‘Orcs Vs. Wolves’ Quotes

A collection of quotes from my post-apocalyptic dark fantasy novel Orcs Vs. Wolves, my most recent NaNoWriMo project which released this January and serves as a shared-universe follow-up to last year’s Vampires Vs. Dragons. As with all of my booksOrcs Vs. Wolves is available on Amazon.

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Thank You Robert Patrick

 

So just in case I was being serious – Thank you Robert Patrick!

Your performance in T2: Judgement Day changed my life!

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‘Orcs Vs. Wolves’ Playlist

A list of songs and instrumental tracks that help capture some of the moments and scenes in Orcs Vs. Wolves. I’ve placed them more or less in chronological order as far as the story goes.

As I’ve mentioned a few times, Mad Max: Fury Road was a big part of the inspiration that originally prompted the invention of this story, and the music from that soundtrack was a helpful mood-setter. AC/DC’s tunes feature pretty prominently in the orc culture as well. I’ve included a few specific tracks in this list.

 

The Razor’s Edge by AC/DC

Hair Of The Dog by Nazareth

Water from the Mad Max: Fury Road soundtrack

Dog Fight from The Raid: Redemption soundtrack

Warg-Scouts from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey soundtrack

T.N.T. by AC/DC

Figure.09 by Linkin Park

Alive by Sia

Claw Trucks from the Mad Max: Fury Road soundtrack

Wretches and Kings by Linkin Park

Chapter Doof [Extended Version] from the Mad Max: Fury Road soundtrack

Blood Bag from the Mad Max: Fury Road soundtrack

Monster from the One Punch Man soundtrack

Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap by AC/DC

Tense from the One Punch Man soundtrack

Thunderstruck by AC/DC

Good Vibrations by The Beach Boys

Midnight Sky by Miley Cyrus

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Soulcalibur 6 Custom Characters – (part 7)

A collection of custom characters I designed using the Creation mode in Soulcalibur 6. As a fiction writer the Soulcalibur franchise has proven to be a useful tool for visualizing my characters and seeing what looks good and what doesn’t. Some of these pictures however are just interpretations of others’ characters. Enjoy!

(To see some of these custom character creations in action, check out my Youtube channel playlist Soulcalibur VI Custom Character Battles)

 

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Sailor Moon

 

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Ochaco Uraraka from My Hero Academia

 

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Roshi from Dragon Ball

 

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Mr. Floofypoopsington Jr. from Skyrim (But I’m a Wuss)

Link to the YouTube video here

 

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Vanessa from Vampires Vs. Dragons

 

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Sarnai from Orcs Vs. Wolves

 

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“Axecutioner” from Orcs Vs. Wolves

 

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Albina from Orcs Vs. Wolves

 

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Talia from Orcs Vs. Wolves

 

(part 1)

(part 2)

(part 3)

(part 4)

(part 5)

(part6)

Soulcalibur 4 Custom Characters

Soulcalibur 5 Custom Characters

 

See some of these characters in action on my YouTube playlist,

Soulcalibur VI Custom Character Battles

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‘The Final Power: Chronomancer’ Quotes

A collection of quotes from my fantasy novel The Final Power: Chronomancer, which released last fall. Some of these quotes are taken from bits of dialogue within the story itself, and some is lore from the world of Vel Ardon that I had inserted between chapters. The first quote is right before the prologue. As with all of my books, Chronomancer is available on Amazon.

 

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New Book Release – ‘Orcs Vs. Wolves’

Set in the same post-apocalyptic universe as Vampires Vs. Dragons, Orcs Vs. Wolves continues the Horror vs. Fantasy theme by focusing on a rising conflict between goblins and werewolves in post-apocalyptic Mongolia.

 

In this tale, goblinkind has dominated Eastern Mongolia, keeping both humans and werewolves as slaves, and increasing their strength by scavenging the remains of human civilization and repurposing them as weapons of war.

The story’s competing protagonists are a pit-fighting werewolf named Niko, and a world-weary bounty hunter orc named Grim who’s been put in charge of Niko’s safe transfer from one owner to another. The transfer does not go smoothly, and soon both find themselves in the middle of a werewolf plot of uprising against their goblin oppressors.

