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DRAGOMEIR SERIES – Weapons of War

The number one weapon talked about, hated and loved in “The Emerald Dragon” has got to be the Projector. It comes in a variety of sizes, but the most feared has got to be the Projector Station. It can hit and injure a dragon in the air at several thousand feet. Its travel through the air is silent and swift. Unlike some of the other weapons used by Queen Mother’s troops, the Projector is low tech and easy to manufacture, although somewhat difficult to move to remote areas.

Pictured below is an example of the dreaded Projector Station.

 projector_bolt_station

 

The Projector Station is very similar to its distant cousin, the hand held Projector. They both fire bolts, just of radically different sizes. The amount of pressure is adjustable up to but not to exceed, the tinsel strength of the tangs and the bow ropes. The bolt travel is close to the speed of a bullet and the barbed point of the bolt makes it difficult to remove.

The Projector itself is aimed by a metal hoop that extends from top to bottom at the back of the mechanism. The operator places one foot at the bottom and both hands at the top to swivel and vertically aim the device. The base is generally affixed to the ground by a series of stakes driven deep into the ground.  The bolts are three inches in diameter and up to four feet in length.

Here is an example of the kind of Projector Bolt used by the demons on the Provinces of Hell.

bolt

The barb at the tip of the bolt varies in design, depending on use. The bolt pictured has an open faced barb. It is much simpler to remove but allows blood to flow more freely after penetration. Stay posted for future information on Weapons of War!

DRAGOMEIR SERIES – Creature Features!

I have been asked by several people if I could give some insight into the creatures living in Mt. Drago. So I thought we’d start with the Hellhounds. Now for those who have not yet read “The Emerald Dragon,” the Hellhounds were helped by Queen Mother to make a mass exodus from the Provinces of Hell to Mt. Drago.

There, they took up shop in an area of the mountain called Tarin’s Gallery. The Hellhounds are a genetically altered species that started off with a considerable amount of Pit Bull in the heritage. No one is really sure what else besides wolf went into the mixture, but what we do know is that they went after size and stamina. The full grown males of this species top over three hundred pounds, stand about five feet tall and can run for days. They are predominately brown in color with brown eyes. They sport an opposing thumb and forefinger and have sparse uneven hair over their bodies, which are brown in color.

hound

What the Dark Lords didn’t expect was in part the unknown factor mentioned previously, and what they got was a species on the fast track to sentience. Ten generations later they were no longer the trusted pet dog. Through sheer will and a lot of death and destruction they managed to escape to another of the Provinces, where they would be almost impossible to defeat.

By the eleventh generation they were not only intelligent, but self aware and very unhappy with the Dark Lords. That’s where Queen Mother entered the picture and gave them an opportunity they couldn’t ignore.

The Hellhounds of today are drastically different than the ones written about in history. The ones in Mt. Drago would rather not fight; they are vegetarians and prefer to stay in one place to rear their children. They are deeply spiritual and have a great sense of humor. To find out more about these creatures you can read the first book of the Dragomeir Series, “The Emerald Dragon,” or leave me a comment and I will be happy to answer any questions!

The Vaping Saga – Episode 5

In my last episode I stated that on the next installment I would show my latest toy and get into Ohm’s law.

Okay, the only missing ingredient is power, and by that I mean a higher wattage. The minute you start manipulating ohm’s law, you need more power. The SVD device I had been using is an amazing machine, but you can only go down to 1.2 ohms. The law states that to calculate the needed voltage you take the ohms and multiply it by itself, so if your ohms rating was 1.8, then you would multiply it times 1.8. That gives you 3.24 volts. To calculate wattage simply multiply 3.24 times two, which then gives you 6.48. First problem . . . The taste factor says the ohm should be lower. The lower the ohm, the better the taste. Second problem . . . Any device that can fire with a lower ohm rating is only regulated above four volts. And if that wasn’t enough, the power needs to be incrementally higher as you drop down the ohms. The way to get the volts high enough is to raise the wattage, but the device I was using doesn’t go that high. Thus enters the picture . . . The Hana DNA30. With a whopping 30 watts of power and the ability to fire down to .3 ohms, it now seems possible to have your cake and eat it too. Pictured below is my new toy.

hana

Armed with the Hana and my Kayfun/Patriot I can produce enough power to keep the volts over four by adjusting the watts as high as thirty. The taste is amazing, and all of this without the need for an analog cigarette. I’m currently down to 2 mgs of nicotine and my goal continues to be nicotine free. As Rip Trippers would say, ”Smoking is dead . . . Vaping is the future and the future is now.” Well said, Rip.

 

What does “Impressing” with a Dragon mean?

