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Welcome Note (updated September 16, 2018)

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Current Active Serial Story: Selkies' Skins (read on LJ, read on DW, or read at site)
Selkies' Skins manuscript wordcount:
Selkies' Skins: Castle and Well (book one): 131,693 for chapters 1 through 39, front matter, the glossary, and author bio. It is followed by a second book covering the second half of Kirsty's testing, and likely a third book or fourth book to deal with other important bits of the selkies' (yes, more than one) stories that are not focused on in Kirsty's Skinquesting. There is also an audiobook version recorded, narrated by Illya Leonov. He is also expected to narrate the books of the Dragon Shaman series. https://www.amazon.com/Castle-Well-Selkies-Skins-Book/dp/B00O9GKYW0/

Selkies' Skins: Temple and Skinquest (book two): 41,338 and growing in the manuscript as of April 20, 2016 and is in progress. I need to look over the current manuscript for the current wordcount before editing.

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Magic is that breath never quite caught,
Flowing always just behind the scenes,
And only glimpsed when sought.
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I have forgotten when this was written, though it would have been either the 1990's or the early 2000's.
Copyrighted to me. Do not use without my written permission. It is irritating enough to have seen one of my shorts get commandeered by someone else. I have moved it here as updating the theme wiped my footers.
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Interesting writing style test results


At least this is according to what the program believes when I had part of Selkies' Skins: Castle and Well checked. I had part of Selkies' Skins: Temple and Skinquest checked as well with the same result.

 


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More earthquakes

 Well, this is rather concerning given how close my house is to the volcano, the fact that there's been fighting recently on the property (with my home always being a bit of a shrine in part TO the spirit of this particular volcano... and things having happened here that would certainly annoy a volatile spirit). I doubt that's what triggered the slow change in groundwater type or the earthquakes... but don't add to it...

Yes, you may eyeroll at my superstition.

https://activenorcal.com/5-earthquakes-recorded-near-mount-shasta
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The Ian's Realm Saga Books 1 - 3 Audiobook available

Yesterday the third part of The Ian's Realm Saga Trilogy Audio by D.L. Gardner narrated by Teresa Garcia (me!) went live for download. Please also make sure to check out the rest of the fascinating series.


D.L. Gardner's direct Gumroad storefront: https://gumroad.com/dlgardner






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Small things

Merlin has been looking forward to Christmas family meals, particularly the one usually had with his uncle Tony. Christmas and Tony together for him means uncle's crab, which he's not tried but watched others eat in favor of the easier and less intimidating other protein options also provided.
Today I told him I'd get him a can of crab meat (not a usual purchase as tuna is much cheaper, but he's been waxing on lately and he's been trying so hard to be a big help despite being as sad as I am and also randomly just stopping and sighing mid task) but cautioned him it isn't as nice as freshly cooked. On the way home he came up with a recipe for his can of crab meat. Boiled mashed potatoes, his crab, butter, lemon pepper, some cilantro and parsley (he picked out some fresh bunches), and some of the green onion. We served this with cube steak for a budget surf and turf meal. He's pretty happy to have helped plan a "fancy" meal.
Sometimes it's the little things.
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More Flash Fiction Month stories

 Here is another set of flash fictions.
#18: The Beginning This is a collaborative set of flash fictions. Mine is the first. The other two are linked in order in the description. Together we give flashes of the rise and fall of a civilization.
#23: The Price of Knowledge This one is set as mature because the deity invaded gets a bit bloodthirsty. It is not outright gore. It's more like feeding Audrey II on stage level, but someone might find it triggering. I will make a separate patron locked post on here for those that want to read but do not have a free deviant art account.

#24: Seeking

Adding all of the flash fictions together that I've written so far for the month push I have gotten 11,538 words, not counting the unfinished short set sometime after where the Selkies' Skins, Dragon Shaman, and Shadow Chronicles series meet. I'm not counting that one as it is not finished, went a different direction than intended, and probably will be saved for incorporation once I get to the time it is set for into whichever of the three strands it ends up best for.


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Flash Fiction Month check in

As of right now I've managed to catch up to all the prompts so far plus the one for the Thursday writers prompt.

Total words thus far: 6,399 within 14 days.

I hurt.

Flash Fiction Month Stories
Day 1: The Nest
Alien bird conservation

Day 2: Bigfoot Spotted in N. California
Editorial challenge

Day 3: Blindness
What is beyond blind?

Day 4: The Storage Unit Community
Animals and storage units

Day 5: I Hate Updates
Thesis papers and Windows updates...

Day 6: Nosy Lady
Bigfoot's Perspective

Day 7: Saint Nichola
A person transitioning from female to male plays Santa for a family that has recently had a bad loss.

Day 8: Delusion
The challenge had to do with unfair reincationations

Day 9: Just a Little Something
A Chinese theater god vents to some Japanese friends and recruits a dragon for... a coconut?

