Justin 'Merlion Emrys' Williams

So, It's been a while since I was much on Elfwood, let alone performed an update. Many things have changed and yet, much has remained the same. I've come to think of myself as a sort of free-lance mystic and, of course, storyteller. I've had several stories published in various relatively minor outlets, though a couple have been semi-professional sales. Because of my desire for publication I haven't posted anything on here in years. However, on my main web presence, a wordpress blog you can find here justinawilliams.wordpress.com/ I've posted a couple of stories that are either previously published with the rights having reverted to me, or that have already been rejected by basically everyone and I am going to begin posting those here as well. Starting with "The Open Hand", the first story taking place in my Universe of the Nine Roads setting which has taken up much of my creative time of late and in which I have started a novel. I like Stories of all types, written visual or otherwise. I also have a keen interest in "religions" and belief systems, philosophy, mythology and the sciences. In the end I'm a mystic: I believe the spiritual and magical is the heart of things. Gaming including RPGS and CCGs, Magic the Gathering Online Favourite movies I love anime including such titles as Evangelion, Haibane-Renmei, Serial Experiments: Lain, Neon Genesis Evangelion,Get Backers, Outlaw Star, Mushi-shi, Vampire Hunter D, .hack everything, Final Fantasy Unlimited, Melody of Oblivion, Hellsing,RahXephon Heroes, Buffy/Angel, Babylon 5, Twilight Zone, the Outer Limits Favourite books Influences on my work/favourite authors include lots of Anime, H.P. Lovecraft, Ray Bradbury, Tolkien, Stephen King, Ursula K. LeGuin, Madeleine L'Engle, Susan Cooper, Terry Brooks, C.S. Lewis, Robert W. Chambers and Simon Logan (coldandalone.com.) Favourite music My father is a musician so I've been steeped in that all my life, mostly classic rock. Great musical loves include Pink Floyd, the Moody Blues, Led Zeppelin, Yes, Evanessence, The Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Lifehouse, the Who, Heart and various others. Some newer stuff as well, such as Incubus, Muse, STP, Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam, Keane, Snow Patrol etc.

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The Open Hand

“The Open Hand” is the first story I wrote set in what I would eventually call The Universe of the Nine Roads. It’s also the first story featuring Zerieth, who goes on to become the Hierophant of the White Road in the novel I am working on and introduces The Order of the Open Hand. I place it here, after it’s having been rejected from all the best publications, for the delectation of my beloved readers, representing the “High Fantasy” stream of my work.

Actions and Consquences

This story was based partly off the Nickelback song 'Never Again', and partly from a desire to use the character Orin who's been knocking around my head for a while.

Echoes

Deep beneath the waves at the Heart of the Waters lies the Place of Echoes. There the Leviathan waits.

The Journey

This story was inspired mostly by H.P. Lovecraft's 'The White Ship'. One of his great early works. It also has some personal meaning for me.

Lessons

A story featuring Emrys once again, along with two of his former students. The first part just came to me one day, and then it made an ubrupt turn.. A little background: Emrys is an extremely powerful and ancient wizard..Allaria was the first person he taught magic too. But she has since turned down a dark path..I dont know all their history yet, but she blames Em for her younger brother's death. Liem is a new character who just sort of sprung into my mind and grew with the story.

Emrys and the Demon

This story is no longer 'canon' within the world of my stories. I decide this origin for Emrys's physical pecularities doesnt quite fit. But I am leaving it up as a sample of my earlier work.

First Light

This story was writen directly based on and inspired by an image created by fellow Elfwoodian Elina Vähä-Mäkilä. I simply looked at the image and followed the story as it came to me. You can see it here http://www.elfwood.com/art/e/l/elinavm/valonsateet2.jpg.html

Sacrifice

This story touches on themes of free will, sacrifice, and the balance of power between good and evil. Please excuse the grammatical/punctional errors in these early pieces. When I have time I will fix them eventually, its just tiresome in HTML