Thoughts on Real Magic

November 16, 2018

Magic is real. It’s not quite like you imagine it to be and certainly not like the tricks of stage magicians. But what exactly is it, can it be measured, and can it be scientifically proven.

This is the premise of Dean Radin’s Real Magic. Radin holds a PhD and has done many experiments for psi research.

I listened to this in-between finishing A Flaw in All Magic and Solve for Happy. I could only take so much of this book at a time. And just as the process would have it, some of the sections I listened to in conjunction with Solve for Happy were entertaining. Sometimes it felt as if the two were at extreme odds with either other and I got to see two sides of how scientific minds explore similar topics. At other times, they were in agreement, but saying it in two ways based on their own life experiences. Read the rest of this entry »

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Feeling a little bad today

November 15, 2018

I love writing about courageous characters. I have such a longing for people to be virtuous.

But every now and then, I like to look deeper into the mind of something gone wrong. Of course, novihomidraks (humans born of the dragon) are generally so noble, that when things go wrong with them, it gets a little bad, which can be fun. It also gives me great insights into their world.

Let’s go take a look at two of them. Read the rest of this entry »


Free Fiction: Dragons of Wellsdeep – Chapter 14

November 14, 2018

Well, I wasn’t going to write too much today, but then I came in and WordPress had a new editor for me to try. Yeah, not sure I like it. I couldn’t figure out how to center things.

Then my cat started running from window to window looking outside. Who knows what she’s after, especially since it’s dark outside right now. She’s not happy either because her other window is hard to get to; I had to close up my office last weekend because of the drop in temperature. My heater just can’t keep up when it starts to get this cold. I already miss my office, but I like my warmer house. Some day I don’t have to fight the cold all the time. I’ll either live in the tropics, or have a house with central heating. One or the other. Yeah, I have goals. *grin*

Let’s get to the story.

Dragons of Wellsdeep is an epic science fantasy story filled with action, adventure, space travel, magic, dragons, and flying. Chapter 14 is available for 1 week only! Then it will turn back into a pumpkin and a new chapter will appear! 

Previously: Moonhunter was born and his novimather (dragon mother) left him in the care of an older man named Balthier. Years later, during one of there missions, Moonhunter believes that Balthier’s informant has sabotaged them and they barely escape. Not that their lives were ever in any danger (maybe – depends on who is after them) because they are novihomidraks — new humans born of the dragon. After they get off the planet, Balthier begins to believe that Moonhunter is hiding something from him. Moonhunter is secretly trying to use his wings. It’s rare for a novihomidrak to have wings, so Moonhunter is afraid of what it’ll mean if someone finds out. Meanwhile, Balthier is trying to figure out if they were set up and, when that leads to finding it has something to do with Moonhunter, begins to dig harder. While having his friend heal his broken wing, another sapere discovers what the boys are up to and she wants in. This isn’t something Moonhunter ever planned on. He knows how much trouble they will be in if they get caught keeping Moonhunter’s transformation from those higher up. Balthier speaks to one of the saperes he trusts (a rare thing), and finds out that there is a plan for Moonhunter by some of the other saperes. They want to send Moonhunter on an off-world operation, but Balthier convinces the sapere that he should really go along. Balthier learns that they shouldn’t trust anyone. Bathier fetches Moonhunter and the head to the building which houses the convergence for the Wells. Because of the gravitational forces already tearing through the planet they are traveling to, the dragon guiding them through the Wells has to keep them on track, an event that doesn’t please Balthier. As they near their destination and Moonhunter sees the devastation caused by the crashing of two galaxies, he wonders at all of life. Sensing his thoughts, Balthier urges Moon on. The emerge and land on the world. Moonhunter struggles to get his bearings while a sapere urges him to suck herme’s milk off of a fuzzy pit in order to help with the shakes from Well travel. Moonhunter swears that the curtains in the room are made from the scales of a Ch’bauldi dragon. Balthier reminds Moonhunter of their mission. Outside, Moonhunter’s thoughts are once again preoccupied by the tragedy of this planet. As a girl roller-skates by him. Moonhunter wishes he could even save just one girl. Balthier and Moonhunter go to where Dr. Melstone’s lab use to be and it’s no longer there. But the police have arrived. Balthier is captured, allowing Moonhunter to get away. Moonhunter runs from the police and steals an airster (a type of flying craft on this planet). Unfortunately for him, the man who he is taking the craft from, insists on coming with Moonhunter — to him, he thinks its an adventure. Besides, if’s obvious that Moonhunter has no experience flying an airster.

