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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:

 
Ones:

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.

 
Twos:

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.

 
Threes:

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.

 
Fours:

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.

 
Fives:

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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Behind the Writing: Part VII, Lord of Columbia, Northern Knights Synopsis

One Hero’s Fight for Freedom

We’re all excited for Lord of Columbia. Today is the actual book description for the work, which will be released in just a few short days on Amazon (and open-published in a few short months). I’d previously listed September 1st as the release date, but I’m going to do something few do, and release it even earlier than anticipated with an early-August release date! In other words, we’re bumping up the release date.

 
This is due to the editing process occurring faster than I’d anticipated and the countless hours of making this book description. So, without further ado, here’s the official description for Lord of Columbia: Northern Knights.

 

One Hero’s Fight for Freedom

Cain Riscattare never thought he’d lead the South Columbian colonies in their battle against an imperial police state known as the Southpoint Empire.

 
A college athlete gifted in sports and controlling the classical elements, Cain’s only concerned with becoming a pro athlete and living a life of luxury. But when a military draft threatens Cain’s freedom and athletic career, he’s cornered into either fighting for Southpoint or fighting against them.

 
When Southpoint soldiers and law enforcement raid South Columbia to round up any potential draft dodger, Cain and his college teammates spark a rebellion using their element-control abilities.

 
Now fugitives, Cain and his friends flee South Columbia to the unoccupied region of North Columbia, where they undertake their senior year at Summit University.
Upon discovering several rival students are working undercover as Southpoint spies in North Columbia, it’s a matter of time before Southpoint advances northward.

 
As open warfare erupts in South Columbia, Cain and his friends balance athletics while working with top North Columbian leaders to defend the land from Southpoint invasion.
Will they succeed in keeping Southpoint from overrunning the North?

 
Northern Knights is the first book in the new adult, urban fantasy series Lord of Columbia. If you like modern-fantasy, open warfare, liberty versus tyranny, and a diverse cast of compelling characters, you’ll love Cain’s incredible journey from athlete to rebel as he battles for his peoples’ fate…

 

So, I hope you all enjoyed my little description blurb on my debut novel, Northern Knights, Episode One in the Lord of Columbia series.

 

I’ve had a lot of fun writing the work, and despite the long hours in front of the computer, it never once felt like work; it came natural. All of the writes, rewrites, revisions, edits, blurbs, and other elements going into this work surely paid off.

 

In the coming days I’ll write about my experiences and I’ll be more than happy to share with you all what to do and what not to do when it comes to writing your debut novel. After Northern Knights has been in circulation for a few months, I’ll look back and write about my first experiences in selling the work, and once more, what to do and what not to do.

 

It’s only the beginning of an amazing journey which I’m glad you’re all a part of. And I’m a rookie indie-author, pursuing his passion as I encourage each and every one of you to do. Yet, many of us happen to be in that flux of working in a job we’d rather do without and are pursuing on the side, in our very early stages. It’s why I started My Freedom Flame six months before my published work even hit online store shelves; to go on this journey with you and document my progress.

 

That’s all I have for today, so keep on pursuing your passion and I’m excited to see what’s in store for all of us. I’d like to thank all of my readers for coming across My Freedom Flame, please come back soon.

The Budding Colonial Republic Versus the Overreaching Empire

How One Can Link Lord of Columbia to Today’s Current Events

I’m not shy when I state Lord of Columbia is a Manifesto for a Libertarian Revolution. In many ways, it is, only this revolution doesn’t involve muskets.

 
No, Lord of Columbia is a new adult, urban fantasy that involves fighter jets, tanks, machine guns, drones, mortars, magic (yes, magic), and an underlying ulterior motive that one will find out just whose name is written all over it.

 
So, one can state that Lord of Columbia is a modern-day, fantastical allegory of the American Revolution. If one reads between the lines, and I’ll start revealing a little here and there (though not the characters or the plot!) about some symbolism behind the work.

 

Where did Columbia come from?

This one’s easy, and it was one of the very first things that came right to me. Columbia is named after the first caricature of the United States, named Columbia. She’s almost the female Uncle Sam. Also, in the 1872 painting entitled ‘American Progress,’ Columbia is seen leading the American pioneers west. She is the focal point of the painting.

