‘Vampires Vs. Dragons’ Playlist

This is a list of songs (or instrumental tracks) that were either mentioned by name in the novel Vampires Vs. Dragons or that I listened to for thematic inspiration as I was writing. There’s quite a few more classical tunes that would fit traditional vampires and gothic environments, but as for the citizens of Sanctuary I particularly attached to the bands Linkin Park, Evanescence and Muse, combining a post-apocalyptic metal theme with gothic styling.

For dragons I had a harder time picking a specific band to associate with them, but I leaned toward large orchestral tunes with a lot of heavy brass and violins. The soundtracks to The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films helped with that.

Other classical songs like ‘The Sound of Silence’ might be too soft to fit with the vibe of Sanctuary as a whole, but I can see some of the more aristocratic vampires collecting such songs and playing them almost ironically as antiques. Other gentler songs like ‘Fall From Grace’ and ‘Summer Paradise’ are mentioned for their relation to the former lives of these characters, as glimpsed briefly through dreams/visions.

I confess that ‘Summer Paradise’ is perhaps on this list simply because the radio version got beaten into my skull so severely, which is why I specify the “no rap version” in the list. In the no rap version there is a pregnant pause after the word “heartbeat” and after hearing the song so many times I thought “There’s a story there. I want to know that story. And if that story doesn’t exist then I need to write it.” (This is a common occurrence with me and songs.) The rap version fills that pause with “quick time, quick time, girl,” which doesn’t carry the same weight.

I’d like to note that not all songs on this list (or the reasons for their inclusion) are necessarily reflective of my personal tastes. A side-effect of writing novels is that your characters will tend to have a mind of their own. I would play ‘Sound of Silence’ just because I like it. And in contrast to Ray’s feelings, Johnny Cash happens to be one of my favourite musical performers. I don’t know what’s wrong with Ray that he doesn’t like Johnny Cash. That guy’s weird.

I’ve placed the songs in relatively chronological order as far as the scenes I associate them with, or the time they were referenced. I should mention that the songs ‘Bleed It Out’ and ‘Broken Crown’ both contain strong language.

 

‘Bleed It Out’ by Linkin Park

‘Supremacy’ by Muse

‘Tinfoil’ by Linkin Park

‘The Sound of Silence’ by Simon & Garfunkel

‘Mysterious’ from the One Punch Man soundtrack

‘(Ghost) Riders In The Sky’ by Johnny Cash

‘Delia’s Gone’ by Johnny Cash

‘Warg-Scouts’ from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey soundtrack

‘Fall From Grace’ by Amanda Marshall

‘Forgotten’ by Linking Park

‘The Passage Of The Marshes’ from The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers soundtrack

‘Under Hill’ from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey soundtrack

‘Summer Paradise (no rap version)’ by Simple Plan

‘Final Masquerade’ by Linkin Park

 ‘Wet My Scales’ from the One Punch Man soundtrack

‘Out of the Frying Pan’ from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey soundtrack

‘End of the Dream’ by Evanescence

‘Broken Crown’ by Mumford & Sons

‘My Last Breath; by Evanescence

 

More on Vampires Vs. Dragons on my previous blog post

 

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Vampires Vs. Dragons

 

I feel I should preface this book release with the fact that I get excited by new and interesting ways of telling a story. The novels that I tend to write more quickly and passionately are the ones where I know there’s some sort of challenge involved in the writing itself. That’s a big part of what drew me to write Singularity. And it’s the context for how I decided to write this new novel.

When I came up with the idea of a war between vampires and dragons, I thought it sounded interesting and fun but if I was going to do it then I needed a different approach. I had heard of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) many years ago, and had always been intrigued by that idea but knew I needed a different kind of project to try it out on, something where I was totally comfortable being experimental. The two were made for each other. I decided to do this whole thing in one month, starting from scratch, with no professional editing and doing only what editing and revisions I could do on my own before the end of the month. And so, after one month of prep, filling my head with as much inspirational vampire and dragon related material as I could find, I engrossed myself in the story for the whole month of November, threw everything onto the keyboard, reached 50,000+ words, and then did only what editing I could in the time allotted.

