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The maiden screamed as the cloaked men set fire to her shophut. They were the ones from Camelot’s Disciples (the cult of Yansake). They burned e’ry town that wanted to distill the uprising of the Yansake-Kuruga. She felt the Yansake-Kurugas were devilish and evil. The people of Camelot believed the Yansakes to be gods, but this shopkeeper said that nobody can hold a higher title over the Alma Maters, not even the Dragons. But the Dragons have been around longer than the Alma Maters…..or is there something we’re not being told? She didn’t want to believe in the Yansakes…..but these men did. She tried escaping through the storm drain behind her hut, but the men cornered her there. They took off their hoods, revealing themselves to be Kenningston’s Men. Read More
Yes, this is another dragon story because they deserve better. Forget the cliche evil dragons and the cliche dragon shifters. I bring foreth, thy dragon shifters from space! This story gives more background to Ashuton(the Italian dragon)’s relationship with Narcissus (the black girl). The image of the dragon and the girl will help you grab a better picture of what I’m saying. Gabriel Aubrey is Read More
Lyrics for the not-yet-made Opening theme for my Goodreads poetry-novel, The Love of an Italian Dragon. The video attached somewhat inpired the song. Here’s the link: http://www.goodreads.com/story/show/295904-the-love-of-an-italian-dragon
PLOT: Ashuton Karrucci, the God of Dragons, meets Narcissus Cartwright, and the result turns into an all-out racial war in Rome. In the other side of the story, the Karrucci family struggles in a war against the insect empire Lucerano.
Il Drago che anima
questo drago anima che anima
un drago che prega per i suoi dèi
questo drago che amo
si trova in pericolo tutti i giorni
Cry, little girl! Cry!
For when the winds pass by, your laptop will be nothing! Read More
Dragonbed: Aprés Le Rêve (Dragon’s Bed: After the Dream)
Only after did she realize she was human
Only after did she truly realize she wasn’t
Of all the things the girl knew, being human wasn’t one of them
She sat in the room and recollected memories
The end of the world was going on right outside her window Read More
One anime I’ve come across has grabbed me by the heart strings and has never let me go. That anime is Yu Gi Oh! ZEXAL. Damn, what a good show.
I’ve been watching ZEXAL for some time now, devoting my life to it (I think). I started with the English dub at episode 98 and at first I thought the voices were typical corny anime dub voices but I was instantly pulled in and set it on automatic record. Since then I’ve been obsessing with the show and have fallen in love with it, especially Yuma and Astral.
I didn’t feel like waiting for the next episode so to bide my time I went and watched the first three episodes in English and the next five episodes in Japanese. I was amazed by Read More
Dear Shepherd Lady, I checked your site today. Guess what I saw? You still have some German Shepherds on there. You said you had pre-approved families. I wish you had mentioned that earlier.
Dear Humans, wait until your heart speaks before you decide to give a puppy away.
“We’ll keep her,” My family member and I agreed in the car. “Let’s just let the shepherd lady see her.”
Unfortunately, for some reason, Ava did not return home with us like we agreed.
I walked back into that store to retrieve her… Read More
Originally posted to my official website on November 17, 2013
I saw this movie in 3D the day after it came out. I, being a Marvel fan since The Avengers, enjoyed this movie so much. My feelings of happiness about this movie are in a flurry, so let me gather my thoughts.
The roles were well played. I loved Chris Hemsworth as Thor (the role suits him well) and Tom Hiddleston was superb as Loki. In fact, Read More
Today I interview another indie author – Adrienne Wilder, author of the urban fantasy dragon series Darwin’s Theory, Gray Zone and City of Dragons. She’s also the author of the Others Series, the God Code series and the book JACK. If I remember correctly, I found out about her City of Dragons book when I was searching “Dragons of Atlanta” because I wanted to see if anyone else wrote a ‘dragons in Atlanta’ story like I did. I tried reading it recently but I couldn’t finish it. Novels and I really don’t get along :/
Enough of my rambling. Below is the interview in all its glory!
When did you first begin writing City of Dragons/Darwin’s Theory (or whichever books you want to talk about)? What were your inspirations?
Most of the books I have written were started a while ago, I just never finished/published them. I have hyper creativity, so my inspiration can be anything from a dream to a salt shaker. Basically my ideas have a weird way of forming that often makes no sense. Keeps things interesting.
When did you first fall in love with dragons.
According to my mother I was 3. I escaped her arms at the showing of Disney’s Pete’s Dragon and ran down the aisle screaming “Don’t hurt my friend.”
Which scene was the hardest to write?
If you mean hard by difficult to construct? I don’t really have an answer because those kinds of things usually fall into place without me really even realizing it. As for a scene that was difficult due to content, I’d say a very large portion of the book JACK (a contemporary) would fit that bill.
