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William R. Frady
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Gothic Horror and Fantasy Writer, Old School Dungeon Master, Father
Gothic Horror and Fantasy Writer, Old School Dungeon Master, Father

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I am running a poll for the next week to fins our what my readers would like to see concerning my up and coming works. The links to the pages involved are posted on my main Google + page but I will list them in another post for a quick reference. Thank you for taking the time to see this and take part in this journey.
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With the onset of summer, I had a great many plans for the projects I have been working on. Plans can change, usually in the most unexpected way. As the summer began, so did my life as a working father. I began a new job, my daughter graduated and is preparing at this moment to go to college, and I have gained many new friends along the way. How does this affect my writing? Funny you should ask, first and foremost, there is an emotional compromise which comes with my baby girl growing up and leaving home to go to college, which means making the best of my time with her. Then there is the adjustment to a new job and all that entails. But furthermore there has been seven years of pent up emotional distress caused by the state of affairs which surrounded my former job. Those pent up expressions, and the stress that was caused by those involved have begun to unravel, taking much of my creative flow with them. I'm not just dealing with a case of writer's block, but an all around case of creative block which has crippled my capacity for doing that which I love, writing, drawing, world-building and all things associated with my passion. This is but a transient thing and I hope that before long I will be back in the saddle again. All I ask is that you bear with me during this time as I struggle to clear my mind of all the unnecessary garbage that has flooded it in the last couple of months.
Thank you and I'll talk to you again very soon. :)
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If you like Conan, or Viking based pulp fantasy, then give my friend and fellow author R. R. Hunsinger a try. His book Courage and Steel captures the spirit of Robert E. Howard's Conan stories.
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I am taking a chance and venturing into the world of Science Fiction while while working on the Legends of Lacy Road Stories for this Halloween season. Celldweller​ makes this transition a little easier and allows me to enjoy the ride. Take a moment and listen and you can be swept along with me to distant planet shores, on journeys beyond space, time, and right to the brink of our imagination. Wish me luck, and I hope to hear from you along the way. :) Talk to you again soon. Until then...
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A Little Inspiration for the Weekend-
One of the best forms of inspiration is nostalgia. Nostalgia carries you away in the vessel of your imagination and takes you back to a better day whether it is with family, friends, or even a memory you never had. "What", you say; "a memory you never had? That's preposterous!" No, not really, let me explain. Have you ever imagined doing something in your life so vividly whether it was journeying to distant galaxies on a starship made of a swing-set and some boxes, or traveling to vast lands read about only in fairy tales with wooden or toy swords to battle with evil knights, wizards, and dragons? How about going out and walking through the woods while imagining that you're in an enchanted, or haunted wood and rather than seeing the scene before you, you see through the mind's eye. Now if you have done any of these things or anything of the like, then how often do you look back at those times and see what you imagined instead of the the real world that you lived in. If you have done this, then you have memories of that you never had. In other words its a memory of something you've never really done, only imagined. Now, back to what I was saying; nostalgia is one of the best forms of inspiration as it takes you away to where life was better. It conjures up emotions long past, and evokes that sense of childlike wonder that brings a welcome smile to your face. Many times as adults we wish that we could relive those days; days when life seemed to be an adventure every day, and the world was at our feet, fit to explore and discover. Days when the stress of everyday life didn't even register past the days of school and schoolwork. Then there was the summer, when everything seemed to be at its pinnacle. No school, no homework, just time to hang with friends and enjoy that thing called life.
This week I would like to encourage you to look back on the cherished memories of your life; even the memories you've never had. Allow yourself to get lost in those memories for a spell and remember what it was like to be enraptured in the joy of youth. Whether you're reading a book, writing a book, story, or game, relaxing by the pool, or just chilling in the shade, it is good to remember the dreams we once had. Here is a blast from my past, a remix of one of my old favorite action role-players from the Super-NES, Secret of Mana. I've spent many a hour just sitting in a town and listening to this song, of course it was just one of many, but it stands out as one of the songs that just conjures up fantastic moments of nostalgia, and the memories I never had. I hope that song this finds you and that it share with you some of the happiness it has to bring. May it inspire you to take a journey through your childhood memories and remember the things that made you love those special days. Good luck on your journey this week, and I will talk to you again soon... until then- take time to reminisce.
