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Monday, November 20, 2017

New Cover: Serpents' Souls & Dragons' Hearts as C.M. Simpson

I have a new short story coming out on December 1st, a dark science fiction tale called Serpents' Souls & Dragons' Hearts. It revisits the characters from The Reptiles' Blade, but occurs some years later. Here is the cover that came in, today.




Mankind has legends of intelligent serpents, dragons and vampires in almost every culture, and now mankind is out amongst the stars. When an emergent psi of lizardine-human descent dreams of a many-legged threat and serpents walking the skies, mankind might just have a chance to discover those legends made real.

Artwork is sourced from Dreamstime and the artists: Junichi Shimazaki and Yorkberlin. The spider photograph is from Dreamstime photographer, Panayot Kindalov. The background photograph, composition and manipulation are all mine.

Today's PokemonGo Medals - Berry Master Gold, Silver Youngster

I've been a little bit swamped, but I've managed a walk every day, and done some incidental pokemonning. This was not a bad way to start the morning:



Just Released Wheelchair Mermaid as Carlie Simonsen

Wheelchair Mermaid is now out on Smashwords, Amazon, and DriveThruFiction, as well as being distributed via Draft2Digital. It will also be available in paperback shortly, and that is being distributed via CreateSpace, so yay!


All Stacey wants is a morning on the beach—okay, and maybe to surf again. Like that’s ever going to happen, but a morning on the beach, on her own, as close to the waves as she’ll ever get, again, will do. It’s just that when something swims under the jetty, and a speedboat full of dangerous-looking men arrives on the beach shortly after, she has to do something. Right? Wheelchair or not, right? And that’s when life really starts to get interesting…


Wheelchair Mermaid is the fourth book in the Wheelchair Adventures series, which is based around young people getting their wheels underneath them, after they find themselves in wheelchairs.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

New Cover: Wheelchair Mermaid

Sorry for the long silence! Will post later to explain. In the meantime, I have a new cover for my next release as Carlie Simonsen. The one on the left is for the ebook version, and the one on the right is for the print-on-demand version from CreateSpace.



















All Stacey wants is a morning on the beach—okay, and maybe to surf again. Like that’s ever going to happen, but a morning on the beach, on her own, as close to the waves as she’ll ever get, again, will do. It’s just that when something swims under the jetty, and a speedboat full of dangerous-looking men arrives on the beach shortly after, she has to do something. Right? Wheelchair or not, right? And that’s when life really starts to get interesting…


Wheelchair Mermaid is the fourth book in the Wheelchair Adventures series, which is based around young people getting their wheels underneath them, after they find themselves in wheelchairs.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Just Released: Cloud Door

Happy to say that my science fiction short story, Cloud Door, has just been released as a stand-alone ebook. It's available from Smashwords, DriveThruFiction, and Amazon, and via Draft2Digital distribution, and will be included in the collection of 2017's short work due to be released mid- to late- next year. Cloud Door is a precursor to two novels set in the Mack 'n' Me universe: Mack 'n' Me and Arach.

So, we’ve done this job, and I’m checking our tails are clear, and I find they’re not—and then I find the only way to kick clear is to find the Cloud Door. Only trouble is the Cloud Door’s a legend, and Mack? Well, he’s not too fond of chasing legends. Fortunately, this one’s a no-brainer: we want to live, and that’s got to be enough to make anyone chase a legend, right?

Friday, October 27, 2017

Progress Report: Week 3 October 2017


This week, I finished my university studies—but this report is about last week. Last week, I was still suffering from a sore back, while trying to keep up class attendances so that I didn’t drop below the attendance requirements. I wanted to graduate – and not miss out because of a technicality—so, not much got done, as I spent most of the week in bed when I wasn’t trying to do what needed doing.
 

Week 3 Progress

  • New words produced: 2,741
  • Works completed: 1 (short story – Memory’s Vampire)
  • Works edited: 1 (Army Boots and Stilettos)
  • Works published: 1
  • Bloggery: 1,795
  • University Prep and Assignments: I counted 11 hour s and 39 minutes, but there was more.

Writing News


Last week saw me scrape through with the e-release of Army Boots and Stilettos. It got out on time, but only just. I completed all last week’s priorities, which were to study for this week’s exams, and brush up the formatting of the first essay in lieu of exams and see if it needs more formatting. It didn’t need more references, and it’s formatting is fine.

