Excerpt: Seclusion (Re-blogged)

I’m putting the finishing touches on a few posts that will be published on a schedule over the weekend, since gaming will be of primary importance. Enjoy this re-blog of an excerpt from my 2016 NaNoWriMo fan fiction!

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Random Ramblings; Myriad Musings

She jolts awake. The nightmare, again. It haunts her, as it has every night for…how long has it been? Time has gotten away from her.

She rolls over on her back, staring at the root-canopy that forms this sizeable, yet well-concealed, den. It had been inhabited by a troll until recently; she had seen to its unceremonious eviction. Its pelt makes up the rough bed in which she was sleeping, while its decaying head rests on a boulder about five feet from the front entryway to the den. The presence and stench of it keeps away all intruders, including the nearby band of giants. They are only eight in number, so tending to their small herd of mammoths is of more importance than a dead troll. It is one less troll that will attempt to prey on the calves, and the smoke from their massive communal fire eliminates the stink…

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Five On Friday: My Blogging Rules For Myself

Have you ever noticed this specific blogging phenomenon known as the “my blog is better than your blog” attitude? I see it often, and it always reminds me of high school interactions or shitty co-workers. These bloggers know everything about everything, and feel the need to troll or spam other bloggers with their arrogant, know-it-all personal attacks.

Some petty little asshat recently got all butthurt over me asking it to respect the boundaries of my blog. Sorry sunshine, you have your own blog. You do your shit your way, and I’ll keep on keeping on doing my shit my way. Because, you know, this is MY blog. I’ve never told you what to write, have I? That answer would be no. So, don’t tell me what to write, m’kay? It’s pretty fucking simple, but even simplicity is far above the heads of some.

With that, here are the five rules that I have for myself when blogging, and have stuck to them from day one…for the most part!

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1. Don’t react to other people’s inane bullshit. What they say isn’t about you – and if it is, it is most likely baseless bullshit. If they don’t know you personally, then what they say is moot.

2. Respect the rules of another’s blog. If you aren’t sure what those rules are, then ask – don’t assume.

3. Don’t jump in the middle of a conversation in the comment sections of other people’s blogs, especially if you really don’t care about the topic being discussed. Saying something just to get attention is weak, and egging others on is pathetic. Let them duke it out verbally. Just grab the popcorn and watch the fun!

4. If you comment, be sure that the comment is about the topic. It makes no sense to mention murder victims on, say, a post about photography or planning a wedding – and yes, I have seen those very comments. It is also a good thing to keep in mind if responding to a person’s comment on a blog which isn’t yours or theirs. Derailing conversations is pathetic.

5. Last, but certainly not least: just have fun! Write, write, and write some more – there are no limits for the truly creative! Some people need prompts or other tips to get ideas, and that’s fine – not everyone is dependent on grade-school level topics. I find that adults tend to appreciate adult things, and ‘Adult’ doesn’t always mean sex-heavy or gratuitous pornography. For me, it means that I will use adult language from time to time!

Those are my personal blogging rules for myself, which spill over into gaming and any other online interaction I might engage in. They’re straightforward, and they work for me. With that, enjoy these three songs to get the weekend started early!

Happy Belated Blog-o-versary To Me!

Today is a perfect day to belatedly mark my own, personal blogging milestone: seven years and counting! I marked the event on the official day by re-blogging my sixth blog-o-versary post, which you can find here if you didn’t see it the first two times, LOL

I’m currently tweaking and adjusting my YouTube settings, as I have decided to begin doing the vlogging thing! Some of my gaming buddies have offered to help me with my live-streaming so guild events will become a more regular feature; possibly on a bi-monthly basis. Also, one of the larger in-game guilds that I belong to decided to have a Facebook-hosted guild page which is private and for guild members only, so I now have a Facebook page for socializing with my guild-mates outside of the game! It will be nice to be able to communicate with them on a more regular basis.

I firmly believe in “never say never” – it just took something worthwhile and of value for me to finally join the evil cult of Facebook, ROFLMAO! If you want to find me there don’t bother trying, as you won’t find me…BWWWAAHAHHAHAAAHAHAHAHAAAHHHHHH!

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I have enjoyed blogging for these past seven years, and don’t plan on quitting anytime soon! I might find things to dislike about blogging and the community in general, but that’s simply the way things are. Anything which involves interacting with other people is always going to bring the good, the bad, and the ugly things each person brings to the table at any given time. Me, I will keep on keeping on: this means having fun and being myself by writing and gaming; singing and dancing, and speaking out about things which might get overlooked and under-reported. I am also getting closer to my two main, short-term goals: getting my autobiography published, and finding the perfect tattoo artist!

When it comes to blogs which I read and / or follow, I still look for those related to outdoor activities, space exploration, wildlife, cooking, fashion, photography, travel, writing, gaming, music, or graphic novels and anime – or, any combination of the above! When one has many interests, it should be easy to meet others with similar interests anywhere, at any time…unless, like me, you prefer meeting people face-to-face!

Excerpt: Welcome Respite

*** Author’s Note: This is the first of some new excerpts of my fan-fiction, which was written during the NaNoWriMo challenge for 2016. I’m still debating on whether or not to participate in this year’s challenge, but I’ll be certain to let you know if I do!

