Saturday, May 29, 2010

Hunt For The Dark Phoenix (part 37)[Friday Fiction]

This week's Friday Fiction is hosted by the wonderful Joanne "JJ" Sher over at her blog, An Open Book. Click here to read and share more great fiction!

Author's Ramblings: Sorry for this post being so incredibly late--this has been one of those weeks where you want to tear your hair out--and then scream. Too much going on and not enough time to smooth out the wrinkles. Anyway, I've made this installment mostly tagless dialogue, to help speed the story along a bit. The DP's dark nature has surfaced...playing out a bit to his 63%...Hopefully our heroes will be out of Pietrasaan by next week and I can bring this adventure to a nice ending. ^_^ I've got some ideas for the next serial and a few more short pieces that might pop up before then, I'll have a poll up and running soon, so y'all can vote if you like--I'll announce it when I get a moment to breathe. This week's installment covers the end of day two and the morning of day three in Pietrasaan. Enjoy the read and have a great weekend! Don't forget to leave a comment--I love all feedback! 

RECAP: Last week, our heroes in Pietrasaan visited the Elemental Casper, Nimbus, also a blacksmith of the Golbard Armory. Eira's powers were tested and the DP learned several new things about her mysterious past.

“You didn’t have to make me work so hard for it.” Eira grumbled, generously drowning her cereal crunchies in milk. “I haven’t had anything to eat since yesterday!”

“You were fine.” The Dark Phoenix said, calmly sipping yet another cup of tea. “And your footwork needs work…you’re faster in the water than you are dry land. Your reactions are too slow, you have a lousy left hook, but decent concentration.”

“Decent?” Eira spluttered. “I was hungry! How can anyone concentrate on an empty stomach?” You didn’t have twist my arm about it…my footwork isn’t that bad…and I hate water…what does that have to do with anything!

“Are you finished yet?” Nimbus appeared at her elbow, a clipboard in hand, mild scowl painted across his face. “That’s your fifth bowl and I really have more important things to do today than researching your test results.”

Friday, May 21, 2010

Hunt For The Dark Phoenix (part 36)[Friday Fiction]

This week's Friday Fiction is hosted by the talented Christina Banks @ her blog, With Pen In Hand. Click here to read and share more great fiction!

Author's Ramblings: My apologies for a short installment this week. All the dashing about, last minute-stress finally caught up and I've been spending most of my time away from my beloved computer to reduce headaches while recuperating. LOL. It's a long story, but I am doing better--so, onto the ramblings! I'm doing my best to wrap this serial up and start the new one sometime next month, if possible. Because of that, I've had to cut a lot out of the Pietrasaan experience and have crammed two days into this short piece. Hopefully all the scene jumping isn't too confusing, I did give it a read through, with some unnecessary italics--to make the read easier. ~_^ If it doesn't make sense, bug me--I'll make a note of it and I'll do my best to explain. I had some fun with the dialogue between the DP and Nimbus as they are old friends, very comfortable with each other's dark sides. There's some fun coming up in the next few installments. Eira is starting to crack along the seams of her carefully crafted self and of course, mayhem, madness and maybe...a touch of something else, will happen. ^_^ Thanks for taking the time to read these random notes, I hope you have a great weekend, happy reading! Don't forget to leave a comment, I love the feedback! 

RECAP: Last week, our heroes entered the mysterious city of Pietrasaan, under the rule of a calculating Rangana Queen, Basanti. The DP hands over Rory as their captive, in exchange for staying three days within the city walls. The heroes business is with former storm elemental casper, Nimbus. A man with the talent of cataloging and rating any and every power that he encounters. He also is a blacksmith of the Golbard Armory and a very old friend of the DP. They have just begun the battery of tests to determine the various natures of Eira's talents. 

“No…not now.” Nimbus brushed him aside, easing backwards into a chair that materialized out of nowhere.

“The programmed scans and tests will begin in a moment…monitor them…I need to…search the archives.”

The Dark Phoenix stepped back as the former elemental casper slumped forward. The giant ponytail of miniature braids snapped free from the elastic binding them to float in the air above the console. For a moment, they hovered, poised to strike as a horde of serpents and then they struck.

Miniature holes in the energy console appeared to accommodate each braid, pulling the head further down. The chair lowered, to ease the awkward position of the glowing body, now interacting with the system in waves of white-blue, crackling energy.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Hunt For The Dark Phoenix [part 35] (Friday Fiction)

This week's Friday Fiction is hosted by the talented Catrina Bradley, over at her blog, A Work In Progress. Click here to read and share more great fiction!

