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The Color Scheme War

Why I Didn’t True Voluntarist or Libertarian Colors

Though Lord of Columbia is based off war, Libertarian principles run amok in the work. However, my voluntarist and Libertarian friends may spot one huge flaw in the work, but it’s something I did on purpose. This article clears up a strange issue many voluntarists may get angered over.

 

So without further ado, let’s work to avoid this color scheme war.

 

Orange and Brown…Heroes?

Voluntarism and Libertarianism tend to be associated with black and yellow, but I wasn’t about to deck my main protagonists out in black and yellow. In fact, it’s the single last color combination you’ll ever see me wear.

 
Why?

 
Well, for one, I’m a Browns fan, but there’s more to it than that, I promise you.

 
1. When I think of the flame of liberty, or see flames anywhere, I see traces of yellow, but predominantly orange. So, it makes sense for an orange flame to be present.

 

2. The flame is in a wooden torch, so therefore the wood is brown. Orange and brown worked much better than black and yellow.

 

When it came to orange and brown versus black and yellow, orange and brown just made sense.

 

Black and Yellow…Villains?

Oh yes.

 
Another intentionality I carried out to make my Voluntarist and Libertarian friends’ heads explode. I decked out the villains, the Southpoint Empire in black and yellow.
Again, let me explain, and I promise it has more to do than it being the Pittsburgh Steelers’ color combo.

 
If one looks back in my posts archives, I state Lord of Columbia is one of a few allegories, two of which being the Revolutionary War fought in modern times and the American Empire versus the American Republic.

 
Well, the official colors of the US Army are black and gold (yellow).

 
Therefore, it made absolutely zero sense, beyond a shadow of a doubt to make my protagonists colors black and yellow.

 
I sought this early on.

Initial Colors

I had a few other ideas for colors, too. Here are some originals:

 
1. Scarlet and Gray protagonists versus Yellow and Blue antagonists. The idea sounded attractive, but it made zero sense to dress my colonies in red and my empire in blue for obvious reasons.

 
2. Blue and white versus purple and black. My protagonists were dressed in blue and white while the antagonists were in purple and black. However, this one didn’t hold because I wanted to place my protagonists and antagonists in modern looks. Despite the fact I have orange and yellow as colors, they’re secondary and accents at most, the dominant colors being brown and black.

 

Conclusion

It’s a small but potentially fatal issue I wanted to clear up a few weeks before Lord of Columbia’s release. The last thing I needed was for my Libertarian and Voluntarist friends to pick up or scroll through the work, wondering why I made popular Voluntarist colors belong to the enemy.

 
I hope this brief article clears up any potential confusion with readers. Yes, I realize black and yellow are colors of Libertarians and Voluntarists alike, but they’re also colors of the true interventionist empire’s army, that being the United States.

 
That said, I went out on a limb and finally settled on the same color scheme as my Cleveland Browns. I’d like to thank everyone for their readership on My Freedom Flame, please come back soon.

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Behind the Writing, Part VI. Allegory to American History

How Mass Media Conditions Americans. Entertain to Inform has Never Been so Important

I was listening to the Ron Paul Liberty Report yesterday and his guest was John W. Whitehead of the Rutherford Institute talking about how America has become a mass surveillance state.

 

John W. Whitehead’s Take

One of Whitehead’s points struck a chord when he stated how Americans are so attached to screens for entertainment purposes. They go to a restaurant, and they’re watching sports. They go home, and they’re surrounding the TV watching the latest Hollywood flick, they’re playing the latest video game, the list goes on.

 
Whitehead went on to say how Google, Amazon, AT&T, and several other major outlets have close ties to the government, mainly the FBI and CIA, to keep tabs on Americans. They download your phone data, Google searches, and anything digital they can get their hands on.

 

How Government and Media Distracts Americans

And Americans are distracted. They’re distracted by full-time jobs that only makes money for large corporations that have ties to the government (which corporation doesn’t these days?), and they’re bribed with a solid living, pensions, benefits, the works so they don’t complain. They continue to be the drone they’ve been conditioned to become in government-run schools.

 
Then, for those who do watch the news, they get their emotional chords struck by tragedies like suicide bombings, chemical attacks, the latest truck running into a group of citizens in Europe, and so much more.

 

How the Media Spreads Propaganda

And the media tells them this is why we need American troops in over one-hundred countries. This is why America needs to police the world. This is why we need a military-industrial complex, to fight the evil terrorists abroad.

