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Dyrk Ashton

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Dyrk Ashton was born in Athens (Ohio, not Greece), on a chilly Halloween morning. He whiled away his adolescent years and teens in cornfields, woods, rivers, ditches and haymows, climbing trees, running along barn beams, riding, wrestling, soccering, fighting BB gun wars, reading Stuart Little, Jonathan Livingston Seagull, everything Verne, London, Kipling, White, Lewis, Doyle, Burroughs, Poe, Howard, Fleming, Lovecraft, Tolkien, Zelazny, and generally ignoring school -- though he somehow managed excellent grades (except in Algebra, of course).

Dyrk earned a BFA and masters degree in filmmaking at The Ohio State University, which lead to working in film production in Columbus, OH, where he crawled his way up from production assistant to grip
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“A wielder of words is a wielder of power.”
Dyrk Ashton, Paternus

“Amazing Grace” Amazing grace, how sweet the sound, That saved a wretch like me! I once was lost, but now am found; Was blind, but now I see. ’Twas grace that taught my heart to fear, And grace my fears relieved; How precious did that grace appear, The hour I first believed. Through many dangers, toils and snares, I have already come; ’Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far, And grace will lead me home. The Lord has promised good to me, His Word my hope secures; He will my Shield and Portion be, As long as life endures. Yea, when this flesh and heart shall fail, And mortal life shall cease, I shall possess, within the veil, A life of joy and peace. The earth shall soon dissolve like snow, The sun forbear to shine; But God, who called me here below, Will be forever mine. When we’ve been there ten thousand years, Bright shining as the sun, We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise, Than when we’d first begun. Lyrics by John Newton, 1779 “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” (Chorus) Swing low, sweet chariot, Coming for to carry me home. Swing low, sweet chariot, Coming for to carry me home. I looked over Jordan, and what did I see? (Coming for to carry me home) A band of angels coming after me. (Coming for to carry me home) (Chorus) If you get there before I do, (Coming for to carry me home) Tell all of my friends, that I'm coming there too. (Coming for to carry me home) (Chorus) Traditional lyrics Wallis Willis, circa 1865 “Battle Hymn of the Republic” Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord; He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored; He hath loosed the fateful lightning of His terrible swift sword: His truth is marching on. (Chorus) Glory, Glory, hallelujah! Glory, glory, hallelujah! Glory, glory, hallelujah! His truth is marching on. I have seen Him in the watch-fires of a hundred circling camps, They have builded Him an altar in the evening dews and damps; I can read His righteous sentence in the dim and flaring lamps: His day is marching on. (Chorus) I have read a fiery gospel writ in burnished rows of steel: "As ye deal with my contemners, so with you my grace shall deal"; Let the Hero, born of woman, crush the serpent with his heel, Since God is marching on. (Chorus) He has sounded forth the trumpet that shall never call retreat; He is sifting out the hearts of men before His judgment-seat; Oh, be swift, my soul, to answer Him! Be jubilant, my feet! Our God is marching on. (Chorus) In the beauty of the lilies Christ was born across the sea, With a glory in His bosom that transfigures you and me. As He died to make men holy, let us die to make men free, While God is marching on. Lyrics by Julia Ward Howe, 1861”
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“If he wasn’t a consummate professional, an experienced and hardened killer, he might think, ¡¿ Qué demonios?!, the Spanish equivalent of What the hell? Or quite possibly ¡¿ Pero qué coño?!, an expression similar to What the fuck, but far worse, referring to a certain part of the female anatomy.”
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Vignesh Kumar Hey Mr. Ashton! Thank you for your friend request! I really loved the Paternus book and the Hindu Mythology as I am a Hindu myself. It'll be good to see my culture in the book too!


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Dyrk Ashton Jennifer wrote: "I just finished book two.
I always loved myth and folklore so these books were perfect. My preference was always greek and norse but you've made me want to know more about so many others. I've been..."


Can't believe I;m just seeing this. Thank you Jennifer!


message 2: by Jennifer (last edited Sep 16, 2018 11:09PM)

Jennifer I just finished book two.
I always loved myth and folklore so these books were perfect. My preference was always greek and norse but you've made me want to know more about so many others. I've been googling things I didnt know and that leads to another and so on down the rabbit hole.
I am in awe of the research you did and the skill in your storytelling
I will eagerly be awaiting book three.


message 1: by Dyrk (last edited Apr 06, 2016 07:02PM)

Dyrk Ashton Thank you all who have given Paternus a "Want to Read!" I'm blown away by the response.

So, thanks again, and again, and be well :)

Vty,
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