Did your writing ever bring you to tears?
I am embarrassed to say, yes. Many times. I’m a sap.
What are your fondest memories of writing the book(s)?
Usually the actual writing of the story. That’s when I often go away in my head.
How has e-Publishing changed your life? Read More
The Marmotica Series is a series of experimental music CDs that are self published by Rekka Katakiri from her doujinshi circle, CLOSED/UNDERGROUND. The Marmotica series varies in style with each CD but they all seem to have a common theme: awesome rock music. This mini album/Doujinshi CD is where Rekka’s magic with rock music shines. This is actually the third Marmotica album I have heard. The first I heard was Marmotica B. Below is the review and my thoughts on each of the five songs.
威風漸進 (Track 1): this song opens up with a Black Rebel Motorcycle Club-style low guitar riff. The guitars in this song play in perfect harmony to deliver a creepy horror and thriller film music video feeling to this song. I like the drums in this song and I like how the guitars are doubled. You can hear it, it sounds like two guitars are playing the same riff at once. you can hear it at 1:19 and 2:44.
幻想の華音 (Track 2): this track is fantastic and so moody! The guitars in the beginning sounded so familiar that I had to Read More
Hello everyone! I bring you my very first interview with an indie author! Her name is Diane Astle, author of Ben the Dragonborn. I had the pleasure of meeting her in a dragon group I moderate. I love helping and I wanted to help her with exposure of her children’s book, Ben the Dragonborn. The interview is right below this paragraph!
When did you first start writing Ben the Dragonborn?
It is hard to believe that I started writing Ben the Dragonborn 14 years ago. I had not yet read Harry Potter and I had never heard of Skyrim when I started to write. When I started I was not fulfilling a life-long dream. While I had thought it might be cool to write, I never thought I would, so I didn’t spend a lot of time thinking about doing so. I had learning Read More
Its my first post in a long while and this post is a game review. One thing was really searching for after giving up Hidden Chronicles was a good hidden objects game that came close to that one in terms of quality.
Well, I found that in Secret Society, a game developed by MyTona and released by G5 Games. Immediately I was drawn into it. It has good graphics, a good storyline and can be addicting and best of all: it is a mobile game.
what sets it apart from other games is that it is easy to play and has a clean interface. One thing I look for when plying games is a clean user interface. It’s a reason why I haven’t played many RPGs and JRPGs except Fallout 3 and the Final Fantasy Lightning game (I think that’s FF 20). Many online games have clunky and horrible interfaces that get in the way of gameplay. This one doesn’t. Did I mention it is mobile?
I tried other hidden object games like Hidden Manor and G5′s other hidden object games. None of them can compare to Secret Society in ease of use and engagement.
If you are looking for a good hidden object game, do yourself a favor and download Secret Society. It is free and worth your time.
I have a new releeeaaassseee~! I announce the print version of Dragonworld ETC, originally published in ebook format, is now in print format so you can enjoy the feel, look and smell of the book and its poems! This new release comes with my transition back to print books and the ending of updating Dragons and Cicadas.
I really do love print books and I stopped making them because I thought the ebook market was where its at. The ebook market is still viable but I like to see my words on paper, inside a print book and I’m tired of seeing it on a screen. I don’t get that feeling of accomplishment I get with print books.
I was looking at a Code Geass doujinshi by Fuukatei that I bought and I realized “doujinshi is short. I like short.” And “People in Japan and other countries still enjoy print books.” Another reason that I stopped with print books was because I thought people wouldn’t like short books. Now I see length doesn’t matter. Just tell the story (or stories) that need to be told.
Along with Dragonworld ETC is the release of a special 70-page Doujinshi-inspired poetry book called Joan and the Mares. The book has poetry that was includes in Dragons and Cicadas but the book also has new poems and the final ending to the story Mare Council. Because of its length, Joan and the Mares is a regular poetry book and not a chapbook. (I shouldn’t say regular, its special!)
These books are only available at Lulu and won’t be at any other retailer.
I also have an upcoming poetry/flash fiction Doujinshi and I have a new chapbook series of historical stories taking place in the TSODR universe, titled HISTORIA.
Please support me and buy these books! One day I will sell these at Comiket and have all sorts of good merchandise to sell with them, just like my favorite Yaoi Trap Doujinshi artist/circle (they’re named after a plant).
Dragonworld ETC: Click here!
Joan and the Mares: Click here!
It was a mistake
I am sorry
The day I let you slip from my grasp, I wanted to take you back
I replay the moment, undoing time and ripping up a paper that should have never existed.
I kept saying “we will take her back” but they…they wouldn’t give you back.
It was a mistake, you see.