 

The idea for doing a story focusing on goblin culture in a post-apocalyptic environment is something that first came to me a few years ago upon watching Mad Max: Fury Road and seeing the character, culture, philosophy, and environmental designs of the half-lifes. At the time, I fell in love with the idea, but didn’t have a context for it until I made the decision to do Vampires Vs. Dragons as a NaNo project and that story provided the context I needed. I decided to write these stories as two isolated tales within a shared universe, following a theme of Horror vs Fantasy and pitting the scavenging orc warlords against werewolves.

 

A caution for my sensitive readers: Given the subject matter, I had to go to grittier corners of my mind to do this tale justice, both in terms of violence and language. I think this is the first novel I’ve done in which the language goes as far as the ‘S’ word in some parts. It was hard to get around that kind of language and have the characters stay in character. But I figure most people looking to read a book about a war between orcs and werewolves are probably going to be okay with the odd S-bomb. I stopped short of stronger words, or having the language be pervasive, because even I wouldn’t want to read that let alone write it.

 

For those of you who have been following my blog for the past couple of months, this is also the conclusion to my NaNoWriMo 2020 project. Thank you for going on this journey with me from inspiration, to writing, to formatting, and finally to publication. Next steps include promotion, some of which will be on this blog, and my various social mediums.

 

It’s not quite the quickest that I’ve gone from writing a book to getting it published, but it’s pretty close. Vampires Vs. Dragons came out January 9th of its year. I had hoped to have this one out as early as December, but ran into an unexpected hiccup figuring out how to put the artwork together, and then December got busier as I got further into it.

 

I’m already gathering some inspirational materials for 2021’s NaNo project, but I won’t start harping about that for a while.

 

As with Vampires Vs. Dragons, I made the decision to do this as a pure novel-in-a-month challenge with all editing and revision taking place within the same month it is written, with no further changes after December 1st. I’ve stuck with that parameter as far as the main text. I even wanted to finalize the chapter titles before December 1st and not make changes to those either. A formatting issue forced me to shorten one of them so the whole title would fit on one page, but other than that, they’ve stayed the same.

 

Thank you to everyone who’s been supporting me through this journey and encouraging me onward. This book was a joy to brainstorm, write, and produce, and I hope you enjoy reading it!

 

You can grab a copy on Amazon at this link.

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‘The Final Power: Chronomancer’ Playlist

A list of songs and instrumental tracks that compliment some of the moments and themes in The Final Power: Chronomancer. I’ve placed them more or less in chronological order as far as the story goes.

(Try not to take the song titles too literally. There isn’t actually a spaceship.)

 

 

 

 

Spikey Cars from the Mad Max: Fury Road soundtrack

Babe I’m Gonna Leave You by Led Zeppelin

(For whatever reason, this became the song I most associate with Ian. Maybe not just because of the tune but also his tendency to not stick around.)

Ironfoot from The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies soundtrack

Papercut by Linkin Park

(The song in my library that seemed to best encapsulate the inner nature conflicts within Gnash.)

A Family Affair from the Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest soundtrack

Monster from the One Punch Man soundtrack

Brothers In Arms from the Mad Max: Fury Road soundtrack

Cornfield Chase from the Interstellar soundtrack

Survive from the Mad Max: Fury Road soundtrack

Coward from the Interstellar soundtrack

Mysterious Ways by U2

Roll Away Your Stone by Mumford & Sons

Oceans by Evanescence

Beauty from Ashes by Brooke Nicholls

(My main tune for Princess Zera in the context of this story)

Spaceship from the One Punch Man soundtrack

The Catalyst by Linkin Park

(Not so much for the lyrics, but for the ominous tone of the song, it has long been the tune that best fits the final battle in my mind.)

Amazing by Aerosmith

Axe or Sword? from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey soundtrack

 

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Soulcalibur 6 Custom Characters (and one from 5) – (part 6)

A collection of custom characters I designed using the Creation mode in Soulcalibur 6 (and one in 5). As a fiction writer the Soulcalibur franchise has proven to be a useful tool for visualizing my characters and seeing what looks good and what doesn’t.

