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Shotball Subplot: As Seen in Northern Knights

Why Subplots Work

If you’ve been reading My Freedom Flame for a while, you’ll know all about the fictional sport of shotball, the subplot I use in my debut full-length novel, Northern Knights.



Yes, I took a page out of J.K. Rowling’s book.



No, it’s a much simpler sport than Muggle Quidditch. Though I must say, Muggle Quidditch is awesome. If you havent done so, stop reading this post and check out Major League Quidditch‘s website.



As mentioned, shotball is much less complicated. That’s because it’s, well, a sport Muggles can play, to be honest.



In fact, it only requires a goal, a kickball (or something similar), and a football field.



Nothing crazy, nothing to really modify, right?



Well, if you’re playing a pickup game of shotball you might want to modify the rules a bit.



Like football.



For instance, you might want to play a flag version of the game if playing for fun. Or tag.



Or whatever suits your needs.



You could play tackle, but let’s discuss some of what’s legal in the game before you decide to play my fictional sports masterpiece.


All About Subplots

Subplots are fun to implement in all books.


And to read about.


Back to Harry Potter, where Quidditch is a featured subplot in most works. Especially during the darker books, like Half-Blood Prince, shotball provides the reader a pleasant distraction.


Or, like the NFL each Sunday and College Gameday on Saturday. Each provides fun, exciting, and breathtaking distractions away from life.


Your subplot doesn’t have to be all about sports. It can be anything in a book. Is there a love triangle? An especially nosey character? The list goes on and on.


I love football and loved the Quidditch subplot, so it was natural to include a fictional sport of my own in a fictional world.


Choosing a Subplot

What are you passionate about when you’re writing?


Is there a love triangle, where the main is having a tough time choosing a love affair between two other characters?


Or, is the main having an affair between such characters?


What about the media?


Is there an annoying reporter or group of reporters sneaking in on the main and supporting characters’ business?


The entertaining distractions are endless. There’s so much to choose from here.


Making the Subplot Relevant

Does your subplot make sense?


Is it necessary to have in the work?


Does your subplot relate to the main characters?


I’ll use Northern Knights as an example, where my characters are playing for the same shotball team. These characters also appear in the book (and the series) time and again, playing major roles in the book’s and series’ plot.


When I had Northern Knights beta-read, my readers stated the subplot was a great way to show my audience how the main characters were able to work together, setting the stage for what was to come later on in the main plot.


Though shotball itself had little to do with the main plot, inserting it allows the readers to see such chemistry in action. In addition, the reader could see during a few select games the rivalry between my main characters and a few antagonists.


Rejuvenate the Reader

Subplots can be used to rejuvenate the reader. Again, using Half-Blood Prince as an example, it re-energizes the reader to continue with the main story: Lord Voldemort’s history and Draco Malfoy’s mission. Plus, there’s always the Severus Snape conundrum.


With so much going on in the book, and Northern Knights is much like Half-Blood Prince in this aspect, the reader is ready to take on what’s in store for our characters next.


Obviously, the distractions in Half-Blood Prince prepare us for the inevitable. I won’t play spoiler here, as people to this day are discovering Harry Potter for the first time. The win, loss, and epic comeback set the stage for the reader’s experience.


When implemented properly, the reader is ready to continue the story and to experience the book’s ultimate climax.



Subplots are fun, energizing, and exciting. They provide awesome breaks for the reader, distracts them from the main plot, and allows them to explore the main characters’ personalities to a greater extent.


So, if you’re looking to write a certain number of words, adding subplots are great for hitting a word quota if you’ve taken the main plot as far as possible.


Do you wish to write 60,000 words but only have 40,000 down?


Add an awesome subplot. Let the reader experience more than the main plot, and not only did you find a readership, but you also, in the case of sports subplots, founded a new sport.


And that’s pretty cool.













Northern Knights’ Sports References

Cleveland and Vegas Rock the World

I’ve been asked how I came up with the name Northern Knights for my debut book in the Lord of Columbia Series.

Trial and error of Amazon’s search engines.