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Dragons of Wellsdeep

Chapter 14

by Dawn Blair

As they neared the lift point, a red light began circling from a beacon overhead and a blue light lit up on the floor. “Craft preparing for departure,” a voice boomed.

Moonhunter suddenly realized he had no control over the craft. It was moving on its own.

“Release the wheel,” the man said as he reached back for his safety strap. A lid slid out from behind them and went over their heads.

Moonhunter scrambled for his strap as the airster aligned itself with the lift point and began to roll backwards. He suddenly found, as he looked down to do the buckle, that the seat had puffed out a pillow around his head. He couldn’t find the insert for the strap.

The man reached over and grabbed it from him, clicking the pieces together. “You’ve never even been in an airster before, have you?” Read the rest of this entry »


Glad to be a creator

November 13, 2018

This is now the fifth time I’ve started this blog post. The writing is not coming easily today and emotions are getting in the way.

I wish to send my thoughts to Stan Lee’s family and friends. While I never actually had the chance to meet him, my son ran into him several times at conventions. I would like to think that we would’ve gotten along quite well, both of us being creators and all.

I am thankful that I get to be a creator. Even on days when the writing isn’t going well. I know this too will pass. It, more than likely, is actually a stalling period right before a major idea strikes. Pregnant women often talk about how the baby stops moving right before it’s born, as if the child is conserving energy. Well, that didn’t happen with either of mine that I recall, but I know it happens with ideas. Usually there is a short time where I feel lacking all creativity. Then, suddenly, BANG! The story is out of the gate. Read the rest of this entry »


Progress – November 12, 2018

November 12, 2018

I can’t believe we’re almost halfway through November now. When did that happen?

I’ve been reviewing where I’m at and all I accomplished (or didn’t) this year. It feels strange to not have my next publication date at least in mind — the calendar right now is barren, at least in that aspect. I do know what’s coming, I just don’t know how long it will take to get there; more on that in a moment. Right now, I’m about 10,000 words away from hitting my yearly word goal that I’d wanted to accomplish. I figure I’ll be there by the end of November. There is a part of me that’s tempted to take a month off. Don’t worry, I won’t — I fully plan on breaking the tape and continuing beyond, mostly because I’m curious how far I can go. Last year was too much of a push, so I had backed off some this year and still wanted to make it a challenge. I think that challenge has pretty much become norm for me, but I might want to shift my goals a little next year, so I need to take good stock of what I can do.

Next up on what I plan to publish is Tangled Magic. I’ve been working that over this week and am finally getting to a place where I’m satisfied with it. If you read the whole thing here on my blog, you are in for some wonderful changes. I hope you will be as delighted by the arrangement of scenes (it was getting a bit fragmented there at the end) and new scenes that have been added as I am. I do still have a lot of work to do on Walk the Path, but I hope it comes together just as quickly. Obviously there is also Dragons of Wellsdeep which is getting close to… well, I feel as if I should be three quarters of the way through, but I don’t think I am. But I know the direction I’m heading. I don’t know if I’ve ripped out a scene that will be coming up in the next couple of weeks or not — in trying to structure as I go, I can clearly see that this scene doesn’t fit, at least now where it’s at. I really liked the scene too. But maybe another book. Maybe it’ll be a book where I write the story around the scene just so I can have it (then I’d probably end up tearing the scene out of there too because it wouldn’t fit –writers are weird creatures).

That’s three books I plan on having out next year.

I know, I know. I hear you! There’s no Loki or Sacred Knight in that list. I know already! Read the rest of this entry »


Can happiness be solved like a math equation?

November 9, 2018

If you’ve been following me on Twitter, you know that I’ve been listening to Solve for Happy by Mo Gawdat for the last couple of weeks. Let me start by saying that I don’t think I’ve ever cried so much by listening to an audiobook before.

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Solve for Happy came about from Mo’s own search to be happy when he found that all the things he’d accomplished and acquired so far during his life left him unfulfilled. He began to pursue his personal quest for happiness analytically like the engineer he is. Not as a psychiatrist, or a self-help guru spouting things that he has yet to experience, but as a scientist seeking his own answer. What he found led him to share his findings with his friends, who reported back with similar results. He started to feel that he was finding the answer and began to fine tune it.

A few days, less than a month before he started writing the book, his son told him to never stop working, that his mission wasn’t finished. Seventeen days before he started writing, his son went in for emergency surgery, a routine appendectomy, and did not survive. Read the rest of this entry »


Free Fiction: Dragons of Wellsdeep – Chapter 13

November 7, 2018

“Don’t worry about it.” Famous last words.

