Character Spotlight – Ishmael the Wanderer

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Who is Ishmael?

So, I’ve been asked this on occasion. “Who is this Ishmael?  Was he some super-smart guy?  Was he some inventor or a charismatic leader?”


Here’s the quick and dirty on Ishmael:

Ishmael was the only son of a somewhat delusional vagabond, and self-identifying “prophet” who called himself Semaj.  Semaj spent his final days wandering from town to town warning about the impending apocalypse.  Sure enough, it did happen.  Ishmael picked up where his father left off.

He spent a number of years before the second dark age preparing for what Semaj called “the annihilation of knowledge.”  He researched brilliant people, he discovered their last known locations, and he downloaded as much information as he could. He created a digital “Library of Alexandria” that he called the Treasure Trove.

After the fall, he set out on a mission to do two things.  One mission was to save as many of the brilliant minds he could and create a University of some kind to speed about a recovery.  The second mission continued his father’s prophetic preaching about God, whom Semaj called “The Supreme Rational”.

It took much longer than Ishmael anticipated.  In the meantime, a nihilistic cult emerged named The Cult of Ultros.  They hunted down many of the people Ishmael sought to rescue.  In the end, Ishmael only saved about fifty people.  However, this was enough.

Most of the people he rescued had already saved their most important works and added them to Ishmael’s library.  They gathered in the Pacific Northwest (exact location not known) and founded City-State.  During that time, Ultros rose to power and turned its followers into death-worshiping barbarians. Eventually, Ishmael and Ultros clashed starting a war.

Ishmael won that war, Ultros was killed, and his followers were scattered. Or so it was believed.  But some of the followers of Ultros survived.  But Ishmael died believing he had destroyed his enemies.  In the war, only three of the fifty people he saved had survived, these men and women were known as The Builders, survived.

Some other items:

· It was only after Ishmael had passed away that the remnants of Ultros were able to infiltrate and corrupt City-State.

· Ishmael is revered as a messianic-type figure.  Some even grant him a quasi-deity status.  Most people believe he was just a man (in traditional human form).

· In our works, the curse “Ishmael’s pain!” is often uttered. It is slightly taboo like the “F word” or using the Lord’s name in vain.

· Ishmael created the layered construction of City-State, including the technology that sinks the city into the ground as new layers are built.  However, he would have never anticipated seven layers and one hundred million people living within City-State.  At this point in time, Ishmael would have anticipated that people left City-State and created new nations.

· During the war with Ultros, Ishmael piloted an MWS (mobile weapons system) similar to “Gears” in the video game Xenogears.  Or if you’re unfamiliar with Squaresoft’s best game ever, think of Gundam Wing. Google it.

Ishmael was (and still is) a powerful force in City-State.


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It’s Time for a Summer Beta Read!


Part II – Here we go!  “Prescription for Ratings: The Committee” is prepped and ready for your comments and suggestions!

If you would like to participate in this beta read, please comment below or contact me via Facebook or Twitter.  I will need your name and active email address.  Please message me (Facebook or Twitter) if you do not want your email address in the comment section.

“Prescription for Ratings: The Committee” is the sequel to the recently released short, “Prescription for Ratings: The Contestants”.  In “Contestants”, lower class citizens of City-State are pitted against one another in a fight-to-the-death reality show.  In Part I, the lives of the participants (and the game itself) are highlighted.

In “Committee” (about 8,300 words), the procedures, the government, and the committee members are dissected, leaving the reader with a complete picture of City-State’s entertainment system – from the contestants and the game to the corrupt people who run it.

This piece has less violence and action than the first because it develops the characters within the committee.  Readers will also see City-State’s vile government (and medical personnel) at work.  Plus, what happens to Dr. Tyler Wright?  Hmmmmmm…

Please let me know if you would like to participate.  If you did not read the first installment, you can read this one (but be aware of a few Part I references).


Part II, Part II, Part II, Part II, Part II


Hello!  Greetings from the treacherous land of editing – the land of frustration, chaos, and repetitive language.

James and I are working on our short story entitled “Prescription for Ratings: The Committee”.  This is the somewhat sequel to our latest short story, “Prescription for Ratings: The Contestants” (available on Amazon).

While I was editing, I wanted to repeat some information from “Contestants” as a bridge/connector to “Committee”.  I seem repetitive.  I sound repetitive.  I feel repetitive.  Well, I have read this piece a thousand times.  Now that’s repetitive.

But – – – It’s really not that significant.  I don’t think readers will go back to “Contestants” and take time to pick out the repetitive parts of this first piece.  “Committee” is moving into a complex, horrific plot that outlines the sick wonderland of City-State’s entertainment programming controlled by the government.



And repeated… and reblogged…

City-State Fashion – Sporting the Seven Point Star

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Hello everyone!  I have dabbled into the world of fashion, and these pieces showcase our writings!

As you know, the Seven Point Star is City-State’s national symbol.  So, when my mother came for a visit, I asked her if she could use her sewing skills to create a couple Seven Point Star pieces for me to wear to book events.

Aren’t these wonderful?

I bought the material from – you can design and order your own fabric!  From there, choose a pattern and sew, sew, sew.  Or in my case, ask mom to sew, sew, sew!


Thanks, mom!  You’re the best!  Now, it looks like I need some shoes!

Prescription for ratings book review

One last wonderful review for the week!  Spend this Sunday Funday with the contestants from this killer reality show.  Who will make it out alive?

Next week’s blog topic: City-State fashion!

Lastly, please explore this wonderful blog!

Prescription for ratings book review.

A Book Review: Prescription for Ratings: The Contestants


Another wonderful review! Thanks! Please check out this lovely blog!

Originally posted on theameribritmom:

One of my first unique opportunities from blogging arrived earlier this month. I took part in a review of a short story that is being released today in the Amazon store. My role in this was reading the story before its release date and creating a review to be shared via Amazon and other book review sites. This short story is part of an series of shorts about the dystopian society, City-State, and also includes and anthology. Please take a look at my review below and use the link to purchase if it interests you. I met the authors of this short story through blogging, and their writing future seems promising. Please help me support these up and coming writers.


Prescription for Ratings: The Contestants

By: Kaisy Wilkerson-Mills and James Courtney

“This was my initial experience with the dystopian nation of City-State and I must say I’ve been hooked. The…

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