Welcome to the page dedicated to Immortality Awaits! Here you can read up on how I went about creating it, how I decided where to start it, how I developed my characters, as well as some of the themes and metaphorical representations examined in the narrative.
Most of these posts were taken off of my old blog (that doesn’t exist anymore) that revolved around Immortality Awaits, so I just moved them over here for a more centralized location for everything Immortality. If you’ve read my
If you’ve read my Where I’m At in Life post, or came here from the Books page, you’ll know that there is now a First and Second Edition. I’ll be the posts about the published book (the First Edition), I’ll be posting updates for the revision, and those will mostly contain spoilers, but you can still follow along (especially if you’ve already read the book) and give me feedback to help me make it the best book it can possibly be.
You can either click on the links here to read the articles, or follow along at the end of each article as it leads you to the end, which currently lies in Tides of Darkness. That way, you can “experience” the whole journey with me, in the order it’s meant to be read 🙂
Hopefully, by this point, you’ve read all you need to know about the First Edition of Immortality Awaits.
Even more so, hopefully you’ve read the First Edition. Otherwise, this will contain some pretty massive spoilers if you’re waiting for the revision.
Either way, this is what I’m going to do:
Immortality Awaits began in August of 2007.
I had just turned 18. I was fresh out of high school and preparing myself to move off to college, and one day I was struck by an idea.
I was an amateur, a novice, and had tried and failed many times to write a captivating story I deemed worth telling.
In a place called Lowell, in the state of Massachusetts, one can find a quaint, beautiful, perfect, everybody-in-their-life-should-experience-it-at-least-once town.
This town plays a major backdrop for Immortality Awaits, and even though it’s only in the beginning of the novel, my discovery of it was something I never expected.
The random, fateful story of events goes like this:
One of the most daunting tasks any new or seasoned writer has to endure is creating a character from nothing.
It heavily consists of us pouring our blood, sweat, and tears into our babies in hopes they turn out to be the best possible characters they can be.
But where do we start?
*Author’s Note: This post contains spoilers for the ending of my novel, Immortality Awaits. The portions currently quoted are taken from the First Edition, but since the entire book has been rewritten, the examples will change to the updated text closer to the release date. I’ve just got to get it perfect first :).
The first image I ever had in my mind that made me want to write Immortality Awaits was that of a shadow, which eventually made its way into two shadows known as Varnio and Xandio.
I saw Xandio floating above a group of people, sticking to the ceiling with his long, tattered black robe swaying in a gentle breeze as various lightning flashes illuminated him.
I saw the image as though it was in a film, and the camera was on the ground pointed up.
When I think of the “fantasy” genre, I think of imagination.
Nothing’s too big for the world you make up.
I grew up in the foothills of Yosemite, and my neighbors were the wildlife. I would come home from school, having already finished my homework, so I could venture into our backyard and let my imagination run wild.