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22 December 2012 @ 12:00 pm
Hello, and thank you for looking in. This is where I post my fantasy stories in their uncensored, unabridged editions.

Most stories will feature homosexual relationships. Those with explicit adult material are marked with an asterisk. (*)

Tales of the Tempest series (Ongoing heroic fantasy) -- As an ancient, dying empire slowly collapses, it leaves political chaos in its wake even as old powers long suppressed rise up again.  Amid all this, a young martial artist wanders the land in search of his own purpose, accompanied by his partner and lover, a warrior with a special gift.

The Rising Storm (Novella, 35,700 words.) -- The only one in the royal citadel of Lipak who has any secrets to keep is the kings youngest son, Kitaro. Or so it seems, until he realizes there is at least one secret being kept from him.
Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 (part 1, part 2), 14

Along the Forest Road (Novella, 33,500 words..) -- Tamarick of the Tripolis has never run into anyone he can't handle, until a certain martial artist happens by. But why is Tamarick living off by himself?
Chapters 1, 2, 3 (part 1, part 2), 4 (part 1, part 2, part 3*), 5, 6, 7 (part 1*, part 2), 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

The Shadow Duke (Short story, 10,700 words..) -- Nothing about the great fortress makes any sense, from the ruffians inhabiting it to its lord's odd behavior. Can anyone pass the night under his roof in safety?
Part 1*, Part 2, Part 3*

Barbaric Treatment (Short story, 1,450 words..) -- Hrothgar the Barbarian has dreams which Kitaro and Tamarick do not share. Not to mention horrendous grammar.

The Secret Oasis (Short story, 9,770 words.) -- This has not been the best time of Kitaro's life, but when an attack along the Spice Road leaves the caravan in a precarious position he and Tamarick must take action.
Part 1, Part 2, Part 3

Colder than Ice, Hotter than Flame (Short story, 11,700 words.) -- Kitaro and Tamarick are now well-known mercenary agents. When a commission takes them back into Lipak for the first time since Kitaro left home, can he hold to an old resolve? Or will he be destroyed by his own rage?
Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4

Regional map (Tentative; will be filled in as stories progress)
On measurements
On the calendar and timekeeping
Magical Boy Ian series (Ongoing contemporary supernatural fantasy) -- Ian Douglass' life changed forever that one magical summer.
To the Summer Sweet* (Short story, 3,400 words.)  -- Ian is boy on the cusp of discovery at the end of a strangely restless summer.

The Ceilidh (Short story, 3,100 words) -- Ian's great-grandmother deals with the consequences of his decision.
Stand-alone stories

That Which He Needs* (Short story, 2,600 words.) -- Science fiction steampunk with[info]engine_red 's characters and setting. David is stressed out as usual, and Kuro knows exactly what he needs.
27 January 2012 @ 11:18 pm
Cross-posted from my y!Gallery journal:

Not a lot of writing, that's for damn sure. I still have two Tales stories more or less in work, although I haven't made a lot of progress lately. I'm wondering now if I haven't bitten off more than I can chew with one of them. It could easily end up novel length, and I don't know if I'm prepared for something like that. I may have to pass over it until I feel up to dealing with it.

There may be a couple of Magical Boy Ian stories coming too, but I need to be inspired for those.

The one project that's going well is a Mabinogi based doujin about my character Chillian. The script is complete, and it's being drawn by the incomparable Fallen Angel! It looks great so far, and I'm really excited about it. We'll be posting it in various places and I'll link it in my TOC when it's done. Most of it will be very NSFW, just so you know.

Fallen has already drawn Chillian a couple of times, so you can get some idea what kind of kid he is. You'll need an account to view the second one; it's rather naughty.

12 May 2011 @ 03:37 am
With a name like Ian Douglass, he can scarcely be anything other than of Scottish descent. A ceilidh (pronounced KAY-lee) is a Gaelic social gathering. Formerly it was focused on storytelling but now it's about music and dance whether traditional, as here, or modern.


