Saturday, March 4, 2017

Above all else, it is about giving back to Tolkien


“People think what I do is something as a hobby or somehow that as others, I am wanting to write something based on fantasies that never could happen in Middle Earth over a mere infatuation of one character or the actor that portrayed him. 

They think I do not like the films if I correct something I know is not in the works of Tolkien—like I am unaware of the difference between adaptation and actualization. I know some things are better left to the imagination or impossible to capture.

What most do not know is that I have a Bachelor’s Degree in English with an Emphasis on Shakespearean and Chaucerian Literature. They do not know I have a Master’s Degree in History with a concentration on Early Christianity. They do not know I’ve lived and worked in Hollywood or that I’ve studied Theatre.

What they really do not know is how hard I worked to write “The Kingdom of the Woodland Realm Trilogy”—seven days a week, sometimes 12 hours or longer—reading and studying the world Tolkien created to make my story feel it belongs there. 

It is hard work and though I have accomplished much in a year and a half, there is not one day that goes by when I am not testing myself and pushing myself to learn more. If I have learned anything thus far, it is that I have more to learn long after my work is done.

I do not wish to change anything in Tolkien; rather I wish to uplift his work and shine a light upon what is known and unknown for there are far more things we have left behind that should not be forgotten. I think of it as giving back to the genius that gave so much to the world.”—J.M. Miller, writer of The Kingdom of the Woodland Realm Trilogy

Friday, January 6, 2017

May 2017 bring New Hope


“Close your eyes for gentle dreams,
Of warmer days and rolling streams. 
Yesterday is gone away,
Lost to night against the day.
Sleep away all the sorrow,
Awake to hope again tomorrow.”
--The Kingdom of the Woodland Realm Trilogy: The Writings
by J.M. Miller

Image: ©2013. Warner Brothers Pictures. The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug. All Rights Reserved.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

It Was A Very Good Year...

2015--I began a script about reggae legend Bob Marley--the sister script to my completed script about elusive Egyptian Pharaoh Akhenaten. By August, I was waiting for news on what would happen with both projects. By July 14, 2016, I had completed 360 pages and 21 chapters of what is now The Kingdom of the Woodland Realm Trilogy. Book II: The Saga of Thranduil (http://tkwrtrilogy.tumblr.com) became a phenomenon I never saw coming. By November of this year, I had completed 500 pages between Book II and the extended version of Book II. I added the old Book III: To Eryn Lasgalen (http://tkwrtrilogy2.tumblr.com) to Book II creating what will eventually be the complete story of Thranduil with 34 chapters (I am currently on Ch. 26).

My entire world became the epitome of a life that changed on a dime and changed nearly overnight in ways I could have never imagined. I spent 17 years on two scripts that were well-received but didn't seem to make waves that were expected. In a year and 5 months, I wrote my first book that spawned 9 Tumblr blogs, 5 Pinterest Boards, a Facebook Page, a Twitter feed, an Instagram, a Flickr page, a WordPress blog, LinkedIn, Blogspot, Reddit, Google Plus, and a Blogspot with fans that follow nearly everything TKWR Trilogy related. I went from 0 followers to over 482 followers on one website alone.

I am extraordinarily superstitious--I knock on wood constantly. I never not have something wooden within reach. Every even year since the second grade has always been a bad year for me. But 2016 seemed to change that streak somehow. Even on the last day of this year, I wait for something to fall down. There were a few things that began in 2015 that marked a change--my father and I both fell ill. I waited for us both to die. By Father's Day of 2016, I learned my father was physically weaker but better but his mind would never be the same. It was that day I also learned everything I began writing in 2015 about Thranduil had become a book of 296 pages. On the very day I would finish my first book, my own illness went into remission.

Things have changed now. The trilogy I began as a few stories here and there has become far more than I could have imagined and has gained interest around the world. I'm a member of the Mythopoeic Society. My father has his moments, but he's still with me and for him, I continue working on my book because I am determined to have at least the new Book II done while he's still here. I seem to have been accepted by some of the world's most respected authors and a growing fan and reader base. I am still superstitious. I will always be waiting for the fall but now I know that I can get back up. I never thought I'd ever say this about an even year, but 2016 was a good year. I wonder if odd number years are the accursed ones now. Maybe it was just my time to shine.

Monday, December 19, 2016

It has almost been a year since I put a few paragraphs together to form The Kingdom of the Woodland Realm Trilogy. What began as just a short story on Thranduil, Tolkien's elusive character from The Hobbit (and immortalized by Lee Pace in Peter Jackson's Hobbit Trilogy), it went from a few paragraphs to 21 chapters to 34 chapters for Book II: The Saga of Thranduil. Some call it "highly anticipated" because it follows the standards set up by the father of high fantasy, J.R.R. Tolkien as it was written to do so.

I'm currently working on the last 8 chapters of Book II. It was originally supposed to end with 21 chapters, the old Book III: To Eryn Lasgalen was too short and it's chapters were absorbed into Book II. Book III: The Last Tale of Legolas Lasgalen is the new book and Book I: The Epic of Eryn Galen will follow two elven ancestors of Legolas--Orothôn and his son Oropher, father of Thranduil.

The story begins here: http://tkwrtrilogy.tumblr.com/post/135724032251/book-ii-the-saga-of-thranduil-chapter-i-i-am (the first blog post out of 93 Tumblr Posts). I remind you that it is rough and I'm currently editing the hard copy of the manuscript which is 421 pages long (500 with the extended version).
I'm now sleepy and this is not my first post of the evening . I have several web presences that I will update later when I have every one of the organized completely in alphabetical order. For now, learn about Thranduil--the elf that started it all for The Kingdom of the Woodland Realm Trilogy.--J.