My heart–our hearts–are torn to shreds without you.
We try to recover, but there is no recovering.
No one can replace you
And only you can repair the gash in my soul that bleeds.
Hello Everydragon! I am doing a “Fresh Release” post for the super great author Adrienne Wilder. I first heard of her when I saw her City of Dragons book and recently I have been reminded of it and will be reading it very soon and even though novels aren’t my fancy, I will try my hardest to finish it. The new book she has just released, Seven, is a new Sci Fi tale from the Dragonauthor. There are no dragons/Kin in this book, but you need to give it a try anyway. Below is the Read More
Hi, everypony! I’m BACK with a special post for a fellow Indie Author friend of mine. Jade Kerrion is releasing the final book in her award-winning Double Helix series and I’m doing a cover reveal for her. I’ve never done a cover reveal before, so this is fun! Below is the post.
PS: It is an extremely beautiful cover. Read More
Update 10, 11 and 12 of Dragons and Cicadas is out. I know I am long overdue to post about this, but everything has me tangled. A super long blog post was written and prepared about this update and The Dragonboys, but I couldn’t stand to post it.
Update 10 includes changes to Imp Empress thanks to reader feedback
Ashuton’s inner story about his days in the Juice Trade was added
There are Oshidoshi poems, and then there are no Oshidoshi poems
June and Chance have their chapters added
Continuity errors in The Definitive Guide to Space Dragons were corrected and the guide was revamped a little bit
Anatomy of a Dragon was added
A new Read More
Guess what demo I just played? Overstrike–I mean–Fuse. You know, I was super happy when I saw the trailer for Overstrike because it looked like a fun shooter that I could play with my family. When I heard it got turned into FUSE and saw the trailer…I died on the inside.
“Another damn shooter?”
Why did they change it? They changed it because of stupid-ass people asking for a “real shooter.” They actually LISTENED to their fans and listening to your fans can be good or bad depending on the situation. In Overstrike’s case: Read More
These are my entries for National poetry Month. I missed out on Day 1-3 but I’m writing ‘em anyway. The first one is a reference to Haruka Shimotsuki’s Yggdrasil and Yuragu Sora albums. The second is a reference to her song on a Doujin (self published) album she made in collaboration with Rekka Katakiri, Bassy and Chata (the Barbarian on the Groove group). The third is a cyberpunk/rainy day poem for my community story, Dragon Spire. The last one is a tribute to Ian M Banks (I read that he’s sick) and his Culture stories. I’ve never read a single Culture book (novels don’t bode we’ll with me) but I’m making a tribute anyway using the prompt from Napowrimo.net.
All poems use elements from Dragons & Cicadas.
Lui-Draghi xazso cilhy
K’lir voivel, neu-l-uogil
Camare, lasoyu Ellju
He felt the air filtering through his parted fingers
He loved the sky, and from his hill he embraced the breeze
The turbines swung and swung the wills of the Earth
The purification of air made the breeze come faster and harder like the snow
The airy boy was holding out both his arms
It was like a thank-you prayer to the air
The grass, in all their millions of glory, shifted and shifted in wake
I am back with another free books post. Today I am promoting books by my good friends John Patin, Linell Jeppsen and T. Jackson King.
Free today is: Dragons and Cicadas (still) and Tales from Tomorrow #4. I am blogging about the free events of these two books.
Free today is Tales from Tomorrow #4 by John Patin. This one contains dragons in it (gotta love dragons~). Also, I’ll be contributing a story for the sixth issue.
CONTENTS in TT#4:
Dreambones – part 1 of a serialized novel
…. Eric Rice was a Deepscout looking for a big discovery. He found it. The problem was going to be surviving long enough to cash in.
C. O. D.
…. Dani and Ringer are back with a new delivery to make. What could go wrong this time? After all, Riviera is a resort world where every day is a Perfect day!
Prime Directive – a short short
…. There are some things our leaders never tell us about. But then, their only motivation is to always do what is best for us, right?
Linell Jeppsen becomes our inaugural guest contributor with the first half of her Prequel to Story Time – answering questions raised in her novel.
I was suppose to blog about free books, my birthday and NaPoWriMo yesterday but I have no idea what happened. I shouldn’t be this busy. There are two free books today: Dragons and Cicadas and Tales from Tomorrow #3. I am blogging about the free events of these two books.
Free today is Tales from Tomorrow #3 by John Patin.
CONTENTS in TT#3:
Three more exciting Science Fiction tales from John Patin’s future-verse:
It was just a simple delivery. After thirty years of isolation who could object to getting a few packages?