 
And people sheepishly fall for the welfare-warfare state.

 
Look, if mass media’s going to entertain to inform, I’m going to entertain to inform.
Enter Lord of Columbia, an allegory to American history. At its core, Lord of Columbia serves American history from a fictional, yet real, standpoint.

 

Lord of Columbia Exposes

But, unlike entertainment, schools, and mass media, all of which are either government operated or need a government license to exist, Lord of Columbia gives the truth to the public. Yes, we’re exposing mass surveillance. Yes, we’re going to be honest in stating the United States of America, mainly the CIA, are responsible for creating terrorism abroad, to create a new enemy for American troops to go after.

 
We’re going to expose to the public that almost all of America’s wars are based on lies that have nothing to do with our national security. We’re going to tell the public that American history has been tainted with a bias of public opinion, and by carrying out a forced agenda for the common good is the greatest violation of property rights, contrary to Judge Oliver Wendell Holmes, who stated the contrary.

 
We’re going to expose the fact that perhaps American intervention always creates animosity toward it and Israel. We’re going to expose the fact that both Obama and Trump have murdered children simply because of their relation to suspected terrorists. We’re going to expose the fact that American intervention doesn’t protect national security but increases terrorist threats both at home and throughout the West.

 
We’re going to expose the fact the public is distracted and sedated into believing the government exists to look out for the common good, when in fact it does the exact opposite, spying on Americans without their knowledge or consent. We’re going to expose the fact that at any time, your house can be raided by police or a S.W.A.T team without written consent from a judge.

 
We’re going to expose the fact police hold children at gunpoint while their parents are beaten and tortured into confessing for a crime they at many times, hadn’t committed.
Lord of Columbia is going to do this through entertainment, utilizing the same tactics the mass media uses to play off peoples’ emotions. Entertain to inform is the game, and it’s time those of us who know several truths step up and go head to head with the elephants in the room.

 
Thanks for reading.

Behind the Writing, Part V: Lord of Columbia’s Strange Relation to Comeback Kid

Two Trilogies Whose Characters Ended Up Within the Other’s Work

Something strange happened during my writing of both Lord of Columbia and Comeback Kid. If you look at my subtitle, I’m referring to the fact that several characters ended up within the other’s work, because it did happen.

 

So, without further ado, here is Lord of Columbia’s Strange Relation to Comeback Kid.

 
A breakthrough character in one work ended up in the other, and a very minor character in one ended up in the other, too.

 
Yes, I’m being vague on it as of today, but I’ll spoil it once both trilogies have been in circulation for a time, probably by next September. However, it’s fun to talk about so in Part V of my Behind the Writing Series, I’m going to touch base on this strange occurrence.

 

Lord of Columbia

In my original drafts of Comeback Kid, one character, who again, was very minor and spoke two lines in the entire two-hundred and fifty-page draft was transferred to Lord of Columbia when I needed a ‘filler character’ to fill a certain role.

 

 

When I dove deeper into Lord of Columbia’s first real draft, I wrote a scene where a breakthrough character would be needed. I did the math to see who would become this breakthrough character, and my minor filler character I’d transferred from Comeback Kid was the only one who logistically filled the role.

 

 

The scene I created was one I’d long wished to insert, as it would help support my pro-liberty message associated with Lord of Columbia, especially if one links it to the controversial topic the media always covers when it occurs. Yes, I’m remaining silent on going into detail.

 

 

I made this character the focal point, knowing it would catapult them into at the very least a high-end minor role.

 

 
A few chapters later, I drew inspiration from real life where an unfortunate incident occurs to my main cast. Once again, it fulfilled my pro-liberty message and it was yet another issue the media loves to cover and criticize.

 

 

After the incident, and again, if this doesn’t make sense, I’m being vague as vague can get, so bear with me, the former filler character fit this role, and two-thirds of the way through the book, became part of the main cast, where they remained throughout.

 
To me, it was weird and kind of exciting on how a very minor character that didn’t even appear in my original drafts made it into a work. What’s even weirder is the type of role they ended up playing.

 

 

Floating Character Who’s A Running Gag

My second instance of this occurring is intentional, and in a way, a running gag. One character appears in both trilogies. The only difference is since Comeback Kid is in the inspirational genre, this character doesn’t have supernatural ability as they do in Lord of Columbia.

 
However, they have the same name, appearance, and to an extent, the same personality. It’s a character in the minor-major role in both, but if a reader were to read both trilogies, it gives them a sense of familiarity.

