever heard the term. Around the communities I used to frequent it was referred to as Text-Style Roleplaying. Yes, with roleplaying as one word, in case you thought that was a typo. ^-^

[Not to be confused with Text BASED role playing, which involves MUD and is a completely different animal.]

Of course neither of these terms are very helpful to those who are not already involved with a roleplaying community. So, to explain, Text-Style Roleplaying is basically writing a story with other people. However unlike tandems, or other forms of collaborative writing, you are only allowed to write your own character. Also, the story is usually led by one person, who makes all final calls with regard to story direction and character conflict. Other rules apply based on the community or story leader. (Also called a game leader or thread leader)

Although it’s been on and off these last couple of them, I’ve been participating in this form of roleplaying for somewhere around ten years now. In that time, I’ve discovered that not only is it fun, it’s a great way to work on your writing. Here are a few of the reasons why.

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