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The Barbarian versus The Nomads

Here is another excerpt from my WIP The Barbarian. In this section, the Barbarian, who is still unnamed, has just returned from scouting with his trainer. The main Shandan Nomad (Shandan is the desert they are in charge of ruling with tyrant abandon, if you will) is resting, as is his second-in-command, and the one left in charge, Shenkar, hates the boy more than the other two do. In the distance, they can see a cloud of dust, and the Nomad who has better long range vision sees the group of Wizards riding hard toward them. It’s a bit rough, as it is still 1st draft, but I’m sure you can get the gist of it. Well, have a look:   Nomads No More Shenkar saw the scouts returning at a leisurely pace after exploring the route to the east. Bolthed and Akheem left him in charge when they retired to one of the wagons for a brief respite, with orders to be called only if needed. Two days prior, a scout from the Wastes had brought them news of the annihilation of their allies, the Destined Ones. He also told of the warning relayed that the Nomads would be next. Bolthed immediately put the band on alert” “The way is clear for the next league, my Lord,” the older scout reported. “Get some rest, then prepare to go back out.” As they turned to leave, the trainer pointed to the north. “My lord, Shenkar; look.” A cloud of dust…

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2015 Blog Statistics

Statistics For johntmherres.com I know, most people have already done this and moved on, but if you remember, I didn’t have a very happy end-of-year experience, and it’s taken me a bit to get back into the swing of things.     We all hear that the New Year is a time to make resolutions intended to encourage us to force a change in our lives. Either to start a diet, the goal to make a smaller you, or to quit this, stop that, get something else done, dedicate oneself to making the goals that have, in all years past, gotten broken way too soon after being made. I learned that it is setting myself up for failure when I make such grandiose plans, and began stating that, in the New Year, I would endeavor to do just a little better than the previous year. This is so much easier to accomplish.   Here are the stats they sent me; The WordPress helper-monkeys are working day and night to provide pages and pages of detail on how our blogs are doing. A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 890 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 15 trips to carry that many people. The busiest day of the year was November 3rd with 17 views. The most popular post that day was Home. (Even though the same stats page said “Home” didn’t have any views, and “Traffic Stop”…

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Infinite Waters: 9+1 Speculative Fiction Short Stories now Released!

A fellow writer, Nicholas Rossis has launched a new collection of stories, called “Infinite Waters: 9+1 Speculative Fiction Short Stories“ and I wanted to give what little support I can, so am posting this for any on my list who are not following him as well. I re-blogged on The BarbarianWriter site, too. One could either follow this link to read about it in his own words, or just click here to go to the Amazon page. One is just as good as the other! What do you have to lose? Head on over! You might be glad you did! #WriteOn! — John

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#BlogBattle Week 13

This will be my third entry in the weekly #BlogBattle. Also, the third posted location. First entry prompt I responded to was “News.” I posted that story for The Velah, and the second was “horde” for which I made a scene for The Barbarian called “Wolf Battle” This week, I offer a brand-spanking new story written exclusively for the prompt “rope.” #BlogBattle 13  Rope Rules: 1000 words max fictional tale (or true if you really want) PG (no more than PG-13) Content – let’s keep this family friendly! Your story must contain the word(s) from the theme and/or be centered around the theme in a way that shows it is clearly related Go for the entertainment value! Post your story by Midnight PST Use the hashtag #BlogBattle when tweeting your story, put a link back to your #BlogBattle Short Story in the comments section of this page, and/or include a link to this page in your own blog post (it creates a “ping-back” which will alert me and our friends to your #BlogBattle post) Have fun! The theme for this week is Rope.   The Rope Look at it, just swinging there. Like it’s offering a fun time, just like children have. He had a hard time accepting the sight, as it looked so incongruous. He hiked through the National Forest, backpack loaded with provisions for a week, solitude his main destination, and had seen nothing strange. Until now. He trudged the thickest parts of the woods, where very few signs of humans…

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Facebook Post

Post by John T. M. Herres. Well, that didn’t go as planned. When I saw the option to imbed a Facebook post, I naturally clicked it to see what it would do. It gave me a code to paste into a webpage, thus this post. If you wish to know before you go, I posted an excerpt of “The Barbarian” written recently. It’s about the Wizard Able facing the despotic group known as The Chosen Ones, who have roamed the Frozen Wastes in the North much the same as the Shandan Nomads have terrorized the Shandan Desert. It depicts how the Wizard uses his Power, as well as some of the effects on him from using it. That’s what I’m hoping I’ve relayed, anyway. I would love to know what you think! Give me a comment here or there, if you please, and let me know if my attempt to entertain you has been successful. Until next time: #WRITE-ON!