“Ian!” His father’s voice held the same note of irritation it always did when preparing for a family gathering.Collapse )
10 May 2011 @ 02:48 pm
Work on the next story in Tales of the Tempest is still proceeding, although slowly. The last couple of weeks have been particularly difficult. The scene I'm working on is not an easy one to write -- I haven't been this nasty to Kit since "The Rising Storm" -- and I have the uncomfortable suspicion that I'm not doing it justice in the rough draft. That's only to be expected, but I do wish it were coming out better. For some reason I find I can't work on it more than a half-hour at a time. It might be the material, or it might be just a combination of physical strain from writing it out by hand as quickly as I possibly can, along with mental strain of my brain always running ahead of my hand anyway and having to constantly backtrack.

In the meantime, if you've had a look at my TOC post recently you'll see that "To the Summer Sweet" is now listed as the first story in a series, which I'm calling Magical Boy Ian. Perhaps in response to the difficulties I'm having with the TotT story, two more stories about him have forced themselves out. I should have the first of them done in a couple of days, and (unusually, or so I expect for these stories) it'll be tame enough that I can even post it to deviantArt, with its kid-safe TOS. I hope it's moderately interesting anyway. My biggest challenge there will be writing a contemporary teenage boy with an authentic-sounding voice.

I probably have Fallen Angel to thank for keeping Ian in my mind. He took a liking to him and from time to time comes out with what he very graciously calls "fanart". It's certainly thanks to him that Ian has acquired a mascot of sorts. I may have taken a liberty or two with it, but I can't make it fit well into my conception of the stories otherwise and it's too cute to leave out.
07 March 2011 @ 09:32 pm
The decision for my characters to use American-style measures in Tales of the Tempest was deliberate. To those who are unfamiliar with them, I'm sure they're sometimes befuddling and annoyingly archaic, but it's that archaic character that, to me, makes them more suitable for use in a pseudo-historical setting. The SI system is much more orderly, and I'm comfortable with it even if I don't use it day-to-day, but for various reasons it struck me as the sort of thing unlikely to arise in a lower-tech culture. Before SI, there were various similar (but not identical) systems all based on human dimensions. The US system retains that nomenclature even though its measures are now standardized to exact SI equivalents.

So this is intended as a guide for my readers outside the US who may not have reason to be familiar with the kinds of measures I usually employ. Some of them are not even very familiar to Americans outside certain specialized contexts. This is for guidance only. Although I give close to exact SI equivalents here, my characters typically estimate things like distances and weights, or measure by their own body dimensions, so most times they will be approximate.

Hang on, it's gonna be a bumpy ride...Collapse )
Confused? Well, as I said in a note at the top of one of my chapters, now you know why they invented the SI.
25 February 2011 @ 01:14 am
This one is about Tamarick, our usual narrative POV in the Tales of the Tempest stories.

Nine things about Tamarick...Collapse )

Hmm. Tagging is a bit of an issue, since I don't keep up with people around here anywhere near as well as I should. At the risk of sounding presumptuous, lemme hit shayna611 , totalcrash5 (who is no longer posting stories even if they are awesome) and qui_te .

24 February 2011 @ 04:08 am
It's a meme. I was tagged by engine_red. Since she's the one who prodded me into actually finishing and posting stories in the first place, I have no choice. I surmise that we are to provide nine random facts about an OC.

9 Facts about Kitaro:Collapse )
23 February 2011 @ 03:08 am
I have no particular interest in the Twilight "saga", but it's both fun and fashionable to mock it as it richly deserves. To do that honestly, one really ought to have read the books first, and I have no intention of subjecting myself to them. Fortunately I don't have to, thanks to Dana of Reasoning With Vampires and Mark of Mark Reads Twilight.

It got me to worrying about my own work, though.Collapse )
05 December 2010 @ 01:14 pm
I wrote this and decided it was too harsh for the fictionwriters  group -- it's not writers_guild , after all -- but I had to put it SOMEPLACE.

The post in question is here, which links to this story

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