Haiku Sunday NaNo Edition – Tattoo

“Tattoo”

Layers of green blood,
Windswept lines twisting, curling,
Stains of history

Author’s Note: I love tattoos. I only have one myself, mostly because of cost, but I also love the history of tattoos across the world. Many cultures use tattoos to tell the histories of their people, their families. Tattoos play varying roles for many of the cultures of Ur’Dan. For Feldings, tattoos are traditionally used as a coming-of-age symbol, a mark earned by the bearer and recognized by their comrades, especially warriors. Felding tattoos are made up of swirling lines of dark green ink, beginning at the wrist and sweeping up the arm. The higher the tattoos go, the more respected the warrior is, and the more likely their names will be remembered.

Steve D

NaNo Update: I Need More Fantasy

I hit a weird snag in my NaNo novel on Wednesday, one I did not expect to hit after my record-shattering (for me) weekend. I got bored with my story. I was bored with Aston (he is so terribly naive, something I may have to fix in the editing process), I was bored with the section I was writing, and I was bored with Everfeld. I wrote 135 words, and I don’t even like most of them. I get it,  at least I wrote something. But I was not looking forward to coming home on Thursday and staring at the laptop screen again. Continue reading “NaNo Update: I Need More Fantasy”

Reblog: In which I tell you how your religion works

I’ve been stewing on the Syrian Refugee Crisis, as I’m sure many others have, for a few days now. This piece by a talented writer sums up the hypocrisy of the people who claim we cannot let more refugees into this country.

Welcome to infinitefreetime dot com

christianity_versus_other_religions_blog-horngsawI am not a Christian.  That fact has probably been perfectly clear for a very long time; it doesn’t take a whole lot of reading around here to figure it out.

What may be less clear to non long-time visitors: Chances are I know way more about Christianity than you do.  Is that a guarantee?  No, not at all.  But most of you don’t have a Master’s degree in Biblical studies.  I do.  And I got it from one of the best divinity schools in the country.  So chances are I know more about Christianity and Western religion in general than you do.

I’ve been thinking about Jesus a lot in the last few days.  Maybe I should go full wanker here and call him Yeshua, or something, to rid him of some of the cruft that’s accumulated over the past 2000 years, but the point is I’ve spent a…

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NaNo Update: The Big Push

dia820 surges forward for a few yards but is stopped up near the line of scrimmage — no wait — He bounces off the linebacker and jukes HE’S ACROSS THE LINE FOR THE TOUCHDOWN.

If I were a sportscaster, I’d aim to emulate Mike Tirico; smart and engaging in his play-by-play, and unrivaled in his bursts of excitement at the right moments. He also does it for more sports than any other broadcaster I know of; he single-handedly makes ESPN’s Monday Night Football and NBC’s coverage of the World Cup and the Olympics worth listening to. I’m a fan. Continue reading “NaNo Update: The Big Push”

Haiku Sunday NaNo Edition: Jaed

“Jaed”

Gold-flecked emeralds –
Bright stars under night’s blackness,
Her wild, loving gaze.

Author’s note: Jaed is one of the two protagonists in my story, a young woman who cares deeply for the few people close to her. Eyes are the first thing I notice about a person. A striking pair of eyes can freeze me — think Olivia Wilde. In the earliest notes for this story, when I had nothing more than an image of two young lovers trying to find themselves, the first details I developed were the dazzling color of Jaed’s eyes: bright emerald-green with flecks of yellow-gold. Green, hazel, and brown eyes and blonde-brown hair are common among Feldings. Jaed’s night-black hair is not, nor her bronze-tinted skin tone. Aston has light brown hair and hazel eyes. It’s remarkable how many cultural/ethnic details you can develop just from designing two characters.

Steve D

NaNo Update: My Fingers are Burning

Fuck. Writing 12 days in a row is hard. Writing for another 18 seems impossible. On day 11 of NaNoWriMo, I had written 18,688 words, slightly over the 18,333-word par. Then I started falling behind for the first time this month. I didn’t like my story, I felt like I was writing boring garbage, and I was not in the mood to continue. I didn’t write at all yesterday. Continue reading “NaNo Update: My Fingers are Burning”

Gut Reaction: THE MARTIAN by Andy Weir

I just finished reading Andy Weir’s The Martian. Overall, I enjoyed this compelling story. The story follows Mark Watney, an astronaut left on Mars after his crew had to abort their mission, assuming he was dead, and with no other options. Continue reading “Gut Reaction: THE MARTIAN by Andy Weir”

Haiku Sunday NaNo Edition: The Keeper

“The Keeper”

Silently he soars,
A great owl shining like moonlight.
The Keeper sees all.

Author’s Note: Fa’aldenel is an ethereal being  charged with watching over Everfeld, maintaining balance in his realm. He takes the form of a great silver-white owl that seems to disappear into thin air as he flies. The people of Everfeld (Feldings), revere owls as near-sacred birds, as well as adept hunters. Thus, many Felding families and boroughs take the owl as their sigil, and bow hunting and archery are celebrated as great skills for Feldings. Whether or not the tales of Fa’aldenel are real… well, that’s up for interpretation.

Steve D