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Hi, I’m Sam, also known as Ham, and I’m a recent escapee from the Virginia Military Institute (VMI). I am a goof who pretends to be driven and organized. Currently, my sister, :iconinprismed:, and I are working on seven major projects:

1. The first project is my fifteen book science fantasy series: Nothing but Glory:

“Everyone has a reason to die. It is history that determines if it was worth dying for.”-Kingsley Montivelo.

My series follows thirteen leaders as they rise to power, how they handle a world war that is catastrophic in scope, and watches as some are overtaken by their sins-both intentional and unintentional-and some rise to lead a stronger, but dying world into an uncertain future. The first nine book are ‘regional’ books (they focus on each region of my world) while the next six are the about the war itself. Think of my series like the Avengers movies. The first nine books establish my characters (like Marvel phase one) and the next six books are one huge Avengers movie.

2. My second project is a companion book to the Nothing but Glory series: For the Next Killer Who Dies: Selected memories of a Revolutionary::

Killers never forget, they never forgive, and they never apologize, but sometimes they explain.

This is Kingsley Montivelo's memoir on his time as a member of the terroirist organization known as the Killer Liberation Army (KLA). Kingsley is one of the four leaders who are responsible for the war that my series, Nothing but Glory, is about and this book is his attempt to set the record straight. It starts with the moment he decides to join the KLA and ends with a fateful visit that sets the stage for the series itself.

3. My third project is a collection of short stories that relate to my series: the Backroads of Terra. It has been published on Kindle and contains illustrations drawn by my sister :iconinprismed:. It can found here: [link]

4. My fourth project is Heroes: a dystopian novel about Singularity gone wrong.

“We offer you Peace, Security, and Prosperity. We ask for your Privacy and your Obedience.”-Turing

Heroes is a world where there is no death, no war, no disease, and no crime. It is a perfect world as long as everyone follows the rules and does not mind being observed by the four guardians at all times. There is a small movement known as the Time Keepers who are desperately fighting the Guardians and bringing freedom back to the world.

5. My fifth project is Stairway to Heaven and is about a former druggie and asshole who decides to help struggling teens because he needs community service hours.

6. My sixth project is The Undesirables and it is about our modern world merging with the mystical world. Angels now rule planet earth and humans share their cities with all kinds of monsters. Archangel Michael creates a team of losers, damned, and assholes to combat evil with evil. Oh and Cthulhu is involved somehow. That’s all I got so far.

7. My seventh and final project is Dangerously Delusional. It is a comic about super heroes and super villains who have no idea what the hell they’re doing.

Nothing but Glory Website: skamenn.wordpress.com/
My pinterest: www.pinterest.com/pepperdaphoe…
My Tumblr: pepperthephoenix.tumblr.com/

My sister introduced me to stamps:

Arbitrary Titles Stamp by WetWithRain Comments Stamp by WetWithRain The Ori-Chin Of Whisker by PsychoMonkeyShogun Fallopian tube by SirvanaRachana Ray Bradbury Stamp by justdacat Grafstein's Growth by SirvanaRachana Meissner's corpuscle by SirvanaRachana Natural Selection by draco-dragon84 Krause's end-bulbs by SirvanaRachana Being human stamp 1 by dawn-of-stamps Despicable Me by RuthlessDreams Go Go Godzilla Stamp by Aazari-Resources Fawlty Towers by Shantella Go Gadget GO by Shantella Monty Python + the Holy Grail 'I got better' Stamp by TwilightProwler MARVEL X-Men First Class Stamp by TwilightProwler Wolfsbane X-Force Stamp by dA--bogeyman Some Motivation Required by RuthlessDreams I know everything by postmortumm I wanna move things with my mind by prosaix Hufflepuffs don't give a shit by kittykat01 Stamp: Bananas! by TheSaltyMonster YGOTAS: Steves :Stamp: by Circe-Baka YGOTAS: Screwed Rules :Stamp: by Circe-Baka Kaiba Screwed Stamp by D-WTF Kaiba stamp by Yami-YugiohFangirl Stamp: Hans Landa: Inglorious by ASSKISSER gor-LAH-me by deerstalkerpress I'm the dude... by Kiyamasho I love Led Zeppelin by mep92 Bob Dylan stamp by 5-3-10-4 Animated Flogging Molly Stamp by Voltaireon Drunken Lullabies 001 by Dametora Drunken Lullabies 004 by Dametora Alice Cooper stamp by starchild-rocks Gargoyles Stamp - Puck by KatWithKnives Gargoyles Stamp - David Xanatos by KatWithKnives Fringe Stamp by KristalStittle Watchmen Stamp Comedian by IngwellRitter Rorschach Stamp by picklelova Vendetta Stamp by Dianitica Ideas are bulletproof - stamp by HtB-stamps Stamp V of Vendetta by Iluvendure With Love From Valerie by RavenGaleSpencer Seinfeld stamp by cool-slayer Stamp: seinquote 1 by imgoingtothemoon Arrested Development Stamp by minami Lord of the Rings stamp 4 by Chrysalislover Lord of the Rings stamp 3 by Chrysalislover Treebeard Stamp by Captain-Savvy Boromir stamp by purgatori Theoden Poem Stamp by DutchOrca LOTR - Wander by Jenna-Rose B.P.R.D. Stamp by AsliBayrak Hellboy stamp by AprilMcGuire Ectoplasmic fun stamp by Violette-Aner Guillermo del Toro Stamp by Violette-Aner Ron Perlman stamp by C-Puff Stamp Johann Kraus by theEyZmaster History by black-cat16-stamps i support villains by iago-rotten Deviant Stamp: Erik Lehnsherr by beekay84 Abe Stamp by eERIechan Les Miserables Stamp by sratt Elbonian Motivation by Stock7000 Pearls Before Swine Stamp by Zetas The Mummy stamp by BaB-Jane Jurassic Park Stamp by ZZsStamps Thee Stoopid One :Stamp: by Circe-Baka Freaky Fred by Cathines-Stamps Cheese stamp by GalacticSun Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends Stamp by shadowleigh Foster's Home: Potatoes by Galialay "Heroes" Bowie stamp by TheStampQueen David Bowie Labyrinth Stamp by RebelOreo Labyrinth by Songficcer Bad ideas look Good -stamp by Sysirauta Warrior Stamp by PhoenixKnght86 Cloud Atlas Stamp by Lady-AnnJoanne YGOTAS: SSA :Stamp: by Circe-Baka Dan Green Stamp by erikagrace303 Craig's Cat by Rodentruler Craig Ferguson Fan Stamp by SonKitty I'll pray for you, Satan-chan by Haters-Gonna-Hate-Me We love Phoenix by BlackRayser
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I know I've been MIA for a while and I'm sorry about that. Life has turn to shit and I just needed time to get my real life sorted out before handling my online life. Things are starting to calm down a little so I'm hoping I can return to DA and start reading other people's stuff again. Anyway, just wanted to let you all know that I wasn't dead-just really busy.
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So I just discovered Albert Camus and apparently I’ve been an absurdist my entire life and never realized it. Haha. I did not grow up in the Christian tradition. I mean I knew about Christianity and all that jazz, but my family was either agonistic or atheist. Honestly, we figured that Jesus Christ had the same chance of being real as fairy folk or Apollo and the Hydra.

As a kid, I grew up reading Greek mythology and thought and folklore. I read Plato’s Republic and Apology before even looking at the Bible and I knew all the Greek myths by heart. So when I was introduced to Christianity and the idea of a loving God who actually cared about you, I’ll admit I called bullshit. In a lot of ways, the Old Testament God made more sense to me than the New Testament God and my opinion only hardened after reading about the 20th century. What kind of loving God would ever allow WWI and WWI to take place, not to mention the terrorist attacks and oppression we are witnessing today? No, in my mind, an uncaring God and universe made more sense than a caring God. And don’t give me that shit about Satan. If God is all powerful and caring, why the hell did he let Satan rebel in the first place? Why did he let Satan corrupt us? Did He not know that Satan was hanging out in Eden and chatting Eve up? And if you argue that He was respecting our free will then how the hell does He have a ‘plan’ and things happen for a reason? Maybe the reason is you’re a dumbass, but then how can He allow you to be such a dumbass? Couldn’t He warn you? How does a text from God saying, “Yo, gambling your life’s savings might not be the best idea, dude,’ affect your free will? He’s not preventing you, He’s just warning you. Wouldn’t a loving God do that? And if you’re going to tell me that He does, but we miss the signs, then He should make the signs more obvious. Obviously, the human race is stupid as shit, so can’t He make it just a little easier for us?

Anyway, in many Greek myths, the Gods are fickle and cruel and the only thing a mortal can do is live and love the best he can and rise above the God’s pettiness by keeping his dignity-even in the most dire of situations. I also use Oedipus as an example of a true Greek. Despite everything, he found the strength to define his fate and punishment, by plucking his own eyes out. For a split second, he was above the gods and destiny by defining his crimes himself and that’s all we can do. It is very tragic and it certainly won’t help you sleep at night, but it makes more sense to me than a loving God who has a plan and cares about you, but you still get fucked over time and time again.