I spent all of October gaining inspiration for this story. (Good timing!) I already had the basic plotline in my head but needed more ideas as far as characters and seeing things from their perspectives. Some movies I wasn’t able to find in time, like Blade, Interview With A Vampire, and Queen of the Damned, but I had seen those films before and remembered enough from them to carry over the elements that inspired me the most. I was very happy to be able to rewatch What We Do In The Shadows, a dark comedy that actually lists a lot of the things vampires have to deal with, like the need to be invited into places. On the dragon side I watched How To Train Your Dragon and The Desolation of Smaug. But a lot of inspiration actually came from the video game Skyrim, which was the only game I played for almost all of November (briefly switching to Fallout 4 for environmental inspiration). Not only does Skyrim give a lot of insight into the ways of vampires and dragons alike, but it’s a game where, if you play your cards a certain way, you can become a vampire who hunts dragons. It was perfect.

This is also a darker story than I would normally write, so I’ll mention to parents that this is not written for children. I tend not to get too graphic with things, but this book does contain elements of horror, violence, and adult situations (and reference to songs containing strong language). As well as having an overall darker tone than most of my books. As I was deciding the setting, based on the core concept (the premise) I decided on setting the story in our world because I wanted to include all standard strengths and weaknesses of vampires and if I went with a fantasy world then I would have to explain why the cross is a weakness for creatures who have never heard of Jesus. And since a war between vampires and dragons would be hard not to notice, the story couldn’t be set in the modern age or any historical age, which meant going post-apocalyptic, which is a new genre for me.

As a natural perfectionist I knew the one-month challenge would be difficult. I can always find things to fix, or improve, even on projects that take me multiple years to complete. The limited time meant stepping out of my comfort zone, editing only what seemed essential, and not making any further changes after December 1st. It was quite a different writing experience. It was exciting, frustrating, liberating, heartbreaking, and overall fun. I hope you have fun reading it!

 

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Soulcalibur 6 Custom Characters – (part 2)

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. Most 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)

Darth Maul from Star Wars. Made using Creation mode in Soulcalibur 6. benjaminfrog.com

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Darth Maul from Star Wars. Made using Creation mode in Soulcalibur 6. benjaminfrog.com

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Darth Maul from Star Wars. Made using Creation mode in Soulcalibur 6. benjaminfrog.com

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Darth Maul from Star Wars. Made using Creation mode in Soulcalibur 6. benjaminfrog.com

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Darth Maul from Star Wars. Made using Creation mode in Soulcalibur 6. benjaminfrog.com

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Darth Maul from Star Wars. Made using Creation mode in Soulcalibur 6. benjaminfrog.com

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Darth Maul from Star Wars. Made using Creation mode in Soulcalibur 6. benjaminfrog.com

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Darth Maul from Star Wars

 

Luke Skywalker with Yoda from Star Wars. Made using Creation mode in Soulcalibur 6. benjaminfrog.com

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Luke Skywalker with Yoda from Star Wars. Made using Creation mode in Soulcalibur 6. benjaminfrog.com

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Luke Skywalker in The Empire Strikes Back

 

Rey with BB-8 from Star Wars. Made using Creation mode in Soulcalibur 6. benjaminfrog.com

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Rey from Star Wars. Made using Creation mode in Soulcalibur 6. benjaminfrog.com

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Rey from Star Wars. Made using Creation mode in Soulcalibur 6. benjaminfrog.com

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Rey from The Force Awakens

 

Kylo Ren from Star Wars. Made using Creation mode in Soulcalibur 6. benjaminfrog.com

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Kylo Ren from Star Wars. Made using Creation mode in Soulcalibur 6. benjaminfrog.com

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Kylo Ren from Star Wars. Made using Creation mode in Soulcalibur 6. benjaminfrog.com

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Kylo Ren from Star Wars. Made using Creation mode in Soulcalibur 6. benjaminfrog.com

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Kylo Ren from Star Wars. Made using Creation mode in Soulcalibur 6. benjaminfrog.com

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Kylo Ren from Star Wars. Made using Creation mode in Soulcalibur 6. benjaminfrog.com

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Kylo Ren in The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi

 

Tuskan Raider from Star Wars. Made using Creation mode in Soulcalibur 6. benjaminfrog.com

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Tuskan Raider from Star Wars. Made using Creation mode in Soulcalibur 6. benjaminfrog.com

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Tuskan Raider from Star Wars

 

Elsa from Frozen. Made using Creation mode in Soulcalibur 6. benjaminfrog.com

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Elsa from Frozen. Made using Creation mode in Soulcalibur 6. benjaminfrog.com

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Elsa from Frozen. Made using Creation mode in Soulcalibur 6. benjaminfrog.com