Here’s a list of working titles:

1. Once: The Lost Book

2. Days of Gaia, The Uprising

3. Days of Gaia, The Revolution

4. Age of Columbia: Uprising (this name lasted until earlier this year)

5. Lord of Columbia: Northern Knights

I struck gold in Amazon’s search engines, as Northern Knights was a hotter search in the books section, especially when one clicked on fantasy titles.

Some have pointed out the rather unique coloring of the cover, which focuses heavy on orange and brown. While many urban fantasy titles utilize the color orange, with some sort of fire in the background, brown might be more unique.

The cover is a reference to my favorite NFL team, the Cleveland Browns.

The name Northern Knights, other than being hot in the search engines, originated from the Vegas Golden Knights of the NHL, a team I followed since, well, they were christened the Golden Knights back in 2016.

I’ve also long joked the Browns should drop their meager moniker due to its identity of constant losing and adopt a new name. Northern Knights, I’ve always stated, would’ve been a top choice because:

1. Cleveland is the northernmost team in the AFC North Division.

2. The Browns play in the AFC North.

3. The name intertwines with the Cleveland Cavaliers and their G-League affiliate, the Canton Charge.



About the Browns

Orange and brown became a staple in the series after its initial drafts. I termed a coalition called the Liberty Flames, later changed to Freedom Flames since Flames is the nickname to Liberty University.

Despite black and yellow being true Libertarian colors (ironically, they’re the enemy colors in Northern Knights) I wanted to better utilize the flame within a wooden torch. Orange flames plus a brown torch made sense, and it allowed me to use the color scheme throughout the work.


About the Indians

One of my favorite characters in Northern Knights is half the Native American version of a Columbian, which I term Native Columbian. Similar to their real-life Native American counterparts, it’s the single character who is an unstoppable athlete, friendly, and outgoing. From a personality and talent standpoint, they’re the prototypical person everyone wants to be.

What’s funny is, this particular character appeared in another work that I released on my old blog (and in time, I want to release on this blog, too) but I loved them so much I wrote them into the Northern Knights plot.


About the Cavs

The term cavalier is used early and often. It’s the Columbian version of a warrior. Anyone in Northern Knights and subsequent books termed cavaliers are known for their bravery and willingness to achieve great things both on the battlefield and at home. In Northern Knights, if one calls another a cavalier, it’s the greatest compliment one can give and receive.


About the Golden Knights

I wasn’t going to have a sport in the plot in initial drafts. Instead, the initial plot had my main character already on the run from the enemy military whose leader wanted to kill him. While much of the backstory remained intact, the initial plot called for my main character to accidentally inconvenience the antagonist and keep getting in the way.

I changed the plot after writing myself into several corners and allowed my inner-J.K. Rowling to take centerstage. I structured the plot to where the main still got into the antagonist’s way but was a gifted three-sport athlete.

It wasn’t until I developed a college campus in an unoccupied environment did I implement a game I invented back in 2009, initially called warball, later changed to shotball. The game called for minimal rules, hard hits, and legal fighting. I’ve always thought of shotball as the intersection of American football, Australian football, rugby, and soccer.

When I had to create a twelve-team league to align with the sports subplot, Knights and later Northern Knights jumped out at me over other names. Other names considered were Sharks, Stingers, Stingrays, Kings, and Stallions.

Fun fact: The name Stallions went to another team.

History Behind Lord of Columbia

Three Worlds Meet

Since I’m giving my main characters a round of applause in Northern Knights, today I want to cover the history of some of my backstory characters and how they arrived in the New World.

Northern Knights centers on Cain, a Dom Toretto-like lead character who shares some qualities with James “Sawyer” Ford from Lost, Han Solo from Star Wars, and even Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield.

But, what happened before Cain? How was the New World shaped? We must go all the way back, dating to Gaia’s (the world in which the series is set which is not much different from our own) version of the Middle Ages to tell an epic tale on how a group of ambitious people ended up in Columbia, known in East Gaia as the Western End of the World?

Let’s give a rundown.


From the Dunes of the Arkaanaman Empire

Their name was al-Saad, in the Arkaanaman Empire. A noble trader, Bash al-Saad traveled as far as Atlantis, located near the continent of Eura in the Atlantean Sea. There, al-Saad heard Atlantean tales of a land further beyond Atlantis, which many in Eura spoke of as Beyond the Western End of the World.

