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Utopia

I recently read Utopia by Thomas More.  I am shocked at how accurate his predictions about political and financial power have been over the past few centuries.

The premise of the Utopian society would be very difficult to implement and maintain.  One political leader unable to or unwilling to control greed or lust and the entire social system will collapse.

I thought how strictly they took marital vows and sexual relations really show the importance of the family unit in holding together the social system.

The culture is very practical in placing value on items.  Anything that does not help the community produce common needs is viewed as useless.

Further, I believe it would take a great deal of self control to not grow attached to my home or belongings if I were placed in that type of society.

I found a very interesting and thought provoking read.

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The Dedication of The Untied

I dedicated “The Rai Saga, Realm of the Light Book 1: The United” to Suzanna, Andrew, Tyler, and Ben. Despite loosing touch over the years, I still count them among my closest and dearest friends.

Suzanna and I became friends after we met on the track team at Clearfield High School.

Andrew and I became life long friends the first day we met, which happened to be the first day of our Freshman Year of High School at South Cache.

I first met Tyler when we were 12.  My very first thought upon meeting him was, ‘That guy should have a sword, why doesn’t he have a sword?  Where is his sword?’

Ben and I have been friends ever since we were knee-high to a grasshopper.

They were there for me during the time of my greatest personal trial, and without their friendship and support this story would have never developed into a novel.

 

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Boi-Bresch

Friends of the Rai Saga,

I am proud to present Boi-Bresch by Kollin Murphy, the image intended to be used as the cover illustration for The Rai Saga, Realm of the Light Book 2: Denizens Among Us.

Boi-Bresch is the legendary weapon of Armaqya of Myrr, created to protect the Realm of the Light from the Forces of the Threat.  I thought about using a sword, similar to Excalibur of Camelot, but the more I thought about it the more I realized that the legendary weapon needed to be more original than a magic sword (He-Man, Thundercats, Arthur of Camelot were favorite legendary swords growing up), that The United needed to be original, something special.  So I decided to have Boi-Bresch be a battle-ax.

I cannot express how impressed I am with Kollin’s work, when I first saw this image I had goosebumps run down my spine.  I feel the power and influence of the Legendary Battle-Ax of the Kingdom of Myrr just by looking at it.Boi-Bresch

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My Writing Process

I have always agreed with Stephen King that a story has a life of its own.  My favorite analogy of the writing process comes from Stephen King’s book, ‘On Writing.’ He compares the writing process to excavating a dinosaur skeleton on a paleontology site.  When you first start the process, you can guess what the final product will look like, but as you uncover more of the skeleton, it takes on a life of its own, and what you find in the final draft is not always what you envisioned when you began.

I am personally of the opinion that stories have their own life, and as the writer is my obligation to express the story as I uncovered it.

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A Call to Action

The market release date for The United is March 29th.  I am very excited for it, and I need your help to make the release date a success.

I am looking for friends and family to post reviews for The United on Amazon and other websites.  If you are interested, you can buy a copy from the Tate Publishing website,  (https://www.tatepublishing.com/bookstore/book.php?w=978-1-68254-538-6) or you can contact me and I will get you a copy.

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Thank you

I would like to thank Suzanna Parker, Andrew Spring, Ben Watkins, and Tyler Lindsay for their support and friendship during some very pivotal turning points in my life and the life of my story. I would like to thank all my friends from Scout Camp and my mission who listened to my oral tale, Dark Fang, and helped me realize the potential for my story. This work would not have been published without the content editing from Ben Watkins and my wife. Cassandra has helped and supported this work from the first day we met. The illustration used on the cover was created by my friend Kollin Murphy, and while it may not be what I had envisioned, it is perfect for the published cover. And finally this work would not have been possible without my team at Tate Publishing.

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The United

I am pleased to announce the Pre-Market Release sale of The United through the Tate Publishing Website.

https://www.tatepublishing.com/bookstore/book.php?w=978-1-68254-538-6

It will shortly be available on-line as an ebook, and unlike the self-published version it will be available on multiple platforms, not just Kindle.  I will keep you posted as to the e-book and market release date.

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Garth Brooks’s Beaches of Cheyenne

I recently had the opportunity to see my favorite musical artist, Garth Brooks, perform in concert at the Vivint Smart Home Arena, formerly and always in my heart known as the Delta Center.  During the performance he sang, “Beaches of Cheyenne,” and the song brought me to tears.  Not because I love that song, but because I was thinking about the first time I heard it.

I was alone in my bedroom and it was playing on the radio when I had the single most profound spiritual experience.  I do not wish to go into detail, but let it suffice to say that the first time I heard that song my life changed.  Not so much because of the song itself, or that fact that is was at the time Garth Brook’s latest release, but because it was playing in the background at a pivotal moment in my life.

Suffice it to say that my life’s soundtrack would be incomplete without the inclusion of Beaches of Cheyenne.

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Recent Activity

I apologize for my lack of recent activity. I have been working with Tate Publishing to get The United ready for publication. As part of that process I have spent a great deal of time this week reviewing the final edits of The United, and during that process I was talking with my wife about my book and telling her that my friend Ben was right, that Year the Next reads like a chic flick. And I was floored by her response, she told me very matter of factly that “Of course it reads like a chic flick, you are a living rom-com hero.”
I never thought of myself in movie terms, but I am still attempting to adjust to the thought that my best friend thinks of me as Sandra Bullock’s cheesy co-star.

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Rick Spring, the original inspiration for Cave Spring

I remember the first time I ever entered this cave, it was with my father when I was a child, I do not recall my exact age, but I believe it was the summer before I entered the fifth grade, and I recall being very scared, and I felt like I was being watched by a demon or demons. Then later in life, again I believe it was the autumn of that same year (but may be mistaken on the timing) when my 5th grade teacher assigned the class to write a Halloween themed short story, I created a mythical wolf, whose name was Dark Fang, that had the power to hypnotize any who gaze into his eye, and whose sole purpose was to collect human souls. I thought where such a creature might dwell, and I knew that he had to live among the crevices and caves at Rick Spring and was the chief demon of those who dwelt within that cliff-face.
Fast forward some twenty years and what started as the original short story titled “Dark Fang,” has now become a novel titled “The United,” a title which is in the process of being published by Tate Publishing, the location where the demon lives originally inspired by Rick Spring is now known as Cave Spring, and Dark Fang’s name has changed to Lord Yrimwaque

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