Thursday, May 02, 2013

Bite of Story Thursday

I'm still working in In-between story NIGHT CHILDREN: DARK LOSS and it's not ready for a sneak peek so here is something that is with the reviewers; NIGHT CHILDREN: DARK CHANGES. It's Book Two in the main Annabelle series. As always, this is from the rough draft so it does not reflect the final product. Enjoy!


Night Children: Dark Changes
Chapter Twenty-Two

“You want to do what?  This is not going to end well.”  Rachael sat on a large rock, looking out to the dark ocean.  She threw a small stone ten feet into the approaching waves.

The two of them decided to go for a walk and found their path led to the southern shore.  Roland came to love these quiet moments between them.  He felt safe in a pocket of time where Reginald and the other Bloody-Buccaneers couldn’t find them.  He would allow his heart to briefly peer above the dark clouds that always swallowed him every time he remembered his sister’s voice.

Sitting beside Rach, he threw his own stone just a tad farther.  “I can’t continue to let him get away with this.  It’s wrong and you know it.”

“But what you’re suggesting is madness.”  She turned to him.  He saw fear in her once brave eyes.  “Can’t you see that?  Reginald will catch you and kill you.  He has all sorts of ways, believe me.”

“You said I’m his new favorite.”

“So?  Don’t you get it?  He’ll kill you simply to set an example.  No one is immune.”  A bitter expression took over her face as she returned her gaze to the sea.

“Only if he catches me,” she rolled her eyes at his comment.  “But that’s something I’ll deal with.  I can’t let them do this.  I was human, too.  Those are people, Rach.  If there is one thing I learned from my parents, my adoptive mother Eliza and my sister it’s that people matter.  They should be treated decently.  What good is power if we just sit on our hands and let the Kalinago be sacrificed?”

She gave him a blank look but he didn’t care.  The more he talked about those poor souls the more he simply knew they had to be rescued.  If he had to die in the process, well at least Eliza and Annabelle would’ve been proud.

He stood up on the large rock and held out his hand.  “Come.  Let me show you something.”

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Wil Wheaton - Why it's awesome to be a nerd

This explains how I feel about who I am.  This is me.

Well done Mr. Wheaton. Well done.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The A to Z Challenge! Z is for Zzzzzzz.

OK, I realize how pathetic that is, making Z for zzzzz because I'm tired. I tried to think of something and zoo did come to mind. I guess it's because I've been pretty tired, hence the zzzs.

It's been quite a month in what could be a very big year. My job is up this November. That's when I'll probably be laid off. So a lot of my time has gone to job hunting. If you add that to my responsibilities as a husband, father and full time breadwinner, it gets hectic. When I have time and I'm not creating blog entries, I'm trying to relax because of burn out. I haven't had much time to write or edit.

My goals now that the A to Z blog hop is done will probably be to finish preparing the second editions of Dark Threats and Dark Birth and do massive rewrites to Book Two (Dark Changes).

At any rate, thanks to all who visited and my thanks to those who commented. I visited others when I could and hope to do more. This blog hop has been a great tool to keep me blogging. It's been an interesting challenge to come up with things for each letter and I've enjoyed it very much.

I have an idea for next year so we'll see how it works.

Thanks to everyone!

Monday, April 29, 2013

The A to Z Challenge! Y is for Yellow!

Y is for Yellow, particularly what the color means on a fairy.  See in the land called Farnalla in my book Myths, all fairies give off a different color depending on their emotion at the moment. Their magic creates a colored aura around them at all times but it changes depending on their mood. They can dim or brighten their aura at will but sometimes it gets out of control

Here is the emotion to color chart...

Red = Rage
Orange = Greed
Yellow = Fear
Blue = Hope
Indigo = Compassion
Violet = Love
Green = Will
Gray = depression/ lack of hope
Turquoise = curiosity
Pink = embarrassment

The idea of using different colors to show emotions isn't a new thing (mood rings anyone?) but there is one place that inspired me the most...

DC Comics introduced all these kinds of color orientated Lantern types. They always had Green Lantern whose ring was based on will power and Sinestro whose ring was based on fear, but recently they tied in their character Star Sapphire and created other characters, all so they could make separate armies of multi-colored characters. It enriched the plots and improved the stories.

I decided to use the idea to make my fairy, Flitty, more fun. I hope it works!