What the hell does that have to do with absurdism? Well, my basic understanding of absurdism (and I just started reading about it, so this is a really simplified definition) is that it is absurd for humans to look for meaning in a meaningless universe, and yet, Camus argues that the only logical thing for man to do in an absurdist universe is to defiantly continue to search for meaning. I agree with this a hundred percent, maybe not for the same reasons as Camus, but simply because if I’m alive, I might as well live!

I know my life is meaningless and that someday I will die and someday Earth will die and someday the universe will die and we will be nothing, not even a memory, but I am alive now and I can do something now. Will it matter a thousand years from now? Probably not, but does it matter now? Yes.

I continue to live, despite knowing the futility, because I love. In the end, my friends and family matter very little, but they matter to me and if I can help them or inspire them, than I will continue to live and search. As long as I can make someone laugh or inspire them not to give up, then that is all I need. And what of my future? What future? I could die tomorrow or later tonight. I am not guaranteed a future. I am only guaranteed now, and so, I will use this moment the best way I can and, just maybe, what I do today, could make someone else’s life better in the future. Maybe, if my books ever become published, they can inspire someone or maybe, somewhere down the line (if I live that long) I could do something important-as important as anything we do can be-and maybe not. Maybe I just live a normal life and I die and the only ones who remember me are my friends and family and, within a generation, it will be as if I was never born. I’m ok with that, because I lived while I could.

I will be like Oedipus, trapped within destiny and the whims of the gods, but still arrogant enough to dare to define my own life. I am content to look at the abyss, the carelessness of the universe, and foolishly try to rebel against it but finding meaning and value in something that is meaningless. I only live once and god damn I’m going to make it count, even if it only counts to me and my close circle of friends and family. Maybe something that small is superfluous, but I am content to live with the delusion that it is monumental, while also being keenly aware that it is absurd.

Of course, some smart ass if going to ask, well if life is meaningless why follow laws and do what’s right? There is no rational argument not to do whatever the fuck you want, but I will say that if we only live once, why make other people miserable? Why hurt and steal from other people, when we can work and live together and help each other and make our brief moments of life happy and peaceful? Let us rebel against the coldness of the universe, by being warm and loving to each other. After all, humanity only has itself. It might as well try to look after itself since there is no god or angel to do it for us.

In the end, that is what my series is about. Absurdism. Good to know, right? Haha

Now I will admit that it is a perverse way of looking at things, and it probably means I’m insane, but it makes as much sense as praying to a name and repeating that He loves us all, when there is plenty of evidence of the opposite.
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He was my son too by Delta-13
He was my son too
Ethan (with his back to his wife): Not now, Patricia. I have no strength left to endure your scorn.
Patricia: That’s not why I am here.
Ethan turns around to face his ice queen, tears threatening to roll down her sharp and pale cheeks.
Patricia: He was my son too.

This is a drawing of the Druid queen, Patricia, after finding out her son is dead

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Octopus Girl and Arc by Delta-13
Octopus Girl and Arc
These are just doodles of two characters from this comic strip I'm developing called Dangerously Delusional.

Enjoy!

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Grandma Stink and Badass Poof by Delta-13
Grandma Stink and Badass Poof
These are just doodles of two characters from this comic strip I'm developing called Dangerously Delusional.

Enjoy!

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Manyara by Delta-13
Manyara
This is a quick sketch of my desert queen Manyara grown up. She is supposed to be attacking a giant spider in this picture but I ran out of room.

Enjoy!

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EveVictus Featured By Owner May 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the llama! :llama:
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Delta-13 Featured By Owner May 11, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome!
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YamaLama1986 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015   Digital Artist
Thank you for the fave of the quote of Disraeli on economic inequality. :)
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Delta-13 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome. I have always found Disraeli to be an interesting character
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SwiftWindSpirit Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015  Professional Writer
Thanks for the review on Derrick's Secret III. I appreciate you taking the time to write it and give me some honest feedback.
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Delta-13 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
No problem!
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seekerofsigns Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for the favorites and the watch! I'm seriously grateful! Hopefully I'll continue adding things to my gallery you can connect to!
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Delta-13 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
No problem! I really like your artwork. It's very well written. :)
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seekerofsigns Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the llama. ;) Hopefully he's a good luck llama. My deviantArt career needs it. XD
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Delta-13 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Haha no problem. And you and I both need a good luck llama. ;)
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