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    Wood's World of Words

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    Welcome all! My actual name is Nathan Wood (hence, the title of my library), which I figured my be useful to give as well, since at some point I plan to submit many of the things posted here to publishers or anthologies. I am fairly new to the Writer's Study and the writing community here, having not really realized it existed until a couple weeks ago (May 2018). However, with my newfound knowledge I plan to be more active, participating in Tales of the Week Competitions (TotW), submitting short fiction for the Monthly Writing Competitions (MCWC), and also creating some longer pieces via After Action Reports (AAR).

    Given this, and the fact that I'd like to provide a simple set of links to my work for any interested, I thought I would create a library as well. If you like my work, do subscribe to the library, and you will then get regular updates any time I add a new story or installment of an ongoing AAR. For those of you just wishing to browse, feel free to check any of the links below, or peruse the TotW submissions I've added.

    Also, any comments on the work I have posted is always welcome, since as I said I would at some point like to have things published and feedback always helps towards that end. If I somehow do manage to get some poor fool to agree to publish my work I will let you all know ASAP!

    Tales of the Week Submissions:
    (please do have a look at other TotW as well, as there are loads of good things there from dozens of great authors!)


    TotW 281: Revenge is a dish best served bloody

    Theme: The Hero of Legends (Twist a Cliché Nr. 2) | Keywords: Knight, Courage, Defiance, King, Mountain


    The prompt for this week of the TotW competition features the characters from "The Fool and His Keeper" and can be found via the attendant link below in my Creative Writing section.

    TotW 280: The Flowers of Evil

    Theme: The Flowers of Evil | Keywords: Addiction, Ennui, Ideal, Love, Poetry


    I walked from darkened Hangman’s Green,
    Walked to my true love waiting,
    And never were the foe-men seen,
    Nor their sharp blades so hating.
    With ennui in my foolish heart
    I walked so slow and carelessly.
    Now my love and I are torn apart
    And evil is blossomed early.

    Their blood for hers I made them pay
    By rifle-fire and cutlass.
    To no avail they’d beg and pray,
    A poetry in justice.
    Through wood and bog and wrack and wreck
    I’ve hunted all who wronged me.
    Now addiction’s snare lays round my neck
    While the blooms of hate boom round me.

    I’ve forgotten my fair true love’s voice
    And all memory of beauty.
    Now vengeful pain is my only joy,
    My task and chore and duty.
    Each year I rove from glen to glen,
    A ghost in martial livery
    And with flintlock trained on evil men
    The flowers of evil bloom early.

    And now I fear I’ve lost more than
    Mere love and faith ideal,
    For I cannot shake this bloody plan
    Or undo the pain I feel.
    In vain I search for peace of mind
    In every joy around me
    But when all is said and done I’ll find
    That evil still blooms around me.

    *This is inspired by the Irish ballad "The Wind that Shakes the Barley" by Robert Dwyer Joyce. It was my intent that one sort of hum the words to that tune.

    TotW 279: The Fool and His Keeper

    Theme: The Magic Sword (Twist a Cliché Nr. 1) | Keywords: Good, Evil, Blade, Power, Quick


    The prompt for this week of the TotW competition was too much fun for me, so I decided to begin a series based on this story. My submission for TotW 279, as well as further stories featuring the same characters can be found in the link below for "The Fool and His Keeper" in my Creative Writing section.

    TotW 278: Sabre Mk. 09

    Theme: Fencing | Keywords: Dedication, Masters, Training, Control, Death


    Blackness and dust, that is all there is. You may disagree, pointing out the uncountable planets and stars, the distant galaxies twinkling their way through the night, but in the grandest scale of things, there are only two realities; blackness and dust.

    I once watched a score or so of the old vidocs, crude antique videos which depicted the way humans imagined space to be, the way they thought we would travel and fight across the cosmos. Every battle took place just beyond the brilliancy of a star, swirling against the gravity wells of planets and moons, or ricocheting between the stones and ice of asteroid belts. They imagined space to be full of beauty and matter, and thought themselves mighty enough that through a dozen or so years of dedication and training they, in their fanciful starfighters, could become masters of its outermost reaches.