Excited, al-Saad returned to Arkaanaman to speak with Sultan Mustafa Hakim. al-Saad stated he heard the true story of the Atlanteans’ journey Beyond the Western End of the World and requested funding in Arkaan crescents to take him where no man from Arkaanaman had ever stepped foot.

Still, Mustafa denied al-Saad’s request and forbade him to speak of such lands to the public under the threat of death.

Over time, al-Saad confided in his descendants of the great lands Beyond the Western End of the World. Telling them to never share such tales with the public, he concocted stories of the people living there and what they looked like. He invented different cultures and languages for each.

Long after Bash al-Saad died, his grandson, Rasheed al-Saad, met with Eurean traders, who told a tale of a King and Queen from the Southlandic Isles fading from existence. Rasheed caught the next ship to Southland, now the mother country of the world power, the Southpoint Empire.

Southpoint officials informed Rasheed the disappeared King and Queen came from nearby Ddraigoch, located to the west of Southland, where his kind would be the norm.
Upon arriving in Ddraigoch, Rasheed met with a talented teenage Knight, George Santos. Santos told the tale of the missing King and Queen and that his own ancestor, David ap Santos, was a good friend and student of the couple. George stated it’d “be a good guess” if the lost King and Queen sought the lands Beyond the Western End of the World.

Upon further inquiry, Rasheed found the King and Queen went missing over three-hundred years prior, and the teenage Santos was leading a crew to such lands to annex into the Southpoint Empire, which Ddraigoch also belonged to. Naturally, Rasheed relished the thought of embarking on a journey to the New World and perhaps discovering what happened to the lost King and Queen.


Journey to A New World

Intrigued by Rasheed, Santos invited him to join as a crew leader along with his ship’s captain, Sio Leistung, who initially held animosity toward Rasheed due to his olive skin color. However, Rasheed’s intelligence proved superior and he was a brilliant navigator. Feeling positive and negative Spirit vibes, he saved Santos and his crew much heartache and headache when a storm was nearby.

Rasheed was gifted in Spirit control, something long tabooed in Eura, however, anyone possessing element control ability, if they belonged to a higher caste, could openly control it. Those from Ddraigoch, however, acted different toward Spirit Masters, allowing them to practice their ability until they united with Southland and Northland in the early days of the Southpoint Empire. When Ddraigoch merged, it too became bound to treat Spirit Masters as such.

After three weeks at sea since departing from nearby Atlantis, they reached land. Like in his grandfather’s tales, the New World, which Santos named Columbia after the rumor that a captain named Columbo Pucci “stumbled upon” unknown lands centuries ago, primitive society existed.

Debate arose on what to do with whom Leistung termed the Savages, “as they have no real society or religion. Barely human.”

Santos retorted, “each culture is unique within its own and perhaps mass multiculturalism doesn’t work. We should leave them to their own business.”

“Nonsense,” Sio said, “I’m taking a crew over there tomorrow and we’ll show them how to tend to the land like true humans.”


Rasheed Picks A Side

After much bickering between Santos and Leistung, Rasheed found these reddish-skinned, dark-haired people resembled and took to him, despite his Middle Eastern heritage.

When Rasheed implied to Leistung these Native Columbian people should be left to exercise free will, Leistung grew furious and threatened to exile anyone taking Santos’ side in the debate.

Leistung gave Rasheed a final choice. Columbian society or exile. After considering he had a family and others he wished to bring over, Rasheed placed his loyalty with Leistung. And by doing so, he held his high-ranking status in Columbia, generation after generation, until his great-great-grandson, Shaman, married a woman of full-blooded Ddraigoch descent.

Leistung ordered Rasheed to make his surname to sound more Columbian in nature, and therefore, more like a Southpoint name, and as a result, changed all records of his family from al-Saad to Storm.

