Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Nightgale Blog Challenge #4 - I AM

Well, here we are.  The last of the Nightgale Blog Challenge. I have seriously enjoyed writing these stories, and meeting all of you new writer friends!  I feel like I accomplished what I wanted, which was to explore the characters for my next novel.  I can hardly wait to start plotting it out.

A quick note: this "story" seems more like a prologue to the others.  The prompt was "Writing is Immortality." It was tough to come up with something that stuck with my theme, but I managed to get writing and immortality both in there, so I hope it's acceptable!

Please come back this friday, as I have the great fortune to welcome Marcia Richards from the Life List Club for a fabulous guest post about financial health.  I will be hanging out over at David Walker's blog on friday, so if you get a chance, please stop by and say "hi"!


I AM chose his words carefully.  The tip of the pen lightly touched the paper, motionless.  Once he decided what to write next, the pen took off across the blank pages of the Book of Creation.

Creating a companion was work.

I AM frowned.  Adam had turned out to be a disappointment. I AM had made the man in his own image, giving him freedom and choice, and at the first temptation Adam turned his back on him.

He still loved Adam.  He loved all of his creation. He refused to reject him, or humanity, and so had created a road back to companionship with him.  He wasn’t going to wait around, lonely, though.

The pen scratched across the paper.

Perhaps he needed to start with an immortal, like the angels of the Virtues.  They did such a nice job taking care of the heavens.

He wrote faster as he rushed to capture the idea in his head into the Book of Creation.

Created from his own essence, the new being would be made of the heavens, of light, and
of energy.  He would not be bound by time and space.  He would be forever.  He would have
choice as well, but because he would live within the heavens, he would not be easily drawn
away from I AM.

He sat back, and reread the words of the new creation.  When he reached the end, I AM
smiled, and wrote the last sentence.

He shall be called Ahriman.


  1. WOW! I'm speechless. It's totally awesome. Love it!

  2. I can't believe it's the end of Nightgale either, and I'm so ashamed that I haven't been good about getting around and reading and commenting on everyone's work!

    I have read the rest of your stories, and I think this one nicely rounds them all out! Of course, there's obviously still so much more story to be told, but I love the extra dimension this one adds in and finally getting to know Ahriman's origins!

  3. Don't feel too bad - it was hard to get around to everyone. This week especially, for me. I'm going to be doing my reading tomorrow, I'm sad to say. I'm glad I was able to give some continuity to the stories. I got worried I wasn't going to be able to write in my theme for this week. I'm glad you've enjoyed the challenge, too!

  4. Very poetic. Awesome how you worked immortality and writing in together in such a unique way.

    1. Thank you , Sonia! This challenge and the first one were the hardest to come up with, so I'm glad people are liking it. :)

  5. Eek, very scary origin for Ahriman. Really makes free-will sound like a bad idea, and makes me wonder if that puts I AM at the "fool me twice" point, or if perhaps there have been other failures of free-will.

    Just curious, should "he" be capitalized when referring to I AM?

    Please let me know when you get the novel done, I want to read it! Really feel for I AM in this one, I think it'd suck to be such a singular entity because the loneliness does seem inevitable.

  6. Good question about the "he," and I'm not sure I know the answer. Obviously if I am speaking of the real God, the He should be capitalized. And I AM is pretty much the creator in the story, but I don't perceive him to be the real God, that is normally referred to as I AM. I didn't want the story to be about Christianity, (which is why I chose I AM instead of Father or God) but more about a the angels and the world they could inhabit. So, I don't know!

    If plans go along as I want them to, I am hoping to have a first draft later this year. We'll have to see if it really happens that way! I'm going to give it my best shot!


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