This Moment – #VisualPoetry

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This Moment is Treasure far more valuable than Gold, Far more Precious than Diamonds, as it will Never Be in Existence Again.

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~Morgan~

 

Brindle – #DailyHaikuChallenge

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Auburn and Umber

Dichotic Harmony

Brindle Perceptions

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To take part in the Daily Haiku Challenge see  The Original Post from Day One

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Day 343 / 365

 

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Beautiful Photograph by photographer Alan Ranger

Which Fey Are You?

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Ever wonder who you would be if you were a character in Dark Fey?  I’ve just created a fun way for you to find out 😉

Just click this link to Discover Which Dark Fey You Are 

Want to learn more about each character?  Stop by here

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~Morgan~

In The Lime Light – #AuthorInterview with #UrbanFantasy #Writer Brhi Stokes

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Good Morning 🙂   I’d like to share a brief interview I recently held with fellow author Brhi Stokes today.  A budding author, Brhi has been writing ever since she could put pen to paper and daydreaming  in every spare second.  C A L I G A T I O N, her first published novel, is an urban fantasy about a young man lost in a strange city – the likes of which he never could have imagined – while he tries to dodge unnatural threats and search for a way home.

She is currently beginning a new profession, but decided 2017 was the right time to brush the dust off Caligation and deliver it to an audience.  In her spare time, Brhi enjoys reading, video games, tabletop RPGs, going for long, solitary jogs and music.

Please Introduce us to your Blog.  What is it all about?   What sorts of posts do you lean towards?

My blog focuses mostly on helpful writing posts. Anything that has to do with creative work, media or might help others with their writing. I also include short fiction and am looking to also post author highlights, interviews and reviews at a later stage. 

How has your blog helped you as a writer/Indie Author? What things have you learned along the way that you never anticipated?

I’ve learned a lot about my own creative process and a lot about how other people write. I’ve found the blog posts often spark some great discourse. I’ve learned so much about the way other people write and generally express their creativity. It’s amazing how differently everyone’s creativity flows.

Tell us about your book(s):

C A L I G A T I O N is an urban fantasy with horror elements. It’s a classic “lost in a foreign place of magic/supernatural” story with a gritty feel to it. I like to leave a lot of mystery around the city of Caligation and its inhabitants, so I won’t say too much about it. But it follows the struggle of a young man named Ripley, as he tries to discover where he is, how he got there and if he can even get home.

I also have a short story anthology offered for free on kindle unlimited and for mailing list subscribers. The anthology covers stories, excerpts and other fiction that relate to the theme of darkness. It’s called Out of the Darkness & Into the Night, but I love shortening that to ODIN. 

Do you painstakingly plot out your story; are you a discovery writer or a bit of both? Why?

This is one of my favourite topics, and one I’ve done a lengthy blog post on. I’ve tried them all – meticulous planning, freeform, and a mix. I think I’ve settled on a mix being my most constructive. I’ll start writing and a plan will form as I do. I jot down a brief description of every scene in a separate document (and add future plans to this as I go). So I end up with both the first draft but also a document detailing each scene and splitting it into sections and chapters, which makes editing and review a tonne easier. 

What do you feel is your best advice to share with other aspiring authors?

Edit. Edit so many times you think your head will explode and then edit some more. There is so much unpolished work out there, and if you want to stand apart from it, you’ll need to get rid of your typos and poor grammar and polish the book to your best possible standard. Get other people to read it. If you can, get people who understand proper grammar to read it. Research grammar as you go to make sure your commas are in the right place.

Then edit again. 

Would you like to share an excerpt from the book or a poem or two to give readers an idea what you offer?

Here’s an excerpt from C A L I G A T I O N:

By the time he headed back home, the sun was hanging low in the sky and the streets were beginning to come alive.

