Zoned: A Setting

Weeds. Nothing but weeds. They choked the life out of anything else that might have grown. Not that anything else could have grown. The earth in the Zone was contaminated – abused by man and trained to hate all that walked across it. He squatted in the dirt and fingered a hoary leaf. It stabbed […]

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Greed

Gregor McLoughlin nearly wept as he held the lump in his hands. Not because it was ugly – no, never because of that. Being a bit misshapen himself, he looked upon it as a-a kindred soul. The old woman had called it that – kindred. Had said it would grant him his heart’s desire – […]

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Exacting Expectations

A: The WordPress challenge-of-the-week is all about expectations. What they are, how we achieve them, and how they can sometimes go terribly, horribly wrong. D: Pessimist. They can also be exceeded. A: Indeed, they can. But when I saw the challenge, my first thought immediately went to my expectations for the blog. What do I […]

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An Exercise in Prose: Lives Entwine

Warning: Prose ahead! The Daily Post’s challenge-of-the-week was to write a post in prose. Now, I know quite a few excellent poets, and I know I am not of their number. However, as my brain steadfastly refuses to leave D’s world, I thought a bit of prose introducing the players in Book 2 might be in […]

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Challenge Accepted: Fifty Words

 The Hoard “I’m telling you, snufflecakes, we go in, we hit him fast and we hit him hard.” Snufflecakes? It was going to his head. “But what about the hoard you just plundered?” “This? It’s nothing. Cast-offs. I want the real deal.” Dragon gold. I groaned. Why was it always dragon gold? At fifty words […]

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Moments to Remember: The Druid himself – An origin narrative

A: It’s the final piece of the D/A Dialogues origin stories, written in response to the Weekly Challenge: Reflections. D: Because we all know that, for A, following the rules and only posting one thing in response to a challenge is boring. A: Too right, Druid. D: (Eye roll) Today, it’s my turn to speak […]

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Moments to Remember: D’s Character Origins

Part Two in the D/A Dialogues Origin Story – in response to the WordPress Weekly Challenge: Reflections. A: What is a character’s true origin story? Is it their personal history, or is it the story of how they came to reside in an author’s imagination? D: Both. A: Okay, which one would you prefer to […]

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Moments to Remember: A bookish addendum

A: Before D gets going on his origin story – D: Of course you would interrupt my glory. A: I’m not interrupting. This is an addendum to yesterday’s origin story post. D: Oh, sure. A: Oi, Druid – you get 2/3 of this 3-part origin story! Besides, I think the germ of you may be […]

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Moments to Remember: An Origin Story in Three Parts

The Daily Post had a prompt up yesterday that tied in beautifully with their weekly writing challenge: Reflections. What follows are the moments that define me. These moments are a part of the origin story of how I became a writer – or rather, the writer I am today. The writerly me of tomorrow may […]

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What’s in a name?

D, I call him. Druid. Dubh. A title, he says. If you’ve been reading here for a while, you know I only recently discovered D’s real name – the name he was born with, and not the name I had been calling him all these years. In my defense, it’s not easy for a character […]

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