*So I managed to decide that my driving lesson — to get me back on the road after being sidelined for three years for various reasons — was tomorrow, not today, which means I missed it. Subconscious avoidance? Getoutoftown. It’s like I have a mild phobia or something. Yeah, okay. This is going to make it very hard, as I’ll have to have lessons after the move. OTOH it gives me the day to work. I’ll be back. Tomorrow – SAH*
Pocket Full of Promo – Jason Dyck
Twisted Mindflow: A Collection of Stories
This is a collection of seventeen stories, with author’s notes and a foreword by Sanford Begley, the author’s First Reader.
A collection of seventeen shorts, flash, and oddball stories, twisted as they flowed out of my head and onto the paper.
Some may seem familiar, others appear here for the first time.
Get into my head…
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Nobility Among Us
“Still, this process does not sit well with me. Letting the people think they are in control of these proceedings, having them vote for their chosen candidate as if they will change the way things are done, these are dangerous ideas. Furthermore, these are actual lowborns we are admitting to our ranks. What if something slips through the filtering process, what then? I have this nagging feeling that this whole enterprise will come back to haunt us one day.”
Brought together by a reality show designed to pacify the people of Gandria, Viscount Marcus Draishire and his low-born wife are secret devotees of the forbidden book. This could get both of them imprisoned or worse. Marcus hears a case of a cattle farmer suing his baron for unfair taxation. Should he follow the king’s decree, that all nobles are immune from criticism, or judge the case on its merits? Marcus chooses the latter and gets himself some unwanted attention. He now has to balance acting in the best interests of his subjects against antagonising his superiors, who tend to express their displeasure with a bomb, bullet or knife.
The people under him have their own struggles and the nobility itself is walking something of a tightrope, the need to crush dissent weighing against that of projecting a benevolent public image; no-one wants another uprising.
Beyond the Mist
The Chara Series Book 1
Am I falling or flying? Powerless or mighty? Imprisoned or free?
I have nothing: no possessions, no memories, no reference points or even solid ground to stand on; just falling (or is it flying?) through an endless mist. A voice beside me says this is the last free space in a world of slavery and suffering; another that it’s a self-imposed prison from a world of beauty and adventure. Who should I believe? What is waiting for me out there?
I make my choice and begin to discover what lies beyond the mist.
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Selected Verse – Faith and Family
A series of love poems that gives glimpses into the magical process by which a lonely and shy young man transforms into a husband and father and how the love in his family grows. This is followed by verse that look at aspects of wider family life, then at the ways in which the divine has revealed itself in history, both in ancient and modern times, how these clash with a fallen world and call us to something higher and grander than ourselves.
Selected Verse – Heroes and Wonders
A collection of poems dealing with heroes and wonders of the grand type we see depicted in our favourite epics as well as inspiring everyday examples that only a few ever notice. Beauty to enjoy, courage to inspire, wisdom and folly to admire and avoid.
Highlights include a heartfelt celebration of a life well lived, the story of a survivor of China’s brutal one child policy, an uplifting appreciation of nature’s cycles, and a grand tale of a beast that haunts the hearts of men.
Awake the hero within you, and stand in awe of wonders that never cease.
Lodestone Tales Book 2
The warriors of Torbellai brought back a prize in the night, and young Paitra wants to see it. Even hidden away in the armory, the artifact changed the whole mood of their mountain citadel from dread foreboding to hope. But the warlord hid the fighters’ plunder for good reason. Forged by trolls and radiating magic, it presents grave risk to any who approach it.
Through death into magic and sound, Paitra confronts… resonant bronze.