UPDATE AND IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT FOR COLORADO PEEPS: GRIDLOCK PROTEST AT THE CAPITOL TODAY AT ONE. MAKE JARED POLIS CRY AGAIN!
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FROM NITAY ARBEL: Operation Flash, Episode 3: Spring Awakening.
The third installment of the alternate history series where Hitler and Himmler were assassinated in March 1943.
A desperate military situation forces Carl Goerdeler’s Emergency Reich Government (ERG) to make a bargain with the devil.
Across the Channel, Winston Churchill plays for time as he pursues a separate peace with Goerdeler.
Two old acquaintances make the first steps on a long march toward national atonement.
And meanwhile, the ERG’s deadliest enemy lurks within its gates.
FROM NATHAN BISSONETTE: Kobold and Centaur.
Worst Prom date ever. Steph only went with Sam because nobody else asked her. Besides, it’s just for Prom, right? It’s not forever. But that was before the little man with pointed ears handed them enchanted scrolls that sent them out of this world. Now she’s stuck far from home in a different body. Can Steph and Sam make it home in time to save the Earth without getting killed? Or killing each other? And what about the Prince?
FROM THOMAS SEWELL: Techno Ranger: A Sam Harper Military Thriller.
North and South Korea are on a collision course with the prospect of reigniting war in this action-packed military thriller!
1LT Sam Harper, surfing engineer, tries to fit in on his new job. He’ll risk everything to prevent mass destruction.
Sam’s intelligence analysts identify security vulnerabilities in a government lab in Seoul.
Meanwhile, his CIA ex-girlfriend complicates his life with her spy priorities.
A desperate North Korean general sends a naive Special Forces lieutenant and his team across the DMZ to steal nuclear materials technology.
Sends them disguised to infiltrate the top-secret lab Sam protects.
Sam will need all his combat and technical skills to safeguard those he cares about, but his involvement with a traitor and a CIA temptress may teach him the wrong lessons about who to trust.
FROM MARY CATELLI: Enchantments And Dragons.
A wizard must produce justice enough to satisfy a dragon.
A young man tries to rob a tiger’s lair.
An enchantress tries to keep a court safe while they ignore the perils of misusing her magic.
A lady finds that court intrigues can spread even to the countryside.
And more tales.
Includes “Over the Sea To Me,” “Dragonfire and Time”, “The Maze, the Manor, and the Unicorn”, “The White Menagerie”, “The Dragon’s Cottage,” “Jewel of the Tiger,” and “The Sword Breaks.”
FROM PAM UPHOFF: War Party.
Ice is a powerful magician and trained warrior. His day job, however, is political analyst, and it is once again election year.
Hopefully with fewer explosions and snipers than the last one, but in the Empire of the One, what sounds like a boring desk job is anything but.
Especially when al old flame gets pissed enough to jump into the presidential race.
Between assassins on the loose, duels to the death, and a sense of something nasty coming his way, Ice is going to be busy.
ALMA T. C. BOYKIN: Gloriously Familiar: Familiar Tales Book Eleven.
Dragons, fires, a haunted piano, and a haunted young man.
Six stories of mystery, history, memories, and adventure. From a quiet mage with silver knitting needles to an accidental dragon and an ancient story teller, to a Mare of Unusual Size and a Familiar of Unusual Activity, there’s something for everyone in this collection. Meet new friends, catch up with old ones, and wonder with Lilia if André ever will learn.
Vignettes by Luke, Mary Catelli and ‘Nother Mike.
So what’s a vignette? You might know them as flash fiction, or even just sketches. We will provide a prompt each Sunday that you can use directly (including it in your work) or just as an inspiration. You, in turn, will write about 50 words (yes, we are going for short shorts! Not even a Drabble 100 words, just half that!). Then post it! For an additional challenge, you can aim to make it exactly 50 words, if you like.
We recommend that if you have an original vignette, you post that as a new reply. If you are commenting on someone’s vignette, then post that as a reply to the vignette. Comments — this is writing practice, so comments should be aimed at helping someone be a better writer, not at crushing them. And since these are likely to be drafts, don’t jump up and down too hard on typos and grammar.
If you have questions, feel free to ask.
Your writing prompt this week is: EXTEND.*
*The management wishes to emphasize it is not responsible for the Vignette TeamTM handing you guys these straight lines. Also it wants to declare in advance that “I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I’m sorry. I can’t do anything with these three.”
Addendum: I would also like to thank you for prayers. I’m feeling better. (I think I’ll go for a walk.) Though still somewhere between baffled at this mass psychotic episode and enraged at the destruction wrought, I now have hope sanity is reasserting itself, at least that brand of very American sanity that consists of saying “No, you can’t tell me what to do.” I also have found a renewed hope that just as a small dose of a pathogen can vaccinate the potential host against the real disease this bit of craziness will inoculate America against the idea of a government that can violate your rights and destroy your life at will. No, it’s not guaranteed. Nothing ever is. I also suspect it’s one of those vaccines that needs regular boosts. But in the sense that the burned hand teaches best, this insanity of “rule by experts” and the (I am sure) pain we’ll all experience for a couple of years might teach us to avoid the worst. Keep praying. – SAH