The Sword – The Fireborn



In the shadowy area where myth and history collide…

If you have been following along, you know that Elliot thinks that the cauldron that his brother, the noted archeologist William, has dug up is the Cauldron of Resurrection from Celtic myth and is used to make the dreaded fireborn.  I also stated that the fireborn are almost impossible to stop, but Elliot thinks he has the key.  And what can stop the unstoppable?

Some have called it “Caledfwlch”.  Any ideas yet? Continue reading

Alone – #writephoto – Towrds the Light


Photo by Sue Vincent

Note – this is part seven of the story, Towards the Light.  Click here for previous.  Go to the Table of Contents. Or start at the beginning: (click here for part 1 – The Tunnel)

As we waited for the Watchers to decided our fate, I studied the rock enclosure.  It felt odd that in the place of the Watchers, nobody was paying attention to me, leaving me alone.  The place we were seated was more than just a widening of the chasm we had followed.  It was created were two of the fissures crossed, with four massive corners.  The sun had long ago set deep down in our culvert, but the sky up above was still glowing orange and red.  As I looked, I realized that someone was looking back.

At each of the four rock corners was a face.  Looking closer I saw that they were triple faces carved by nature into the living rocks. Continue reading

Research Journal, Last Page



Aug 5 – Doing field test we have determined that the specimen is not terrestrial in origin.  It does not belong to any class of Meteorite that we have studied.  I believe it is not of our solar system.

Aug 6 – Very complex molecules have been discovered on the specimen.

Aug 7 – Dr. Chen claims there is an alien life form present.

Aug 8 – Dr. Chen and 3 grad students missing.

Aug 11 – Chen was right.  I am alone.

Aug 13 – Dr. C. and the others returned.  No ideas.

Aug 14 – The planet’s dominant lifeform has been studied.  Assimilation has begun.

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Word count = 100

Friday Fictioneers is hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.  This week’s prompt is here and uses a photo provided by © CEAyr.  Read more or join in by following the InLinkz “linky“.

Weekly Smile 84 #weeklysmile

Weekly Smile #WeeklySmile

Weekly Smile #WeeklySmile

This has been a pretty good week and I have a lot to smile about.  Besides all of the little things, there are a few big ones that I really don’t want to talk about ;)  I’m not being secretive and you will hear about them later.  OK, here is a hint for one of them: look at my recent posts.  Need more?  OK, although I have not officially said anything to anybody, I am currently planning on August 21 as the official release date of The Fireborn.  Shhhh ;)  OK, don’t shhh, go shout it from the mountaintops, but I haven’t said anything yet ;)

Believe it or not, I actually spend a lot of time away from the computer, but I want to talk a little bit about sitting here.  Yes, I’ve had a lot of smiles about blogging.  Here are a few things I’ve smiled about the blogging world:  One of my favorite bloggers has returned after being away from blogging for well over six months.  That’s great :)  I’ve started another serial story, but with a twist, and it’s a lot of fun (see the Towards the Light page).  I’ve been in the middle of a series of posts about my upcoming book, and it’s been a lot of fun.  I did a major photo-post, which is always great.  I have been writing independent short stories.  I’ve read a lot of good posts, some about summer fun, some political ideology, some poetry, some philosophy, some fiction, some about other people’s book projects and book releases.  I’m sure I missed a bunch of stuff, but when I’ve sat down to read, I have had a smile.

That’s one of the things I smiled about this week, blogging.

So, what made you smile this week?  Write about it and put your link in the comments below or do a ping back to this post.  (InLinkz has been getting funny so I dropped it.)   Next week I will do a recap post before I put up my weekly smile and include all of the links and even the short smiles people leave in the comments.  Yes, that’s right, if you just leave a smile as a comment, i.e., you don’t do a post, I’ll include that in the recap too!  So let me know what you smiled about!

Not sure the “rules” for the Weekly Smile?  Check here.

Last Week’s Smiles!


Note – the Weekly Smile runs Wednesday Morning to Wednesday morning. I post in the morning (Eastern US) and put up the link usually between 7 and 8 AM EST. I also try to post on Sunday as a reminder. People can and do join throughout the week.  Sometime Wednesday morning before I post a new smile, I will post a Smile Recap of the week before.  have fun and Smile! :)

Weekly Smile 83 Recap

Weekly Smile #WeeklySmile

Weekly Smile #WeeklySmile

I had quite a few smiles this week, and looking at the comments and what people left, so did you :)  Here are some of the smiles last week:

Original Smile Post
Smile Reminder

Cookies and Moo
Wasted Days and Wasted Nights
The Broken Spine
Daily Musings
Jottings and Writings
Rosemary Carlson
Lady Lee Manila
Sandra Pavloff Conner
Hangin’ Out With God
Always a Write

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The Fireborn (Character) from The Fireborn (Book)


In the shadowy area where myth and history collide…

A couple of weeks ago I introduced our hero, Elliot.  Sure, he can seem a little ridiculous at times, but often people who can imagine the unimaginable are just the people you want when  the nightmare is real.  And what is the nightmare?  Remember the cauldron that I talked about?  The one that Elliot’s brother, William, discovered?  As I stated last week, Elliot thinks that the cauldron is the Cauldron of Resurrection of Celtic myth.  He fears it could be used to create the dreaded fireborn.  Yeah, seriously.  Just what we don’t need running around the world!  Scared?

What are the fireborn, you ask?

When a dead body is placed in the cauldron, an un-dead warrior emerges.  The warrior is blue, like the heart of the flame, with red hair that stands on end, like the tip of the flame.  The body burns with an internal fire and can wear no clothes.  And they are warriors, almost unstoppable and chopping anyone in their way with their sharp swords.  This is a fireborn. Continue reading

Cape Cod Late June 2017


I was on Cape Cod for a week in late June of this year.  As usual, I took a ton of photos.  I finally got a chance to dig through them.  There were just too many ;)  The hard part was weeding them out and picking my favorites.  Not always the best.  For instance,  I like this Osprey with a stick:

Osprey with stick

Not as good as the photo at the top of the page, but I like the stick.  I actually took a few photos of osprey with sticks, and some with fish, but most didn’t come out very well. Continue reading

I Want Your Smiles! #weeklysmile 83 Reminder!

Weekly Smile #WeeklySmile

Weekly Smile #WeeklySmile

I’m sure I’m not the only photographer who has hundreds, perhaps over a thousand, photos sitting on my computer that I haven’t had a chance to go through.  Well, I spent most of yesterday, which was a rainy day, looking at photos.  I’m not done, not by a long stretch, but it has been great!

It started on Thursday Friday when I took a few minutes to go through videos that I took with my new camera.  I put a few of them together and came up with a short video.  I think the Eagle feeding its young is very smile worthy. Continue reading