Memo to Self: A guest post by Jim Webster

JimToday, I’m pleased to let Jim Webster hijack my blog with a bit of flotsam (or maybe it’s jetsam?) about how not to pace oneself. 🙂

You know how they always say that to get there I wouldn’t start from here? I’m feeling a bit like that at the moment.

I had a succession of bright ideas. Even now, in retrospect, I think they’re bright ideas. But I suspect that the secret of good writing is the same as the secret of good comedy, it’s Timing.

It started when I was…


Photo 365 #358

I know, I know, if you’ve seen one picture of wet grass, you’ve seen ’em all.

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But I can’t help it.  I love trying to catch those tiny drops of dew before they fade away, like the mist in the morning light. 🙂

Hope your weekend is full of blue skies and lots of fun!

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Photo 365 #356

Hey, what’s that blue stuff?

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The sky, you say?  Impossible.  Our sky is all gray and overcast and full of rain.  This bright blue thing can’t possibly be sky.

Can it? 😀

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Photo 365 #355

It’s another darkish, rainy day, so I thought a bit of sunshine was in order:


Now if only the sky looked as bright as this beautiful bloom. *sigh*

How’s the weather where you are? Is it beautifully sunny or dank and dreary?

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Photo 365 #354

This is another sunflower I saw out and about over the weekend, and I love the way this shot turned out:

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I love that you can see all the little hairs on the stem and leaves, and I love the color in the image.  It reminds me a bit of Van Gogh’s sunflowers, though I am in no way as good with my camera as he was with a paintbrush.

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Interview time!

FDRToday I’ve got an interview with Aurelia, a character in the book Firedragon Rising by Mary Fan.  Let’s see what she’s got to say, shall we?

Why do people call you “the Firedragon”?
Because in this world, monsters are given straightforward names that are mishmashes of words, like bloodwolf or fleshsnake. And I’m so good at fighting that to them, I’m the monster. I don’t know exactly who came up with the nickname, since by the time I heard about it, everyone was already saying it behind my back. Best I can guess is that it’s because I fight like I’m on fire, and I’m scary like a dragon. But also one of the good guys. I like to think that dragons aren’t like regular monsters—they’re good monsters. But no one’s ever seen one, so I don’t know. I think they’re actually myths.

What’s going on in your life?
School, of course. But it’s not a regular school. I’m a Cadet at the Academy of Supernatural Defense, which means I study how to fight monsters. You know, what kinds there are, what their weaknesses are, what weapons work on them, and where they like to hang out. But only half my day is spent on the classroom stuff. The rest is for training. Except when there’s a monster near the Capital—then I’m sent to gank it.

What kind of training do you do?
What do you think? How to kill monsters! Since there are so many kinds out there, you’ve gotta be good at a lot of different types of combat. You can shoot some of the monsters with a gun, but most have super-healing powers and will just regenerate. Arrows work on some of them, since the monster can’t heal around the shaft. Personally, I like stabbing weapons the best, because all monsters are vulnerable to silver blades. Double swords are my favorite.

What’s the most dangerous monster out there?
See the answer behind the cut!

Photo 365 #352

We had a beautiful sunrise yesterday morning, before the storms moved in.

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This picture doesn’t do it justice.

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