Author's Ramblings: I had a picture for this week, an old concept art clip of the Rangana Queen, but blogger doesn't seem to want me to upload it, so my apologies!  This week's installment is slightly dark, playing on the nature of the Dark Phoenix, his strange friends and of course, Rory and the lovely Rangana Queen. I've had some fun with it--as you may tell from the blocks of dialogue, it was a hoot to write at two in the morning. ^_^ My graduation went well--thanks to all who prayed and wished me well, thank you also for the many congratulations and words of encouragement. It was a wonderful day! I've been working on this installment on and off this week, hoping to actually finish it before midnight, however, the story is pretty much writing itself and I don't want to drown you with all the randomness, so I've attempted to keep it to a respectable length. Oh--and thank you to all who voted in the poll, as I attempt to wrap up the Dark Phoenix saga in the coming weeks, a new serial--and new short pieces can be expected to make their appearance fairly soon! Don't forget to leave a comment and let me know what you think--I love feedback! Happy reading and have a great weekend! 

RECAP: Last week, Eira fought off Rory, a Lyrith--creature with a lion's body and a human torso. The Dark Phoenix was attacked by a strange, golden weapon, which has left him in a rather foul mood as they are met at the gates of Pietrasaan by a young woman, richly dressed, who refuses to allow them to enter. 

“And a lovely evening to yourself, your highness.” The Dark Phoenix shifted to the left of her, pausing when she immediately repositioned herself directly in his path.

“You will not enter.”

“Is this a bad time of year?”

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Influence! (BBT)

Are your book choices influenced by friends and family? Do their recommendations carry weight for you? Or do you choose your books solely by what you want to read?

Definitely influenced by the folks around me. I've read some books just on a recommendation from someone I've met in passing or at school/work and never seen again. Surprisingly, I've read more that I like rather than dislike from such encounters. I will always read what I want to, if a recommendation doesn't look or sound like something I would read/like (as in, very far out of my tastes) then, on occasion, I will skip it, but such happenings have been pretty rare.

The best suggestions are when you're standing in front of a bookshelf at the library and someone comments that you are borrowing their favorite book. They do a much better job of capturing your interest and sharing the excitement of the read than the dust jacket or the back flap. I think my most favorite discovery was the Mary Russell books by Laurie R. King. A friend recommended them, knowing I was a dedicated Sherlock Holmes fan and from the Beekeeper's Apprentice, I was hooked! They still rank somewhere along the top with my classic favorites. ^_^


Friday, May 7, 2010

Hunt For The Dark Phoenix (part 34) [Friday Fiction]

This week's Friday Fiction is hosted by the lovely KJ (Karlene Jacobsen) @ her blog, Homespun Expressions. Click here to read and share more great fiction!

Author's Ramblings: I'm graduating tomorrow! ^_^ This installment reflects my random-busyness, dashing around trying to get last minute things together. I've worked on it throughout the day and did not have a chance for edits, however, instead of skipping it, I cannot bear to leave the story hanging--so I've taken the first step in thrusting our bold heroes into the twisted world of Pietrasaan. ^_^ Kind of sped up a few things to move the story along, so apologies if everything does not quite mesh together as nicely as I'd planned--I'll do my best to smooth it out next week. Also--thank you to everyone who voted in the poll! Voting is still open until the 14th, so far, the leading votes point to a new series altogether or "surprise me". I've also noticed a few votes for a continuation for Raising Rachel, I did have an epilogue written out--perhaps I'll post it sometime this month for the Rachel fans. Anyway, I've still a thousand and three things left to do before tomorrow begins, so happy weekend and enjoy the read! I love all the feedback and truly appreciate everyone taking the time to read my scribbles. Oh--and I haven't given Rory an actual classification yet--so if you'd like to venture a guess/name for him, I'm open to suggestion. ^_^ Cheers!

RECAP: Last week, after recovering from her scare in the clearing, Eira witnessed the Dark Phoenix carving a truth mark into his left bicep. Unnerved by the action, she does not have time to question his motives as they swiftly approach Pietrasaan--home of the Rogue Queen of the Rangana. 

“How long does it take go away?”


“How long is awhile?”


“Are we going to eat yet?”

“Are you really hungry?”

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Halfway Through (BBT)

So … you’re halfway through a book and you’re hating it. It’s boring. It’s trite. It’s badly written. But … you’ve invested all this time to reading the first half.
What do you do? Read the second half? Just to finish out the story? Find out what happens?
Or, cut your losses and dump the second half?

Oooh...easy. Read the end and dump it. ^_^ Yes, I actually do that. If it's that bad, I will read the end to know what happens (so the time wasn't wasted for nothing) and then I'll donate it to the library. Usually though, I "test" books I want to read by checking online reviews from reviewers with similar tastes and reading at least the first chapter. Usually, if I'm hooked, I'll read it all the way through and I'll buy it on the spot.