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Snow on green


A little Harry Potter Flash Fan Fic Challenge

(Nov 21, 2008)

This is a challenge from Devon’s Blog back on MySpace. The challenge was to write a story of either twilight or Harry Potter fan fic that used the line “Your face is my sex toy”. I’ve never written any Twilight fic, so I stuck with familiar characters.

“Now watch this.”

Those were Fred’s infamous words as he stood, half concealed behind a large bush on the Weasley property.  Two other pairs of eyes stared from behind the fluffy green leaves and watched their sister with Harry, the boy that was slowly turning into something far more serious than a crush.

Ron snickered. “You know, Harry’s going to kill you, right?”

“You have no thirst for knowledge,” George replied, clapping his brother on the back. “I’m sure Harry will understand that this is in the pursuit of discovery-”

Fred waved his twin to silence and continued to stare. If the Yapping Yum-yums could have been activated simply by sheer willpower then Ginny would have been babbling already. As it was, they took a good ten minutes after ingested.

Ron scratched his chin impatiently. He didn’t have a lot of faith in the twins’ newest invention.  “I don’t want to be a bother but-”

“Then be quiet,” Fred muttered testily.

“Before we have to feed these to you,” George added for good measure. Not that experimenting on Ron was a bad idea, or one they weren’t ready to embrace. It was just that they’d needed someone to give Harry the chocolates so that he’d pass them to Ginny. There was no way she’d have taken anything that either Fred or George gave her. She was a sight smarter than that – and they knew it.

Ron fell silent. Harry continued to lean against the trunk of a gnarled oak tree and Ginny continued to talk to him. At first her words made the eavesdroppers a little ill, but that quickly changed.

“-I do love you, Harry. You know I do, but you have to learn to trust me more.  Communicate. I may not be Ron or Hermione, but I’m just as capable as that tart-”

Harry’s eyes grew wide. “What?”

“What?” she echoed, and Fred and George silently high fived to the oblivious look on her face.

“I said that I can help you just as well as they can. Sure, I may not spend every minute in a book, but I still know things. I suppose it’s just as well she does though, the way Ron fancies her. He’s such a dope he’ll have to marry someone who has an IQ higher than a houseplant-”

Ron silently fumed and George had to cover his mouth to keep from laughing out loud. “This is brutal.”

“- I was really afraid Lavender had him. She’s nothing but powder and rouge, no substance of any kind. Bloody hell, imagine having her as a sister in law. It would be as bad as Phlegm’s going to be. Merlin but what possesses Bill to ever go for a French bint like that? Oh, wait, I know, I know!” She struck a decidedly seductive pose that left Harry wide eyed. “I cannot help eet, Harry, I am in love viz you. I vill do vatever you vish me to zo long as you are ‘appy vith me.”

Harry gave an appreciative laugh, but it seemed a little forced.  “Are you feeling all right?”

“I feel fine!” Ginny cried, and then she took on a decidedly devilish look. She captured Harry’s startled face between her hands and gazed into his eyes. “I feel perfect,” she purred.  “Maybe you should ‘feel’ me and see.”

The boys in the bush all exchanged horrified looks. “She can’t mean-” Ron began, but his words turned into a tight strangled noise when Ginny placed Harry’s hand squarely on her butt.

“We don’t need to see this,” George murmured.

“I know, but we can’t get out of here-”

“They’ll see us,” George finished. “And apparition is too loud.”

Ginny knocked Harry back against the tree and kissed him passionately while the eavesdroppers continued to argue, they were torn between the brotherly desire to do something about this, the heart of a scientist which said to let things play out, and the old fashioned British desire to run when the going got tough.

What small amount of reluctance Harry had shown previously fled under the power of that kiss, and when next the boys looked the pair was making out heavily beneath the tree.

“Merlin’s balls!” Ron hissed and covered his eyes. “I can’t take this!”

“Ron’s right-”

“I know,” Fred snapped. “Ah, forget it, come on let’s just-”

“Oh Harry. Your face is my sex toy!”

“That’s it!” Ron shouted at full volume and the dissapparated with a snap.  The twins quickly followed him, and though they called the tests a success, the Yapping yum-yums were never added to their inventory and Mrs. Weasley was certain she heard them performing mild memory charms on one another.


Fun, huh?


Don’t be Like Nickleback or Change it Up

(Nov 2008)

Been listening to Nickleback’s album Dark Horse and well… eh.  I’m not saying the new Nickleback isn’t good. In fact, I am really fond of “I’d Come for You”, “Just to Get High”, “Never Gonna be Alone” and “If Today was Your Last Day”. However, several tunes make me feel like they’re trying to recapture “Rockstar” and “Animal” over again. The guilty tracks would be “Something in Your Mouth”, “Burn it to the Ground”, “Next Go Round”, “Shakin’ Hands” and “S.E.X.” .