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Elsa from Frozen. Made using Creation mode in Soulcalibur 6. benjaminfrog.com

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Elsa from Frozen

 

Thanos from Marvel Comics. Made using Creation mode in Soulcalibur 6. benjaminfrog.com

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Thanos from Marvel Comics. Made using Creation mode in Soulcalibur 6. benjaminfrog.com

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Thanos from Marvel Comics. Made using Creation mode in Soulcalibur 6. benjaminfrog.com

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Thanos from Marvel Comics. Made using Creation mode in Soulcalibur 6. benjaminfrog.com

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Thanos from Marvel Comics

(Due to the available equipment this design is armed with the double sword he wielded in Endgame as well as both versions of the Infinity Gauntlet (although the left and right hands are reversed))

 

Corrin (Female Version) from Fire Emblem. Made using Creation mode in Soulcalibur 6. benjaminfrog.com

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Corrin (Female Version) from Fire Emblem. Made using Creation mode in Soulcalibur 6. benjaminfrog.com

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Corrin (Female Version) from Fire Emblem. Made using Creation mode in Soulcalibur 6. benjaminfrog.com

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Corrin (Female Version) from Fire Emblem. Made using Creation mode in Soulcalibur 6. benjaminfrog.com

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Corrin (Female Version) from Fire Emblem. Made using Creation mode in Soulcalibur 6. benjaminfrog.com

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Corrin (female version) from Fire Emblem

 

Winged Warrior (Female). Made using Creation mode in Soulcalibur 6. benjaminfrog.com

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Winged Warrior (Female). Made using Creation mode in Soulcalibur 6. benjaminfrog.com

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Winged Warrior (Female). Made using Creation mode in Soulcalibur 6. benjaminfrog.com

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Winged Warrior (Female). Made using Creation mode in Soulcalibur 6. benjaminfrog.com

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Winged Warrior (Female). Made using Creation mode in Soulcalibur 6. benjaminfrog.com

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Winged Warrior (Female). Made using Creation mode in Soulcalibur 6. benjaminfrog.com

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Winged Warrior

(An original design usable as concept art)

 

(part 1)

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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Soulcalibur 6 Custom Characters

A collection of custom characters I designed using the Creation mode in Soulcalibur 6. I’ve seen a lot of traffic for my posts on custom characters from Soulcalibur 4 and 5, so now that I have 6 it seems natural to continue posting these creations whenever I have a new batch to share. A benefit of moving from the PS3 to the PS4 is that it’s easy for me to transfer the images directly from the PS4 to my PC without having to go through camera shots of my TV screen, so the images are a lot clearer now. 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. Most 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)

Okoye from Black Panther. Made using Creation mode in Soulcalibur 6. benjaminfrog.com

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Okoye from Black Panther. Made using Creation mode in Soulcalibur 6. benjaminfrog.com

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Okoye from Black Panther. Made using Creation mode in Soulcalibur 6. benjaminfrog.com

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Okoye from Black Panther. Made using Creation mode in Soulcalibur 6. benjaminfrog.com

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Okoye from Black Panther

 

Proxima Midnight from Avengers Infinity War. Made using Creation mode in Soulcalibur 6. benjaminfrog.com

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Proxima Midnight from Avengers Infinity War. Made using Creation mode in Soulcalibur 6. benjaminfrog.com

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Proxima Midnight from Avengers Infinity War. Made using Creation mode in Soulcalibur 6. benjaminfrog.com

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Proxima Midnight from Avengers Infinity War. Made using Creation mode in Soulcalibur 6. benjaminfrog.com

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Proxima Midnight from Avengers Infinity War. Made using Creation mode in Soulcalibur 6. benjaminfrog.com

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Proxima Midnight from Avengers: Infinity War

(Based mostly on her comic book version, with some elements from the film)

 

Neo from The Matrix. Made using Creation mode in Soulcalibur 6. benjaminfrog.com

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Neo from The Matrix. Made using Creation mode in Soulcalibur 6. benjaminfrog.com

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Neo from The Matrix. Made using Creation mode in Soulcalibur 6. benjaminfrog.com

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Neo from The Matrix. Made using Creation mode in Soulcalibur 6. benjaminfrog.com

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Neo from The Matrix

 

Jordis the Sword Maiden from Skyrim. Falmer Armor. Made using Creation mode in Soulcalibur 6. benjaminfrog.com