            Too alive, Ripley realised, rounding a corner and then stopping abruptly. A few metres ahead of him, in the centre of the street was a melee. Several creatures with elongated limbs, angular heads and a mottled mix of fur, skin and scales were on the attack. Without the pitch of night to hide their forms, Ripley could clearly see the deformities; the spines and horns and tufts of fur that covered the sinewy muscles of the creatures. Some moved with speed and grace, others in lumbering strides that impacted heavily on the road. Guttural sounds ripped from the group as they lunged and snarled at their opponents.

A gunshot ripped the air and one of the creatures reeled, blood pouring from the side of its face. Once it had gathered itself, it lashed out with a viciously spiked claw sending the shooter sprawling. It leapt, only to find its jaws clamped around the thick of a heavy crowbar as one of the woman’s compatriots dove in with such great strength he was actually able to hold the beast off.

            His crowbar snapped, and the creature fell upon the man with claws and teeth. The woman he had saved leapt towards the creature and thrust out a hand. Even from this distance, Ripley could see the sudden melting and hissing that came from where her hand touched its bare flesh. The creature reeled once more, a good chunk of its skin turned a brackish red, steaming.

            The two other creatures were under a barrage of gunfire, but they weathered it well. He watched as one of the humanoid men darted out of the way of oncoming teeth and clung like a spider to the wall nearby, sticking even without holding it.

            One of the less occupied creatures spun suddenly, its eyes glowing a deep, angry red as it scanned the street. It caught sight of Ripley and, with a growl like nails in a whirling drain, dug its claws into the ground and bounded towards him. Pink saliva bubbled from between its innumerable teeth and a long, snake-like tongue lashed out at him.

            Ripley stumbled back, hands reaching down to his pockets in search of any sort of weapon but the creature had sprung.

            It reeled suddenly in mid-air as something exploded in front of it, sending liquid and fire splattering across the ground. From the liquid, a sickly green gas rose and the creature began to prowl backwards, snarling and gargling as small bits of fire licked at the tufts of fur across its scaled face.

He did not need to wait for a second chance. Ripley turned and bolted down the nearest alley. Behind him, the sound of sirens was accompanied by the screeching of tires.

His apartment was safe and warm in comparison. He did not leave, and no one came to collect him. A small part of him wondered if he should call someone but he pushed it aside.

He made an informed decision never to go outside again.

When you are NOT writing, what is your favourite pastime?

I adore tabletop role playing games (like Dungeons & Dragons and World of Darkness). Co-operative roleplay and storytelling are a huge part of my life and I get really bad withdrawals if I don’t meet up for it for a few weeks. My friends and I usually meet up weekly (or, failing that, fortnightly). For those of you that are curious I also DM (or ST or GM or whatever your preferred name is). I ran a 3-year (OOC) long Vampire the Masquerade campaign for some friends a while back.

I also play a lot of video games and read. 

Describe Your Dream Getaway Destination.  Have you ever been there?  What makes this place Irresistible to you?

Tokyo. I had my honeymoon there, my then-fiancé-now-husband lived in Japan for a year. The two of us are always drawn back to that place. I love huge cities (like Bangkok, where I spent a year) and would love to live in one. Tokyo is the goal.

A city that’s open all night, always filled with people and so much life.

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Thank you so much Brhi for sharing your time and talent with BnV.  I wish you all the best success and happiness in writing 🙂

Be sure to visit Brhi to discover more about her writing on her Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/brhistokes/

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~Morgan~

 

 

In The Lime Light – #Author Kenna McKinnon #CharacterSpotlight

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Today I am delighted to share a character spotlight by my fellow Creativia Author Kenna McKinnon.

Kenna is a Canadian freelance writer, author of SpaceHive (2012), and Bigfoot Boy: Lost on Earth, as well as Benjamin and Rumblechum, The Insanity Machine; Blood Sister; Short Circuit and Other Geek Stories; DISCOVERY: A Collection of Poetry, Den of Dark Angels, and Engaging the Dragon. Her most memorable years were spent at the University of Alberta, where she graduated with a degree in Anthropology. Kenna is a member of the Writers’ Guild of Alberta and a professional member of the Canadian Authors Association. She has three wonderful children and three grandsons. Her hobbies include fitness, health, drawing, reading, walking, music, cooking and baking for friends.

