NaNoWriMo: The Beginning

Prologue: History of the Land of Jolysi

A long time ago, the land of Jolysi was a large and prosperous land, populated by the three races of human, elf, and faerie. The humans had incredible physical strength, the elves had keen sensory perception, and the fae had wondrous skill in using magic. For many years, the three races lived together in harmony, intermarrying and forming tribes that had friendly relations with each other, all while living under the sovereign rule of the deity of the land, the great Eiyam, and his human avatar, the King of Jolysi.

However, the evil in the hearts of these beings stirred, and caused a division between the twelve tribes. This division eventually caused a conflict that grew into a war. Known as the Great Civil War of Jolysi, the war drove each tribe to form its own country on the outskirts of the land, while the center of the land became an abandoned wasteland. This war lasted for over two hundred years, until divine intervention forced the twelve tribes/countries to come to a truce.

For many years after the war, the land of Central Jolysi remained a no man’s land, believed to be cursed by Eiyam as a punishment for the war. The twelve countries remained hostile to each other, and no one traveled between countries, even neighboring ones. Then, twenty years after the war, twelve people, one from each country, were led into the land of Central Jolysi, where they worked to rebuild the homeland that the war had destroyed. Soon afterwards, the Kingdom of Jolysi was established. (The entire continent that includes the Kingdom of Jolysi and the other twelve countries is referred to as the Greater Land of Jolysi, or Greater Jolysi for short.)

It was during this time that the Hospitality House was established. Built in the center of the kingdom, it was intended to be a resting place for travelers going between countries. Of course, at the time no one actually traveled between countries, so the people of Jolysi also worked to improve relations between the countries and promote travels. Eventually, their efforts were fruitful, and while the twelve countries still are not quite as friendly as they were before the war, international relations are definitely much better now, and there are plenty of travelers between countries, to the point where the Hospitality House has instituted branch Houses around the country as well.

All this brings us to the present time, Year 053, fifty three years after the end of the Great Civil War of Jolysi, and thirty two years after the establishment of the Kingdom of Jolysi. During the 18th day of the 1st month of this year, one young man wanders his way into this land…

And thus begins my novel for NaNoWriMo, Hospitality House.

If you want to read more… well, first of all, you have to wait for me to write more. But I’ll be posting the entire first chapter here, as well as excerpts of future chapters. If you’d like to read everything I’ve written so far, please e-mail me at the_joy_company@yahoo.com and I can give you the link to the Google Docs document that has all of that (once I finish the second chapter).

One thing’s for sure; this is going to be a fun month once again.

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WCA Global Leadership Summit 2013 Overview, Part 1

Oh, hey. Didn’t think I’d update this blog, did you? While my anime blog continues to be updated, I will look towards updating this blog more with various thoughts, particularly related to writing.

For now, enjoy this first part of a series of posts about the WCA Global Leadership Summit.

I had the privilege of attending this year’s WCA Global Leadership Summit. Many of the world’s top Christian leaders come together to teach various things about leadership, and their messages are pretty much guaranteed to be extremely insightful. I will be covering their various insights one by one, for a grand total of 14 individual parts to this series, including this one… and yes, that’s quite a lot. (Over at A Series of Miracles, I will also try to connect each part with something from anime, if you’re interested in that.)

What’s nice about all of this is that, while the summit itself is geared towards leaders, it’s applicable to everyone. Much of this insight is Biblical (I’d contend that all of it is, even if I can’t point to a specific verse for each one), and is thus useful for all people. Not only that, but everyone will be called to lead in some way or another–for Christians, if nothing else, remember that Jesus calls us to make disciples of all nations; that doesn’t just mean converting people, but also raising up new believers into the full Christian life.

In fact, for this first part, it’s good to note what exactly a leader is. Bill Hybels, senior pastor of Willow Creek Community Church, one of the largest churches in the nation and the location of the GLS, opened the summit by talking a bit about what it means to be a leader.

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This Week on ” A Series of Miracles”: 4/28/13

A lot’s been happening over at my anime blog this week. Check it all out:

I look over Episode 3 of Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet and the importance of saying “thank you”.

I review both the first and second episode of My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU.

I talk about how reverse importation affects North American anime releases.

And finally, I review Studio Ghibli’s latest film, From Up On Poppy Hill.

This Week on “A Series of Miracles”: 4/20/13

Here’s what’s been happening over at my anime blog…

I talk about Aniplex of America’s upcoming import release of the first two Puella Magi Madoka Magica movies, and what to expect from them.

I review one of my favorite recent shows, The Pet Girl of Sakurasou. (Trust me, it’s better than it sounds.)

I introduce one of the shows currently airing that I plan to blog about weekly, My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU (also known as Oregairu).

And finally, I talk about all the other shows currently airing that have gotten my interest.

An anime blog.

So I have this anime blog. (Considering my first post mentioned an anime, this shouldn’t be surprising.) It’s on Blogger, but I’ll post the link here.

A Series of Miracles

I’ll also post on this blog about the posts I write there, with links to those posts. I write on anime from a Christian perspective, if that sort of thing interests you.

The introduction post to my anime blog.

I talk about Yuyushiki and how important are those shows that just make me smile.

Stay tuned for more!

Welcome to my blog!

This is my official blog for all things related to… whatever I feel like posting on.

What, you were expecting a more interesting opening post? Too bad. Have a spotted jellyfish to ease your disappointment.

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By the way, “Princess Jellyfish” is an awesome anime and you should watch it.

So please sit back, relax, and then get up and move about and go out and stop sitting in your seat all day, because I’m not going to update again that quickly. But do come back for when I do update again.