© GDH 2016

Thunder rumbles overhead. This third storm in a fortnight heralds the changing of the seasons here in the tropical southwest of the continent. Steady rain falls and patters on the canvas tops of the merchant wagons at the trading post, the roofs of the various businesses and residences surrounding the merchant’s circle, and the carved stone top of the local transitus shrine.

Water runs down the curved stone pathway near the gated wall separating this province from the adjoining one; the extra security has been a necessity since the onset of the war. This pathway leads up the hill to a cozy cottage, which is nestled behind a stout wall comprised of well-laid stone and intricate steel latticework. Inside this cottage, coals burn low in the fireplace. A crystal glows with a soft, blue light in the corner closest to the door. This light is muted for the person slumbering in the canopied bed in the far corner, as it has been placed just behind a grand vase bristling with a large, healthy aloe-type plant.

A black cat stirs itself from under the bed, yawning and stretching as he emerges from the shadows. He looks up at the sleeping figure, then prowls to the door and exits through an opening which has been fashioned solely for his entry and egress. The figure in the bed shifts slightly, turning from her side onto her back, left arm behind her head and right arm resting across her chest.

A louder peal of thunder sounds. Sepultur’a’s eyes open to mere slits; she blinks a couple of times, smacks her lips, and stretches. The fine-woven cotton sheets are smooth on her freshly-scrubbed skin, both a courtesy of the laundry and spa in the distant city of the Orcs, far to the north. Her hair is bound in a silken snood, a small luxury item she allowed herself after weeks of wearing roughly-sewn jute under her heavy helm.

She remains in bed for a few moments, listening to the sound of the thunder, enjoying the soft noise of rain tapping on the peaked roof. The privacy and quiet is welcomed, and she smiles as she thinks again at what a wonderful gift this house is. She has heard that Canthiorn’s business is booming and thinks that paying him a visit is in order, as a hall for her own growing guild will be needed soon.

She pulls back the covers and sits up, stretching again. Standing, she moves to the fireplace and squats to adjust the flue, adding fresh kindling to the smoldering coals. As the fire takes hold, she prepares a kettle for tea and then tends to the meats which have been hanging and slow-cooking overnight. She bastes the hunks with the drippings captured, then turns them in a clockwise direction so that they will spin gently and roast to juicy perfection. Slicing off a strip of flesh, she nibbles it as she kneels near the cedar trunk at the foot of the bed. The cat slinks back inside, shaking water from his paws in an almost prissy manner, then saunters over to his mistress with a purr and curls around her ankles, clutching them with soft paws. “Good morning to you,” Sepultur’a says, rubbing one of his ears and sharing some of the meat.

After wiping the grease from her fingers, she opens the trunk and pulls out a tunic and a pair of soft, loose-fitting trousers. Her underclothes are draped over the back of the chair at her desk; she pulls them on, dons her outer garments, and pours a cup of tea. She moves to the door, opens it, and steps out onto the covered front porch, leaving the door ajar so the fresh air can circulate throughout the cottage.

A bright flash of lightning lights up the courtyard, the reflection caught in the windows of the guard-towers above. Sepultur’a begins to count, barely getting to the number five before a deafening clap of thunder sounds. The storm is nearly overhead. She sits on the steps, just out of reach of the rain, holding her mug of tea in both hands. The mug is warm as she inhales the delicate scent of the tea. She blows over the top of it and sips at it lightly, enjoying the minty taste.

The courtyard has flourished with life since she took ownership of the house, with unique blooms cropping up in various corners. The dark plant with glowing fronds of deep purple still has its place just inside of the courtyard gate. The glow is now captured and refracted by bits of crystal which have mysteriously appeared, seemingly of their own accord. Another odd plant has begun to grow near the well. She has seen many like it in the lands of the Dark Elves; tentacle-frond plants which seem to possess a rudimentary sentience. This one waves its tentacles at Sepultur’a whenever she draws water from the well, as if saying “hello” to her. On one occasion she had extended a hand towards it to see if it would respond, and the tentacles had clasped her fingers with a gentle caress.

A winged toad creeps out from a crevice in the wall of the cliff, regards Sepultur’a for a moment and then hops to the well. With a clumsy flapping of its stubby wings, it perches on the edge and sits, blinking in a slow, sleepy manner. It puffs out a bit of flame to toast a large dragonfly which buzzed within its range, then flicks out its tongue to catch the smoldering husk as it falls.

Sepultur’a leans her head back against the wooden railing of the porch, holding her mug of tea and closing her eyes, listening to the thunder and the soft sound of the falling rain. It is good to be home.

5 On Friday: My Excerpts! (Re-blogged)

Bonus re-blog: five of my fan-fiction excerpts! New ones will be posted in October.

Random Ramblings; Myriad Musings

Happy Friday, everyone! I’ve selected five excerpts from my fan-fiction-related short story for today’s installment of my “Five on Friday” posts, in preparation for a more regular schedule of my writings. I also added a few new screen-shots for the viewing enjoyment of all!

I hope that your respective weekends are off to a great start. Mine certainly is!