For the last couple of weeks, I’ve had to take the highway 93 into work. Going to work and coming home has made me a neurotic mess every day. I HATE that route. Happily, the road construction is done and I can go back to my normal route.

I really like my back country road where I can kick back and relax. There’s only one spot on the road at the overpass where it joins the interstate that I have dubbed, “The Gauntlet.” People are always trying to race through The Gauntlet, while there’s traffic coming off the highway, people getting onto the highway, people turning on and off another country road (and there’s not much distance between here and the highway off ramp), or people going to a coffee shop or Subway. You literally have to watch five directions at once while keeping one eyes behind you and the other beside you. Even yesterday morning as I was heading into work, someone pulled out from the country road with a trailer. I’m certain that they couldn’t see me behind the traffic coming off the highway. Fortunately, I was using my omnivision and saw him. I was breaking before I even saw his face in front of me. Surprise! My car, love her dearly, can stop on a dime and she did so.

Once you’re through The Gauntlet, you can kick back and relax. Then it’s just a matter of watching to make sure people are really going to stop at the stop signs at the intersections every mile or so. It’s a much more relaxed drive.

So what does all this have to do with the quote at the top?

Well, Moonhunter is about to take a little trip. Next week we’ll get into it more and for him it’ll then be more like running through The Gauntlet. But you’ve got to start somewhere. He certainly didn’t have to do anything similar to driving down highway 93. Beyond that, you will have to get through the chapter to find out.

Let’s begin, shall we?

Dragons of Wellsdeep is an epic science fantasy story filled with action, adventure, space travel, magic, dragons, and flying. Chapter 13 is available for 1 week only! Then it will turn back into a pumpkin and a new chapter will appear! 

Previously: Moonhunter was born and his novimather (dragon mother) left him in the care of an older man named Balthier. Years later, during one of there missions, Moonhunter believes that Balthier’s informant has sabotaged them and they barely escape. Not that their lives were ever in any danger (maybe – depends on who is after them) because they are novihomidraks — new humans born of the dragon. After they get off the planet, Balthier begins to believe that Moonhunter is hiding something from him. Moonhunter is secretly trying to use his wings. It’s rare for a novihomidrak to have wings, so Moonhunter is afraid of what it’ll mean if someone finds out. Meanwhile, Balthier is trying to figure out if they were set up and, when that leads to finding it has something to do with Moonhunter, begins to dig harder. While having his friend heal his broken wing, another sapere discovers what the boys are up to and she wants in. This isn’t something Moonhunter ever planned on. He knows how much trouble they will be in if they get caught keeping Moonhunter’s transformation from those higher up. Balthier speaks to one of the saperes he trusts (a rare thing), and finds out that there is a plan for Moonhunter by some of the other saperes. They want to send Moonhunter on an off-world operation, but Balthier convinces the sapere that he should really go along. Balthier learns that they shouldn’t trust anyone. Bathier fetches Moonhunter and the head to the building which houses the convergence for the Wells. Because of the gravitational forces already tearing through the planet they are traveling to, the dragon guiding them through the Wells has to keep them on track, an event that doesn’t please Balthier. As they near their destination and Moonhunter sees the devastation caused by the crashing of two galaxies, he wonders at all of life. Sensing his thoughts, Balthier urges Moon on. The emerge and land on the world. Moonhunter struggles to get his bearings while a sapere urges him to suck herme’s milk off of a fuzzy pit in order to help with the shakes from Well travel. Moonhunter swears that the curtains in the room are made from the scales of a Ch’bauldi dragon. Balthier reminds Moonhunter of their mission. Outside, Moonhunter’s thoughts are once again preoccupied by the tragedy of this planet. As a girl roller-skates by him. Moonhunter wishes he could even save just one girl. Balthier and Moonhunter go to where Dr. Melstone’s lab use to be and it’s no longer there. But the police have arrived. Balthier is captured, allowing Moonhunter to get away.

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Cover and layout copyright © 2018 by Morning Sky Studios
Cover design by Dawn Blair/Morning Sky Studios
Cover art copyright © Ingus Kruklitis | Dreamstime.com, © Digitalstormcinema | Dreamstime.com, and © Kalcutta | Dreamstime.com

Dragons of Wellsdeep

Chapter 13

by Dawn Blair

Some of the footfalls silenced as people stooped to handcuff Balthier, but part of the divided group continued on after Moonhunter. Worse, they were gaining on him. There were no alleyways for him to duck down, no shadows to hide in. Everywhere was brightly lit beneath this planet’s sun. How exactly did the Onesong want him to get out of this predicament?  He didn’t even have a moment to feel along the Humline for an answer. He just had to keep moving. Read the rest of this entry »