The Fairies

Another scene from “If They Were Real – what things might look like if non-human peoples lived among us.

Samantha patted on the pillow next to hers. “Sit here Mama, I’m ready for my book.” As her mother climbed up on the bed beside her, she handed her an old worn blue book with dog-eared corners.

She turned the book to the cover that read “Fairy Tales,” and asked, “where did you find this book dear?”

“Upstairs in the book shelf in the spare room. It has such lovely pictures, please read me a story Mama.”

Her mother opened the book and flipped through a few pages. “I remember this from when I was a very young child,” she mused out loud, “I didn’t know I still had it.”

“What is the book Mama, what are the stories?”

“They are fairy tales, made up stories. A tale is a story, we don’t use that word much now, instead we say story.”
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The Troll Union

The following story is from If They Were Real; and describes interactions among Humans and Trolls.

Mr. Brown pulled the collar of his coat up in an attempt to stop the rain from blowing in between his coat and hat and trickling down his neck. His other hand was clutching his hat to keep it from blowing off, but that led to water running into his coat sleeve and down his arm. He hated being in this part of town, and on a dark stormy night like this he hated it even more. He had a mind to turn around and go home. But he didn’t.

He stepped into a puddle and cursed the rain again, now he was certain there was not a dry part of his body left. He trudged another two blocks before he reached the old stone building where the meeting was being held tonight. He was told to knock on the basement door near the back of the building. It took another five minutes stumbling in near total darkness before he found a stairwell and descended.
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The Gas Storm (scene 1 of unfinished novel)

Nedra looked up at the pale sky which now had a tint of yellow. “Oh drat, not another storm!”

She wasn’t talking to anyone in particular, and if asked would deny that she was talking to herself. The conversation continued. “Another interruption and I wanted to get back to the city by early next week.”

She looked at the readings on her drill and hit the switch. It whirred into action pulling up a long thin core of earth. She packed it into a sample bag, tagged it and loaded it into her rover. The process took nearly a half hour. By the time she looked up at the sky again, the horizon looked a dirty mustard yellow and the canopy overhead was now a darker version of the mustard. She dug through the back of the rover and pulled out a heavy jump suit and jacket, which she donned quickly. She strapped an oxygen tank to her back and finished the ensemble with the connecting facemask.
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Writing Continues

I am restarting my writing blog.  The purpose is primarily to keep me on track for my writing goals and put notes into a place I can come back to from time to time.  My writing at this time consists of our weekly Prompt Writing, which is great fun as six of us get together and write from five to ten minutes on prompts we find from various sources.  The delight of this group is the creativity of each from the same prompt.  I will post one of my efforts weekly.  These are all handwritten, which I think takes a little more time than if they were typed.

My other more serious, still great fun, is working on my second novel.  My first, a detective love story titled The Heart Case was great fun doing and self published as an ebook.  Let me you would like a copy of this little novel as it can only be obtain from this blog.

This second novel does not yet have an official title.  Now I am referring to it as Lisa’s Story.  My goal is to sent it to a publisher so that I can get a rejection letter.  With a rejection letter I will feel like I am a real author.  My time goal is to finish the first draft by the end of May.  I now only have a little over 57,000 words.  I have been working (really dabbling ) on Lisa’s Story for nearly a year now.  I made significant revisions of the protagonist and the plot since I started.

My next posting will be a draft of my proposal, which hopefully will make you wish to run out and buy my book (as soon as it is published).