Turn the World Around, Part 28

Turn the World Around, Part 28

by Chapter 22 (conclusion) “What can we do?  We’re really only observers at the sessions, aren’t we?”  The way Manuel’s voice trailed off made me wonder what might be going through his head. “I’m not certain.”  Talya reached to her right, her hand disappearing as if it had been chopped off at the wrist then …

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The November Blog Plan

The November Blog Plan

by I’m not doing NaNoWriMo this year.  It was cool last year, winning with 50,544 new words of fiction on a single project in a single month (and I slacked off the last day since I’d technically won the night before with 50,010 words).  Very cool, even if I was a bit burnt out at …

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Branch Santa, Part 3

Branch Santa, Part 3

by Jan and Eugene went back to R&D, arguing some technical point about orbital mechanics.  Howard slipped away at the same time, back to the media centre and his four assistants.  Frank stayed in his chair and Santa sat down to wait for the explosion. The door clicked shut. “A branch Santa!”  Frank sprung out …

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Turn the World Around, Part 27

Turn the World Around, Part 27

by Chapter 22 “Gargltch is unhappy, but he will return tomorrow.”  Manuel didn’t look all that happy himself.  The creases across his forehead seemed a lot deeper than they had that morning at the conference and he looked more his age than I’d ever seen. Talya nodded.  “Riptalektik’fa was difficult to convince.”  It amazed me …

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Branch Santa, Part 2

Branch Santa, Part 2

by Two elves in white lab coats and weighed down by stacks of paper teetered into the office.  In a world of garish, clashing colors, the matching white hats and pointy shoes seemed out of place. Eugene reached the desk first and plopped his stack of paper on the corner, sliding Santa’s In-Out tray to the …

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Turn the World Around, Part 26

Turn the World Around, Part 26

by Chapter 21 Sharonstood on the other side of the shuttle’s airlock door when it opened. It had been a quiet trip back with Ambassador Mahyul refusing to speak to or even look at me during the flight.  She stood before I even realized the shuttle had landed and blew past me to get out …

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Branch Santa, Part 1

Branch Santa, Part 1

by “Chief!” The door slammed open to allow a little man in pointy shoes, bright blue suit, and a floppy, green felt cap into the office.  Santa didn’t need magic to see the elf was upset about something.  Frank’s tenor, having no resemblance to the helium-filled elves of Hollywood, tried to reach up a few …

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Self Publishing – What I’m Not Doing

Self Publishing – What I’m Not Doing

by I’m not typically a crowd follower.  I like to make up my own mind about things, usually after doing some research and thinking about it.  And something I’ve decided not to do is publish individual short stories.  There are a couple of reasons for this, but both of them come down to basic mathematics. …

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Turn the World Around, Part 25

Turn the World Around, Part 25

by Chapter 20 (conclusion) “Why did they adjourn early?  Honestly, this peace conference is a huge event.  It may be the biggest thing that’s ever happened on Earth, but remember that these three species are trying to stop an interstellar war, and one that’s been going on for decades.  There’s a lot of bad feeling …

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