Shaman’s Columbia

Shaman exhibited similar traits to Rasheed. A thirst for adventure, ambition for a high-ranking office, and pledged loyalty to Columbia, and therefore, Southpoint. King James of Southpoint recognized Shaman’s great political achievements and nominated him as Supreme Leader of the Columbian Colonies.

Shaman’s first challenge was mobilizing a Columbian force to fight the Lourdeans and their Native Columbian allies invading from the north and the Western Wild. After decisive victories all over Columbia and annexing some of Kanata and the Western Wild from Lourdes, Storm soon found himself as a key figure in newly crowned King Rooney’s Southpoint Empire.

Per family tradition, Shaman sent his oldest daughter to the prestigious Summit University.

And if I ever come across an interesting extended story on Shaman’s rule over Columbia, or what happened after King Rooney was crowned, I’ll be sure to include it in a future book in the Lord of Columbia Series.

My First Book’s Greatest Hits: BEST Themes from Northern Knights

War, Fighting the Quest for Empire, and Globalism

Today, I want to share with you all my first book’s greatest hits. Such hits include my best themes from Northern Knights. Now, if you’re an apologist to the current globalist system we see today in America, you might want to find a safe space. You aren’t going to like what I have in mind.


Right, so as you all know by now, my first full-length work, Northern Knights has been out on Amazon (blah) a little over a month with Book Two, Swords of Destiny, set to be released on Halloween. How’s that for a trick or treat?

Without further ado, I’d like to share some of my most memorable themes from Northern Knights, which makes the book, as I state it, a Manifesto for a Libertarian Revolution. One day, when I update the cover and release the second edition, the above statement might be its new subtitle over a new adult urban fantasy. One of a few ideas I have for the work.



The greatest theme in this work its insistence on liberty over tyranny. Far too often we’ve seen the United States dive deeper into security to the point to where it’s demanded. Twitter purge, anyone? We see this with gun laws, censorship, arming and militarizing the police, and willingness to give up civil liberties if it means fighting terrorists.

What have we gotten?

Unnecessary spying via the NSA and CIA. We’ve seen the FBI stage huge busts for good publicity (I want to link a few articles here because this sounds unbelievable until you read reputable sources). We’ve seen the TSA engage in immoral actions like forcing attractive women to walk through a scanner multiple times, mothers drink their own breast milk, and even subject a three-year-old wheelchair-bound girl to an invasive pat-down after seizing her beloved stuffed lamb.

Let’s just say the TSA’s lucky I’m not that girl’s father; at minimum, I’d have put that agent into a coma. You don’t commit such acts on a wheelchair-bound three-year-old.

My disdain for law enforcement shows early and often. Many ask why I’m not a fan of the police, and my answer is simple: A monopolized executive force is the greatest threat to liberty. Look through the pages of history and give me a single time a police force refused to enforce unjust laws. When has a good cop ever called out and arrested a bad cop? In a recent article, I shared shocking statistics regarding police.

Am I saying all cops act this way?

I watched a video last week that stated many of these people want to do good in their communities and they have impulses and feelings like any human.

I agree, but at the same time these people a) subjected themselves to a government monopoly, b) subjected themselves to a government monopoly funded by taxpayers, c) subjected themselves to a government monopoly funded by taxpayers at gunpoint, and d) are engaging in an institution where they’ll be citing and charging taxpayers extra for violating petty laws like failing to wear a seatbelt (which should be an individual choice), or driving a mile or two over the speed limit, or in today’s world, standing in one location for too long.

Ending the quest for empire. If there’s one thing that annoys me like none other, it’s the lie the military is overseas fighting to spread freedom while defending our freedom.
Okay, riddle me this.


Did You Know…

1. The US sells weaponry to Saudi Arabia, the country with the worst human rights record in the Middle East, to use on poor nations like Yemen?



2. The CIA has interfered in at least 80 elections since its inception? (Link at the bottom)

3. Saddam Hussein was a CIA Asset whose political party rose to power the same time George H.W. Bush was CIA Director?



4. The Project for a New American Century outlined a Middle Eastern invasion in 1997?


Link: Full Document:

5. The US is trying to convince the rest of NATO of a false threat in Europe?



6. BBC reported three towers fell on 9/11 before Tower 7 fell?



7. The girl who delivered testimony regarding Saddam Hussein’s human rights violations in 1990 was actually the daughter of the Kuwaiti Ambassador to the United States?



