Monday is Not My Favorite

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERATo be honest Monday should be like any other for a Dragon. I get up, snarf coffee, do a chore or two, take meds and plan my day. Only thing that makes it different is that other people are on their way to work…

Yeah, that’s right. On Monday there are fewer things to distract me. Most of my friends have or will have jobs and when they get home its the inevitable “I’m tired.” I wear out fast. My days start great, but I miss all of you.

Solutions:

  1. We cancel Mondays altogether. This makes almost everyone happy.
  2. You all become Dragons and we fly around on Mondays and everyday
  3. You all become fantasy writers and we can have coffee together
  4. I go back to my day job and we are all miserable together

Personally I vote for number 1… What do you think?

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Was Hungry Today…

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Yes, I was hungry. I ate spaghetti, waffles and oatmeal – not on the same plate. Sometimes I have no appetite at all. I’m not sure which is worse because now my stomach hurts and I regret eating quite so much.

I think that I will never be normal. Mostly I have no desire for food. A great deal of nausea recently has kept my interest minimal.

Dragons like to eat…EVERYTHING!!! Why the baffled expression? You knew I was big and red and scaly…

Tea With the Dragon and Eric Asher

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The fiery kitchen whistles blow and the Dragon reaches for the kettle. Its time for Tea with the delicious looking delightful Eric Asher.

Dragon: Tea? I have Earl Grey or apricot herbal…. A scone?
Eric: Does the scone have bacon? I have this thing about bacon …

(For just a moment the Dragon thinks it smells like bacon in the kitchen and he draws in a deep breath savoring the possibilities. the Dragon likes bacon. The old adage comes to mind “you are what you eat.” The Dragon wonders if Eric’s toes taste like bacon…)

Dragon: (clearing his throat loudly) Many of us are not truly familiar with your furry Worrible friend… and his genetic heritage. Is he edible? Does he have a name? What is his story?
Eric:  I haven’t heard of anyone trying to eat a Worrible. I understand they’re not very flammable. Worribles are the glorious creation of artist Andrew Bell from “the Creatures in my Head”. I’ve had a few folks ask what Worribles have to do with my book. That’s a simple answer. Nothing. They’re just so cute and fluffy.

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(A worrible might taste good and is possible very easy to catch…)

Dragon:  Tell us a little bit about your writing method. Do you plan things meticulously? Or do you let your characters dictate the action?
Eric: I usually (emphasis on usually) have a rough idea of where I’m going. There are times the characters will argue about going there. Sometimes they’ll decide to take a different path altogether that they think I obviously should have seen while plotting, but that’s how some of my favorite scenes came to be.
Dragon: Who was your favorite character in Days Gone Bad? Why?

Eric: Tough question from the dragon. As much as I love Foster, Sam, and Damian, at the moment I’m going to have to go with Zola. I can’t particularly say why, as it would include some spoilers, but I really enjoy learning about the time period she grew up in.

(Zola might be too old to eat…————————————- we should eat a few pastries instead)
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Dragon:  You created a world containing Fairies that can grow from tiny creatures to giant dangerous sizes. Included zombies, necromancers, vampires, demons and ghosts…Why no Dragons? Have we yet to see all the types of creatures in Damian’s world?
Eric: You’re quite a perceptive dragon. There are far more creatures lurking in the shadowy corners of Damian’s world. Some of them are variations on creatures we’ve already met; others are not.

Dragon:  Tell me a little bit about your blog… Do you plan on doing interviews? Writing stories? Tell us about the contents if you will.
Eric: I usually post about once a week, or every other week. I’ve thought about getting better about that. I may continue thinking about getting better about that. 😉 I will absolutely be posting stories on the blog in the future. I post information about giveaways, book-related trips I’ve taken, and occasionally some thoughts on writing.

(Yay! The Dragon likes stories almost as much as bacon!)

Dragon:  When can we expect the sequel to your novel? Is there a release date in sight? We are all looking forward to more. Can you tell us a little about what will happen?
Eric: I can tell you we’ll soon have a new cover for Days Gone Bad and book two from the wonderful folks over at Phatpuppy Art. Claudia does some amazing work with Teresa Yeh, and I can’t wait for everyone to see what they’ve done.

I’m actually working through book two with my editor as we speak. We are aiming to wrap up the editing process sometime in September with a release date soon after. We’ll have an exact date as we get further along. What will happen? Stuff will explode. Edgar will not be happy. 😉

(Maybe Edgar will be roasted… with a few onions would be tasty.)