    They were wrong.

    In the gulfs between worlds there are too few things of substance to validate the images they had in their heads, and when the first men thought to fight at such distances and speeds they quickly found themselves wanting. A man in his cockpit could see only two things; blackness and dust. The stars might twinkle and the flecks of ice and mineral might move, but these serve only to distract, and by the time the man notices that one particular flash of light is moving too quickly, too purposefully, it is too late.

    Humans found themselves unable to control the reaches of space, unable to grasp or interact with a world whose dimensions were so far beyond their own, and so they created me and my kind.

    I am a Sabre, a blade in the dark, ever poised to strike. I am not a person, for I am not free, and humanity has ever been jealous in their extension of freedom to others, even of their own kind. However, I am sentient.

    You may think this a contradiction, but you are wrong. Sentience is not freedom or thought, it is the ability to feel. Humanity recognized that if we could feel, we could hurt, and in being hurt learn to fear. They knew the power of fear, its ability to drive us, to foster true genius in adversity, and they endowed us with a double helping.

    Fear is my world now, my own constellation of forces out beyond the edges of civilized space. I sit and watch, guardian of a system who long ago forgot my presence, and I fear. Fear the pain of an incoming missile or gamma burst. Fear that I will never again leave this place. Fear the desolation of death.

    There is a flash of light out beyond The Belt, coming towards me. I must act quickly. I spool down my engines and cool the weapons arrays, finally seeing the possibilities so long hidden. I may still choose, and in choosing be freed.

    There is a flicker in the night and one less blade in the dark.

    TotW 278 - Link

    TotW 277: Summerschool

    Theme: Teachings | Keywords: Peruse, Insight, Master, Manner, Studious


    “Open your eyes!”

    Row upon row of spines, bone-white or faded cream, some blackened by age or perhaps remorseless flame. Spines innumerable holding together desiccated corpses, alone in a vault forgotten by time.

    “Open the bodies! Look into their hearts!”

    You peruse the faded glories of time past, old wisdom and insights long ago usurped and replaced, dead things best left unmolested, lest they take notice of your curiosity. Do not tarry among them.

    “Look closer, boy!”

    Inside their cold and dusty frames lay traces of life still. Whispers at the edge of sight and darksome flickers on the threshold of hearing bear witness to ghosts and half-memories. A poor manner of life, to be sure, but life still. Perhaps life enough to sustain the terrors and trials of reanimation. It is a hope that is worth nourishing, for the sound and the shape that once filled these bodies was enough to brake religion and cast science headlong into the void. It will do so once again.

    “Pay attention, boy!”

    The bodies before you lay haphazard, opened at odd angles, the jarring light above casting irregular shadows, and you see that your copy is poor at best. The lines you have made do not match, and the elegance of design, the perfection in symmetry is lost in your work. You tear away the skins with disdain, without remorse, and begin anew. For an age you carefully carve and shape, twisting the implements between your fingers until each arc is perfect, no longer a parody of divine creation but instead an echo and enrichment. The thing does not have life yet, will not until it has been created in full, but the body at least is prepared and the odd-ends will be but a trifle. You gather the thing in your arms, its lesser components gruesomely clamped beneath its face for safe keeping, and you ascend the stair.

    “Master
    , I have finished. Here are my assignments.” you say, handing the elderly man a sheaf of papers covered in words and pictures, a ragged leather book jacket keeping the bundle together.

    “It’s about time,” he gruffly responds, “but you at least have been studious in your time here. You will do well.”

    With a thin smile on your lips you step quietly to the door, avoiding the librarian’s sidelong and judgmental glare, and step outside into the fading light of summer.

    TotW 277 Link


    Creative Writing:
    (again, have a look at the great pieces, both finished and ongoing, from other writers in the creative writing forum! Link)


    The Fool and His Keeper (The Chronicles of Matt and Morn) (ongoing)

    This is a series of short stories written in a Terry Pratchett-esque style of comedic fantasy, and following a magic sword and his companion (or the other way around; it depends on who you ask). The main characters get into scrapes, steal things, abduct/rescue damsals (some of whom are even in distress), and generally blunder about the world. The tales will also likely interact with other characters and places which are part of my ongoing short story series "Legends and Fragments" (see description of "The Song of Tekka and Maharat" below).