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The Primordial Era and the Furnace of Aürynn, a journey back to the beginning before the beginning of the fabled world of Areth. See how the cosmos was formed and became Empyrea, The Sea of Endless Night. See also how the celestial twins Ano and Äuros came into being and how they went from being brothers to bitter enemies. All of this and more you will find in this tale. So pack your gear for we are going back, back to the true beginning, where everything began, for we can move ever forward so long as we know whence we came. See you there! :)
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A little Inspiration for the Weekend-

As I sit here on this late spring eve, listening to the crackle of the fire frolicking in the pit as it consumes the logs with a seemingly unquenchable hunger, I cannot help but look back to the day's events. What started out like any other day became one riddled with friends and family of a sort not quite associated with flesh and blood family, but that of a familiar bond shared in a common interest or interests. I was surrounded by superheroes, anime figures, video game personalities, artists, writers, and the like, I even was met by one of the greatest boogeymen of horror, Jason, who took a little time to venture from Crystal Lake to show that just because he is a bad-guy, doesn't mean he's a bad guy. Anyway, the clouds are rolling in overhead, casting an ominous shadow over the Caldwell County countryside, and the fire has lowered its flame as the wood has shifted amidst the coal bed of bright orange embers. While the gentle trill of Adrian von Ziegler​'s song, Síocháin Shuthain echoes into the solemn shadows that surround me I am reminded that there are several kinds of family- One, we are born into, Father, Mother, sister, brother, etc...; one we choose, our closest and dearest of friends; one of citizenship, fellow Americans, Member of the human race, citizen of Earth, and so on; and then there is one which while is comprised of many different faces and many different tastes, share a common interest, be it fantasy, anime, horror, sci-fi, video games, art, literature both modern and classic. It is this family which I shared in today, and was reminded that while most of us had never met, we had all come together under a common purpose and all stood on a common ground. It did not matter whether you were black, white, rich, poor, horror fan or comic fan, Star Wars or Star Trek fans, young or old, we all were brought and bound together under one simple ideal, the shared interest in Geek-Chic. I am proud to consider myself one of this family, and will profoundly tell you that I would not have it any other way. I love the core genres that fall under this broad category, and will not hesitate to join in to the fun be it in cosplay or in the shared interest of fantasy themes, anime, art, writing and more. So this week I am going to ask you, my friends and fellow geeks out there in my Facebook family, social media friends, and even newbies to my page, or the scene altogether, this week, stop letting society and those around you dictate to you who and what you should be, and be yourself. If you are an in the closet video gamer or role-player, then step up and let it out. if you like sports but love to write a good spooky story or knightly tale of adventure, then get off the benches and into the game. Do you love to draw, paint, or make digital images, yet shy away from sharing them for fear of acceptance, then share your love, with those around you. There is a family out there who cannot wait to see your achievements, I mean imagine where we would be if Tolkien and Howard, Lovecraft, or even George Lucas had chosen to keep their iconic Ideas to themselves rather than put them out into the world for people to see. The clouds have covered the moon and only the light of the small kerosene lantern, the flickering fire and the display of my laptop serve to push back the encroaching shadows of night. In the distance the screech of cicadas and the chirp of crickets sett he pace of a nocturnal symphony which isn't uncommon for a Carolina evening in the early June. I sit back and relax, satisfied at today's outcome, for I know that somewhere through it all, growth was achieved. I pray that this will irrigate the minds of those who read these words, and that growth can be shared among our world wide family of fanboys, fangirls, and geeks of all types. May you enjoy your weekend, and many more like it. Take care, I shall talk to you again soon... until then, know that there is a family for you among the role-players, writers, artists, cosplayers, and other members of Geek society. In fact we welcome you, just as you are.
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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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