Day 10: Turnabout
Coyote/Kokopelli trickster story

Day 11: Clarity
A girl seeks answers about her mother in a mermaid/selkie pool

Day 12: The Cards
Just your average flash fiction with living tarot

Day 13: A Paleontological Nightmare
A Paleontologist is taken back in time by a Nightmare. Is it a dream... or not?

Day 14: Forgiveness
A witch astral projects for an unusual reason.


Gaming Related Flash Fiction for the Core Writer's Challenge
Otohime's Heart
Otohime's point of view when having to contract help from Amaterasu.


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Flash Fiction Month

 I am taking part in Flash Fiction Month on Deviant Art. Sadly, I am starting late so I have some catching up to do if I want to write something for each prompt. I'm still internally irritated with myself I wasn't able to do a something for each day of Mermay! Hopefully some of them I can set within Kirsty's world.

The flash fictions will go up on my Deviant Art, my Patreon, and I will try to get around to posting them here too.

One really nice side effect of this will be that I can build some backlog for the Flash Fiction Fridays podcast as there are not many submitting.

Then we also have Inktober coming... dun dun dunnnnnn!
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From Museum to the Emergency Room

I commented this updated on my personal Facebook in the thread on the first post announcing how our outing to the museum turned into a trip to the emergency room. I will post it in it's own post there as well though, as well as putting it here (because this is also supposed to be where I keep track of big things for later).
Merlin is doing ok. Having had time to check (I don't swap letters... for me it is numbers and I have no idea if this is a form of dyslexia or something else since I do have problems with left and right at times.) it is 1st and 2nd (not 2nd and 3rd) degree friction burns.
We were at Turtle Bay. He tried out their brand new zip line for the young folks (I do still think it a cool addition for the kids to try out by the Paul Bunyan area). At the end where it kicks upward before beginning the slide back to the center of the line his feet slipped off of the t-bar foot support. He was still holding the metal upright bar and slid down that like a fire pole trying instinctively to stay on (this was actually covered in the Goosebumps exhibit we'd investigated before heading to the outdoors...). Since sliding down a pole controlling speed is different from trying not to slide down at all when gravity has been given an impetus this is what gave him the friction burns.
His palms are ok. His weightlifting actually probably helped protect his palms by having them tougher than they used to be. Sides of his fingers though is where he lost considerable layers of skin. It will grow outward, this will just take a bit of time.
He is supposed to keep it exposed according to the er doc down in Redding so it will dry and heal faster. Washing is anti bacterial soap and water. We ended up putting a thin layer of antibiotic ointment and some nonstick breathable pads on with medical tape last night so he could sleep without worrying about touching anything... but I couldn't find the nonstick gauze rolls I thought I had in our first aid kit, and I hadn't picked up extra because I had thought we had some. My sneezing is back up to "better not get behind the wheel" so I may end up asking if someone would mind going to Riteaid for me or giving me a ride so I don't sneeze myself off the road later trying to make sure there is plenty for when he wants to sleep or if he needs to go out and about.
Merlin is in good spirits. He won't be able to play his games for a bit or work on his paper models, so he will probably be watching a lot more videos for a bit while his fingers heal.
No, we didn't get to see the butterflies, which is what we originally were there to see. The zipline was on the way to seeing the birds and the butterflies. We'll be back next year for the butterflies and hopefully again sometime later this year to check out everything else that we didn't get to.
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Flash Fiction Fridays # 18: Loyalty

 Several that have not been posted here are available freely to read on my Patreon. I see that I have forgotten to post here those after #12.

Loyalty

The storm tore at him with rain-steel claws. Above him the dragon ravaged, flashing lightning that struck into far off trees. What caused the local rain spirit to be in such a foul mood he could not say, nor did it matter for him. He held his post at the top of the eave, poised and staring his challenge. Those living under his protection depended on him to shield him from these rains and winds.
Below him the door guardian also stood firm and resolute, holding the cold out as best he could. Neither dared directly fight, lest they bring down the dragon’s curses in their zeal upon those they protected. They had been carried here from the woods long ago, placed in auspicious honored places, fed on the devotion of those depending on them. In turn they would do as they must.
A bolt struck him where he stood, flowed through him to the ground. It tore at him, the heat and force threatening to ignite him. Unable to hold back his cry he voiced his pain and determination, his prayer rising to Kannon-sama, wherever she was. Below he was aware of the fear and light lit face of the door guardian, ready to spring open to allow the family out if they must perish together.
Kannon-sama must have heard his fervent prayer. He did not combust as he expected, though where he once had two beautiful eyes he now only had the one, and a blackened char where the other had been.
The dragon passed on to the next village and he slumped where the posts all crossed, pressing his hand to the cauterized pit. Other roof guardians shouted at him, some scrambling from their roofs to his with supplies. All he could focus on where the sobbing children within.
So far, another generation lives another day.

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