~ 9,500 words
I just got an email from Goodreads about new releases this month. One of them is a manga (called a Graphic Novel by Americans that don’t know of manga) with a familiar name attached to it. The name, Sharyon Kerryin or something like that, is a name I’ve seen before at bookstores (attached to Romance and Fantasy novels…if I can remember correctly). I could also tell from the book’s cover art that it was based on a USA book. This is the third American-book-turned-manga that I’ve seen (the other two being Twilight and Mortal Instruments and I think the Hunger Games but I may be wrong on that one). These things are popping up fast. Among other anime goodies that have come to America is the animal hat (one of which I proudly own, straight from Japan) and American-media-turned-anime, like Iron Man, Blade, Halo (I proudly own Halo: Legends) and X-Men to name a few (out of many). For that you can trace it’s origins to the fantastical Animatrix (which I KNOW everyone has seen. Yes, I own a copy of that because I loved it). When I first got into anime, I said, “why can’t more Americans watch this?” Today I say, “my goodness, Americans are watching anime!” And now everyone is jumping on it like a fad, which I am fine with. I, growing up on Anime, fully support it and…oh what the hay I’ll say it: I CAN’T WAIT TO SEE THE DRAGONS AND CICADAS MANGA~! I know I’m suppose to be working on it myself, but seriously that project is better off in capable hands. I got too much writing to do with
Book 2 of Dragons and Cicadas that next update! Heh heh…
(Found that pic in Google Search)
I have been hearing about indie authors exploding over bad reviews and attacking people over it. Now, is that the right thing to do? No! For all you indies acting like children, I will give you 3 words of advice.
The beginning of this film didnt ignore continuity. It embraced it. I am slightly a fan of the Resident Evil film series and I even watched all of the cutscenes of the video game (the game starring Leon, the guy that saves the president’s daughter) and played the demo for Resident Evil 6 (becoming a slight Leon fan in the process) and I was thrilled to see this (they had Leon’s name in the opening credits!). However, since I started watching Walking Dead on February 14, I began to see zombies differently. I was expecting this to be an internal struggle movie. I set my expectations too high, but that doesn’t mean I hate it.
The zombies: OMFGoodnesss, since when do they run? They never ran before! I still think zombies should be slow (it seems more plausible). I’m sure the world can take on a thousand slow moving dead people. All you need are some RPGs and helicopter bombs.
(I saw this three nights ago. Here is my review).
This is the second time I’ve been lied to by an indie. The first time was last night (cough*The Unloved*cough). Don’t expect this to be a film about a Daenerys Targayen black girl searching for her father in a world taken over by beasts (and don’t expect these beasts to accompany her either). I thought this would be a fantasy film (and the first ever outright fantasy film starring a black girl) but its not. Somewhere I read that the plot was about a girl that goes searching for her daddy in a world being taken over by prehistoric beats, but that wasn’t much of the case in this film. Don’t expect high fantasy, I already said that. I just finished it and I am just cleaning my tears. Review is below, spoilers will be mild.
The film is more like a little girl’s analysis on life. The film is actually very slow because of the character development and mostly because it shows us
Finally! Dragons & Cicadas has it’s entry on Fanfiction.net! This means you can submit your stories about the space dragon empire or your fan novels about the Karrucci brothers! Thank Jesus it has finally happened! YES!!!! I am beyond excited and, as a writer, seeing fanfiction means I created a world people actually love. It took about 7 emails but it’s finally been added under the category Society On Da Run series. I posted a story so the category can be visible.
Click the link and go.
Enjoy! Enjoy! Enjoy!
A recent trauma has made me cancel the TSODR magazine series. I learned to move on from it but I can’t bring myself to publish issue 51. As for Update 8 of Dragons and Cicadas, I cannot get that update onto Smashwords because I went over the file limit with the document. I contacted the staff. No response yet. Kindle users on Amazon have it because Amazon doesn’t have file size limits. I’m working on getting the book onto PubIt for Nook users but so far you’ll have to settle for the Smashwords Edition.
In the update, The Dragonboys (Chance’s story) has been updated substantially with new chapters and a new Dragonboy. There’s a new story about Theodore Roosevelt’s dragon, there’s an nasty Ashuton flash story, there’s another story that
I was nearly breathless when it happened. I watched from my window as a large shadow covered the sky. If you concentrate closely, the shadow appeared to be made up of little black dots and some other colors. I stood by the window, me and my ma and my sister and my brother and my grandpa and my papa. Everything went silent and the electricity went out. I leaned over the balcony to see the buildings on the Ponte Vecchio and everywhere else. The crowd were gazing at the sky and the traffic of cars had came to a full stop. Nothing worked. Slowly, the moon became visible only slightly, and out of nowhere the shadow burst into a million flying bugs like an erratic swarm of hell. It was then the revelation became clear. One of the ‘bugs’ that came at me was a dragon! I ran inside and shut the patio door but the ferocious dragon broke through the glass. This one had no arms but dangerous claws for gripping. It roared at us as we scurried away from it.