The act of impressing with a dragon marks an unbreakable lifetime bond. You become partners and best friends. The dragons control whether or not it happens, and ultimately who it will happen with. That single fact is immutable, and to the best of my knowledge has never been different.

The way the impression works is sadly all over the board concerning methodology. With Wyverns, the goal during the impression is generally to stay alive long enough to mount the dragon at the base of its neck or upon the upper shoulders. Once this has been accomplished, the impression is for all practical purposes over. If the dragon is old enough and has already accomplished the nuances of being airborne, then the maiden flight will take place, constituting their first flight together.

Wyvern dragons employ dry fire during the impression, knowing full well that if the potential rider is not fast enough, he/she will be toasted. They generally slow their reflexes down to accommodate accidents, but they are looking to see if the rider is compatible with combat and if they have the ability to apply themselves with dedication.

Aguiva dragons produce wet fire, which is really nothing more than liquid burning plasma. Unlike Wyverns, they do not blow the fire in a stream. The plasma is regurgitated as wad or ball of viscous, rotating, burning mucus which will burn through most substances on contact. They will use this during the impression but they generally aim short of the rider and it is used only as a show of power.

How a Wyvern selects a rider is somewhat of a mystery. We know that their entire society is an enclosed communal mind, and finding a rider in the mountain where they live makes sense. They can hear every mind that is present. The fact that they can and will find riders in distant places is where the mystery comes into play. The common theory is that they have the power and ability to hear every mind on the planet if they concentrate. Then over time it’s like they interview every mind individually, which may explain why in some cases it takes years to finally make a selection. At that point they call out to the potential rider until he or she responds by coming to the mountain. The dragon sends a homing beacon via thought and the rider simply continues to move toward it until they arrive.

How an Aguiva selects a rider is not so much a mystery as an examination of emotional content. They are affected by a person’s demeanor when they are spoken to. What they are looking for is an expression of endearment and there is no way to predict what will cause it. What is known is that whatever is said that causes the affect will ultimately become the dragon’s name. As an example, if you stated “Holy Cow” upon seeing the Aguiva, and it took that as the term of endearment, then it will repeat that phrase indicating it has chosen that as its name and you as its rider. You are now the proud rider to a dragon named, Holy Cow. On the other hand, if nothing you say to the Aguiva produces this affect, then no impression will happen. It’s very hit and miss and does require some training to minimize potential verbal disasters!

The Vaping Saga – Episode 4

Okay, here we are again, and on the verge of a full understanding of why the vaping experience tends to come up short on satisfaction.

When you first get into vaping, there’s a quiet unspoken assumption that the result of what we’re doing is the way it’s supposed to be. Oh contraire. . .If you had never eaten a steak and were to some degree unsure of what it was, then when you finally took a bite you have to go with what it tastes like right then and there. But what if the steak you were attempting to eat was made out of Styrofoam. You would think that all steak was supposed to taste like that, simply because you didn’t have anything else to compare it with. Right? Steak’s no big deal and it tastes like…well nothing really. Now do that for years, until one day some nice person gives you a medium rare T Bone steak that would melt in your mouth. That would rewrite the whole steak experience.

Now imagine taking a vape on a device that will actually deliver the flavor that was engineered into the E-Cig. There are over one thousand flavors available on the open market and instead of receiving a fraction of the flavor, you get the whole burrito. The soft drink flavors actually taste like they’re carbonated. There are some that were created to be heat sensitive, so they taste like one flavor on the inhale and another on the exhale.

In the vaping world, there is no substitute for superior hardware, but moreover, there is none for excellent wetware. Shown below is the company that makes my favorite e-liquid. The company is called Dekang and they make a full line of flavors.

dekang

To start your search for a better e-liquid, I would suggest this location -

http://www.ecig-vapo.com/dekang-e-liquid-silver-label-10ml-c-6_7_58.html

Understand, this website is only one of many that carry this line of fine products.

On my next installment I’ll show my latest acquisition, and get into the best way to manipulate Ohm’s Law.

 

 

Fun Facts About Dragons !


Did You Know?

Wyvern Dragons -

  • Have hollow bones
  • Have several gas bags in their chests helping them to fly
  • Have a bilateral hinge on their jaws allowing sideways movement
  • Can laugh mentally, and others will hear bells
  • Cannot land moving faster than they can run
  • Can create fire only because of certain minerals in their diet

Emerald Dragon_sitting

Aguiva Dragons -

  • Cannot see forward, only to the sides
  • Have to perform vertical takeoffs since they have no front legs
  • Although considered dragons, have more attributes like birds
  • Create plasma due to an inability to process certain chemicals
  • Are a direct descendant from the Pterosaurs

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Greetings from Mt. Drago!

