The Inspiration Behind my Trilogy Manuscript,
Age of Columbia
Over the past two months I’ve talked about the importance of pursuing passion and have given tips for applying what I’ve preached. Today, I want to talk about how I’ve applied pursuing passion to my manuscript trilogy, Age of Columbia, a contemporary fantasy work set to release in the late summer/early fall of 2018.
Allow me to begin by stating the original motivation for anything important in life should entice you to begin pursuing your passion and the further you pursue, the more the process comes into fruition. This is rewarding, though beginning may be a hassle, as many ask me the same question: Where do I begin?
There’s no perfect time to begin, and I started the first draft of Age of Columbia in mid-2015 after about a year of procrastination. Once your idea strikes, don’t procrastinate, just do it!
The Sons of Liberty
One of my key motives for beginning Age of Columbia came from the History Channel miniseries, Sons of Liberty. ‘What if the Revolutionary War happened in modern times?’ I said to myself.
I started writing the work and quickly added a contemporary fantasy aspect to the budding work.
An arrogant college athlete crosses imperial law enforcement which leaves him zero choice but to ignite a colonial uprising over its imperial masters.
I grew up a huge fan of the Harry Potter series, so I knew a Hogwarts-like setting would be ideal, but instead of a magic school, an isolated college campus beyond a border separating the free colonies from the occupied ones became an ideal location.
Star Wars and Avatar: The Last Airbender also had a profound effect and elements from each were added.
I read The Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell back in 2012 and I fell in love with the Hero’s Journey. Though the primary motive for many readers is to begin with the terrible trouble as soon as possible, the Hero’s Journey is a classic model and I had to place it into the series.
Who Would Love It?
Anyone who loves to read about war, conflict, uncertainty, contemporary fantasy, and history would like to read this book. Constitutional conservatives and libertarians alike would embrace the message. Anyone who believes in America’s Bill of Rights and principles from The Enlightenment would be apt to give the work a go, too.
Who Would Hate It?
Ah, I’d say anyone named John Bolton would despise this work plus any neo-conservative in Washington. Anyone who believes in forced patriotism and conservative nationalists would only buy this book to burn it.
There’s a nice, little, hidden allegory residing within the book, where residents of Northeast Ohio would appreciate the inside joke. Likewise, those living in Southwest Pennsylvania would want my head on a silver platter once they figure out the allegory.
A Word on the Characters
Yeah, I should put a South Park-like disclaimer right after the title page, reading, ‘any characters in this work are entirely fictional and contain poor exaggerations of their real-life counterparts.’
I love basing characters off people I’ve met in real life. It makes them believable and gives the work a sense of realism. I want to admit that it’s all in good-spirited nature and as all writers do, remain vague on the exact people such characters are based off.
I was taught three author’s purposes while in grade school, and this one would be more in the entertaining category, but also to inform and persuade. My theme in this series is freedom. I want freedom to remain in America without restriction or fear and the Bill of Rights to remain supreme. The more we can spread the idea of liberty, true liberty without restriction, the more We the People can get rid of overreaching government in our own society.
I’d also highly encourage my readers to check out the Ron Paul Liberty Report, Ron Paul Institute, Free State Project, Mises.org, The Real News, anti-war.com, info-wars.com, Stefan Molyneux, and The Cato Institute for more ideas on the message of liberty.