"Sorry I'm late. All sorts of things cropping up at the last minute. How are we for time?"
This is where I do my usual Public Service Announcement: There are elections coming up here in the US, everyone should go out and vote for the candidates of their choice. Everyone who knows me knows that I loathe politics, but I have come to realize that it is a necessary evil. Frankly, I don't care what your party is or which candidate for what office that you prefer. I'm just trying to point out that if you don't vote, you are allowing other people to determine your future. Take control of your life ino your own hands. Go vote. You've got the power, now accept the responsibility.
Well, that's enough of that for this month.
So what else is happening? I've been experiencing a lot of synchronicities lately. (That's when a chain of events occur that seems to be inter-connected by spooky sorts of coincidences.) It seems like all I have to do is think of some subject or other- and suddenly I'm swamped by web-pages, news announcements, and magazine articles on whatever that particular subject happens to be. Like Reality has suddenly switched into Google mode, the last two months have been a massive data dump into my brainpan... Not only is the universe stranger than I had imagined, now its upgrading my imagination so that it can achieve further flights of weirdness. (grin) I've always enjoyed the more Fortean aspects of life, but this is beyond chance. Something odd is happening.
On another front; Jeff has asked me to write a Nightwatch story for next year. I started doing some research after he and I brainstormed a few ideas in the chatroom one night. We started off with a story fragment from my Notebook file. The whole thing was less than four skimpy paragraphs. We figured out how to make it fit the Nightwatch universe, but then Jeff made a mistake. He turned me loose to write, and write I did. The wordcount isn't all that high yet, but the story has begun to devour my entire life. It has pushed everything else that I was working on into the background. Every time I fire up the computer, eventually I wind up working on the story. Am I subconciously attempting to one-up the other writers? I don't think so, I think it to be more like what the writers in the Mare Inebrium series feel when a gem comes to them. At least, I hope so, 'cause this is a good feeling.
Alright, let's get this puppy online. I've babbled long enough.
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Max Cory, trapped in a mountain cave system thanks to his own
carelessness, finds something unusual happening there, and he soon finds
that he's not alone, that someone else is also observing the strange
A new shared universe series: Nightwatch, under the direction of Jeff Williams.
By Robert Moriyama
Yes, this is the same Prufrock who caused so much trouble for Al Majius and friends. The original version of this story appeared in Titan webzine several years ago; this version appeared last year in the defunct Planet Relish webzine.
By J.E. Deegan
The day following the astonishing celestial event that had covered half the globe, Jason Mohs ventured into the abandoned train terminal seeking shelter from the bone-numbing cold. Being new to Limboland, he was unaware that the derelict building was a place to avoid.
Two Gods of a Darker Sort
By Jaimie L. Elliot
In this excerpt from the novel Harvest Moon, an unlikely group of adventurers searches for a prophet in order to learn why The Prophecy is no longer valid.
By Zahid Zaman
A woman finds herself trapped in a dream world where she faces terror as she searches for someone she lost.
By J.L. Navarro
After settling into his new home, Randolph Zook found himself one morning sitting on his porch drinking coffee and looking at the narrow dirt road that ran in front of the cabin. He caught a blue figure from the corner of his eye, and turning, he saw a lithe, tanned woman in a jogging suit, her long hair tied in a ponytail which bounced behind her as she ran. Without looking his way, she rushed by and continued down the road.
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A Challenge to
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