Our loyalties often influence our actions.
Ideally, loyalty should be earned. However, sometimes it is forced through coercion, fear, or circumstances.
But, the real question is not how do we form loyalties, but rather how do we keep them. What is it that causes us to remain loyal to a person, a group, a brand, or a cause?
The bonds of loyalty can be as strong as steel or they can be loose and amorphous like silly string. Loyalty can last for an eternity or dissolve after a task or mission completes.
Also, are we loyal to people because they are loyal to us, or do we remain loyal to people despite where their loyalties lie? And is loyalty a quality or a flaw?
On the surface, it would seem that being loyal to a friend or a loved one would be one of the best expressions of love that you could offer another person. But what happens when their interests are no longer your interests? What do you do when you thought that the person you admired or were devoted to is not who you thought they were at all? Do you press through and hold on tight, reinforcing the pledge you’ve made to them and to yourself to remain loyal? Or do you cut your losses and move on to greener pastures?
Your answers are personal and individual. However, crises, pressure, destruction, and danger often bring these questions to the forefront.
Ayanna is deeply loyal to the ones she loves, but what does she do when these loyalties are strained? In the age of dragons, some questions don’t lend themselves to easy answers.
Desire. Everyone experiences it. Most deny it. Its presence causes us to ask ourselves many questions: Do we control our desires? Or do our desires control us? Do we always have time for this emotion? Or is it too strong to be concerned with time or place?
In an age where creatures wait to burn down your home and devour your very being, is there room for desire? And what about love? Is it separate and apart from desire, or are they one in the same?
Often, we submerge desires, at least for a time. But what happens when the emotion is mixed with love? Can it be submerged or does it burn like a bright flame within the recesses of the heart, aching to come to the surface?
The answers aren’t always easy for Ayanna to come by, but she surely faces these questions because in the age of dragons, desire might be all she has left to hold to.
True friends are priceless. They stay with you through thick and thin, and they support your endeavors in life. Friendship is especially important in times of uncertainty when people need to be able to turn to one another for love and support.
In Guardian, friendship can literally mean the difference between life and death; especially when you have to count on your friends to have your back no matter what. Fortunately, Ayanna understands the importance of friends and the necessity of keeping them safe. This is why she’s willing to do whatever it takes to keep them alive.
In an uncertain world, sometimes all you can count on is the constancy of friendship.
Doing your best is always easier said than done, but it is a good philosophy to live by nonetheless. It’s important to do your best because a person always wants to try to bring about the best possible outcome for herself.
In a time when life is uncertain, or everything changes from day to day, a woman may find that she only has herself to count on. This is when she has to dig deep, focus all of her strength, energy, love, and self reliance and try to create the best possible outcome no matter what.
So why always do your best? Because it may be just the thing that saves your life, especially in the age of dragons.
Does love at first sight really exist? Many stories tell the tale of two people seeing each other for the first time and instantly falling in love. Or, similarly, a man is sitting at a cafe, when he sees the love of his life come in and he is immediately swept away and made love sick.
But what is really occurring here? Is this love or simply chemicals rushing to the brain, clouding our judgment, and making us think less clearly. Or perhaps, there is something else going on. Maybe, when two people meet, they can instantly read a vibe from the other person, letting them know that the other person should look no further.
I suppose it is possible that there could be such a thing as love at first sight. Maybe someone learns all that they need to know the instant that the two lock eyes. Maybe love really is in the eye of the beholder.
When I watch the news and see crises unfold, I often wonder about human nature. It seems that crises can bring out the worst or the best in people. Reports of natural disasters often show harrowing tales of survival and the depth and complexity of the human spirit. My heart is warmed when I witness survivors coming together to share, and give love and compassion to their neighbors. These same reports can also show how disaster can bring out the worst in people. Unfortunately, scarcity and fear sometimes takes over and people behave terribly toward one another.
I like to believe, that in any emergency situation, everyone will dig deeply into themselves and remember that people need each other. Sharing love, kindness, compassion, acceptance, and forgiveness is essential to the survival of human kind. I like to think that if dragons do attack, people will come together so that we will be sure to survive.
When writing a novel, finishing a script, or accomplishing anything worthwhile, one must remember that persistence is key. I often remember this fact in times when I am stuck and I cannot figure out how to move my characters forward or how to make my plot more believable. But then, I remember that with persistence and belief in my goal, the answer will come to me.
I love my book. I love my book so much so, that my love pushes me forward and helps me to get up and write as many pages as I can per day. My characters are so wonderful that I feel a burning desire to bring them to life and to share them with the world. I am grateful for this opportunity and for the inspiration to write the LAD series. I am also grateful for all of my fans.
So, to all of you inspiring writers out there or just to anyone who has a goal in life, just remember that there is no substitute for persistence.
I love writing my book. Anyone who has ever tried knows that it is a complex relationship. Sometimes, the genius flows out of you as easily as water flows downhill, and other times, it is a struggle to find the correct words to fill your page. Nonetheless, I am happy and grateful for the opportunity to bring this brilliant and inspired thought to life. I love my characters and it is my hope, dream, and burning desire that the whole world will love them too. Thank you in advance for your contribution to my experience as a writer.