This story is short and was hard to write because it is so much an attempt by me to deal through words with a currently ongoing situation. Be forwarned it’s emotional.
The monitor next to the blue sheeted hospital bed beeped quietly. It measured its occupant’s heart rate, blood oxygen levels, and every fifteen minutes blood pressure. The figure in the bed was stocky and round faced. The thin bed sheets outlined an equally stocky body that seemed shriveled and shrunken. A hand, yellowed with jaundice reached out and upward as the man shook his grey-maned head slowly … [READ MORE]
I think we’re in trouble. The station wouldn’t ring like some bell from just a panel hit, would it? We might have lost something. Once the decision had been made, he called Roels and Salila over to man the cameras, and cycle through them to look for other possilbe damage. “I’ll help them button up”, He told the two. He took a look at Salila, then jerked his eyes away as his body had started to respond. God I gotta keep it under control. I couldn’t live with myself. He hurried away from the two and down to the airlock … [READ MORE]
Every character has a story that they are the star of. It doesn’t matter if they’re just window dressing or faceless thugs, they all have a story if you think about it. I don’t always recommend going so far as to chart out each and every one, but I’m sure there are some authors that do. As a way of getting a handle on characters, I’m offering up a quick four question psychology test that can help give you a little depth and insight into what makes a character tick.
It’s very simple to do, just four questions. For each … [READ MORE]
The menace surrounded Ingers like a palpable aura. Even at his most contrite and gentle, Inges radiated violence. Barely caged violence. At the same time, Kim used Ingers as much as possible, banking on that intimidation to make his ‘democracy’ work. Thompson still hadn’t said anything about the docking ring and the Xian-Xi spacecraft. He was certain, somehow, that mentioning a way home would tip the fragile balance they had, and visions of Vyhovsky floating dead also kept him cautious and secretive. For whatever reason, he just could not get himself to reveal that.
Thompson floated back towards his room, … [READ MORE]
As a perennially amateur writer, I dream of writing a story that will entertain billions of people. That brings me to today’s point.
All authors didn’t take up writing to be ordinary at it. We all chose this medium as a chance to create something larger than ourselves and gift it to the world. We’ve all told ourselves that if we enjoy the story, that’s all that matters. This is true. Sometimes the best stories are the ones we write for ourselves and no one else. But there’s that little voice saying how great it would be to have our … [READ MORE]
They could see Ingers shadow float to the edge of the hatch, and hover. Thompson and Roels looked to each other, then Roels nodded, and floated to the hatchway. He poked his head out the hatch and turned to look at Ingers. “Koll, how are you? Is there something I can help you with?”, Thompson heard Roels say.
“I”, Ingers started. “I would like to apologize to Salila.”
“Ingers. Koll”, Roels replied. He started to say something else, then shut his mouth. He looked back at Salila, who shook her head.
“Say it from the doorway”, came her shaky … [READ MORE]
The screaming started and he was out the hatch, and caroming off the wall towards it. A few quick turns and he arrived at Roels cube. The screaming had faded to wracking sobs as he grabbed the handhold at the hatchway, prepared to launch himself at Ingers. He pulled up short as he saw Roels, clutching a shivering, naked, woman against him. As Salila clutched at his shoulders, Roels looked up, and saw him. “Roels? Is she…”, he swallowed drily as his eyes followed Salila’s supple curves. He shook his head. Get it out of your head, asshole. She’s been … [READ MORE]
Grimaulkin Tales is about the main character in Grimaulkin, Mike LeBonte. It’s also about those characters that appear peripherally within the series also. Through their experiences we see some of the costs of magic, repercussions, triumphs, and tragedies that come with being a witch.
The Demon’s Tale – This is a story of revenge; it is also one of tolerance, and a cautionary tale. The protagonist is the victim of constant bullying in and out of school. When the temptation to use power to stop the bullying happens, he immediately succumbs to the quick fix, only to find that all … [READ MORE]
“Do what about temperature control?”,Thompson asked. “It needs to be changed”, Kim answered him gravely. “Currently, it is too warm, we do not have the luxury of having it kept heated. We must save energy to extend our time here. We need time to find out how to leave.” “We don’t have that luxury either”, Thompson countered. “Any colder and we start needing more calories to stay warm. More cloaries needed means the food runs out faster. And of the two, energy or food, we have a LOT less food than energy.” Kim’s eyes narrowed. He didn’t like being … [READ MORE]
( Here’s the second half. You’ll note that the changes are more about removal than wholesale rewrites . That being said, the changes are most notable at the end. )
It took him weeks to explore the campus, and finally he found a clue. There was a hole in security. Five different routes overlapped along the edges of an unpatrolled section above the manufacturing floor. No one entered the area, but with all the overlap, it was impossible to hunt for where the JOB, as Cam called it, might be. The unpatrolled location was a break area
So far, … [READ MORE]