 
And finally, the name came from Washington D.C., which, if you never knew what D.C. stands for, is District of Columbia. In fact, when the few and far in between debates for statehood come about, many proponents seek the name ‘New Columbia’ for Washington D.C., if it ever became a state.

 

What about the Southpoint Empire?

Many of us can take a look at the featured image and it gives a very, very thorough hint on an allegory in Lord of Columbia. Especially if say, one happens to be an NFL fan, they can really sense an allegory in my featured image and in Lord of Columbia’s book cover.

 
I don’t want to give it away, but all I’ll say is Southpointe, with an ‘e’ in this case, is a region in a city depicting the same colors as the Southpoint Empire.

 
Also, I wanted to find a way to symbolize an Empire that has done nothing good to its colonists, so for this, in all personas, the Empire has reached its southernmost tip in how it treats its people, therefore, Southpoint stands for a few things.

 

Why not Libertarian or Voluntarist Colors for the Protagonists?

See the above paragraphs.

 

Why Release this Work Now?

I feel the United States has lost its identity. I feel we’ve turned into the exact entity the Founding Fathers tried to prevent when they wrote the Constitution. If one reads the Constitution carefully, it provides no justification for the following:

 
1. Endless perpetual war.

 
2. Usurpation of civil liberties, including curtailing the entire Bill of Rights.

 
3. Invasion of Privacy.

 
4. Mass Surveillance.

 
5. Invasion of Personal Data, even Google searches.

 
6. Intelligence Agencies spying on innocent Americans even lightly suspected of any kind of wrongdoing.

 
7. The President declaring war without legislation (War Powers Act is Unconstitutional and should be repealed).

 
8. Authorization of Military Force on innocent Americans for even being related to someone branded a terrorist or a traitor, as seen in the case of Anwar Al-Awlaki.

 
9. Spreading something called Democracy throughout the world when the word doesn’t even appear in the Constitution. Remember, in a democracy, 51% could elect a Communist regime and 49% could be against such a regime, and boom, the US would be communist overnight, which derails the Constitution at the expense of the 49% minority.

 
10. Media propaganda to provide justification for going to war, via playing off peoples’ emotional state and fearmongering, as has been the case since 2001.

 
If one reads Lord of Columbia carefully, it’s essentially the United States Republic versus the United States Empire. As I’ve stated before, Harry Potter meets Star Wars in this series, but the budding Republic versus the overreaching Empire means much more than simply a space opera, or in any genre, for that matter.

 

Conclusion

Sure, Lord of Columbia is essentially a story, but in many ways, it’s more than a story. In many ways, I’ve taken several pages from US history and molded it into a book series, with the first to be released next month.

 
Let’s face it, most people don’t want to hear of America’s problems, especially when everyone from the news media to the entertainment sector to politicians to pro athletes justifies America’s atrocities. However, writing a compelling story might just be what we need to, in a way, entertain, but in another way, to educate.

 
I’d like to thank everyone for coming across My Freedom Flame, please come back soon.

Where Harry Potter Meets Star Wars

Two Mega-Franchises That Shaped Lord of Columbia

Most will state it’s premature to place two of the bestselling franchises as comparisons to one’s own work, especially debut work.

But, here’s the truth in the matter; without Harry Potter and Star Wars, Lord of Columbia wouldn’t even have been thought of.

I guess I’d been thinking of Lord of Columbia since pre-school, when I first heard of Star Wars, and even more so since the late 1990’s, when I first picked up a Harry Potter book.
But, there have been other series that shaped Lord of Columbia, one of which is Avatar: The Last Airbender, among others.

So, when I state Lord of Columbia is where Harry Potter meets Star Wars, I’m not blowing smoke. Without them, Lord of Columbia, and probably my passion for writing, at least in present terms, wouldn’t exist.

My love for Libertarianism never would’ve happened.

An Alternate Career Path

What’s funny is, my “other” series, Comeback Kid, speculates on this. What the heck would I have been?

A trainer?

See, even then, I don’t know if I ever would’ve taken up fitness without Harry Potter and Star Wars. Sure, neither protagonist was by any means muscular with a low percentage of bodyfat, but knowing what I looked for in a protagonist sparked my love for fitness.

My fitness goal?