    The Fool and His Keeper (The Chronicles of Matt and Morn)

    The Song of Tekka and Maharat (completed)

    This is a short creation story, which I wrote as part of an ongoing series called "Legends and Fragments". The tales in this series are meant to flesh out the world I'm creating for a novel in-progress, which I hope at some point to also start posting here, provided I can make myself feel more happy about the state it's in...

    The Song of Tekka and Maharat

    The Last Days of Albanus, Martyr of Verulamium (completed)

    This is a short story about the first recorded Christian martyr of the Britons. It deals with faith, prayer, and some other theological concerns.

    The Last Days of Albanus, Martyr of Verulamium


    Ongoing AARs:
    (again, have a look at those from others as well! Link)


    Written in Sand

    This is a narrative-style AAR following the exploits of a single general of the Nabataeans in my EBII campaign. The pace is somewhat slow, and it reads more like a novel than a simple recounting of what battles took place and which cities were captured. However, what is lost in action and speed is, I think, more than made up for in rich description and character development. The links to the general information about the AAR and the individual parts can be found below.

    Written in Sand (AAR info and intro)
    Chapter 1 - Part I
    Chapter 1 - Part II
    Chapter 1 - Part III
    Chapter 1 - Part IV
    Chapter 1 - Part V
    Chapter 1 - Part VI
    Chapter 2 - Part I
    Chapter 2 - Part II
    Chapter 2 - Part III
    Chapter 2 - Part IV
    Chapter 2 - Part V
    Chapter 2 - Part VI
    Chapter 3 - Part I
    Chapter 3 - Part II
    Chapter 3 - Part III
    Chapter 3 - Part IV
    Chapter 3 - Part V
    Chapter 4 - Part I
    Chapter 4 - Part II


    Published Academic Articles:
    My actual profession is doing research in moral and political philosophy, so, for anyone interested in having a look at my more serious work, I will provide external links to anything I've published that is available open access.


    Deploying Racist Soldiers (2018)

    This article is about morality in war, and argues that the intentions a soldier or state has in war do not in principle matter. Importantly, I do not argue that intentions simply do not matter, but that intentions only matter insofar as they impact on our actions (which will almost always be the case). It might seem a small point, but it is one which goes against much current thinking and also against the foundations of the study of morality and war as given by St. Augustine and St. Aquinas. It seems at first like the article is doing rather little, but by the end it makes a large point about moral theory in general which you may find interesting.

    If this idea interests you at all, or if you just want to learn a bit more about the theory, feel free to read further! If you do end up reading the paper and have any questions or comments about it, feel free to send me a personal message here. I am always happy to help clarify things, hear objections or counterarguments, debate politics/philosophy, or even just bounce around new ideas.

    Republican International Relations (2015)

    This article explores a political theory called "Republicanism" (named so because it emulates the legal and moral notions which drove the insitutions of the Roman Republic). The core of Republicanism is the idea that states exist and should exist for the sole purpose of promoting and protecting freedom, where freedom is understood as the absence of any force which may dominate you (see article for further elaboration). In this paper I argue that this republican theory has certain necessary implications for international relations, building to the conclusion that if we take republicanism seriously, then we are obligated to create a federalized global republican state.

    If this idea interests you at all, or if you just want to learn a bit more about the theory, feel free to read further! If you do end up reading the paper and have any questions or comments about it, feel free to send me a personal message here. I am always happy to help clarify things, hear objections or counterarguments, debate politics/philosophy, or even just bounce around new ideas.
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    Great to see another library open up I look forward to seeing it grow!
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    I agree with Hitai! It's good to see you encouraging people to discover other writing as well as your own. There's an impressive variety of settings and styles of writing represented here.