 

Mark your Calendars!  SPACEHIVE WILL BE FREE OCTBOER 16 – 22, 2017. PUBLISHED BY CREATIVIA AND AVAILABLE ON AMAZON, B&N, SMASHWORDS, ETC. WORLDWIDE  .http://mybook.to/spacehive

A 12-year-old boy, Jason Anderson, finds himself kidnapped by giant alien wasps in a ship called SpaceHive, from which he wants to free himself by destroying the wasps and saving the world. However, the Black Wasp General Vard wants to stop him from this, and if he’s successful, will cause Jason to experience the end of the Earth as he knows it. Can Jason save Earth or will the vicious General Vard kill humanity and inhabit Earth?

 

A BRIEF INTRODUCTION FOR THE CHARACTER:

General Vard is the head of the Black Watch, a fierce army composed of giant alien wasps from the planet Jive Hive, who attempt to colonize Earth. They have transported many of the inhabitants of their planet to Earth on a huge mothership, and are using General Vard’s Death Machine to decimate most of Earth. General Vard is very vicious and does not hesitate to impale his Lieutenants with his poison barbs or use his sword on them. He is the main antagonist throughout the story.

Q:        Hi, there, big boy. What is your name and where do you hail from?
A:        I’m General Vard, of course, in charge of the Bee Queen’s army of mighty wasps from the planet called Jive Hive, in another star system from this puny Earth.

Q:        I see. Can you describe yourself for our readers?
A:        Of course. I’m very proud of my stature, eight feet tall of pure venom, black and yellow striped, and wearing a military tunic with many medals. My face strikes awe into anyone, including my Lieutenants, whom I don’t hesitate to impale with my poisoned barbs if they offend me.

Q:        Hmm. What brings you and your army to Earth?
A:        Not only my army, but thousands of giant worker Bees and the Queen herself, were transported to Earth by the mother ship. The Jive Hive, our planet, was overpopulated and, as usual, our age-old solution was to immigrate. We’ve done this countless times over the centuries. We need more water, more fruit, more habitation for our growing population and our dear Queen.

Q:        Who is your Queen?
A:        Unfortunately, our old rather weak Queen was left behind on Jive Hive. We have a new Queen, suitable for our temperament, which some of the worker bees such as Banter, Bipp, and Zibb consider ill tempered. However, she is very dear to me. I will protect her with my life.

Q:        So, there are too many of you on Jive Hive?
A:        Yes, there are too many of us. The hive has to find a new home. My army, the Black Watch, has been scanning the skies for hundreds of years and keeping a check on our population. The Imperative is to colonize. The whole Jive Hive planet was abuzz with the news when we told them. Our queen said this one, called Earth, is a plum ripe for the picking and only eight lightyears away. We were tired from the long sleep when we arrived. It was a brand-new adventure for us. A new Jive Hive.

Q:        To bad there are beings here, right?
A:        Too bad we have to kill them all. But the new planet’s green and warm. The wasp scouts said that it’s abused by its inhabitants, though. Their fault then and all the more reason to kill them. We must take it while we can.

Q:        Have you met any of the inhabitants?
A:        Yes, after killing thousands around the area we landed in, which was a remote spot the Earthlings call Canada, our worker bee Banter kidnapped a local boy called Jason. He has proven a big mistake to have on board the SpaceHive.

Q:        Why is that?
A:        He’s a very disruptive young Earthling. I understand his father is a scientist and working on a weapon to use against us. I wouldn’t be surprised if this young Jason knows more about it than he lets on. I think he’s dangerous but Banter protects him as though he is a pet. Disgusting.

Q:        What do you think the outcome of this battle will be, General Vard?A:        We have the Death Machine, which would incinerate all of Earth if we were to use it, but we can’t do that because the purpose of our trip is to populate this green and warm planet. So instead we use it selectively on the inhabitants, who use anything in their disposal to keep us away. Why, their generals have even used a nuclear bomb on the site we landed. Very disruptive to the atmosphere, but we managed to escape to a country called India. Unfortunately, the boy Jason was with us. He is proving to be more than a match for my Lieutenants.

