Monday, March 28, 2016

Ten Minute Freewrite - Prompt #10 The Perfect Signal


Hey everyone! We're back and ready to tackle new blogs and stories. So today we start with another....

Ten Minute Freewrite

So let's get started! This is another look into Zyearth's past with the previous Golden Guardians, Dyne Gildspine and Jaden Azure.




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“If I need you, I’ll give you a signal,” Dyne said, leaning around the corner. 

The hot sulfur from the mines burned Jaden’s nose and he tried not to sneeze. “What signal?”

“I’ll imitate the scream of a terrified little girl,” Dyne said. 

Jaden refrained from rolling his eyes. “Funny.”
“I thought so.” 

“Are you sure need to do this?” Zander asked. Despite his build, the dark skinned human stood several inches shorter than his zyfaunos companions, and he wore a worried frown. 

“How else are we going to get out of this mess?” Dyne asked. 

Zander hung his head. “Sorry.” 

“It’s not your fault,” Jaden said. 

“Well, it kind of is,” Zander said. “If you had just taken off without me, we wouldn’t need to be in such a disastrous situation.” 

“You know we wouldn’t have done that,” Jaden said, a slight growl in his voice. 

“That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have done it.” 

“Shut up, both of you,” Dyne said. “I need to concentrate or I’ll miss my window.” 

Jaden shut his mouth. He watched Dyne tense up, ready to pounce, though he noticed the nervousness in his partner. He had made a good point when he volunteered for this part of the operation. His golden brown fur and quills and his uncanny quickness meant that he was the best man for this part of the job. But that didn’t mean Jaden had to be happy about it.

A minute passed before Dyne moved again. Quick as a fox, he rounded the corner and disappeared from sight. A spike of adrenaline ran up Jaden’s spine. He held his long sword in his hand and drew on his powers, letting little fragments of ice circle his body.

“Why didn’t you leave me behind?” 

Jaden frowned and faced his human companion. It wasn’t often that he worked with humans, but in Zander’s case, it had been necessary. Work with him, or leave him to die. 

“We’re Defenders,” Jaden said. “Plain and simple. It would be an insult to our titles if we chose to ignore you when you needed us.” 

Zander held something out in his hand. “And you’re sure it didn’t have anything to do with this?” 

Jaden eyed the object. A Zyearthling Lexi Gem. How a colorless, unbound one had ended up this far from Zyearth he didn’t know, but it was here and somehow, it was bound to this human. A feat once thought impossible. They simply didn’t have the biology to deal with the stresses of binding. 

Yet, here was a bound human, holding a bound Gem, black with a bright blue starburst in the center. Right in front of him. 

Jaden shrugged like it was no big deal. “Maybe a little.” 

“It’s that unusual?” 

Jaden met Zander’s unnatural blue eyes, a feature that the human claimed appeared after his Gem binding. “Zander, no human in history has ever been bound to a Gem. It simply doesn’t happen. In fact,” he added grimly, “All documented attempts have ended in death for the human.” 

Zander’s face paled and he looked ill. “That would explain a lot.” 

Jaden raised an eyebrow and perked an ear. “What?” 

Just then, they heard Dyne’s named signal echoing through the mines.

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I've been playing with the idea of a bound human in the Zyearth world for a while.... this might be one to add to the archives and explore in greater depth. ;) 

Write your own and post it! Also, give me suggestions! Got a freewrite post you'd like to see me attempt? Link it in the comments below! 

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Happy Easter! - Meeanful Life

Hey everyone! Happy Easter! Hooray for eggs, chocolate bunnies, and of course the most important part... celebrating the rising of our Savior. =3

Admittedly, I was not not nearly as productive as I intended to be over the social media fast. I was hoping to have a whole draft of one of my book projects done, but it just didn't happen.

Five college level English classes can kick your butt like that.

Couple of awesome things though... One, before you do ANYTHING ELSE, go support Jess E. Owen's new book in the Summer King Chronicles!

It's there. RIGHT THERE. GO CLICK IT NOW. 


I know it's already fully funded (within HOURS) but that's just proof of how COMPLETELY AWESOME this series is. One of my favorite books series ever. I've read these books probably five times or more and I intend to reread all of them before the next book comes out.

Two, we've got TWO new Zyearth stories coming out soon... For FREE.

Black Bound will come out first, a short story about our beloved Matt as a teenager. You can imagine the kind of trouble a teenager with wind powers might get into. XD

Right now I'm just adding finishing touches and edits and then the book will be available for downloading and reading!

This leads me to the next short story coming out...



Red Wounds follows Izzy's pledge and journey to finally activate her Gem powers... a journey that ends up being a lot harder and more dangerous than she ever imagined.

Honestly, both of these stories have been a blast to write. For one, it's fun doing short stories. I feel like the tighter writing is generally easier to put out and some of my best writing ends up being short stories.

For two, exploring Matt and Izzy's lives before they were Guardians is a lot of fun. It's a good way to understand just how difficult their lives have been.


If you just can't WAIT for these short stories, then I've got good news for you...

White Assassin is already out and ready to read for FREE!

Trecheon Omnir isn't happy with his life. His motorcycle repair shop barely keeps him afloat, his family has abandoned him, and his experiences in war make it difficult to relate to others. So when his friend and fellow war veteran Neil Black offers him an out, he takes it without question. But Trecheon finds out too late that this "out" is actually an initiation into the world of assassins. Now he must overcome fear, deception, and guilt in order to turn this bad situation into something he can live with and become the profession's first White Assassin.

Trecheon is a principal character in  Book Two of the Zyearth Chronicles, so get your copy now to get some insight into a new character before the crowds. ;)


While you're at it, you should pick up a copy of The Stolen Guardian. You can get your copy for only 99 cents in the link on the side of this blog. =)

Three, keep an eye out for some new writing from me in the form of a serial. I'm working on a short online only serial set in a wonderful steampunk world. The prewriting is already awesome!

As for blog related stuff, I'm going to continue working on some Ten Minute Freewrites in the coming weeks, as well as a new short series.

One of the things my church did during Lent this year was a series of prayers and thoughts on the Seven Heavenly Virtues and the Seven Deadly Sins. I'm going to do a similar series looking at the Virtues and Vices of writing. Expect some fun stuff with that!

Whelp, I hope everyone has had a wonderful Lent and a Happy Easter! I look forward to the future with you guys. =D