Am I Nerd Enough?

photo credit nerd /nərd/ noun informal a foolish or contemptible person who lacks social skills or is boringly studious. “one of those nerds who never asked a girl to dance” Informal dork, dweeb, Poindexter, nimrod, geek, drip, loser; techie Nerds and nerd culture have come a long way. The Oxford dictionary definition doesn’t do it justice. Maybe back in the 1940s it…

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Beyond Blood #7: Judgement

Part 7 Jarre listened to the sounds of his little squadron sleeping in the two tents they’d raised not too far distant from the bloodwood trees. He’d tied Xennar good and tight to the second tree. Though he was sure Xennar couldn’t see well with one missing eye and the other sitting in a shattered…

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Beyond Blood #6: The Protection of Shadow

Part 6 Dupresh watched Tsavo as the traitor munched idly on a dried vat-meat ration bar, vat meat that Dupresh’s line had raised—as was their duty—after painstakingly cleaning and repairing the vats. Du tried to clamp down on the hatred surging up through his body. For that his blood-kind had a saying in much the…

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Beyond Blood #5: The Mark of a First

Part 5   “Shit,” spat the Inventrix, stopping suddenly. “Fuck.” Jarre didn’t think he’d ever heard her say such words, and part of him was surprised his Inventrix capable of it, as if she were some sun-kissed innocent. “What?” he asked. It was midday and they’d had to backtrack twice, Shiran sniffing and snuffling, opening…

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Beyond Blood #4: Take the Lead

Part 4   Dupresh ran until his lungs ached, his throat felt shredded raw, and his legs could barely support him. His neck was sore from craning above, but after he saw no more shadows of gryphon wings above, he forced himself to turn around and run back the way he came. His kind had…

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Beyond Blood #3: Treachery

Part 3 Nelai sat behind Dupresh in the longwing flyer in her secondary flight seat, checking and rechecking the gauges, heart pounding. These flyers were newly minted from the forge caves, tinkered and re-tinkered by the first-level techworkers until they hum-ticked perfectly, their smooth brass hides gleaming in the early winter morning light. She peered…

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Beyond Blood #2: The Sign for Heart

Part 2 Jarre’s mate raised his brow, his expression certainly displeased. Zhandei even went so far as to cross his arms, a sign that his mate was far more than merely displeased. Zhandei made such a gesture as one of the Flight Ledge Leaders whenever his subordinates made a serious mistake with the flight cradles.…

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Beyond Blood #1: Navigators Are Made, Not Born

Part 1 The ornithopter bomber dragon bucked in its steady flight as it encountered the upper airs, and Quarethstra Jarre’s young student fought with the controls, her movements panicked as the buffeting winds brought her off course. Jarre barked, “No, shift up…Up. If you don’t reroute the—” “I know,” his young charge responded. He had…

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Coloring Books!

I’ll admit that for a long time I’ve been buying Dollar Store coloring books to just color in, or add extra scenes in. And with the recent boom in coloring books and mandalas for adults, I have to believe that there were way more people out there either doodling in the margins while taking notes…

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The Clockwork Dragon #35: Epilogue

Zefir lay on his accustomed ledge in the Inventrix’s laboratory, the pipes beneath the mountain warming the rock and seeping into his mechanical bones. He lifted his head, staring down at the Navigators flying with Innari. Shiran’s new flyers, these able to reach farther distances than even the most remote of the Lesser Clans, far…

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