I’m not saying these aren’t good songs, just that the themes have been visited by this band numerous times, and that it’s time for them to move on.  Who wants to hear the same old thing again and again? I’ve noticed this is a common trap that most bands fall into at some point. It’s like once they hit upon something that either the public really likes, or  they really like, they have to keep reproducing it over and over. This holds true for any entertainment art – movies, music, books, poetry – you name it. People just have a tendency to go “This worked, so it will work again!”, But it won’t. The reason it was good the first time is generally because it was so unexpected. It was a surprise, and that made it SO much better. When the formula gets repeated over again it just comes up flat. It’s like when you just keep having sex after everyone’s climaxed, and you’re bored and thinking “I wonder what’s on TV” and “why am I still doing this?” Give it up, let it go and move on.  Don’t keep beating a dead horse (okay that sounded bad given the above reference), but get off, go to sleep and try a whole new round tomorrow  instead  of continuing to grind at the same old thing and waiting for the ceiling to fall in for some excitement.

It’s not just the arts that are guilty of repetition. This happens in every facet in life. People get on one track and they don’t get off of it, even when it’s not working. I don’t know if it’s because they don’t want to or because they are incapable of making a change, but just like an album, the same old thing doesn’t work over and over. As with music, it’s nice to have a central ‘sound” so that you can identify a band, but we don’t want to listen to the same old themes on every album. Think Jonathan Davis of Korn. He wrote the music for Queen of the Damned.  Any Korn fan will recognize his handiwork, but at the same time it is completely different from anything Korn does. The constants that identify his touch are there, but it’s mixed up enough to make it something new. In the same way we need some constants in our lives; people we care for, etc, but we need to mix it up and do something different from time to time or else we stagnate and leave people saying, “Wow, that sounds like ‘Animal’, only not as good.”
signaturesong going through my head – If today was Your Last Day – Nickleback

Vampire Art

I call it that, though unless you *know* that the following are images of vampires you might not know it. For those who are out of the loop, these are the main characters in my newest vampire novel Heart of the Raven. This blog isn’t about advertising that, so if you want more info check out my author blog.


All in all I was pretty happy with the way the new ones came out. There are a couple I might redraw next time – Verchiel, for instance – but then again maybe not. We’ll see what’s going on at the time.

signaturesong playing at the moment – 3AM – Poets of the Fall


The New Book and More More Random Photos

I keep promising to show you something else… and then I don’t. But I do have one novel thing – a novel.

Ha ha! Get it? Novel/novel?

Okay, that was bad. Anyway, Heart of the Raven, book 5 of the Amaranthine series is currently available as an ebook from Smashwords and Amazon. B&N and paperback are both on the way, as are Kobo, Apple and more.

cover vs 2 - 200

Okay and now for random photos. Oh fun.

This is the end of the random cell phone photos for awhile. Expect an art post and a memorial to my father-in-law in the future. He passed away March 12th (actually as I was in the middle of making this post – it’s taken me a few days to get back to it and finish it up) so things have been topsy turvey. They should be falling back into place though.

signatureSong playing at the moment – Life Burns – Apocalyptica and Lauri Ylonen



From hubby




(Are you sick of photos yet?)

So we’ve been tossing around moving back to Iowa – long convoluted story that’s not important to the post – but that means we’ve been running up there quite a fair bit in the last few months to look at houses. We actually have one lined up again to look at in late March or April (it’s a private deal, the owner is in no hurry and neither are we, so that’s a good thing).

But trips mean more crappy cellphone pictures. Enjoy 🙂

Okay, gotta go have lunch. At least I got a few posts set up. Go me.

signatureSong playing at the moment – Lorelai – Fleet Foxes

More Photos

These are mainly photos that were “Photo of the Day” on facebook. I used to post them here too, then got out of the habit, but some are cool enough to share. All with the cell.

It’s sort of amusing. I spent all that $$ on the Nikon, lenses and what not and yet am using my cellphone, LOL! Actually there are some cool cemetery pics if I ever find them that I took with the Nikon.


song playing at the moment – Meadowlarks – Fleet Foxes


Random Wintery Photos

I’ve been thinking about redoing my random photos banner but I don’t know. This one has served me well since my MySpace days, so maybe not.

Anyway, it’s just what the title says. More random photos, mainly from my cellphone, and most are wintery. Not much going on. I – hopefully – have the synopsis done for the upcoming book release and I have started the intro flash fiction to go with the character reveals (need to finish that soon). I am considering a blog tour but not now. There’s just too much going on. Someone sent me a link for a lady who sets them up for $150 and I am considering it for this summer (though she has to “approve” you after she reads your book, so no guarantees ). I know it’s possible to do them yourself, I did a small one last year but they are so time consuming to set them up I might be willing to pay for it. I don;t know. It’s all still just an idea.

On a more personal note things are still dragging along. I feel like a ghoul, but, well… there just comes a point.

Okay, on to the photos!

And that’s it for now. If you have some wacky winter weather feel free to post a link to photos – I love looking at photos 🙂


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