8. Every war that involved the US since 1917 were all based on lies?



9. The real reason for being in Syria is to build an oil pipeline designed to cut off Russian and Iranian oil exports into Europe?



10. That the US Government funds research for irrelevant topics like whether or not Neil Armstrong stated, “one small step for man” or “one small step for a man,” using funds meant to go toward autism research?



So, I don’t know about you, but the free capital of the world has a spotty track record if the above is what they love to do.


Entertain to Inform

Now, unless you’re a die-hard history buff who loves alternative viewpoints such as I, I’m sure you’re not going to research every bit of information I post.

It’s where Northern Knights comes in.

I tend to take real-life issues, events, and conspiracies, and place them into my work.



Though Northern Knights takes place in a fictional world, I talk about the following not just in it, but in my future books, too.

1. We already covered my disdain for law enforcement and quest for empire.

2. Failures of the public education system.

3. Globalism, mainly via the Rothschild network.

4. Central banking.

5. Illuminati.

6. Shadow Governments.

7. Martial Law.

8. Fiat currency.

9. Propaganda.

10. Cult of Personality.

There are more, but the main ten listed here are recurring issues not only in Northern Knights, but also in Swords of Destiny and Book Three. These are also issues I see today. I mean, how often have we seen Donald Trump supporters come out in full support of their President regardless of what he says? These people want him shutting down media outlets.

The public education system not only teaches truth comes from authority, but those who recite such truths are rewarded. Those who question are punished.

Rothschild network and globalism. Follow the money, as much leads back to the Rothschilds. I love pointing to Genie Energy here.

Central banking has failed the US. The dollar continues to inflate. Boom and bust cycles are common. Depression and recession occur often.

Illuminati and Shadow Governments, the small minority of unelected officials making decisions for our politicians.

Martial Law, which involves a military-based government and suspense of ordinary laws. This one is seen early and often throughout the work. Columbia is technically in peacetime and the standing army is everywhere curtailing these peoples’ rights.
I covered fiat currency with central banking.

Propaganda is also seen early, very early, in Northern Knights. A massive example, and it’s seen regularly throughout the whole series, even on Book Four, which I’m writing a nice skeleton draft (the draft before the rough draft).

Cult of personality, where I show several instances of Loyalists, as I call them, following every order, to a T, for their leaders. They treat such leaders like gods and never dare to speak ill of them, and anyone who does, or even questions their motives, are sentenced to a state of woe I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy, which is revealed in later books.



CIA Election Meddling:
NSA Spying:
Article on Northern Knights as Libertarian Manifesto:
Police Brutality Statistics:
On Hating Police:

What’s Your Stoicheion Element? My Northern Knights Quiz Rough Draft

Five Magical Elements in Northern Knights Identify as Stoicheion. What’s Yours?

Hi, guys, I hope we’re having a wonderful Labor Day! Here’s what I have in store for you today. As you know, my book, Northern Knights is currently out on Amazon and on KDP Unlimited.

So far, things have been good, with a little over one-hundred copies sold, plus a review. Today, I want to dive deeper into the magic behind Northern Knights and the entire Lord of Columbia Series. Since I’m a fan of minimalism, I tend to stick more with the story in my series, but once again, I’m going to take a page from the book of one of my favorite authors: J.K. Rowling.

I want to create a fourth avenue for My Freedom Flame and make a Pottermore-resembling section in addition to my self-reliance, liberty, and global affairs sectors.
First order of business?

I want to explain what a Stoicheion element is in the book. Listed below I have a brief outline on how I came up with the word ‘Stoicheion’ and how it relates to the elements.

Second order of business is a quiz I have for you all to take which will unlock your natural Stoicheion element! Since this quiz is in its primitive stages, it’s rather manual, but I do plan on making it digital and even advertising via Facebook and other promotional sites to generate more interest for Northern Knights.

First off, what does Stoicheion mean? It’s taken from the Greek word Stoicheia, meaning element. It’s where I derived the name Stoicheion.