To look like my own protagonist in Lord of Columbia.

Again, without such epic stories, my love of fitness would’ve remained nonexistent, as it had throughout my childhood.

It’s ironic, as most of us as children (at least when I was growing up) were active and always in sports. While I realize times have changed, I was far ahead of the curve, choosing to be lazy and despising physical activity.

Fast Forward to 2018

And now, I’m the complete opposite, structuring my days around my writing and my workouts.

So, when I wrote Comeback Kid, I had some fun thinking of what might have been.

What might have been?

Ugh, nothing good. I’d have been a grocery store bagger or fast food worker. No, seriously, that would’ve been my life.

And my lifestyle is already sheltered as it is. I’m an extreme introvert who’s an extreme extrovert when it comes to writing. But, I prefer solidarity. I thrive in it. I love it. I like working and researching alone.

Where Harry Potter Meets Star Wars

But man, had J.K. Rowling never hit it big with Harry Potter and George Lucas with Star Wars, Lord of Columbia never would’ve been born. It never would’ve won the Lottery of Book Life, or Series Life. It would’ve remained deep in my mind’s files, never to have seen the light of day.

Ditto for fitness. Ditto. For. Fitness.

They go hand-in-hand, which is weird because in many cases they don’t.

It’s safe to say Harry Potter, Star Wars, and Lord of Columbia did one thing for me: They all set me on a path to be something greater than what I, and many others in their own lives, never thought possible.

But, thanks to my influences, my primary influences, and there are many, many more than just Harry Potter and Star Wars, Lord of Columbia can exist. A healthy, fit Todd Matthews can exist.

A man who looks younger than his age (seriously, I look like I’m seventeen at twenty-seven), can exist so long as he exercises and eats the right food.

So, a special thanks to both Rowling and Lucas, as my readers will know exactly what they’re getting if they choose to invest in Lord of Columbia. When I state it’s Harry Potter meets Star Wars, I’m not fooling around. I’m not kidding; I’m being dead honest. Harry Potter meets Star Wars equals Lord of Columbia.

Influences Behind Lord of Columbia: Liberty versus Tyranny

Northern Knights’ Tagline Description: Liberty versus Tyranny

As mentioned in a previous article, I’d already ditched voluntarist colors in favor of creating my own system in my urban fantasy, liberty versus tyranny series, Lord of Columbia. My reason for doing so is simple: I wasn’t about to use Pittsburgh Steelers colors for my protagonists.

 
Sound amateur?

 
Perhaps.

 
But then again, LaVar Ball is what, fifty, and still acts like a teenager? Not to mention, the dude’s kind of well-off.

 
Anyway, you get the picture.

 
But the main message?

 
Liberty versus Tyranny.

 
Patriotism versus Globalism.

 
National Identity versus Global Identity.

 
Voluntarism versus Force.

 
Libertarian Values. Freedom Flames, hence the name of my little blog I have going on here.

 
But it’s more than that.

 
It’s not a history book you’re about to read, come September 1st. No, it’s a new adult, urban fantasy reminiscent of Harry Potter, to an extent. Except the characters are older.We’re in a free region at a university.

 
But trouble lurks on the horizon.

 
A powerful empire is waiting to pounce upon its prey. Such imperialism, seen in the world today, brought on by the United States, the global empire. The global army. Setting up bases in over one-hundred and thirty countries, including developed nations like Europe.

 
Humanitarianism?

 
Don’t make me laugh.

 
Is selling weapons to Saudi Arabia to use on Yemenites humanitarian?

 
Or, is supporting Israel’s continued terrorist attacks on unarmed Palestinians humanitarian?

 
Is conducting secret operations in Niger something a free nation does? Especially when such operations are paid for in tax dollars that makes the rich military-industrial complex richer, and the working and middle class poorer.

 
Liberty versus Tyranny.

 

It’s going to be Northern Knights’ tagline.

 
Because it really is Libertarianism versus Imperialism. The Old, United States Republic versus the Modern-Day United States Empire.

 
The classic tale of Republic versus Empire has taken on a new meaning, because this time, in real time, in real life, the fate of an entire nation is at stake.

 
In both Lord of Columbia, and in real life, the message of liberty, and the principles of liberty cannot, and will not be compromised.

 
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