For these kinds of posts I usually do mostly reinterpretations of other people’s characters. This is the first time I’ve done a custom character post that is entirely original characters from one of my own novels (Chronomancer). For the last one I went back to Soulcalibur 5 just because of a few customization options exclusive to that game that I really felt better captured Princess Zera’s aesthetic. Enjoy!

(To see some of these custom character creations in action, check out my YouTube channel playlist Soulcalibur VI Custom Character Battles)

 

Ian from The Final Power: Chronomancer. Made using Creation mode in Soulcalibur 6. benjaminfrog.com

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Ian from The Final Power: Chronomancer. Made using Creation mode in Soulcalibur 6. benjaminfrog.com

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Ian

a.k.a. Luthian Denmart

from The Final Power: Chronomancer

(Wearing his beloved jacket and wielding a Soul Sword)

 

Baruda from The Final Power: Chronomancer. Made using Creation mode in Soulcalibur 6. benjaminfrog.com

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Baruda from The Final Power: Chronomancer. Made using Creation mode in Soulcalibur 6. benjaminfrog.com

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Baruda from The Final Power: Chronomancer. Made using Creation mode in Soulcalibur 6. benjaminfrog.com

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Baruda from The Final Power: Chronomancer

(In his barbarian warrior garb and wielding Zahnkrieg)

 

Erid from The Final Power: Chronomancer. Made using Creation mode in Soulcalibur 6. benjaminfrog.com

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Erid from The Final Power: Chronomancer. Made using Creation mode in Soulcalibur 6. benjaminfrog.com

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Erid from The Final Power: Chronomancer. Made using Creation mode in Soulcalibur 6. benjaminfrog.com

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Erid from The Final Power: Chronomancer. Made using Creation mode in Soulcalibur 6. benjaminfrog.com

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Erid from The Final Power: Chronomancer

(In the garb of a Mahikari warrior monk and wielding his staff of Abyssal Stone)

 

Rayu from The Final Power: Chronomancer. Made using Creation mode in Soulcalibur 6. benjaminfrog.com

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Rayu from The Final Power: Chronomancer. Made using Creation mode in Soulcalibur 6. benjaminfrog.com

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Rayu from The Final Power: Chronomancer

(In the High Elven style traditional armour of Armon Galad’s Captain of the Guard)

 

Durnevine from The Final Power: Chronomancer. Made using Creation mode in Soulcalibur 6. benjaminfrog.com

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Durnevine from The Final Power: Chronomancer

(Wearing her Chittering Legion exoskeleton plate armour and wielding a bone sword made by Osgamal)

 

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Osgamal from The Final Power: Chronomancer

(Wearing his full set of bone armour)

 

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Zera from The Final Power: Chronomancer

(In her traveling garb and wielding a Soul Sword)

 

(part 1)

(part 2)

(part 3)

(part 4)

(part 5)

(part 7)

Soulcalibur 4 Custom Characters

Soulcalibur 5 Custom Characters

 

See some of these characters in action on my YouTube playlist,

Soulcalibur VI Custom Character Battles

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NaNoWriMo 2020 – Prepping to Publish

Now that the marathon of NaNoWriMo is finished, I can start to relax a little, even though there’s still a lot to do before I’ve got a finished product. And my test reader is plowing through the book, so I better get cracking.

 

On top of putting together cover art, and all of the rest of the set-up involved in self-publishing, I’ve got a marketing to-do list that I gotta remember to follow. In fact, I had published Chronomancer so close to November that I ended up skimping on some of this for that book, and I gotta get on that too.

 

#1 is blogging the playlist. I usually have a playlist I’ve made for myself that I use for inspiration while I’m working on a particular project. I’ve been collecting more soundtracks recently, so my playlists may start including more of them if any particular tunes stand out.

 

#2 is collecting quotes, one-liners or significant phrases within the book that I think would fit nicely on a poster. I gotta put those quotes on some stock images, post them on my blog, then spread them around on platforms like Pinterest and Facebook.