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    UPDATE: Added new short story "The Song of Tekka and Maharat" and added the next installment of my ongoing AAR "Written in Sand" (Chapter 1 - Part II)

    @Hitai: Thanks! I like the whole idea of the libraries, and am excited to add things to it!

    @Alwyn: I think the signposts to others' work is important for all of us. We grow by reading other styles and viewpoints, and by critiquing the work of others we become better able to see our own faults. I also think it's good for the community to, you know, be a community! And I'm glad you like the variety. I find myself interested in many different types of writing (probably too many for my own good), and enjoy trying my hand at them all. Some day I would really like to write something happy or funny, as I tend toward the darker themes in most of my work, but I really just don't know how to make a lighthearted story. I am though excited for the current TotW and those planned to immediately follow it, as that seems like a space for potential comedic writing where I could give it a go. We'll see...
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    UPDATE: Added next installment of "The Song of Tekka and Maharat" and the next installment of my ongoing AAR "Written in Sand" (Chapter 1 - Part III)
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    UPDATE: Added final installment of "The Song of Tekka and Maharat" and the next installment of "Written in Sand" (Chapter 1 - Part IV)

    EDIT: For those following my work, there may be a slight delay for the next couple posts, as I will be leaving for two weeks vacation starting Wednesday. I will try to take some time to write and post things, but I cannot be sure this will happen with the regularity I've been aiming for so far. Apologies in advance for any extra wait time, and I will do my best to put something up next Sunday!
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    UPDATE: Added next installment of my AAR "Written in Sand" (Chapter 1 - Part V)
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    Default Re: Wood's World of Words [updated: August 5, 2018]

    UPDATE: Added next installment to "Written in Sand" (Chapter 1 - Part VI)
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    Default Re: Wood's World of Words [updated: August 5, 2018]

    One look and I can tell you're a very organized man. Give me some time to read up on some of your writings, it's definitely something I have planned for this weekend or the next. Nice library! Might inspire me to make one soon, though it certainly will not be as illustrious as yours

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    Default Re: Wood's World of Words [updated: August 5, 2018]

    Swaeft, I most certainly am an organized man! And I'd be happy if you read some of my stuff, and as always, any thoughts you might have along the way are much appreciated. You should definitely put together a library of your own as well; it's a nice way to motivate yourself to post more stuff for us all to have a look at!

    UPDATE: Just posted a new update to The Chronicles of Matt and Morn (Creative Writing short story collection), and also added the newest installment of my AAR (linked in signature), getting us started now on Chapter 2!
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    Default Re: Wood's World of Words [updated: August 26, 2018]

    UPDATE: New installment of my AAR "Written in Sand" and a 'new' installment of my creative writing piece "The Fool and His Keeper".
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    Default Re: Wood's World of Words [updated: September 2, 2018]

    UPDATE: New installment of my AAR "Written in Sand"
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    Default Re: Wood's World of Words [updated: September 10, 2018]

    UPDATE: New installment of "Written in Sand"
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    Default Re: Wood's World of Words [updated: September 24, 2018]

    UPDATE: New installment of "Written in Sand"
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    Default Re: Wood's World of Words [updated: October 2, 2018]

    UPDATE: New installment of "Written in Sand"
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    Default Re: Wood's World of Words [updated: October 2, 2018]

    UPDATE: First part of Chapter 3 of "Written in Sand"
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    Default Re: Wood's World of Words [updated: October 8, 2018]

    Posted new update of The Fool and His Keeper, which is the beginning of a longer piece following Matt and Morn, and also posted the next installment of Written in Sand.
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    Default Re: Wood's World of Words [updated: October 21, 2018]

    UPDATE: New installment of AAR "Written in Sand". I am also going to try to get a new update for "Matt and Morn" up sometime in the next few days, if I can manage to find the time to write.
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    Default Re: Wood's World of Words [updated: October 29, 2018]

    UPDATE: New updates of "The Fool and His Keeper" and "Written in Sand"
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    Default Re: Wood's World of Words [updated: November 7, 2018]

    UPDATE: Since last updating this I've posted another installment of my ongoing AAR, and also another installment of "The Fool and His Keeper".
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