Q:        The story is not over yet, General Vard. I suspect you will have much more to tell before the tale is done.
A:        Yes, well, I must get back to my army now. I must deploy the Death Machine against the countryside and try to keep the vegetation, local animals, vegetables and fruit, and especially the rotting fruit available and delicious. My planet depends on me.

Q:        I can see that you are a very important Wasp, General.
A:        See you soon, raccoon. I picked up that expression while on Earth. And by the way, step out of my way or I’ll run you through with my poisoned sword, weak Earthling with a pale face.

Q:        Very funny, General Vard. Thank you for talking to us today.
A:        You might want to tell your superiors that all of Earth is in danger, and soon.

Q:        Okay. Well, I think our next interview might be with the boy Jason.
A:        If you can find him, the manipulative little wretch.

Q:        He sounds like a good soldier to have on our side.
A:        I hate children. They’re such unpredictable citizens. I love to have order in my Army. It is imperative. The worker bees, Banter, Bipp, and Zibb, unfortunately, have taken a liking to this one. I’m sure that we will succeed in colonizing Earth and destroying the inhabitants. The only hope they have is a couple of youth. What can go wrong?

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Thank You So much Kenna for sharing your character with BnV today.  I must but this book on my TBRList 🙂

Please do visit Kenna and discover more about her and her writing.
Author’s blog: http://KennaMcKinnonAuthor.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KennaMcKinnonAuthor
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/KennaMcKinnon
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/dashboard
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/kennamckinnon
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=kenna+mckinnon

 ~Morgan~

 

#FridayFantasy – Subtle Dialog

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Subtle Dialog

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Subtle Dialog spinning in my Mind

Capture the Essence

Ethereal in Kind

Speaking of Tales Unwhispered

Yet Told

Of heroes and Villains, both new and Olde.

 

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Splendid Rhapsody Entreating my Thoughts

Temptations Beguiling

Into which I am Caught

Tumbling through my Heart

And Spirit

Bardic Romance For any who Hear it!

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~Morgan~

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Beautiful Artwork found at Wallpaperscraft.com  Credit Gratefully Acknowledged to the Original Artist. Thank You!

#ThankfulThursday #Reblogs – 50 Word Stories – Birds of Hope — Richard M. Ankers – Author

They did not fly, nor move more than but a few inches, even then just beak to beak. Twisting coils of white-feathered, serpentine necks, they adored each other with a perfection mastered over generations. Beautiful, they were, in a world gone mad, two cranes preening where children once played.

via 50 Word Stories – Birds of Hope — Richard M. Ankers – Author

Always something unexpected turning up on Richard’s amazing blog.  I’m never disappointed and never bored! DO stop by 🙂

Silent Blaze – #DailyHaikuChallenge

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Evening’s Silent Blaze

Echoing Autumnal Sighs

Stirs the Heart with Calm

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To take part in the Daily Haiku Challenge see  The Original Post from Day One

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Day 342 / 365

 

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Beautiful Photograph found on Pinterest.  Credit Gratefully Acknowledged to the original photographer.  Thank You~

#ThankfulThursday #Reblogs – Told in Silence — leaf and twig

quiet perfection unfolding, unfolding a rhythm of pink and cream

via Told in Silence — leaf and twig

A Rhyme of Vision and Beauty, which is par for the course at Leaf and Twig 🙂
Do stop by and Discover the visions of beauty this blog has to offer for yourself 🙂

Twilight Descends – #DailyHaikuChallenge

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Here twilight descends

Soft among the Autumn hues

While Winter prepares

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To take part in the Daily Haiku Challenge see  The Original Post from Day One

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Day 341 / 365

 

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~Morgan~

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Beautiful Photograph found on Pinterest.  Credit Gratefully Acknowledged to the original photographer.  Thank You~