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A New Year

A New Year, with new possibilities! Here we are, another year starting. Happy 2015, everyone! Let’s look at some of the ways things turned out in 2014: I started this website, signing with WordPress after having my initial domain with VistaPrint for a couple of years. I felt, while the first one did okay for a start, I must allow my web presence to evolve along with my writing skills and knowledge. I enhanced my blog, johntmherres.wordpress.com to try to make it look more professional. It probably needs more work. I know I’ve said it before, and will undoubtedly say it many more times, progress not perfection. I learned a long time ago that I don’t do anything perfect. Darn it. I recently made a new blog. I figured since the current one dealt with things Barbarian related, it might benefit if I made another for the protagonist of my Science Fiction work, too. (I will post the link here, as soon as I re-figure out how to log into it.) It appears my memory has not improved. I’m hoping it isn’t deteriorating, either. I like to say I have a “Swiss Cheese Memory.” The important stuff has the ability to fly through all the holes, barely touching the solid areas. The mundane, unimportant stuff splats all over the place, unable to find a hole to go through, it seems. I have just investigated, having received notification of a new person this morning by email, that I have 11 -count…

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My Author bio, written by Judy Colella

John T.M. Herres was born May 26, 1965 to a military family. His father, a Master Sergeant with the Air Force now retired, and the family moved around a great deal during John’s younger years; which meant a constant change of schools, friends, and circumstances. In his teens he found himself making some decisions flavored by his quasi-nomadic life, decisions that seemed to be taking him down all the wrong roads. He worked hard at getting himself straightened out, however, and now uses his experiences to add a richness to his writing. Influenced by such authors as Robert E. Howard, Stephen King, Dean R. Koontz, James Patterson and Orson Scott Card, his genre of choice became action/fantasy-adventure, populated by a Conan-inspired Barbarian, and set in rich, exotic landscapes. John’s writing has emerged and matured into works with three-dimensional characters, action sequences that read like a movie with great visuals for the reader, and plot lines that pull the reader deep into both the action and the psyche of his heroes. His works-in-progress also include “The Barbarian” and “Barbarian Tales” which he is has managed to merge into one book, and is working toward its eventual publication.    

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Science Fiction Story

I come to you today to offer a glimpse into my Science Fiction story, “Challenge Of The Velah”. I began this before I started writing what has now become the second part of “The Barbarian” (Titled at that time “Barbarian Tales”). When I got a reader who became interested in what came next, I wrote more. At this point, I only have about 17,000 words. If, after this reading, you wish to see more, comment below and leave me an email address so I can send it to you in its entirety. At least, what I have done so far.   Challenge of The Velah By John T. M. Herres       Chapter 1 One day, as I stumbled upon a clearing, I found, surprising as it may have been, a much-desired resting place for my weary bones. See, I had been wandering the dense forest for so long, sleeping in the underbrush for only moments at a time, occasionally climbing a tree and resting in the boughs; running in some places, walking in others, and even crawling through the thicker areas, trying to get away from something, everything, nothing. I had forgotten the exact reason I began my trek, knew only that I must keep going, keep moving, not stop for too long a time at all. However, in that clearing, I felt an ease in the urgency to soldier on, a veritable lifting of the imaginary weight on my shoulders, and found I may actually have just…

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The Barbarian on Facebook

The Barbarian on Facebook I have created a new Facebook page for my Barbarian character. There, I will post some excerpts, updates and, occasionally, let him come forward to tell things in his “own” voice. I am also still trying to get things straightened out with my new web page. I paid the new host. I paid the old one to release it before the annual contract date. I have a contact who offered to build the new page, but that build is not visible. Not sure what else I can do until he gets back to me. Waiting is a game I don’t like to play.  

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