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Book Two of the Dragomeir Series, “Flight of the Aguiva,” Update!

Greetings Everyone!

It’s true, “The Emerald Dragon” is finished and available everywhere, but the story is just getting started. Book Two of the Dragomeir Series is fast approaching the finish line, and hopefully, will be out around the first of next year. It is entitled, “Flight of the Aguiva,” and is the continuing saga of Tanis, the rider to the Emerald Dragon, Demios. A new species of dragon will be introduced, as well as the addition of a breed of Saber Tooth Tiger.

More battles, more discoveries, and the return of some extremely colorful characters from “The Emerald Dragon,” are just some of the exciting twists and turns coming out of Mt. Drago.”

I hope you will follow the search for the second of the Crystal Keys and help the Dragons save the day again.

Solitaire . . .

 

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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