 

A lot of questions have been asked already about the ending of “The Emerald Dragon” and the second book in the Dragomeir Series, “Flight of the Aguiva”. It does my heart good to know that interest in these novels is growing. Thank you so much! At the end of Emerald, a young Aguiva dragon is missing (That’s pronounced Ah-Geeva).   The first part of the story involves the disposition of said youngster. You’ll remember him from Emerald as Bullba, dragon to the rider, Analise.

A second Crystal Key is located, new species are discovered and Tanis gets to fly Demi on another planet. We get to learn more about Queen Mother and some of her kids (I didn’t say that out loud). I’ve had so much fun with these books and I hope you do too.

I wanted to reveal more on the impressions with book two; you know, how dragons find their riders and how the system works for everyone. Sometimes things are not what they seem and life gets tough. Tanis learns that the impressions don’t always work the way he thought they were supposed to. Especially with Aguivas. There’s lots of action, with a great deal of fighting and plenty of dragon fire. I’ll keep you posted on when the first few chapters will go online. So stay tuned to see what’s coming next!

The Vaping Saga – Episode 3

It took three months to get to a point where I could put the cigarettes down and walk away, so I didn’t start counting until then. I mean fair’s fair right? Every three months or so I would drop the amount of nicotine by about half. Every time I did, I vaped more for awhile, but I think that’s pretty normal. It eventually tapers off and goes back the more predictable amount. I started off vaping 24mg of nicotine and one year later I’m down to 3mg. I’d say that was progress. My endgame, my personal goal is to vape nicotine free.

Okay, so my device was pretty much top notch, and it occurred to me that the tank was and had been dropping the ball. The flavor I was supposed to be enjoying ceased after the first few minutes on a fresh refill. According to everyone on Youtube, it wasn’t the way it was supposed to work.

I tried just about every clearomizer there was, and admittedly some were better than others, but still could not be confused with the vaping version of the Holy Grail.

That was when I found the KayFun and the Russian 91%. These tanks feature rebuildable filter coils and cotton filtration. That means kanthall wire and cotton balls. High quality stuff at bargain basement prices, and I was elated. I could build my own coils the way I thought they should be built and they would work longer, better and every time. Check the image below.

kfun

Vaping took on a whole new wrinkle and it changed how I do things again. Stay tuned and next week I’ll show you what that means. To see the KayFun in action check out this link -

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pIAlr5dRohI

The Vaping Saga – Episode 2

Well, now armed to the teeth with information gleaned from my research, I set out to upgrade my vaping setup. I had been using a very weak Ego style battery and a pen tank. Miserable to say the least, and let me hasten to add, miserable only in that it wouldn’t hold up to chain vaping which is what I had begun doing. I might as well have had it surgically implanted to my face. Doing without cigarettes was hard! For a bird’s eye view of round one and two from other peoples point of view, click here.

At my local neighborhood vape shop I spotted what I thought was the end all – do all and was mortified by the price. Back to the house and two hours later I had managed to find the little beauty online for half the amount. This device is called the Innokin SVD (Superior Vaping Device) Clever huh?

It took two weeks to get to my house and when it did I put the battery in, the battery I also found online for an extra charge, and it rocked my vaping world and it still does to this day. It is an excellent device, well built and sturdy. For an up close look at this device click here.

For those who do not wish to travel at the moment, just look below.

Innokin SVD DeviceOnce you make the plunge understand that for awhile it’s like grabbing a tiger by the tail. Devices like these need batteries and a charger… so it’s not just buying one thing, but several things. It turned out to be the best purchase I had made to date. Well worth it! Below you will also find images of the batteries and the charger.

Innokin SVD Batteries & ChargerNext week I’ll explain why it wasn’t enough and what I did next. Geez, I’ve turned into such a Geek! Hehehe

A Fantastic Day at Barnes and Noble!

Solitaire Parke and Shonna Slayton

Saturday was the BIG day! I just came away from the Science-Fiction/Fantasy Book signing event at Barnes & Noble (Phoenix, Arizona) and man oh man, was that an experience or what?

Eleven authors, myself included, participated with our books being featured during the Marvel and Science Fiction/Fantasy day. Hundreds of people in costume, some of which looked like they just walked off a movie set. They were actually that good! My sales went well and I got to meet a lot of interesting, and sometimes very odd people. It was noisy, boisterous and amazingly fun! I’ve got to give the staff at Barnes & Noble credit because the entire event was coordinated and extremely well managed from start to finish. They made us all feel welcome and treated us like super stars. I personally can’t wait to go back. It was suggested for me to wear a costume so I chose to go as Van Helsing and I’ve got to admit that I had a great time! Be sure to visit my Website and Facebook page for more photos of the day’s event!

 

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