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William R. Frady
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Father, Husband, Gothic Horror and Fantasy Writer, Old School Dungeon Master
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Just a little inspiration for the week,

Sometimes there are things that you want to do, but it seems that the whole world is against you. For me, it is the pursuit of my lifelong dream of being a writer. There is nothing I love more than letting the winds of my imagination sweep in and carry me off to a lands rife with beauty and adventure. I like following the intertwining paths of my mind and allowing them to take me to wherever the path may lead. There are times, though, when life becomes an obstacle, and it is merely that an obstacle to overcome, but then there are times when the most dangerous roadblocks come in the form of outside interference. Not life, but those whose direct influence on your life and the hardships that one must naturally endure, set themselves against you for no better reason than to cause unnecessary grief for the benefit of their own entertainment, thus bringing into your life an emotional, psychological, and spiritual war that sets down in your path like a natural disaster, destroying everything in its wake. The idea of following a path is not to give into the enemies of your dreams, but to allow these hardships, even the unnecessary ones whose sole purpose seems to be your very destruction at no fault of your own, make you stronger, more resilient to the dangers that will come beyond their influence. This is going where the path may lead. I have found that many times over the path has lead me from good, solid ground to contentious and even more recently to very hostile ground. What has to be done is not to let the path over whelm you, no let it lead you astray with seemingly better routes, but to take the reigns of you're destiny and chart your own course through these treacherous war-zones, and treat them as such. Remove toxic people, drama, poor advice, and negative influences from your life, no matter what or who it is and set your eyes squarely on the you, you want to be, where you want to be. If you want change, be the change you want to see so badly. But most of all, follow the path that you choose, and do not let others choose that path for you, lest everyone but you be happy with where you are going. If you're not happy with the person you see in the mirror, then maybe you are going down the wrong path, more so you are going down a path chosen for you rather than one you chose yourself. Find your path, you true path, take charge and follow it wherever the path may lead. Now, make no mistake, I am not saying that life is a journey, for I do not believe that for there is nowhere one must be when it is at an end, but somethings in life are journeys in and of themselves.

This week's music choice fits the topic of this weeks inspiration, it is Wherever the Path May Lead by Vindsvept​. He is an amazing fantasy musician that I have featured many times here on my W. R. Frady Facebook page and on Google Plus. If you are reading, writing, preparing a Role-Playing Game, or just laying back on a cool spring day, taking in the serenity of the afternoon, then I would recommend his numerous fantasy tunes as they set the perfect mood for either of these tasks. I hope that you enjoy this tune, and remember the path that you want to follow is the path that you choose for yourself, not the one that everyone else thinks you should be following. Find that path, and allow it to lead you to wherever it may, but know where you want to be and who you want to be at the path's end. I will talk to you again soon. Until then... 

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A Little Inspiration for the Weekend-

The Journey... that's where the story lies. It's never really about the destination, for if it was we'd only have writers, storytellers, and such who would specialize in writing great endings. You'd go out and buy a book or go to the theater to watch one big epic ending and whala, there it is, over within the first half hour, and all the time you're sitting there wondering, "How did it come to this?" That is where the story comes in to play. Where did it all begin? Who did he or she meet along the way? What obstacles were overcome along the way? What were the major successes or failures in the journey? In The Hobbit, Bilbo didn't just step out of his door and run to catch up with the dwarves only to go straight to Erebor, The Lonely Mountain. No, rather there were many, many mini-adventures that took place along the way, including the one which was of the most importance to the Lord of the Rings, his encounter with Gollum beneath the Misty Mountains. Had the story only been about the reclaiming of The Lonely Mountain from Smaug, then we'd have only seen the final stages of that reclamation, but wait that wasn't the end either now was it, there was still the Battle of the Five Armies afterward, and then Bilbo's return after that. You see it is in the journey where the story is told. It is where the unexpected happens, new friends and enemies are made, and the world is introduced and brought to life. It is where the memorable moments of the story happen, and more importantly where the character(s) grow as people. Without the journey, there would be no story, no way of really coming to know, understand, love or hate the characters. Think for a moment about where you are right now; what events in the last week or two has led you to this point? That is just a small section in your own story.
This week I would like to encourage you to stop for a moment; take a look around you and take in the journey that makes your story unfold. Where have you been? Where are you going? Where does it all relate to who and where you are now? This week's soundtrack is one by BrunuhVille​, called "Spirit of the Wild." In its melody you will hear the heart of the journey, the wistful passing of the world as it goes by, the exotic and new locations found therein, and all the adventure that comes with it. I hope that you enjoy this piece, and that no matter what it is that you are doing, be it writing, homework, reading, playing games, and so on, that it may inspire you to experience the journey that is life. Only then can we appreciate the opportunities that land at our feet. Well, I have to go for now. I shall talk to you again soon. Fayre thee well... until then. :)

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Long overdue... yes, but I hope that this will give you something to read while sipping hot chocolate, coffee, or russian tea on these cold wintry nights.

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A little Inspiration for the New Year,

It's a New Year, a time for hope, a time for cleaning the slate and being better than we were in the previous year. There is no doubt that 2016 has been a bumpy ride to say the least, but looking into 2017, it's as if I can see the dawn's early light after a long hard night. In that light there is the promise of something better, something that will make the world we live in, and our own lives a better place. There are stories to be told, art to be created, games to play, music to be written and heard, places to go, and people to see. There are memories to be made, beginning with each day that we awaken from the veil of slumber which so claims us in the nightly hours. In short, there is a life to be lived, with dreams to be dreamed. Reach for the stars, ride on a cloud, see life through the eyes of a child and remember what it was to wonder at life. Most, if not all, of you out there in cyberspace have something special to share with the world, something that will touch the lives of all who are fortunate enough to encounter it. You have a gift, be it music, art, writing, storytelling, or just being an inspiration by lifting up those around you. Maybe it's just the way that you can smile, or laugh, making the lives of those around you better if only for the day. This week I would like to inspire everyone to look deep inside of themselves and find what you have to share with the world around you. Then begin to share it with the world. What are your dreams, ambitions, hopes for the New Year and Years to come? That, my friends is where we begin to change the world. We promote the greater good, by first offering the best of us.

