Heroic storytelling is the conceptualized desire of mankind to save itself…or at least others more vulnerable than we. It is our hopes embodied within an iconic figure all and more than we could ever be that foremost faces the worst that can be done to us—and somehow survives. Survives—hopefully but usually not unscathed—to renew assumption of those hopes and dreams, to shoulder anew a duty to persist in the face of any and all odds.
So what makes a hero? All the above done despite one’s personal desires. Or one’s inclinations. Or by choosing to put others before oneself. Tolkein’s Aragorn succeeded as a hero not because he wanted to—but in direct opposition to his own hopes and desires…and fears. Howard’s Conan succeeds as a hero not because he wishes to—but directly as a result of his normally-considered less than savory desires…the pursuit of wealth, women, and wine. Marston’s Wonder Woman succeeds as a worthy hero—actually absolutely because she wants to…though on behalf of mankind and in conjunction with her personal desire to champion truth and justice. And those are fictional heroes—imagine humanity's heroes, so many of whom are nameless: soldiers, paramedics, explorers, speakers, protectors. We don't call them first-responders and survivors without cause.
Heroes—as stated in the foreword to RBE’s Return of the Sword—are ordinary people performing extraordinary actions. They are the ones who do what no one else does or will. They face down the ugly foes not because they dream of their body broken and the loss of their personal pleasure but because they cannot allow such things to happen to those around them. Inadvertent heroism is normal. Recurring heroics is abnormal. It bears repeating: Heroic individuals are those who do the extraordinary in ordinary times—and also those who continue to do the ordinary in extraordinary times.
Heroes have larger stories than you or I. There is no tale that does not have a hero, though not all are bigger than life or face gigantic, global, or galactic foes—but the best ones do! The best tales of heroes are the ones most memorable, those most attractive, and most controversial. Jason Bourne. Odysseus. Hondo. Shane. Edmund Dantes. Hermione. Tom Swift. Doc Savage. Tarzan. Jack Bauer. Mulan. The list is endless. What is heroism? It is the triumph of the one on behalf of the many through survival with a dash of élan.
RBF promotes Heroes; we put the Heroics in reading.
Jason M Waltz reads, writes, edits, and publishes the fantastically heroic. Jason believes in being inspired by heroes and in sharing them in pursuit of inspiring others, especially our youth and potential leaders. He has published numerous heroes at Rogue Blades Entertainment (RBE) while fulfilling RBE’s tagline 'We put the HERO in heroics,' and is thrilled to now publish and present even more heroes through Rogue Blades Foundation. While his writing and publishing origins lie in heroic fantasy, Jason is also an experienced facilitator of writing and publishing advice through public presentations at libraries, schools, writing camps, and other venues. He is excited to join RBF in its quest to define that which is heroic.
he·ro / her·o·ine
noun: 'A person who is admired or idealized for courageous acts, outstanding achievements, or nobility of character; someone who has done something brave, new, or good, and who is therefore greatly admired by a lot of people.'
adjective: 'Very brave, impressive, or unusual actions or achievements that are far greater than what is expected; courageous or self-sacrificing action or behavior; determined effort especially in the face of difficulty; extraordinarily bold, altruistic, determined; daring; noble; having or involving recourse to extreme measures; behavior or talk that is bold or dramatic.'
As a function of RBF, all presentations would be approached through the lens of heroics. RBF provides a variety of options in discussing the basics of heroics and writing, from single appearances to multiple sessions, and to all age and experience ranges. Events can be termed presentations, discussions, classes, or as appropriate to the hosting venue. Topics will touch upon all aspects of writing and heroes, such as creation, editing, submitting, promoting, and fulfillment.
Practical advice is presented in audience-specific or general formats appropriate for both nonfiction and fiction writers of varying experience and publication goals. In pursuit of our goals to bring heroics to all, RBF strives to keep events inexpensive and works with venues to deliver the best value. As a non-profit literary organization, all prices are suggested donations. Examples of possible programs include
Presentations are primarily available locally within a two-hour radius of Junction, Texas. Arrangements can be made for special events or appearances on special ocassions. Please check the calendar below for our schedule and use this form for availability inquiries.