     

June-July Challenge: Babes in London


Last week saw me scrape through the entry for Babes. I haven’t gotten to it this week.

NOTE: This adventure is not sanctioned in any way, shape or form by Fantasy Flight. It is not an official product, and I am in no way affiliated with them or they with me. There is no relationship between us. This adventure is mine, for fun, and for you, because some of you asked me to finish it.

Also, if you like this adventure and want to play it, please go buy the official rulebooks from somewhere where the original creators and publisher of the setting will be paid. I got mine from a Melbourne game store, but I’ve found PDF versions of the Player's Handbook and the Gamemaster's Handbook are now available from DriveThruFiction. If you enjoy their world, this is the best way to thank them.



Ingress Update


Last week’s Ingress consisted of  just the usual to and fro from university, and nothing more. Not a lot got done; I was too sore to go chasing portals - beyond the daily hack, which I did on Saturday morning, while I was out hunting ghost pokemon.

 

PokemonGo Update


Last week’s PokemonGo was pretty much the same—and for the same reasons, although to start the week, I hatched a snorlax, levelled up and earned a new gold medal - not a bad pay off for casual play on the journey to and from class.

I also managed a five-minute walk Saturday morning, and caught some of the Halloween pokemon, before going home and crashing. Up until that point, I'd thought I was on the mend...


Later that day, I checked to see if there were any evolutions I could do, and discovered three. That extra candy thing meant sending one of my strong togepi to the professor, but it paid off, evolution-wise.

 

Priorities for Week 4, October 2017


This week’s priorities are as follows:

  • Get through the exams
  • Upload the two essays-in-lieu-of-exams
  • Release the PoD version of Army Boots and Stilettos
  • Start the next short story
  • Round 1 edits of Wheelchair Mermaid.



Saturday, October 21, 2017

Babes in London: Act Four, Scene 2 (Part 2: The Unicorn Maid and the Lady of the Bower—Aftermath)


AFTERMATH:

If the PCs and Anika’s brood drive off the attacking forces, ask them to make an Earth (Senses) Test. For those who make a TH4, read, or paraphrase, the following:

As the last creatures flee or fall, you see something gleaming in the grass: metal, reflecting sunlight shining through the canopy.

Allow the PCs to examine the item.

It’s a small, round disc made of beaten gold, on which is scribed the now familiar symbol of a long, upright shepherd’s crook, standing beside a half oval (flat-side down) above a long narrow rectangle broken by vertical wavy lines (lying lengthwise). It seems a strange alliance, these creatures with an Egyptian god, but things were different in Mythic times.

Once the connection has been made, read, or paraphrase the following description. If the PCs do not make the test, incorporate the disc’s description in the description below, but as something they remember finding after the original fight:

The disc gleams in your hand, and the forest around you fades. When it comes back into focus, you are no longer in the company of dragons, just three children, all of whom are staring at you with the most serious of looks.

If the PCs and Anika’s brood lose, the flashback ends. Read or paraphrase the following:

Well! That’s not how you remember it. This dragon thing is more difficult than you knew. At least, maybe. Already things are tangling in your head. You were sure you’d won that battle, driven off the Fomorians, found a disc lying in the grass… a Setite disc, if you recall. As the forest is replaced by the better groomed gardens of Kew, you can feel your mind reeling with confusion. You were sure that had been a victory. With that tangle slowly unsorting itself, you find yourself facing the gaze of two young girls.
“When you’re quite ready,” Anika says, sounding much older than she looks.

What the PCs do, now, depends on what they were doing when the flashback occurred. They find that the girls are much more amenable to trusting them, now, but are still uncertain about being turned over to either the Consortium, or LN7. Complete the scene you were running when the flashback took place, and follow the options given, or find a different option, if the PCs’ actions dictate it.

When you reach a quiet point in the action, where the girls can talk to the PCs in private, or in semi-privacy, go to Scene 3.

NOTE: This adventure is not sanctioned in any way, shape or form by Fantasy Flight. It is not an official product, and I am in no way affiliated with them or they with me. There is no relationship between us. This adventure is mine, for fun, and for you, because some of you asked me to finish it.

Also, if you like this adventure and want to play it, please go buy the official rulebooks from somewhere where the original creators and publisher of the setting will be paid. I got mine from a Melbourne game store, but I’ve found PDF versions of the Player's Handbook and the Gamemaster's Handbook are now available from DriveThruFiction. If you enjoy their world, this is the best way to thank them.