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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.
selkies

Halloween Challenge is live for Dragon Hearts RPG

 Samhain or Halloween is here. The leaves fall and crunch below feet after blazing in glory. The nights are filled with even more magic. Not all is quite right in Rhiana though and the air does not carry the usual smells. What's going on? Is is safe to take the hatchlings out? Find out here: www.dragonheartsrpg.com

I particularly enjoy writing for Dragon Hearts as the owner specifically wants quirky. I certainly haven't found any other dragon rps that are quirky.

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selkies

Selktember and Tribble Month Links

 I've finished all the Selktember and Tribble Month stories. I am aggravated with myself that somehow I overlooking posting them here as they got finished. They are listed below. I also have a few short story starts that went over the word limit that will wind up elsewhere when finished.
Selktember / Tribble Month stories


 

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selkies

Sad day

Not many people live to be 103. My kids' great grandmother on their father's side did. Estelle, better known as Grammy, was a wonderful woman full of light. She will be missed even more than she already was, but now she is reunited with Baba. I love you Grammy. I'm so glad the kids got to know you.

Her kids I know have been expecting this day, but I know it will hit the ones that are still alive painfully anyway.
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selkies

Selktember and Tribble Month Items Thus Far

Most of these touch on Selkies' Skins in some fasion or some point of time. Some may not. The below are a product of combining the new Selktember challenge and the new Tribble Month challenges. Both challenges/prompt lists are in their first year. The deviant art groups associated with them are linked below.
Selktember Group
Flash Fiction Month

A tribble is a story of 300 words or less, the name brainstormed in the Flash Fiction Month discord jumping off from drabble, dribbles, and twabbles.

Selktember & Tribble 1: Nets https://www.deviantart.com/amehanarainstardrago/art/Nets-Selktember-1-Tribble-Month-1-854384557
Selktember & Tribble 2: Shell Dawn https://www.deviantart.com/amehanarainstardrago/art/Shell-Dawn-Selktember-2-Tribble-Month-2-854392464
Selktember & Tribble 3: Her Father's Daughter https://www.deviantart.com/amehanarainstardrago/art/Her-Father-s-Daughter-Selktember-Tribble-3-854420072
Selktember & Tribble 4: Murderer https://www.deviantart.com/amehanarainstardrago/art/Murderer-Selktember-Tribble-Month-4-854421756
Selktember & Tribble 5: Sleepy Isle https://www.deviantart.com/amehanarainstardrago/art/Sleepy-Isle-Selktember-Tribble-Month-5-854425912
Selktember & Tribble 6: First Taint https://www.deviantart.com/amehanarainstardrago/art/First-Taint-Selktember-Tribble-Month-6-854427314
Selktember & Tribble 7: Recognition https://www.deviantart.com/amehanarainstardrago/art/Recognition-854427944
Selktember & Tribble 8: Substitutes https://www.deviantart.com/amehanarainstardrago/art/Substitutes-Selktember-Tribble-Month-8-854525739
Selktember & Tribble 9: Rescue https://www.deviantart.com/amehanarainstardrago/art/Rescue-Selktember-Tribble-Month-9-854632733
Selktember & Tribble 10: Stolen https://www.deviantart.com/amehanarainstardrago/art/Stolen-Selktember-and-Tribble-Month-10-854822111
Selktember & Tribble 11: Exchanges https://www.deviantart.com/amehanarainstardrago/art/Exchanges-Selktember-and-Tribble-Month-11-854823858
Selktember & Tribble 12: The Shipwreck Report https://www.deviantart.com/amehanarainstardrago/art/The-Shipwreck-Report-Selktember-Tribble-12-854964446



Day 14
Pirate.
half selkie pirate
Tristan Makay was originally slated to be done for the Pirate prompt for day 30 of Mermay. It seriously took me this long to get to drawing Kirsty's far distance cousin.
 
Tristan Makay's father is the full blooded selkie in this situation. He's of selkie descent and it can be seen in the web of his fingers, the bit of a seal-ish part to the upper lip, and what may or may not be short little whiskers. His father set out to sea making a living for them, leaving his mother and their child behind. He never returned and it is unknown what befell his father. In this his mother, a sea witch, has also already passed and he has joined the crew of the dread pirate captain Rayas, a Scourge of the Sea and rather decidedly shark like.
 