I bet you are wondering, “WHY HAS SHE NOT RELEASED UPDATE 7/8?????” I will tell you.
I have been a busy bee for the past two months. I have gifts for my fans and that is the reason why this month’s update has been pushed to December 25. Let me start at the beginning:
1. What happened to Update 7?
I was working on a novel (yes, a novel!) for NaNoWriMo. I cannot, for the life of me, write a novel, but as I was writing the NaNo, something in me clicked. I did not want to leave it.
The NaNoWriMo, The Dragonboys: Son of Tangerines & Take a Chance, combines two old stories. My intent was to expand them. Take a Chance was a short story from Dragons
Never in all my realms have I seen such things
Never, in all my days have I seen such defilement of the masses
I so yearn to change the world
How can a person so small with no recognition change her world?
She wants them to know
That the creatures of the stars exist
She wants the world to know
Ridicule her not!
She only wishes to do good
She only wishes to help the world along
It is her only wish
And may that wish rest in peace
Riposa in pace
Riposa in pace
il mio drago, riposa in pace
(c)2012, L’Poni Baldwin
I should have blogged about this sooner, but i have been depressed for the past few days. It is slowly clearing up, but depression is a monster. I’m never going back. Anyway, the Goodreads Choice Awards is going on and there’s no category for short story collections. Because Dragons & Cicadas is short story and poetry, I need the support of my fans to vote for Dragons & Cicadas in the poetry category. If you want, you can vote for me in the best author category, but don’t do that, I’m not popular enough. Support D&C, show your love for it! Vote for it in the Poetry category on Goodreads!
Also, Update 6 has been out for a long time but I decided not to blog about it because it is an incomplete update. Only 78% of the stories have the author commentary. Another thing, all 59 Facebook likes have disappeared off the March Edition of Dragons & Cicadas on Smashwords.
I also want to unveil the new cover for Dragons & Cicadas (pictured above) using my old dragon emblem, the dragon Ashuton. I like that cover much better, don’t you? It looks like it’s attracting readers, too.
Also in other news, Ponies of Equestria and the Orangeworld Chronicles are my latest NaNoWriMos. Ponies of Equestria is a short story collection (which I can easily complete) and Orangeworld is my attempt at a novel (not poetry/short story novel) set in the world of TSODR. There will be no emphasis on the dragons, Crotonians and other aliens in the Orangeworld books. It will feature Alma Maters as antagonists but it will focus on a new race of humans called Fruits. It’s my second NaNo attempt after Drachenscolderung (I still wonder what makes that one so popular).
Vote for Dragons & Cicadas (my book) in the POETRY category in the Goodreads choice awards! I need all the support I can get! http://www.goodreads.com/choiceawards/best-books-2012
Until next time,
Ad astra Carpe diem!
For the past few weeks I’ve been watching Forward Unto Dawn, a movie-tie in for Halo 4. This movie is great for fans of Halo, and if you have family members and want to get them into the Halo vibe, startoff with this series and (if you dare) Halo Legends. Some of you action junkies will find the movie slow in the beginning, but that is because it sets up the characters and develops them (which is crucial to any story). I admit seeing Master Chief made me gush like the fangirl I am.
The character, Thomas Lasky, was well thought up and well developed (especially for a mini series. Kudos to the writers). The special effects were wonderful, beautiful, and most of all…believable. The actors played the cast very well and everything about Read More
Hello, my fans (if there are any). I am here to tell you that yesterday’s update as put off to today because I am going to submit Dragons & Cicadas to Amazon’s Kindle Serials. That’s the perfect place for it (the serial program). Because it’s flash fiction updated monthly, D&C can be read the way it’s suppose to be read.
Anyway, Update 6 will go live tonight at 11. If it doesn’t, look for it tomorrow. It will include 3 stories. Why only 3? That is because the rest of the stories have complete author commentary. The Snuffy Monologue in Update 5 didn’t work out so well, and after discovering the book “A Man of Few Words” by Stephen Thompson, I decided author commentary is the way to go. Adding my thoughts to every single story and poem takes a LOT of time, and right now it’s only 40 % complete. Adding that kind of thing to 342 stories takes a long time.
Here’s what the stories contain:
*There is a backstory for a certain boy from Chance’s tale. He didn’t get the spotlight that he deserved. I’m sure you know who he is. He was the first dragon whore.
*Quint gets a story similar to Samuel’s story, Human Weaknesses.
*A new story about a teenage dragonboy abducted by the Alma Maters. What happened to him? What did they do to him?
If you know me personally (which you don’t), you know how sweet I am and how much I try to make people happy :) so that means there may be more than one story in this update.