This week I would like to begin this New Year with an older song by my friend Brunuh, which may spark the inspiration of fantastic hopes and dreams in this world for a bright New Year. "Hymn to Eternity" is by far one of my favorite tunes by BrunuhVille, but its journey along the notes, chords, and general melody, rings out like the score at the end of a fantastic movie where evil has been vanquished, the night is over, and in the distance the dawn is peeking over the horizon like a beacon of hope. Hope that happily ever after is once more within reach for those who have endured the horrors of the endless night. So whether you're spending this New Year's Day, reading a book, writing a story, drawing or creating some other form of art, setting up to play an adventure in the realms of Role-Play, or just sitting in solitude and pondering the days to come; may this inspire you to make this a new beginning. I hope that you like "Hymn to Eternity," may it inspire you in all of your creative endeavors, and Happy New Year!

Talk to you again soon, until then...

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A Little Inspiration for the Weekend-

Hello all out there in cyber city- I know it's been awhile, and I appreciate your patience. I have not gone due to lack of interest, nor have I given up on that which I hold so very dear. I have been absent from my posts here and from the Legends of Lacy Road which I had sought to share with all of you during the month of October primarily because I am going to school to hone, and develop my skills as a writer so that I can take my dream even farther. Though I am on the winter break between semesters, it will not be long before the next wave of homework and college deadlines will arise. Meanwhile I wanted to get back to you, my family and friends here on Facebook and Google+, touch base and even make a few announcements, but first things first, this is the weekend inspiration which has long been overdue.

As the winter weather begins to set in, we huddle by the fireside, the heater, or just under a warm blanket to chase away the icy tendrils that seem to seep in through every nook and crevice. Yet, in the corner a grand evergreen stands vigilant, its verdant boughs glittering with the multifaceted hues of the season, reminding one and all that this is a time for family, friends, and neighbors to come together and rejoice in brotherhood. Let us revel in fellowship, and remember the gifts that have brought us together. It is a time for games in the dining room, warm toasts over a hot meal, or hot cocoa by the blazing fire. It is a time for stories and of hope, even when there seems to be none to spare. The winter wonderland is a time rife with the seeds of imagination, and a period where social gathering helps push back the dark shadows of the encroaching night. Festive candles will be lit, egg nog will be quaffed, and the tales of the past year will fill the air. What does it all mean? It means that we can dare to hope, dream, and strive for a better tomorrow. We can have a dream and reach for it, maybe even grab hold of a star and soar across the void to places never before reached, to imaginations unseen. Gamers, readers, writers, musicians, and artists of all scopes; from all backgrounds know this, and it's what we share in our passion with all of you. Do you remember Christmas when you were a child? Remember the magic, the excitement, the very anticipation of what awaited you on that most awaited night of nights? Do you remember being so excited that sleep was fleeting and the slightest noise made your eyes pop open at wondering if Santa Claus was in your very house...at that very moment? As we have gotten older that magic seems to have faded, and it's sad, really. Why can't we feel that magic again? Is... it wrong, offensive, poppycock, rubbish, or just lost. We became adults and that magical wonder that made childhood so great... well we left it behind because it just wasn't cool anymore. Cool... What a joke right? Cool is an image we put on to fit in and impress other people who really were just too full of themselves to care about anything or anyone beyond their own self-centered world. Well, I've got a proposition for you. This season, let's redefine cool, look back into your past, to the best Christmas you can remember, and it doesn't have to just be Christmas, it can be your best birthday, 4th of July, or whatnot, remember what you felt, and why it was so great. Now let go of this image that we all have created to impress people who didn't deserve impressing, especially at the loss of who we really were, and let that childhood wonder resurface. Try to remember what it was like to be so excited for Christmas Day that you can't find sleep anywhere in sight. Try to see it through the eyes of your children if you have them. Share in that joy, excitement and wonder... Then share it with those around you. Don't worry about the Scrooges or the Grinches who will try to squelch that joy, just let it shine; and maybe, just maybe, that magic might be made real once again.

To commemorate this social if frigid season, I present you, "In Winter's Grasp" by Vindsvept​. This warm inviting melody resounds with the peace and tranquility that so often is seen as desired during this wondrous season. May it inspire you to find that lost magic in your life, and may all your hopes, dreams and wishes for a better future come true. I hope you enjoy this piece of inspiration, whether you are reading, writing, decorating the tree, or just cuddling up with a good book and some light carols. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and may you have a Happy and Hopeful New Year. Talk to you again soon- Until then...

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Things have gotten a little crazy with school and my schedule, so Legends of Lacy Road will be having a few setbacks. I still plan on getting up some of the ghost stories as I have promised, but it just may take a little longer than I anticipated due to having to juggle writing stories with my school work. Anyway, that being said, I would like to announce that the second preview of this year's season is now up for everyone to enjoy. It's a Fireside Tale that has it's roots in the 19th century and has humble beginnings in the family, but has now flourished to be told as a tale of its own. But without further ado I present you with, "The Goblins'll Get Ya, if Ya don't Watch Out!"

P. S. Don't forget to read the introduction before to learn how this particular story came about.
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