September 21st, 2009

Creative Joyous Cat

Fireborn: Your Son Bewitched My Daughter

Hi everybody!  Welcome back to Fireborn.  Your comments (and your donations to my grocery budget) are one of the best parts of my week.  I hope you like today's installment.

(If you're new here, the first chapter of Fireborn is Wings on His Fingers. Feel free to click over to there if you'd prefer to read the story in order.)



Orchid flew toward the kitchen-shelter, pushing to fly fast, and higher than she needed to, because it felt good to grab the wind with her wings.  She loved flying fast, with the wind rushing against her face.  She wondered what it would be like to be unable to fly–would it be as joyous to climb, or run, or swim?  She couldn’t imagine it, always being trapped by gravity.

She wondered what it might be like to suddenly realize you were fireborn.  Would the magic be like flying, joyous and irresistible?  Why else would someone play with it when everyone was so scared?
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Ok, that's it for this week, unless I get $10 in donations.  If you can't afford to donate, but know other people who would enjoy the story, please refer them.  I'll also publish the next chapter early if I get 10 comments from new people. 

If you're reading this, I'd appreciate you letting me know who you are and how you got here, whether via your Twitter ID or your own blog elsewhere or just the name you would like me to call you.  Of course, if you LJ too, that part's easy! 
Creative Joyous Cat

My "Day of Peace"

Started a little before 7:30 a.m. with the sound of a jackhammer right outside my window.  Well, OK, technically outside my Aunt's window, and technically a house or two over.  My bleary-eyed trip to the bathroom proved I Collapse ).  Bleah!  And the construction continued until 4:30. 

So, I spent the day alternately trying to sleep and starting to catch up on Shadow Unit.  Both the newer episodes and the additional scenes and vignettes.  If you haven't read some of this, I strongly suggest you check it out.  Think Criminal Minds with a science fiction twist.   If you haven't read any of it, I do strongly suggest reading the episodes in order.  This would mean scrolling down to Seaon 1.

Somewhere in the middle of this, I checked my e-mail, and found I'd won the artist portion of the first wiki-entry contest for Torn World.  You can see the two winning entries here.  The first winner posted is the winner in the writing category, which was won by ysabetwordsmith though I painted the illustration.  The second one, both the art and the writing are mine.  I'm definitely excited, though being sick takes the edge off it, to a surprising degree. 

So, if you want to see some of the art I've been doing and not posting, you can follow the link above.

I also think it's really cool that all the entries were high-enough quality and fit Ellen's vision of Torn World well enough, to become canon.  That bodes well, I think, for the site to draw lots of readers as it gets to be fully open.

In other news, there's a flash fiction award that I can submit one of my stories to come October.  If you want to weigh in on which of the stories I have posted here is the best, I'll probably post a poll with links next week, but will listen to opinions anytime.

I do support world peace, though I don't think I can be eloquent about it right now.