So a relative and I were talking about anime, and I told her about the different kinds of anime for different people. She’s not too into it, but I plan on getting her into it. Her personality is different so I wrote about the anime that might cater to her by writing what anime caters to who.
There are 2 types of anime: girly girly/Shojo like Fruits Basket
and intellectual/smart, y’know, branching storylines and character development, like Ergo Proxy and Code Geass. Shojo anime can also have interesting storylines.
There is also anime that caters to specific likes. If you like gay/slightly gay stuff, there’s Kuroshitsuji/Black Butler. If you want blood and guts, there’s (my personal favorite) When Cicadas Cry/Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni.
and Highschool of the Dead.
If your specific like is dragons, there is…well…my book, The Society On Da Run/Tarnished: Tales of Broken Dragons.
If you like big boobs and big butts, there’s Love Hina, Negima, Faceless Moon/Kao no Nai Tsuki, and a few others.
If you like dolls and/or gothic stuff, there’s Rozen Maiden and Vampire Knight.
If you like investigation/mystery, there’s Death Note, which is super popular.
My sweet mom likes Death Note and Code Geass. We used to watch it, but it’s so hard to find them at the library.
Yup. There’s also anime that breaks boundaries. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya is one such anime.
There’s also Akira for all you retro fans out there. Oh, if you like character development, Sci-Fi and branching/complex storylines, there’s Gunslinger Girl. That one takes place in Italy. It also pushed me to research Italy’s politics. I had no clue it was so….
Anyway, if you have a specific personality, chances are there’s an anime for you.
Not sure if any of you notice this but the latest update is here. I had to rush this one out, but it’s a meaty update (sort of). It includes the first 3 poems of The Annihilation.
What it contains:
The stories have been put into their respective order after a few readers have left reviews about the odd order of the stories. The Annihilation has begun, Hexagon Hive is completed, After the Aftermath is completed, some new flash stories are added from the original book and at the end of every story, Snuffy the Dragon will give monologues that serve as insights into the story. Careful! She bites! Also added is The Other Stories section, which is where all the other stories go. All of the stories have been re-arranged, and Chapter 12 now holds the story of The Annihilation. October 15’s update will include more about that event.
And Chapter 12
Wyrl Watches Olivia
A Letter from IWA
Narcissus to Rinaldo
Seraphina and Claire
Lucky Dragon Insanity
Danny is Alone
Here’s a little update for all of my dragons out there. I missed the August 21st update. The deadline was too close and I barely had time to edit the continuation of Hexagon Hive and After the Aftermath. As a result, Update 5 (September 15) will include 6-7 stories to make up for my lateness. Stay strong, stay cool.
Anyone following my book, Tarnished: Tales of Broken Dragons (also known as Dragons and Cicadas/TSODR), should know that it is updated on the 15th of every month and that they should check it’s Smashwords page or check here to know about the latest update. I am happy to report that Update 4 has been sent to the Smashwords converter (those of you on Amazon won’t be getting this update anytime soon because they’re slow about updating books). I was late with editing this update, so only three new stories come with it and two of them are continuations. A second update to address this, Update 4.2, will be released on August 21 (mark your iPhone calendars!).
Stories with Update 4.1:
After the Aftermath (Part 2)
Hexagonal Hive: Part 2
Hangman During the Apocalypse
You can update your copy on this page: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/205546
In the blue forest of night
With candles abright
A young Driad whom calls herself Klea watches you skillfully
From the comfort of her trees
You are a visitor here
You come from Earth
The Earth you know is in a slow death
Earthquakes and high gas prices signal the apocalypse
But it is no big explosion of death
It is a slow death
The Driad spoke to you,
“Slowly your Earth is erased through storms and earthquakes
it is a slow death and a fast rebirth at the same time.
A slow death because nature is erasing everything
A fast revirth because you are still here, but your buildings are not.
You will start from scratch and live in simplicity.”
The Driad invited you to dinner, which she calls supper
And this meeting of magical creatures
was not like how you’d seen in a movie
Little fairies gave you a crown made of twigs
Big fairies—the Driads—make strange food
From dead insects and homemade dough pie
Their wolves could talk and sit on the wooden chairs at the tree-table
Gnomes were strange: they could float, talk science and eat fast
The unicorn hid itself away in the forest trees
Ten or fifteen little fairies would bring food to it
Little dragons would chirp in conversations with each other
And gobble up the wonderfully seasoned meat
And what about you?
You look around in happiness, see everything is bliss
And you believe the Driad’s words
You take one bite of the strange meat-bug pie
What say you?
Is it good?
