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S.W. Southwick

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"I wrote The Untethered because I couldn't find many novels in a contemporary, non-fantasy setting which had protagonists who I considered heroic. And I find nothing to be more heroic than someone chasing their own dream against all odds."
S.W. Southwick lives in Las Vegas.
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S.W. Southwick My favorite couple in a novel is Dominique Francon and Howard Roark from The Fountainhead. I loved seeing two fiercely independent individuals interac…moreMy favorite couple in a novel is Dominique Francon and Howard Roark from The Fountainhead. I loved seeing two fiercely independent individuals interacting so intensely. Dominique's philosophical contradiction created a scenario for the most unique romance I've ever seen in fiction. At the end of the novel, once Dominique stopped being afraid of the world, it became a more 'typical' romance, but then again, the story was over. I wish Rand would've written a sequel so I could have seen them doing great things together.(less)
S.W. Southwick My next book will be the sequel. I developed many of the characters in The Untethered with a broader story in mind and I can't wait to write it. But d…moreMy next book will be the sequel. I developed many of the characters in The Untethered with a broader story in mind and I can't wait to write it. But don't expect it anytime soon; The Untethered took me four years to complete.(less)
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The Untethered

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Taking a break from writing.

June 2020 update: Trilogy progress is on hold for an indefinite period as I pursue other activities. Will give an update when I'm back at it!
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"This is one of my personal pet peeves. Many editors will say that “alright” is not even a word and that “all right” is the only acceptable usage, but I will absolutely and forever disagree with this. When I read “all right”, my brain takes that ph..." Read more of this blog post »
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“Since free individuals survive on this planet only by rational judgement, the greatest need is the liberty to act on one’s own thoughts. Civilized people do not use government or any other authority to compel others to act, or not to act. They live of their own accord, exchanging value if and as they wish, and are held accountable if they harm anyone else.”
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I have to get the rest of my life in order. Only then can I see and feel the words forming in my head. Silence is most conducive to creativity.
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The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
“Do you always have to have a purpose? Do you always have to be so damn serious? Can’t you ever do things without reason, just like everybody else? You’re so serious, so old. Everything’s important with you, everything’s great, significant in some way, every minute, even when you keep still. Can’t you ever be comfortable—and unimportant?” “No.”
He seems to be asking "can't you turn yourself off"
“No one can save anyone else from their own beliefs.”
sw southwick, the untethered
The Virtue of Selfishness by Ayn Rand
“The Argument from Intimidation is a confession of intellectual impotence.”
Ayn Rand
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“I find nothing to be more heroic than someone chasing their own dream against all odds.”
S.W. Southwick, The Untethered

“Have you ever seen a world so amazing you wanted to inhale it, like air sucking into a jet engine? And the more you inhaled, the faster you flew, until you knew, without having to ask anyone else, that you were living?”
S.W. Southwick

“Want me to say it? Want me to confess what makes me an actual felon and reserves me a choice spot in hell?”

“Please, Alexandria Patra,” Preton said, “tell me all your regrets.”

Her eyes narrowed. “I taught children to surrender their developing minds to concepts like the greater good or the good of society which can’t exist in any form in this world without actual kids being trampled underneath their untouchable banners.”

Pointing at her own chest, she added, “I taught children that in order to live up to those ‘higher’ ideals they must be obedient—to others, must sacrifice their dreams—to the needs of others. I taught them it was more important to be a part of a group than to stand on their own judgment. I told the non-conforming kids they should feel guilty for wanting to live on their own terms.”

Alexa swept a hand forward, pointing it at Preton. “I then delivered every ego-stripped, dream-crushed child to the power mongers of the world like you, who will use this universally accepted mirage of morality to control them.”
S.W. Southwick, The Untethered

“Excellence is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, and intelligent execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives - choice, not chance, determines your destiny.”
Aristotle

“Do not confuse "duty" with what other people expect of you; they are utterly different. Duty is a debt you owe to yourself to fulfill obligations you have assumed voluntarily. Paying that debt can entail anything from years of patient work to instant willingness to die. Difficult it may be, but the reward is self-respect.
But there is no reward at all for doing what other people expect of you, and to do so is not merely difficult, but impossible.”
Robert A. Heinlein, Time Enough for Love

“The Argument from Intimidation is a confession of intellectual impotence.”
Ayn Rand, The Virtue of Selfishness: A New Concept of Egoism

“When he stops swinging fists and starts talking about love and sacrificing for others, that’s when you should pucker up for the real punch, because you can’t avoid your own fist if you’ve been convinced you deserve it.”
SW Southwick

“When the message is demanding you give up the only things you care about, what’s more offensive? A punch to the face or the kindest sounding words in the dictionary?”
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