 

#3, if applicable, is to make custom versions of my characters on Soulcalibur, take some pictures, make some fight videos, and then post the images on my blog and Pinterest, and the videos on YouTube. I’ve already started on this a little with Chronomancer with the ‘Rayu vs Erid’ fight, although I haven’t put their pictures on my blog yet.

 

I may not do everything in the written order, but this is more or less the list I go by for marketing to help spread awareness for these stories. I gotta do a lot of this for Chronomancer still, and then once ‘Orcs Vs. Wolves’ is published I gotta do it for that book too. And a quotes list for Vampires Vs. Dragons. I’m actually curious to see how well (or how poorly) I can make orc characters in Soulcalibur VI

 

Have you got a NaNo project finished or nearly finished? What steps are you planning to take next? Let me know in the comments!

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NaNoWriMo 2020 – Mission Complete!

At 11:18 PM on November 30th I finished my novel ‘Orcs Vs. Wolves’! Yes, I reached the 50,000 word mark in the wee hours of the 29th, and kept writing, finishing off the story, adding some fine details, and making sure I had all the right conclusions worked in, hitting a final word count of 56,432. That was quite a marathon!

Actually most of my work the past couple of days was editing, but I started editing so late in the process that I had to do a lot all at once to catch up. Another lesson I’m taking with me into next year – to not start editing any later than the 16th. Allowing the rough draft to reach a certain point before heavy editing makes sense, cuz it often takes that long into the story to make all your decisions firm as to what certain things are called, who is where at what time and so on. So starting editing too soon can potentially be a problem if a lot of things have to be switched around still. But waiting until the the last week as I did this time around is just too much of a sprint.

 

Another thing I’m gonna try and remember is to start my inspirational intake as early as September next time, if it’s a big chunk of material I plan to watch/play. I found this time that there was so much potentially inspirational material to go through that even into November I still hadn’t gone through all of it.

I also need to distinguish between material that is useful only for the inspiration of ideas, and material that is also mood-setting. For this project I would have considered films like Mad Max: Fury Road, The Two Towers, and The Battle of Five Armies to be mood-setting as well as inspirational. Films that could be rewatched during November just to keep me in the right headspace. And also I need at least one game, which in the case of this year was Fallout 4, playing as an orc(like) character trying to modify his gear using junk he finds in a post-apocalyptic wasteland.

 

Another thing I had to do on this last day was spellcheck. Do you know how awkward it is to do spellcheck when you’ve made up so many of the words? I spent a lot of time just telling my computer to ‘add’ words to its vocabulary. It might as well get used to it!

 

The last couple of hours was spent fitting in fine details to some scenes, adding a bit of context to things I felt lacked it, and rethinking one or two chapter headings. (I went in a weird direction with the chapter headings).

I also had to google a lot of violent and disturbing stuff in a short period of time, like “how long can a person survive without” some probably vital organ, and how fast can certain guns fire? Final battle scenes can get intense!

 

I noticed something interesting as well, which is that this story ended up having roughly the same number of words as Vampires Vs. Dragons, the project I did last year. And when I was deciding how long to make the story, I used VVD’s build of roughly 6 action scenes to estimate overall length, and used the same formula for ‘Orcs Vs. Wolves.’ So based on that, I can roughly estimate that future projects will end up with similar word counts if I use the same system, in which case I might have to plan to do a bit more per day. Or otherwise shorten the length of the final battle, but who wants to do that?

 

So how long before it’s published?

 

Well, Vampires Vs. Dragons was published in January of this year, so based on nothing other than that I would say Janruary 2021? There is a bit of work to do as far as having at least one reader go through it just to make sure I haven’t said anything incredibly offensive (which seems more likely this time around given the majority of the cast) and I gotta put together cover art and reformat the manuscript to make it suitable for publishing. I like my projects to be double-spaced when I’m working on them, but single-spaced is better in print because it saves on paper, which is better for the environment and also lowers the cost. I’d like to have it out before the end of the year, but we’ll see. I’ll certainly keep you guys posted.

 

Speaking of which, thank you for going on this journey with me! I’ve noticed a few recurring names liking these NaNo posts and I appreciate the support. I hope my talking about this experience has been helpful in some way to somebody out there. Thanks, guys 🙂

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