(top image driad by vidagr from DeviantArt)
At the height of dawn the sky was still dark. Inside the old-fashioned family house, a young woman ran for her life down the hall. She stained her favorite blue pajamas with orange juce as she jumped over the table. Her roommates, a brunette named Sylvie; a blonde goth named Courtney; and a pink-haired girl whose name is unspecified, all lay dead on the floor with thousands of holes inside their bodies and eye sockets empty of eyeballs. Our young heroine, Dabby Montague, stopped at the doorway of the kitchen. When she heard that buzz, that loud song, she looked to her left and saw the magicicada on the wall. She dashed into the kitchen and ran to the exit door, shaking the knob, she panicked where she stood!
“Who the hell locks a damn door?” she wondered.
“Well, you have to if you are living with three young women in the country right by a college that is say…a five minute walk away.”
01: //A B Y S M A L S U N S E T//
The world was (renewed)
returned to earlier times
Megan Carin <“Unknown Girl” the poetess> stepped out
into the beyond, leaving the cave with Rinna
leaving the cave with (Rinna) and Freda
The ride was not too long
The fog was misty, warm
That’s when we heard thundering footsteps
I looked overhead and saw
Dropships, flying dragons,
and their walking machines
I ran into the cargo hold to fetch
She was asleep under the blankets
I told her what I saw, and she
Ran up to see for herself
Day One: After the War
Hello to whoever sees this. I’ll be keeping a video diary, it’s something I’ve always wanted to do. Well, it’s raining today and the bombings have ended. I saw a few dragons in the sky but Kim told me not to peek out the windows.
We’ve…uh…taken in a few survivors and their Dragonling. They’re an old couple, kinda like hillbillies. Rhonda, she’s a bit on the chubby side, and her husband, Ralph, say they know where to find fresh food. Kim and I will be heading out with them tomorrow. The last time I had an apple was…fourteen days ago. I was cautious at first about their black dragon, but they said the dragon can’t use telepathy and is loyal to them. And you can probably see the thing behind me. He’s as ugly as hell. I’ve never seen a dragon like him; he’s not like the others. Those whiskers make him look like a fat cat. He won’t stop glaring at me. **sigh** Well, I think It’s time I turned in. Goodbye America.
Day Two: Food Search
Darrel: Good lord! Right over there…right by Cunnery Point! It’s standing right there! Don’t move.
Dragons of Atlanta
We’ve been getting reports from all over about dragon attacks in major cities. Folks have even sent in videos and in the ones I saw, I could see barbed tentacles coming from the sky and digging into the Earth. They were pulling strange pillars from under the ground! They had this technology the whole time and we were busy chasing UFOs while the real aliens were with us!
I heard Georgia was the fourth city to go down, but everyone says it was Rome that was destroyed first. I heard that the Georgia Gate Defenses was crippled by a giant serpent that was delivered via dropship. The dang thing was wider than the city itself and it literally melted the wall when it breathed fire. How could such a creature exist?
When the wall was down all the dragons started moving in with sacks, canisters, and ship-pods. Hundreds of medium-sized dragons were kidnapping people while the other dragons were dealing with help from the military.
At first I wondered why didn’t they attack from above? Why come through the gates? And then it came to me: They needed to protect the ground troops, so moving in together would make them a stronger force on initial attack and then they could get to kidnapping humans.
We are getting reports from all over the world about these attacks. People like me—regular humans—here at International Dragon Society do not know what to do. All over this rotting planet the dragons were kidnapping humans and taking them to their god and decimating our armies. If only we were smart enough to exploit their weaknesses…
No wait—I heard we tried that already—it failed…
What they have in weaknesses they make up for in numbers, strategy, tactics and army power. They work together and they’re a species that is not based around fighting. I guess studying Dragonism pays off.
God help us all
This is Darrell Kingman, signing off
——CAMERA SHUTOFF. PROGRAM TERMINATION——
Remembering… (Fragments of a Dragon’s Memories)
This was suppose to be posted as the first Prologue -_-
This is Ashuton’s past childhood, a distant memory of the torture a dragon shifter endures, even in their home country.
He was on his hands and knees and stripped of his clothing. He didn’t commit the crime but they let their prejudice towards his mother cloud their minds. He looked down at the stairs, then at the bowl of scolding hot water. He looked at those elegant windows, three on each side and the giant door to divide them. The bright morning light shone in beautiful rays, but to him everything seemed gray. He looked at the water again and his eyes became teary.
Ashuton gritted his teeth, ready to receive the worst pain of his life. She slowly poured the water onto his back, and he couldn’t refrain from yelling. Camella hated to watch him in pain, so she turned her head away from the scene but she found it sadistic that she was thinking his yells of pain were seductive. Ida wanted the pain to last long. She wanted him to suffer.
