Best Laid Plans

After the rough landing on Soloran, Isaac forced the triumvirs to redesign the colonization ships. Irate of the potential delay, Olyver pushed for the Triumvirate to ignore the complaints of a single pilot. Unfortunately for him, Quinn and Caitlin take the pilot’s concern seriously and force Olyver to reluctantly agree to the patient path. But despite the setback, Olyver seeks to honor his promises...

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The Girl Who Sees

Sometimes when I’m browsing Audible, I’ll glance at their suggestions, and sometimes I’ll even latch onto one. So when The Girl Who Sees: Sasha Urban Series, Book 1, popped up on that list, the cover caught my attention. The vortex of playing cards pulled at my attention, and I possessed an extra credit to use, so I traded the credit for the book. Despite getting the book, it lingered in my library for a while, until I finished some other stories.

When I pick up an Urban Fantasy, I’m expecting a certain format, especially with the protagonist. Typically, they are well versed with their magic and the world of the supernatural. But this time, we get a protagonist that is blissfully unaware about the darker world around her, which allows for a unique tale...

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Siphoning the Stone

Every so often when I’m thumbing through my Facebook feed, I come across pictures that spark a story in my mind. When they come to the surface I’ll give a brief overview of the tale. It’s never anything extensive, but it’s enough for me to keep the crux of the tale fresh in my mind. So when I came across a picture of a woman with purple hair using magic to extract a stone from a glass case, I couldn’t resist crafting a narrative...

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Lockdown

With the completion of Bounding Ramps and Dangerous Cuts, I buckled down and started thinking about the last story of March, a Political Satire. Once more, I focused my attention on the headlines, but this time instead of finding an abundance of articles to pluck a central idea from, all I could find were articles about COVID-19. I didn’t want to write a story about the reaction to the outbreak. But after searching for another option, I couldn’t find something that seemed any better, so I tackled the topic...

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Lockdown

As Rylan’s plans continue to be implemented, the half of the crew that disagree with the Captain begin to wonder if Rylan will be able to help him. While Darvan continues to prepare their escape, Annabelle convinces Rylan that he has to give the crew answers. He agrees to a meeting and arranges for it to take place on the shuttle he piloted to the dead worlds...

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Dangerous Cuts

As I finished Bounding Ramps, my attention turned to the next story in the pipeline for March. And this month, the second genre is one of my absolute favorites, a fantasy. This is a wonderfully rich genre with many sub-genres to explore. With a gleam in my eye, I navigated to NYC Midnight’s competition page for 2019 and searched for a fantasy prompt. My random search fell on the line telling me to write this tale in a barbershop with a bongo drum making an appearance...

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Bounding Ramps

With March’s poll complete, I turned my focus to the first story for the month, another Drama. Though it competed with the draft of a different project. But when that future draft stopped spinning around in my mind, I ventured back to NYC Midnight’s collection of prompts for 2019 and pulled a random Drama prompt. And I grumbled about the location once my mind processed it. I needed to put a dramatic story into a parking garage...

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Extra Help

Darren rubs his splinted arm as he pulls his assignment from his bag. He remembers the duel that caused the injury, and he groans at the sudden pain that lances up his forearm. When the stack of papers appear on the right side of his head, Darren collects them and adds his sheet to the pile. He hands them to the student in front of him and wonders if Imryll could assist him in improving his defenses...

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Hunting Shadows

Facing a new threat, Tarian dispatches teams to scour the wilderness for the recent peril. Keldon, Engrim, and Caleb are tapped as leaders and they spend every available moment searching for the evasive threat. After weeks of fruitless searching, they believe the initial creature was unique...

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Long Night

While Marcus waits for the completion of the tracks to the Western Region, he assists Talia in teaching the other farmers of the Eastern Region how to breed their animals. Over the course of a year, most of their neighbors have embraced the challenge and are delivering animals to the Northern, Southern, and Central Regions. One day while Talia is working with their animals, she doubles over and Marcus rushes her to the Central Region’s hospital via train...

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