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Jordis the Sword Maiden from Skyrim. Falmer Armor. Made using Creation mode in Soulcalibur 6. benjaminfrog.com

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Jordis the Sword Maiden from Skyrim. Falmer Armor. Made using Creation mode in Soulcalibur 6. benjaminfrog.com

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Jordis the Sword Maiden from Skyrim. Falmer Armor. Made using Creation mode in Soulcalibur 6. benjaminfrog.com

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Jordis the Sword-Maiden from Skyrim

(Wearing a set of basic Falmer Armor)

 

Brelyna Maryon from Skyrim. Vampire Armor. Forsworn Headdress. Dark Elf. Made using Creation mode in Soulcalibur 6. benjaminfrog.com

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Brelyna Maryon from Skyrim. Vampire Armor. Forsworn Headdress. Dark Elf. Made using Creation mode in Soulcalibur 6. benjaminfrog.com

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Brelyna Maryon from Skyrim. Vampire Armor. Forsworn Headdress. Dark Elf. Made using Creation mode in Soulcalibur 6. benjaminfrog.com

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Brelyna Maryon from Skyrim. Vampire Armor. Forsworn Headdress. Dark Elf. Made using Creation mode in Soulcalibur 6. benjaminfrog.com

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Brelyna Maryon from Skyrim. Vampire Armor. Forsworn Headdress. Dark Elf. Made using Creation mode in Soulcalibur 6. benjaminfrog.com

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Brelyna Maryon from Skyrim. Vampire Armor. Forsworn Headdress. Dark Elf. Made using Creation mode in Soulcalibur 6. benjaminfrog.com

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Brelyna Maryon from Skyrim

(Wearing Vampire Armor and a Forsworn Headdress)

 

Benjamin T. Collier. Made using Creation mode in Soulcalibur 6. benjaminfrog.com

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Benjamin T. Collier. Made using Creation mode in Soulcalibur 6. benjaminfrog.com

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Benjamin T. Collier. Made using Creation mode in Soulcalibur 6. benjaminfrog.com

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Me

 

Post-Apocalyptic Fairy. Made using Creation mode in Soulcalibur 6. benjaminfrog.com

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Post-Apocalyptic Fairy. Made using Creation mode in Soulcalibur 6. benjaminfrog.com

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Post-Apocalyptic Fairy. Made using Creation mode in Soulcalibur 6. benjaminfrog.com

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Post-Apocalyptic Fairy. Made using Creation mode in Soulcalibur 6. benjaminfrog.com

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Post-Apocalyptic Fairy. Made using Creation mode in Soulcalibur 6. benjaminfrog.com

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Post-Apocalyptic Fairy. Made using Creation mode in Soulcalibur 6. benjaminfrog.com

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Post-Apocalyptic Fairy

(An original design usable as concept art)

 

Part 2

Soulcalibur 4 Custom Characters

Soulcalibur 5 Custom Characters

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‘My Life A.S. Is’ Quotes – (part 3)

A few quotes from my autobiography about growing up on the Autism Spectrum. The book was titled My Life A.S. Is: an Inside Look at Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. I’ve been blessed to receive feedback from many people about how my story has helped them to understand what people on the spectrum are going through. As with all of my books, it’s available on Amazon.

My Life A.S. Is: an Inside Look at Autism and Asperger's Syndrome. benjaminfrog.comMy Life A.S. Is: an Inside Look at Autism and Asperger's Syndrome. benjaminfrog.comMy Life A.S. Is: an Inside Look at Autism and Asperger's Syndrome. God. benjaminfrog.comMy Life A.S. Is: an Inside Look at Autism and Asperger's Syndrome. benjaminfrog.comMy Life A.S. Is: an Inside Look at Autism and Asperger's Syndrome. benjaminfrog.comMy Life A.S. Is: an Inside Look at Autism and Asperger's Syndrome. God. benjaminfrog.comMy Life A.S. Is: an Inside Look at Autism and Asperger's Syndrome. benjaminfrog.comMy Life A.S. Is: an Inside Look at Autism and Asperger's Syndrome. God. benjaminfrog.comMy Life A.S. Is: an Inside Look at Autism and Asperger's Syndrome. God. benjaminfrog.com

 

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‘My Life A.S. Is’ Quotes – (part 2)

A few quotes from my autobiography about growing up on the Autism Spectrum. The book was titled My Life A.S. Is: an Inside Look at Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. I’ve been blessed to receive feedback from many people about how my story has helped them to understand what people on the spectrum are going through. As with all of my books, it’s available on Amazon.