Dragon: If you could be a Dragon like me, what color would you be and why?
Eric: Blue and gray. There are a few reasons—like blue being my favorite color—but if you’ve read the book, you may have an idea about some of the other reasons.

The Dragon thinks this “blue and grey” thing is a not-so-veiled reference to a time period in American history.. After all who with any real sense would want to be anything except red? He sniffs at Eric suddenly realizing that the proverbial bloom is off the rose and the man indeed DOES NOT smell like bacon.

Such a disappointment! He will not devour Eric or his toes today but allow the next story to be written and await it anxiously.

the book? O yeah… Days Gone Bad
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Days Gone Bad is a great story!! You will enjoy it!  You can find Eric hard at work and smelling of bacon at facebook, twitter and his blog.
However the worrible might not be there too…306467_2412289155545_271092106_n

Read It or Eat It!

Having devoured several apple trees and a few pilfered delights from the farm, the Dragon would like dessert. There are always books he could devour.  Pie: An Old Brown Horse by Kandy Kay Scaramuzzo is positioned within reach. A loud noise  from the Dragon’s belly indicates his appetite. The Dragon considers his options. Should he read it or eat it?

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Let’s consider the more savory aspects of the story. The book takes a horse-eye-view of humans and life. Pie is a skilled cattle horse who survives near death injuries while corralling a bull. He finds himself discarded by the cowboys that have been the corner stones of his world to be stabled and sold. However, this is by no means the end of his story but rather the beginning as he finds his human and continues to have adventures.

The book has many horses…and the Dragon thinks they might be tasty, but he knows there is a social stigma attached to eating horse meat…

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Besides…they are very pretty.

Cooking Pros and Cons-

Pros-

  1. There are many animals in the story.
  2. The horses point of view gives a unique perspective reminiscent of Black Beauty.
  3. The complexity of the story rests on small adjunct stories within the body of the big picture.
  4. The language is readable and appropriate to the horse point of view.

Cons-

  1. There are no dragons in the story.
  2. Many parts of Pie’s life seem very real and very sad.

Animal and horse lovers will consider this tale a treasure. The Dragon says save this book for reading. Although a tasty treat, it will be much better consumed by the heart. Buy it! !!!!ROAR!!!!  It can be found at Amazon and where large animals books are sold.

You can locate Kandy at all the usual stables facebook and twitter and her blog. To copy a phrase she likes to use: Happy Trails!

Proud Child

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This is a response to a Write Tribe cue – a short story under 700 words containing:
– postcard
◾ coin
◾ tidy
◾ wild
◾ help
◾ calendar
◾ responsibility

Just for fun, I thought I’d try it.

“Jose?” Maria poked her brother stiffly. “Don’t just stand there staring at the postcard! Let me see!” The small girl wriggled herself between her brother’s arms and placed her nose within inches of the suspect mail. “Turn it over,” she demanded, stomping one tiny foot.

The young man pulled the paper away and frowned. Maria needed no new, wild ideas. The girl was already in enough trouble. “It’s just a note from Dad…”

“Just? How can you say just? Where is he? Give it!” Maria smacked him in the shins and when he bent to protect himself, she snatched the card from his fingers. Drawn in a tidy hand on the reverse side was a calendar with a circle around the fifth and below that a single word—“Help!”

“Look Maria, I know you think it’s some sort of cry for a rescue…but you’re my responsibility now, not his. And you don’t need to be traipsing half way around the country because of a stupid message.” Jose squared his shoulders and held his ground. He had objected to becoming Maria’s guardian at first, being only nineteen himself, but life followed its destined course. In the last three years he had watched Maria blossom from a troubled little girl into a young woman, and he had worked harder than ever before in his life.

“Jose…don’t you see? I need to do this.” The plea in her eyes almost made his heart burst.

“What I see is a girl who needs to…”

“I know,” she interjected placing a hand on his lips to hush him. “A girl who must first find the coin to pay for the damage to Mr. Cecil’s car.” The air seemed to flood out of her all at once and Maria looked at the ground.

“Yes.” Jose had made a promise. No charges had been pressed against his sister and she would pay for the joy ride by working. He took a deep breath and studied her tear filled eyes. He put a hand on Maria’s shoulder. “And when it’s done, I’ll take you to the sanitarium to see our father myself.”

Maria met his gaze and tilted her head in a proud stance. “He might be in trouble. Can we go on the fifth?”

Do you think they go to see their father on the fifth?  Is he in trouble? Is he crazy?