For that, there are five elements, which, if one has ability to control any element, they’re capable of controlling all five. However, one’s personality dictates how well they can control each element.

So, when it comes to the crazy world of element control, which Stoicheion element are you?

Answer the following questions by selecting the number. Keep a record of the numbers you selected and at the end of the quiz, you’ll read the results based on your numbers. I’ll leave my own example at the end.

1. Do you prefer: 1. Fall. 2. Summer. 3. Winter. 4. Spring. 5. All Seasons

2. Pick a natural landmass: 1. Grand Canyon. 2. Mt. St. Helens. 3. Great Salt Lake. 4. Tornado Alley. 5. International Space Station

3. Pick a color: 1. Jade. 2. Scarlet. 3. Caerulean. 4. Golden. 5. Amethyst

4. Which trait best describes you? 1. Influencing. 2. Aggressive. 3. Calm. 4. Confident. 5. Aware

5. Pick your favorite month. 1. September. 2. June. 3. December. 4. March. 5. October

6. Pick a sport. 1. Football. 2. MMA. 3. Surfing. 4. Skydiving. 5. Ironman

7. Pick a subject. 1. Geology. 2. Chemistry. 3. Psychology. 4. Zoology. 5. Sociology

8. Pick a time. 1. Dawn. 2. Noon. 3. Dusk. 4. Rush Hour. 5. Midnight

9. Pick a weekday. 1. Friday. 2. Monday. 3. Sunday. 4. Saturday. 5. Wednesday

10. Pick a genre. 1. Sports. 2. Suspense. 3. Romance. 4. Action. 5. Paranormal

11. Pick a Hogwarts House. 1. Hufflepuff. 2. Gryffindor. 3. Ravenclaw. 4. Slytherin. 5. Hatstall

12. Pick a sports position. 1. Goalkeeper. 2. Linebacker. 3. Pitcher. 4. Point Guard. 5. Utility

13. Pick a country. 1. Netherlands. 2. England. 3. Italy. 4. Switzerland. 5. Romania

14. Pick a Series. 1. Lord of the Rings. 2. Fast and Furious. 3. Twilight. 4. Star Wars. 5. Lost

15. Pick a Name. 1. Micah. 2. Taj. 3. Falco. 4. Cain. 5. Savannah


Tally Your Score. If you have the most:


1. Earth. You want to get down and dirty. Those gifted in Earth control realize they’re in for a challenge at any given turn. They’re not just willing to take on a challenge; they want to lead it. They want to be a part of it, and will do anything to turn the tide in their peoples’ favor.


2. Fire. Love that fire! You’re the shoot first, ask questions later type, right? Yep, and you’re proud of it, too. As you should be. Those gifted in fire control will defend their people and their land from invasion. They’ll go to the front line without anyone telling them to go there. They’re your soldiers, your fighters, and those pursuing their passions with a boulder on their shoulder.


3. Water. You’re a calming influence. You love the good things in life and always want to see a happy ending. Those gifted in water control are the most laid back people you can meet. They love to seek and maintain peace, but are willing fighters when their equilibrium is threatened. Don’t take their calmness and kindness for weakness, because you’ll be proven wrong.


4. Wind. So, you love the thrill? It’s what wind benders are all about. They love A good thrill and know success and happiness resides on the other side of fear. Those gifted in wind know what they want and are willing to cross near-impossible barriers to win the prize.


5. Spirit. You may’ve noticed the fifth choice was always the most unique. That’s because those with ability to control spirit are unique. They realize there’s an adjacent world right next to ours and can sense, or sometimes see, activity in such a world. Those gifted in Spirit possess a sixth sense.

For example, here are my scores:
1. 4
2. 0
3. 1
4. 4
5. 6

I scored six in the fifth column, therefore my element is Spirit. My number two elements are Wind and Earth, followed by Water, and finally, Fire. So, if I lived in Gaia, the world which Northern Knights is set, Spirit would come naturally to me before any other element.

Thanks for reading and taking the quiz. I know it sounds a little confusing, but like I said, it’s a rough draft trial and I’m more than new to creating worlds online!! Thanks again.

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