 

Final Instance

So, my final instance occurred with a major character who was going to play a huge role in Lord of Columbia, but due to process of elimination, fizzled out. However, they had an identical role in Comeback Kid, further resembling a real-life individual off which they’re based, who is one of my biggest real-life inspirations.

 
Lord of Columbia’s first drafts saw this character almost as a second protagonist, but in the end, they lost the role and were much better suited for something in Comeback Kid. Almost the same role, but a slightly different personality for this character.

 
They were one of my favorite characters in Lord of Columbia, so it was tough to reinsert them in another work, as I tried tooth and nail to keep them in their original role.

 

However, it wasn’t going to work, so with that in mind, their role changed and ultimately relocated to Comeback Kid.

 

Conclusion

A lot of authors have stated it’s great to work with multiple projects while others state to stick with just one. I think it comes down to time and personal preference. If you have the time to swing it, go for it. If not, stick with one.

 
I like and need variety, so I’ve stuck with two at all times. Though Lord of Columbia garners more attention than Comeback Kid simply because it’s the more in-depth of the two trilogies, Comeback Kid is a faster read and much easier to write.

 
And though this is a weird trick, it surprisingly worked for me. Take your hand in the game and if you have a character or two you feel can serve your work better in another book or series, go for it! Don’t be afraid to try new (and sometimes strange) things.

 
Always write with your reader in mind, so even if it would satisfy you to keep characters in an original role, think outside the box. Does the idea sell to readers? If you want to get to the point to where you’re making a living at writing, publishing, and marketing books, write with the reader in mind.

 
It’s a tried and true trick that always succeeds.

 
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Behind the Writing, Part IV, Lord of Columbia’s Pop Culture References

How Pop Culture Shaped the Urban Fantasy

In Behind the Writing, Part IV, I’m going to share an odd but true fact in my urban fantasy, Lord of Columbia. Sure, this article’s going to sound really weird, but it’s really true.

 

In Lord of Columbia: Northern Knights, I made several humorous references to pop culture both today and yesterday. Though Lord of Columbia is an urban fantasy set in another time and place, today’s pop culture shaped the work time and again.

 

Pop Culture Reference I: A Little-Known Video Game

Okay, let’s go back to the old days before X-Box Live and all the other good stuff involving the internet and gaming. In fact, let’s go back to the late-1990’s and early-2000’s, which I think I had a dream about last night. Yeah, those late 1990’s parties and get-togethers (especially on the Fourth of July) are still etched in my memory bank, though it’s been seventeen years.

 
There was a little-known video game that received a cult-like following called Conker’s Bad Fur Day. The entire scope of the game consisted of a hungover red squirrel who took a wrong turn on the way home and runs into a series of strange events, including reclaiming a beehive from giant wasps, a 400-year-old ancestor, fighting a group of Nazi-like teddy bears, the list goes on.

 
What made the game most entertaining, though, were its hilarious, and sometimes outrageous pop culture references. Though my friends and I were too young to grasp what Conker and the other characters were referring to, as we aged, we got the idea.

Lord of Columbia’s Pop Culture References

Okay, so I came across a few in my penultimate proofread of the work, and I’ll make a minute list of references, so I don’t spoil it for you all.

 
*There’s a scene where my main character references ‘shrinkage,’ which recognizes Seinfeld.

 
*After a rather entertaining sports scene, the main protagonist grabs his crotch and yells profanity toward an opposing team, a reference to Cleveland Browns and former Oklahoma Sooners quarterback, Baker Mayfield.

 
*A character mentions ‘May we all get another chance to ride the fast one,’ which were lyrics taken from Florida-Georgia Line hit, May We All.

 
So, given the darker scope of political unrest and rebellion regarding Lord of Columbia, my references tend to break the tension and serve as comic relief a lot of us can resonate with. It was a rather fun way to break up the uncertainty throughout the book and hopefully provide a laugh or two on the way.

 

Conclusion

Some books can be very genre-specific, and while Lord of Columbia: Northern Knights sticks with the urban fantasy genre, deviating a little and breaking a few rules is something we should all do.

 
But, don’t take it from me, as I wasn’t the first one to recommend rule breaking. If you ever have a chance to watch Arnold’s Secrets to Success (I think that’s what it’s called, it’s on YouTube), one of his first recommendations is to always break the rules. He states if he didn’t break the rules, he never would’ve gotten to where he is today.

 
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