Tristan's voyages are to take him beyond the Veil, though under far different circumstances of the still-yet-to-be-born Etain.
 
This piece finally finishes the coloring book project as far as content that has been waiting. I can now do layout. Once the .pdf is ready I can send it out to the Patreon Patrons that have been patiently waiting and upload it for sale.

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selkies

Interviewing author/actress Vaishnavi Macdonald

 My interview of actress and author Vaishnavi Macdonald.


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selkies

Golden Mugs and Community Features from Flash Fiction Month

 I am very happy to see that the Golden Mug Community Features have been posted for Flash Fiction Month. They did those in two phases, and this is the first year Golden Mugs have been implemented for FFM.

I am ecstatic to see my work mentioned and where I've been slotted. I managed to get titan category because I did all 31 stories AND took on all of the challenges.


Flash Fiction Month 2020: Community Feature!
https://www.deviantart.com/flash-fic-month/journal/Flash-Fiction-Month-2020-Community-Feature-851963172

 

Please check out the others too!

Flash Fiction Month 2020: Golden Mug Awards!
FFM 2020 Challenge Winners!

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selkies

Flash Fiction Month Stories Links

 Travel is really not my friend, at least not long drives by myself with no one to spell me a turn at the wheel, or a co-pilot. I'm still in pain from pushing far beyond y safe zone.

To cheer us all up here is the full listing of the Flash Fiction Month stories. I finished a challenge on time!

Delicious: https://www.deviantart.com/amehanarainstardrago/art/FFM2020-1-Delicious-847471108
Regrets: https://www.deviantart.com/amehanarainstardrago/art/FFM2020-2-Regrets-847475078
We Should Have Left It: https://www.deviantart.com/amehanarainstardrago/art/FFM2020-3-We-Should-Have-Left-It-847479137
Cave of Rebirth: https://www.deviantart.com/amehanarainstardrago/art/FFM2020-4-Cave-of-Rebirth-847672919
A Different Sort of Fishing: https://www.deviantart.com/amehanarainstardrago/art/FFM2020-5-A-Different-Sort-of-Fishing-847784386
Fairy Dating Service: https://www.deviantart.com/amehanarainstardrago/art/FFM2020-6-Fairy-Dating-Service-847815566
Virgins and Volcanoes (brief mention of Take Ryu from Dragon Shaman): https://www.deviantart.com/amehanarainstardrago/art/FFM2020-7-Virgins-and-Volcanoes-848031995
Unusual Rainbows: https://www.deviantart.com/amehanarainstardrago/art/FFM2020-8-Unusual-Rainbows-848046194
Is It Mutiny?: https://www.deviantart.com/amehanarainstardrago/art/FFM2020-9-Is-It-Mutiny-848123912
The Pudding: https://www.deviantart.com/amehanarainstardrago/art/FFM2020-10-The-Pudding-848314613
Fortress: https://www.deviantart.com/amehanarainstardrago/art/FFM2020-11-Fortress-848465018
Balthazaar's Birthday Surprise: https://www.deviantart.com/amehanarainstardrago/art/FFM2020-12-Balthazaar-s-Birthday-Surprise-848564664
Battle: https://www.deviantart.com/amehanarainstardrago/art/FFM2020-13-Battle-848637260
Her Vault: https://www.deviantart.com/amehanarainstardrago/art/FFM2020-14-Her-Vault-848745837
Upheaval (Selkies' Skins extra): https://www.deviantart.com/amehanarainstardrago/art/FFM2020-15-Upheaval-848845342
Vengeance: https://www.deviantart.com/amehanarainstardrago/art/FFM2020-16-Vengeance-849001216
Revelation: https://www.deviantart.com/amehanarainstardrago/art/FFM2020-17-Revelation-849187151
Birth Gasp: https://www.deviantart.com/amehanarainstardrago/art/FFM2020-18-Birth-Gasp-849187534
Tanabata Troubles: https://www.deviantart.com/amehanarainstardrago/art/FFM2020-19-Tanabata-Troubles-849192165
Twins (Selkies' Skins extra): https://www.deviantart.com/amehanarainstardrago/art/FFM2020-20-Twins-849367095
Witchcraft to the Rescue: https://www.deviantart.com/amehanarainstardrago/art/FFM2020-21-Witchcraft-to-the-Rescue-849375086
Sea Cow (Selkies' Skins extra): https://www.deviantart.com/amehanarainstardrago/art/FFM2020-22-Sea-Cow-849513711
Interruptions: https://www.deviantart.com/amehanarainstardrago/art/FFM2020-23-Interruptions-849585980
Byron's Worries (Selkies' Skins extra): https://www.deviantart.com/amehanarainstardrago/art/FFM2020-24-Byron-s-Worries-849822027
Folkloric Fieldwork (collaboration story, please follow the link in the deviation description to find WizardandGalaxy's contribution): https://www.deviantart.com/amehanarainstardrago/art/FFM2020-25-Folkloric-Fieldwork-849901735
A Dreamweaver: https://www.deviantart.com/amehanarainstardrago/art/FFM2020-26-A-Dreamweaver-849989155
The Cheater: https://www.deviantart.com/amehanarainstardrago/art/FFM2020-27-The-Cheater-850056756
Breakfast Time: https://www.deviantart.com/amehanarainstardrago/art/FFM2020-28-Breakfast-Time-850456320
Breaktime Breakdown: https://www.deviantart.com/amehanarainstardrago/art/FFM2020-29-Breaktime-Breakdown-850444056
Brownies: https://www.deviantart.com/amehanarainstardrago/art/FFM2020-30-Brownies-850445631
For Love: https://www.deviantart.com/amehanarainstardrago/art/FFM2020-31-For-Love-850470012