Ida spoke cruelly, “You heal fast. Don’t worry if the water scars your back. Those will be gone, just like your mother.”
Once it was empty, Ida lowered herself to his level.
“Hopefully now you will realize who you need to respect, Scalebreath.”
Ridley did nothing to stop the treason and neither did the maids. Ashuton couldn’t hold himself; he fell down on the cold floors. The feeling of the water made him cringe. He couldn’t turn his eyes fully red nor green. Only his pupils turned a faded red color and his tears trickled into his mouth. The sting of the water, the agony, the shame, it all felt like needles piercing into his back and stealing away droplets of his life.
“Take him away.” Said Ida.
The swordsmen grabbed the boy by his arms and took him out of the Praying Room.
This was the life that Ashuton had become accustomed to when his mother and father were away on political business. He couldn’t seem to muster up the courage to tell them about how they tortured him.
Thomas and Charlie, his caring older brothers, rushed to their crying brother as he was carelessly hauled into the bedroom. The door slammed shut, causing a rude awakening in Thomas. In the room, in the seclusion of the comfort of his brothers, Ashuton could cry out his pain.
Charlie comfortingly spoke to his brother as he cried hysterically in his arms, “One day, pieto, one day, they will pay for all the hell they caused you.”
Thomas shook his head in shame and tried to suppress his oncoming anger, “they make a mockery of us. If they truly knew what we could do, errrr…sarebbero morti per mano del drago! I have to kill them…I have to…I must!”
Thomas bawled his fists as he contemplated the decisions floating in his mind.
“We must abide by the rules of the Moral Code,” said Charlie, “A dragon must never kill.”
Thomas angrily protested, “Why should I have to abide by those rules? Look at how they are torturing us—torturing Ashuton—it can’t go on.”
“You may be right; Tommy, but we can’t risk it. The council could have us thrown into the ca—”
Ashuton gazed at Charlie with those ruby red eyes of his.
“Please, stop talking.”
Such a simple command had a very deep meaning. That simple command gave notice to how damaged Ashuton was becoming. The three boys would stay in that room all day until Aaron and Seraphina returned. They would never speak of the recent events, nor would they mention a sliver of it. Their other siblings would never know…
The newspapers were carried off by the loving wind
A storm was blossoming in the skies as the clouds slowly turned gray
The streets were vacant, empty of anything living except stray animals
Buildings were deserted, no sign of life living inside them
A couch stayed overturned
A bowl of popcorn was left untouched
The cash register was a broken mess on the floor
And money was no longer needed because there would be no one there to use it
Everything was free because nobody owned it
The giant tentacles were still digging up the pillars from beneath
They were still hard at work, descending from the clouds to pick up the pieces
On the outside, where everything was quiet, there was a sign of life at the towers
Thousands, maybe millions, were forced behind fences
The Dragon overlord told them the next step for evolution was arriving
There were outcries, but they did not understand
Why did they hate them so much?
As the days went by, the few dragon gods on Earth had expanded themselves
They melded and created for the sake of preservation
When the towers had been fully constructed, people were allowed back into their cities
Some world leaders expressed interest in revenge while others wanted to leave it alone
The Emperor of Antonin made a public speech, apologizing for his son’s actions
But he thought about it…Ashuton had every right to do it
So he took his words back and said the dragons suffered long enough
And that he failed to quickly act to quell their suffering
As days progressed to years, and things died out, humanity had returned to what it once was
But those towers above the cities were a permanent part of the landscape
There were skirmishes here and there
And there were those that wished to bring down the Dragon Empire
Those “radicals” could not see that the dragons were directing Earth towards greatness
This month is my birth month and it’s also National Poetry Month. To show my love of poetry and lack of posts, I present to thee: Calliope Song from TSODR
a dragon’s shadow reflects on the walls
memories of days vanish
so I guess she’ll keep playing her calliope
Everything a dragon-boy is expected to be keeps him struggling
He struggles under the weight of expectation from others
He struggles under the weight of trying to meet their dreams Read More
Originally posted on Star Point Mansion:
Two days ago I was reading a magazine while at checkout. I was hurting to get out of there because red day had struck. I was skimming through Black hair magazine (or was it Essence magazine?) and I saw an actress named Adaora Akubilo in an ad for Garnier Fruitics. Right then and there I said, “There’s my Mother Dragon!”
She is PERFECT for the role of Narcissus Karrucci, mother of a dragonet and lover of a dragon god! Now I know you think I’m crazy if I am looking for casting roles of people to play characters of the TSODR movie, but a movie is very much possible, and I want Adaora to play Narcissus. Now, I’m not looking solely on looks, but Adaora is the closest thing to Narcissus, besides myself (so I guess that’s saying Adaora looks like me?). Below are some pictures of her so you’ll…
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