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Festivities: This excerpt details some of the goings-on during a celebratory dinner.

Comeuppance: Revenge is a dish best served cold, as detailed in this brief tale.

Seclusion: Self-driven solitude is a necessity, at times – for the protection of others, as well as oneself.

The Wild Hunt: A cure for an illness comes in an unexpected ritual.

The Entertainer: Confidence can be earned, and learned, from the most obscure sources.

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Miscellaneous Mid-Week Music!

This week has proved to be very relaxing and enjoyable after the hectic, fun-filled weekend! I’ve gotten some writing done, some soup is simmering on the stove, and winter preparations are nearly complete. Time for some gaming with baseball in the background – but first, some music!

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1st Friday Fun: Screen-shots!

Wow – September is here already! I’ve been so busy that time is flying past rather quickly…but that’s a good thing. I’m getting a lot of things accomplished of late, now that tedious distractions have been removed! Time for rest, relaxation, and a bit of recreation, so enjoy these recent screen-shots and a bit of music to start this Labor Day weekend off right.

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Nereids at the shoreline

Quiet study in the forest

Fire-breathing winged frog…feisty little critter!

Some serene jungle scenery

Lumber-mill capture – resources are important in the war effort!

Fortress siege – capturing the inner circle!

Repairing the outer gate

Running of the scroll

Returning the scroll to its proper place…

Success!

My Top 5 Posts – Personal Faves!

I wanted to spotlight my own personal favourites when it comes to posts of mine that I’ve published to date. I seem to have been wasting my time when it came to re-blogging others, so it’s time to re-focus on myself and my writings, and get back to that shameless self-promotion!

First off, one of my side-hobbies is gaming. I enjoy one online game in particular; those who have been reading me from the beginning, or who know me personally, are aware that it is the phenomenon known as The Elder Scrolls Online. Some people, who have never played a video game of any sort, might think that I am an obsessive gamer. Those who actually play, however, consider me a ‘noob’ because I don’t spend every free second that I have on the game. It’s all about perspective, which many people appear to lack! At any rate, TESO has evolved considerably since it debuted in April of 2014. This post of mine from 31 January pays homage to this fantastic virtual world!

Socializing and enjoying the night-life was a ton of fun when I was in my early 20s; marriage and motherhood put a hold on it for a time, but it didn’t end altogether! When I first moved to Seattle after leaving Alaska, Club Vogue was the place to see and be seen – this post of mine from 10 March pays tribute to this awesome, bygone nightspot.

I’m fairly easy-going and relaxed, and am never really interested in fighting or arguing. That being said, I don’t like it when people play head-games, lie, or treat you like shit when you have done nothing but be kind to them. I find it interesting and amusing that a goodly number of people, who have complimented me on my “gentle nature” and what a “kind soul” I am, have vanished into the ether! I’m still the same person I was when they gave me those compliments, so go figure that out. Perhaps they got tangled up in some interwebs of deceit and can’t face the music?

One of those bullshitters pretended to give me a blogger-to-blogger interview back on 23 January, and I just can’t help re-posting my review of said shenanigans! The entire “interview” is in the comments section of the original post, as well as in my ‘Open Thread’ section to prove my point. Unfortunately, there are many out there who will continue to lie about their own crap, even when evidence exists of said crap! I’d say that it sucks to be them, but they are perfectly fine with being lying scumbags – good on them, eh?

I have an eye for beautiful places, people, and things, and dabble in photography from time to time. This post from 24 October, 2015, shows some of the objects which are most likely to catch my eye!

Last, but certainly not least: I write! My autobiography is completed and I’m working on getting it published. I also participated in the NaNoWriMo challenge last year, met it, and might do it again this year. My NaNoWriMo project was game-related fiction based on my primary in-game character, and I have posted a few excerpts from it here on my humble blog. This last link is one of my favourite excerpts, published on 22 March – it’s entitled “Comeuppance.”

I hope that you enjoyed these selections! I think that, if you don’t enjoy your own writings and creative offerings, who else will? Self-confidence and self-promotion begin with ‘self,’ after all!

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5 On Friday: My Excerpts!

Happy Friday, everyone! I’ve selected five excerpts from my fan-fiction-related short story for today’s installment of my “Five on Friday” posts, in preparation for a more regular schedule of my writings. I also added a few new screen-shots for the viewing enjoyment of all!

I hope that your respective weekends are off to a great start. Mine certainly is!

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Festivities: This excerpt details some of the goings-on during a celebratory dinner.

Comeuppance: Revenge is a dish best served cold, as detailed in this brief tale.

Seclusion: Self-driven solitude is a necessity, at times – for the protection of others, as well as oneself.

The Wild Hunt: A cure for an illness comes in an unexpected ritual.

The Entertainer: Confidence can be earned, and learned, from the most obscure sources.

Tuesday Tuneage…6 June 2017! (Re-blogged)

Enjoy this re-blog of some recent Tuesday Tuneage – I’m going to be busy as hell through to the end of this month!

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Random Ramblings; Myriad Musings

I heard two of these songs on the radio today, and figured that a musical post was in order! Busy, busy, busy week already…but loads of fun!

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