In this Post…
- The Mythology of Daniel and the Triune Quest Part IV♦
- Daniel and the Sun Sword Ranking—Woohoo!♦
- Review DTQ and DSS on Amazon ♦
- View the Trailer for Daniel and the Triune Quest ♦
- Find me on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter ♦
The Mythology of DTQ Part IV
As you may recall, I’ve previously written on various mythological characters who show up in Daniel and the Triune Quest. There was the Super Hot Surya, Ravanna the Weirdo, and Shakti the Uber Feminist. I now continue this most excellent series by introducing Shiva, the third god of the Trimurti.
In Hinduism, three gods outrank all the others—Brahma the Creator, Vishnu the Preserver, and Shiva the Destroyer. Except for when they don’t. As in the case of Shakti, who sometimes is the all in all of everything, even when she isn’t. Remember? If this doesn’t make sense to you, then congratulations. You finally understand Hindu Mythology.
Anyway, Shiva’s role in the Trimurti is to…is to…um…well, it’s complicated. If you read his page on Wikipedia, you’ll leave quite confused.
Divine Destroyer and Recycler of the Universe? Sure.
Oh wait…also sometimes creator and sustainer instead of those lazy bums, Brahma and Vishnu—oh…okay.
Fierce and scary? Why not?
But also NOT fierce or scary, okay? So just deal with it.
Divine yogi? Naturally.
Did I mention he’s also nothingness? Oh boy.
Like every other god in Hinduism, Shiva incarnated himself into different avatars throughout the ages. Through these avatars, he accomplished various feats and took on different roles, which maybe muddied the waters a bit. No matter how you slice it, though, Shiva is a complex god whose roles are considered both good (destroys illusions, paving the way for beneficial change) and evil (literally destroys the universe).
In Daniel and the Triune Quest, he shows up as an incarnation of the Enemy, and the Master of Shakti. He relishes his role as destroyer—which seems fitting. Luckily, Daniel, Ben, and Gabriela who belong to a different God whose nature is trustworthy, loving, and fatherly. Who doesn’t have to destroy to bring life, but is one who gave up everything to so that we might have HIS life.
DSS in Top 100 Twice
One thing you should know about authors…we obsessively check the sales rankings of our books on Amazon.
So, naturally, I was happy when my obsessiveness paid off this past week when Daniel and the Sun Sword was in the top 100 for its primary category…twice! Hooray!
Read My Books? Please Review Them on Amazon!
If you’ve read either Daniel and the Sun Sword or Daniel and the Triune Quest and enjoyed them, please review them on Amazon! Here are the links:
Praise for Sons and Daughters Series
Christian Fiction Review by Peter Younghusband
Every author and every reader anticipate that a sequel will be just as good or better than the previous….Well, I can say that this is a better story than its predecessor (Daniel and the Sun Sword)….
Lumbatis has shown more of the biblical aspects of who God is, the Trinity, and the Gospel message….
The account where Daniel meets Jesus is powerful but gentle and bypasses the head and ministers straight to the heart….
I know Lumbatis researched the mythology and culture….[and] translated this research into the plot and setting of the novel very well. It is great world building….Makes it very credible and real.
Reader’s Favorite Review by Sarah Scheele
Daniel and the Triune Quest is a blast—a breathtaking thrill ride!
A blast—a breathtaking thrill ride! Tantalizing prose, and…deliciously well-written. I fell head-over-heels for the witty, sarcastic dialogue. Daniel and Ben’s adventures are action-adventure spelled out, along with a hefty dose of drama, comedy, and memorable characters.
The action-packed narrative undoubtedly has the power to lure kids away from video games, and the spiritual messages are core, buoyed by dazzling anime-like visuals presented through…clear-cut learning arcs for the two boys.
Parents…should jump at this one and bookmark Nathan Lumbatis for future reference.
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Daniel and the Triune Quest Trailer
As I’ve mentioned in an earlier post, my first attempts at writing a novel were not so…er…successful. If there was a Writing DON’T out there, I bull-dozed straight into it like a blind-folded, drunk construction worker.
Since most of my posts up until this point have been about Writing DOs, this one will be about a few things to avoid.
Expecting to be Accepted by Publishers and Agents Quickly
Remember that construction worker? He has a brain dead cousin who once gave me advice about writing. “It usually takes other people YEARS of writing to get published, but not you,” he said. “You’re different. Your ideas are unusual and NEW .”
Call it what you will—naivete, ignorance, Twitter-induced-belief-that-I’m-interesting-to-the-world, or whatever. I was wrong to believe it.
Easily avoided by: Not beating yourself up if it takes years to get published. Give yourself a break and be realistic. There is nothing new under the sun, and that includes plots, characters, or ideas. It takes time and practice to hone your skills. If you’re serious about writing, then be in it for the long haul and write, write, write as long as it takes.
Formatting Whichever Way the Wind Blows
That construction worker also had a few side jobs, one of which was formatting my first novels. This is to say, they didn’t have any consistent formatting at all. After I was done, I had to go back through and do an entire edit to fix annoying things like ridiculous indentation mistakes, stupid margins, and cockeyed chapter breaks.
Easily avoided by: Using the TAB key for new paragraphs; never indenting the first line of a chapter; using 1″ margins; starting new chapters halfway down its own page.
Writing Only When I’m…(Dramatic Sigh)…Inspired
The very first book I attempted to write only got attention when I felt inspired. Never did finish the dang thing. When I re-read some of the scenes…yikes….awkward.
Easily avoided by: Setting up a writing schedule that’s consistent and compatible with your life. You’ve got to have some sort of schedule or else nothing will ever get done. But, let’s face it, if you’re a single mother with three kids who’s trying to punch out the next great American novel, you might not get to write everyday..unless you wake up at 3:00 a.m. that is. Whether it’s twice a week, everyday, or for a block of time each weekend, pick a schedule that you can stick to and go with it.
In this Post…
- Updates on E-book and Amazon
- Upcoming Signings and Events
- Ordering information
Thank you all once again for coming out to support me during the D&SS Book Launch! I had a great time seeing everyone. Here’s a few photos for the sake of nostalgia.
Several of you have asked about the e-book version, when Amazon will ship, doing reviews, what if I want another book, when will the book be in stores, what’s next, etc.
- Amazon should be shipping the books pre-ordered through their website by the end of this month.
- When reviews are able to be posted onto Amazon, you can be SURE that I will be letting you all know!
- The Ebook will be available on September 28th!
- You can still order books through me by using the Paypal links below or on the Homepage of my website. These can be picked up at 1st Pres (Dothan) or Dothan Behavioral Medicine Clinic.
- Since last Saturday was technically a “Soft Launch,” D&SS will show up in select stores over the next several months.
As far as what’s next: I currently have a couple speaking engagements, magazine appearances, a TV interview, and a couple book signings I’m lining up. I’ll be placing an event calendar on the site for anyone who is interested in finding out where I’ll pop up next. Hecklers are welcome.
To purchase Daniel and the Sun Sword…
Single Copy: $15.00+tax
Mr. CGP Grey has done it again and created another hilarious video about The Lord of the Rings. This time, he gives us the low-down on what the big deal is with the One Ring anyway. Click on the video below and enjoy!
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The picture of the One Ring: By Jorge Arimany (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons
Ever wanted to know all the background stories to Lord of the Rings but didn’t have the guts to read The Silmarillion or Unfinished Tales? Well, don’t despair! Here’s a link to a Youtube video that will give you the basics in FOUR minutes!
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