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Jumping way ahead: Upheaval

 
Selkies' Skins Extras Flash Fiction
Upheaval
https://www.deviantart.com/amehanarainstardrago/art/FFM2020-15-Upheaval-848845342

She stood at the shore and undid her braids, shivering as she began sensing more around her in the wind. Her sealskin cloak, once disguised as lambskin before being awakened and bound to her, billowed and fought to cling, flippers firmly gripped around her shoulders. The waves fell back before here where she stood overlooking the sea and revealed to her the seabed as she knew it would be. Rocks, twists, turns, caves, flopping fish and sharks, seaweeds and sea stars, along with innumerable other details beckoned her.
 
The earth smelled wrong, felt wrong. Behind and below her the water from the underground streams and springs trembled. The Lady’s wails rose from beneath her hill and sacred well.
 
The docks weren’t going to survive this. They’d have to rebuild.
 
Kirsty held her ground and stared down the storm that roiled far out at sea. Somewhere out there below the water deities strove and fought. Plates shifted sooner and more violently than they would have.
 
It was a shame that the drained powers of some of the Old Gods that would have helped lay imprisoned in the Ministry of Mysteries, waiting to be awakened and for some believer to release them.
 
Suddenly Kirsty realized that she was not alone. A thin, wrinkled, shaky hand with paper skin grasped her own. The taller form stood beside her, holding the lantern that had once belonged to Mrs Kitsch’s father when they’d lived in the lighthouse in her childhood. The other shaking hand held it aloft as it blazed to life. The wind rose and her long white hair lifted on it beneath the old yellow rain cap and over the equally old yellow slicker.
 
“Are the boys out on the boats then?”
 
“Yes.” She didn’t know how she knew, but she did.
 
The priestess-witch and the Cowan guardian solidified their stances. Each knew their job. She sang in the face of danger for those on land and sea while the water rushed back to land. Kirsty’s own energy went into the spellsong and this song was echoed by the strand of her ancestor’s hair in the wand amplifying it. She pulled what she could from the water in the land, the sky, the sea and wove part into a net to be a buffer. The light keeper concentrated her heart on bringing all the boats home to the shore safe. The waters crashed down but parted around the confines of the past and future village, leaving both the human style homes and the currently mostly unoccupied selkie caves unharmed.
 
The sound of the waves and foam blurred reality. When she woke it was in her own bed. She was parched and starving. Surely that experience had been a dream brought on by not eating enough. Yet, her eye fell on a dried starfish by her bed and a tiny, elegant scrawl.
 
Kirsten;
 
I had to go feed your horses. The lads are down rebuilding the docks. If you wake before I get back, Mara asked me to give this to you for your regalia. There’s soup on the stove, make sure your mother eats too.
 
~Mary Kitsch
 
With a sigh she gave a prayer of thanks that David was currently with his father, and that his mode of transport was not usually boat related when travelling between the communities. He wasn’t expected home very soon, but maybe this was something she ought to let him know about since he’d definitely be coming back to a significantly changed scene.

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