My Life A.S. Is: an Inside Look at Autism and Asperger's Syndrome. benjaminfrog.com

My Life A.S. Is: an Inside Look at Autism and Asperger's Syndrome. benjaminfrog.comMy Life A.S. Is: an Inside Look at Autism and Asperger's Syndrome. Nature. benjaminfrog.com
My Life A.S. Is: an Inside Look at Autism and Asperger's Syndrome. benjaminfrog.com

My Life A.S. Is: an Inside Look at Autism and Asperger's Syndrome. benjaminfrog.comMy Life A.S. Is: an Inside Look at Autism and Asperger's Syndrome. Criticism. benjaminfrog.comMy Life A.S. Is: an Inside Look at Autism and Asperger's Syndrome. benjaminfrog.comMy Life A.S. Is: an Inside Look at Autism and Asperger's Syndrome. Teamwork. benjaminfrog.comMy Life A.S. Is: an Inside Look at Autism and Asperger's Syndrome. Friendship. benjaminfrog.com

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‘My Life A.S. Is’ Quotes – (part 1)

A few quotes from my autobiography about growing up on the Autism Spectrum. The book is titled My Life A.S. Is: an Inside Look at Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. I’ve been blessed to receive feedback from many people about how my story has helped them to understand what people on the spectrum are going through. As with all of my books, it’s available on Amazon.

My Life A.S. Is: an Inside Look at Autism and Asperger's Syndrome. benjaminfrog.comMy Life A.S. Is: an Inside Look at Autism and Asperger's Syndrome. benjaminfrog.comMy Life A.S. Is: an Inside Look at Autism and Asperger's Syndrome. benjaminfrog.comMy Life A.S. Is: an Inside Look at Autism and Asperger's Syndrome. Echolalia. benjaminfrog.comMy Life A.S. Is: an Inside Look at Autism and Asperger's Syndrome. Perfectionism. benjaminfrog.comMy Life A.S. Is: an Inside Look at Autism and Asperger's Syndrome. benjaminfrog.comMy Life A.S. Is: an Inside Look at Autism and Asperger's Syndrome. benjaminfrog.comMy Life A.S. Is: an Inside Look at Autism and Asperger's Syndrome. benjaminfrog.comMy Life A.S. Is: an Inside Look at Autism and Asperger's Syndrome. Video Games. benjaminfrog.comMy Life A.S. Is: an Inside Look at Autism and Asperger's Syndrome. Faith. benjaminfrog.com

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The Storyteller’s Handbook

The Storyteller's Handbook by Benjamin T. CollierThe Storyteller’s Handbook is now officially released! This is my fifth published book in total, and my first foray into the self-help genre. The art of storytelling has been a growing subject on my heart over recent years and eventually I felt it was time to compile together everything I’d learned so far from my studies and observations and publish it as its own book.

Trimmed samples from some of the subjects covered in the book have already been published on my blog as individual posts, starting with The Core Concept and ending with How To Write Love Stories, with several other subjects in between. The book goes deeper into subjects like how to communicate your Message, the nuances of Tension, and different types of Heroes and Villains, including new material on writing lesser known Contagonists and Dark Mirror Villains.

I also added sections on writing Sequels and Prequels, and the adaptation of techniques like reader Association and something I call the Surrogate Burden to generate greater reader empathy.

Given that storytelling techniques are something I am constantly learning the more I watch and read (and even play through) various works of art, I imagine more material will come to my mind to share on this blog, and possibly later editions of The Storyteller’s Handbook if later editions are made.

In the mean-time, I’m also continuing work on my own stories, with added accountability now to try and take some of my own advice. Fortunately I’ve got my own copy. 🙂

Book Synopsis below.

This book is a comprehensive guide to the world of storytelling. Fantasy and Science-Fiction Author Benjamin T. Collier takes you on a detailed journey through many classic stories audiences know and love, and breaks down the fundamental strengths and flaws of these stories to show you what you need to know to empower your writing.

Are you a new writer with a cool story concept but you’re looking for a place to start? This book is for you. Are you a veteran writer who’s looking to improve your craft? This book is for you. Whether you write novels, plays, or screenplays, The Storyteller’s Handbook shows you strategies to strengthen your writing, realize your concepts, and bring your audience the kind of experience that will keep them wanting more.

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