Author: A.J. Rocca

Come Gather Round the Writing Table: Reply of the Zaporozhian Cossacks

I’ve been having a lot of blog-post sized thoughts lately, and instead of continuing to cram them into YouTube comments and brandishing them at my wife over breakfast, I’ve decided the best way to start off 2023 is by resurrecting my old blog. I’m a writer and I think the best way for me to kick it off will be to talk about my relationship to writing, and the best way I can think to talk about writing is to talk about a painting: The Reply of the Zaporozhian Cossacks by the 19th century Russian painter, Ilya Repin.

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Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

Book Synopsis: Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his will. Nobody fights the Epics…nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart — the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David’s father. For years, like the Reckoners, David’s been studying, and planning — and he has something they need. Not an object, but an experience. He’s seen Steelheart bleed. And he wants revenge. Continue reading