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Cost Of Celebrity

Public opinion follows

Even their smallest movement

Unable to delay

Any unpleasantly close encounters

With rabidly pursuing paparazzi.


In response to 20141020: day 293
Today’s words: unable, delay, following, close, public

Distant Thunders

Distant Thunders (Destroyermen, #4)Distant Thunders by Taylor Anderson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

In the aftermath of the terrible battle in which the men of the destroyerWalker and their Lemurian allies repelled the savage assaults of the Grik, Reddy is shocked by the arrival of a strange ship captained by one Commodore Jenks of the New Britain Imperial Navy – an island nation populated by the descendants of British East Indiamen swept through the rift centuries before.

With the Walker in dry dock undergoing much-needed repairs, Reddy has a great deal on his plate already. For the Grik have only been fended off, not defeated, and Reddy will need all hands on deck to fight them when they next attack. But Jenks’s uncertain loyalties make Reddy question whether he can trust the man.

As tension between the Allies and the Imperials mounts, Reddy will come to realise that his suspicions are not misplaced…and that a greater danger than the Grik is closer than he ever suspected.

Filled with gripping action and riveting battle scenes, an outstanding tale of a cross-time shipwreck.

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Time revealed the fissures

In our relationship

I called out in sorrow

And treated it with a pity party

Along with loads of chocolate.


In response to 20141019: day 292
Today’s words: reveal, fissure, calling, along, chocolate

Prince William In A Can

The apprentice magician ripped open the packaging of his latest postal delivery. Yes! It was the first installment of Woldfring’s Complete Fantasy Realm. A gleaming enameled cylinder of brass was revealed. Bright gold lettering spelled out PRINCE WILLIAM IN A CAN (some assembly required). He popped open the top and spilled out the contents. A sheet of paper fluttered out along with the nude body parts, bundles of labeled colored pins, and sumptuous clothing.

He unfolded the paper, it’s title was Instruction Manual for Prince William In A Can

  • 1. Sort contents of kit according to chart.

Impatient the apprentice ignored this step.

  • 2. Attach left arm B to torso at slot B.

He grabbed an arm and crammed it into place.

  • 3. Attach right arm C to torso at slot C

The second arm was shoved into its slot.

  • 4. Attach left leg D to torso at slot D.

He thrust the leg into its location.

  • 5. Attach right leg E at slot E.

He slammed the other leg into the torso.

  • 6. Attach head A to torso at slot A.

The apprentice cursed the stubborn piece until it finally locked into position.

  • 7. Select hair color pin F and insert into head at hole F.

He grabbed a yellow pin and viciously stabbed it into place.

  • 8. Select eye color pins G and place in holes G.

The apprentice fumbled with the tiny pins. He picked two pins at random and poked them in the holes.

  • 9. Choose desired body color pin H and place in hole H of torso.

A brown pin was jabbed into the belly button.

  • 10. Dress prince in desired outfit.

Furiously he pulled pieces of clothing over the body.

  • 10.Speak incantation to bring prince to life.

Trembling with eagerness the apprentice choked out the tongue-twisting syllables. Colors bloomed and flowed over the figure. It took a deep breath and moved.

The apprentice frowned and scratched the downy beard he was trying in vain to grow. Something wasn’t quite right. He thought and then it came to him, the right and left legs had been switched around, the hair was a mass of pure gold, the body was made of bronze and the Prince had mismatched eyes: one dark blue, the other dark green. Oh well, it would have to do. It was good enough to pass the level after all.

His poor Prince William was left to waddle around awkwardly for the rest of his days.

In response to Writing Challenge: Genre Blender
I decided to have some fun with this piece and choose to use Sci-Fi/Fantasy and Instructional.

Anticipate Halloween’s Night

Anticipate Halloween’s night 

Collect all your friends

And party, becoming wild and crazy.

In response to 20141018: day 291
Today’s words: friends, all, become, collection, anticipate

How Firm A Foundation

How Firm a Foundation (Safehold, #5)How Firm a Foundation by David Weber

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The island-based Charisian Empire has been fighting to survive since declaring its independence from the Church of God Awaiting. But most of its subjects don’t know how much more they’re fighting for.

For five years, Charis has withstood all that could be thrown at it by the corrupt, planet-girdling Church led by the Group of Four. at sea, Charis has scored several spectacular victories, but to remain independent , she must defeat the Church on her own ground. Yet how does Charis invade the mainland and take the war to a foe whose population outnumbers its own fifteen to one? How does it prevent that massive opponent from rebuilding its fleets and attacking again?

Charis has no answers to those questions, and it needs to find one … quickly. The inquisition’s torture and executions are claiming more and more innocent lives. Church agents are fomenting rebellion among the few sympathetic realms. Religious terrorists are wreaking havoc on Charisian soil. Assassins stalk Emperor Cayleb and Empress Sharleyan. And Merlin Athrawes, the cybernetic avatar of a young woman a thousand years dead has finally learned what sleeps beneath the Temple in the Church’s faraway city of Zion.

The men and women fighting for human freedom and tolerance have built a foundation for their struggle with their own flesh and blood. But will that foundation be firm enough to survive?

The 5th book of the Safehold Saga continues to grip the imagination and enthrall the mind, weaving a stunningly complex political and military tapestry, with wonderful battle scenes.

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Brand New Vision

“It’s the way of  technology,”

The huckster shrilled

As he held up the package,

“These rose-colored contacts

Will make everything you see

Into a radiant vision!”


In response to 20141017: day 290
Today’s words: contacts, radiant, make, ways, held

On The Board

Georgian writers Ilia Chavchavadze and Ivane Machabeli playing chess, 1873 St Petersburg. Public domain photo.

White frowned pompously as he considered his next move and then touched a single finger to the head of a pawn. “Go forth, my daughter and wreak havoc in my name.” He commanded. The marble figure shivered, turned to flesh and blood, took a breath, and began to move.

“And in turn I release he who will be her nemesis.” Black touched one of his knights, which also came to life.

Perseus set forth on his quest, gathering the weapons and information he needed and slew Medusa.

White touched another pawn. “Let him face you.”

Black touched his queen. “I shall put you into play.”

Cetus attacked the Kingdom of Aethiopia. Andromeda was chained to a rock to placate the beast. Perseus slew him and won the hand of Andromeda in exchange.

White glowered at the board and touched a rook. “The city of Troy.” He declared.

And the Gods continued playing their emotionless game of war.


156 Words in response to Flash! Friday-Vol 2-45, Dragon’s Bidding: A nemesis

Once Burned

Once Burned (Night Prince, #1)Once Burned by Jeaniene Frost

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

She’s a mortal cursed with dark power…

After a tragic accident scarred her body and destroyed her dreams, Leila never imagined that the worst was still to come: a terrifying ability to channel electricity and to see a person’s darkest secrets through a single touch. Leila is doomed to a life of solitude… until creatures of the night kidnap her, forcing her to reach out with a telepathic distress call to the world’s most infamous vampire…

He’s the Prince of the Night…

Vlad Tepesh inspired the greatest vampire legend of all – but whatever you do, don’t call him Dracula. Vlad’s ability to control fire makes him one of the most feared vampires in existence, but his enemies have found a new weapon against him – a beautiful mortal woman with powers to match his own. When Vlad and Leila meet, however, passion ignites, threatening to consume them. it will take everything they have to stop an enemy intent on bringing them down in flames.

A wonderful new take on the Dracula mythology.

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School’s Out


Dismissed from their last class

Children burst outside

Charging from the buildings

Their unhidden agendas

To have lots of fun.


In response to 20141016: day 289
Today’s words: dismiss, from, hidden, outside, charge


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