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  • I Don't Know what to Do

    "I don't know what to do." That's what I hear

    So many times. I say this constantly.

    Yet what I mean, I cannot say for sure--

    I only know I'm lost, it's hard to see

    .

    The purpose in my life; it's hard to feel

    What's best to do--what I need most in life

    And…

    Posted 6 days ago
  • Self-Love, ii

    But live I must, for now, so I'll contrive

    To try things, to explore, to seek a guide

    Or mentor to help lead me. I'm alive,

    And thus there's hope, and so upwards I'll glide

    .

    T'wards better love, t'wards more, if e'er I may;

    I'll build on what I learn. I'…

    Posted 8 days ago
  • Self-Love, i

    I need to love myself--but that's quite hard.

    I don't know how to do it, nor do I

    Have guidance, step by step success. I'm barred

    From learning this great skill--I heave a sigh.

    .

    Oh, if there is a way to learn, I'll study,

    Take notes, and practice till I…

    Posted 8 days ago
  • Senior Crown

    Mornington did not need to close his eyes. Rather, there was a superposition of that which would be over that which merely was. Descending under erratic control, he fumbled with infinite possibility and finite perception. His exhalations slowed, turned to…

    Posted 26 days ago
  • The Earth Remembers

    Had it been a year already, since the day Tor stood before his master and all the words turned to ash on his lips? It seemed so much further in the past, and yet he could not say what had taken him so long to arrive here.

    The darkness stretched out before…

    Posted 31 days ago
  • Monster

    Nine-year-old Timothy Lane sits on the edge of his bed trying not to look at his closet. The room is dark, but that yawning portal is darker and more terrifying to Timothy than anything else. He twists his hands in his lap, trying to find the courage to w…

    Posted 1 month ago
  • Husky

    The explosions and detonations that seemed to batter their senses without break were briefly overcome by the new and incredible din of piston engines starting up close by. Mornington riffled through his knowledge of the Navy's carriers: this had to be HMS…

    Posted 2 months ago
  • For you, Always.

    “You seem off,

    Is everything okay?”

    “Yea I’m fine,

    I just need to pray.”

    “Are you sure?

    I’m here to talk...”

    “Yes, uh, of course..

    There’s no need to balk.”

    ...

    I should be worried....right?

    I shouldn’t just let them be.

    Because it’s the middle of the…

    Posted 3 months ago
  • Elements of Us All (3)

    When we find each component,

    We become So that not water, no flame or air or quake could not break us down.

    This is how you make sure you love who you are and you stand within your power.

    When you know you are:

    Powerful

    Solemn

    Courageous

    Determined

    Stand …

    Posted 3 months ago
  • Elements of Us All (2)

    Have you ever wanted to fly?

    Well let me tell you how to jump.

    The weightless and dragging feeling.

    When will the wind catch?

    Do I want a bird, plane or Aladdans carpet to catch me?

    Which could save this moment?

    I didn’t want to fall through air, but soar…

    Posted 3 months ago
  • Elements of Us All (1)

    Who, What, Where, When & How.

    We ask these all the time,

    But do YOU know?

    Do you, truly?

    If you do, turn around...

    But if you don’t,

    Let me help you think.

    Have you ever wanted to float?

    Well let me tell you rhythm will tell you what to do.

    Stay …

    Posted 3 months ago
  • Tiger

    The fading splash cleared, revealing forces locked in combat across land and sea. Mornington saw two cruisers come past, cutting through the waves with majestic authority at flank speed, loosing a six-inch salvo at a target lost in smoke and distance. Fur…

    Posted 5 months ago
  • Splice

    In complete silence they walked ahead to a watertight door a short distance ahead, of the type commonly seen on ships. It was worn, textured, maintained - solid graspable reality in stark contrast to every other thing in that unreal world.

    Silvertown twi…

    Posted 5 months ago
  • San Antonio

    Silvertown, keeping a firm grip on her medallion, stepped up to the door and pulled on a handle that wasn't there. Except that it was, and it wasn't - when looked at directly it was there as if unnoticed until then.

    Most disconcerting.

    She swung the …

    Posted 5 months ago
  • Meetinghouse

    It was enough. Beckton knew what to do and how to get there - or rather, he had a feeling that he would know when it mattered. For now, he needed a door that matched a certain set of parameters.

    There was a delicate clink, from somewhere close by, as if …

    Posted 5 months ago
  • Bluecoat

    Beckton thought about it for a moment, but the Commandant had been very clear about the importance of the Newkirk mission. It wasn't like there were any alternatives - he found himself nodding solemnly, even as he wondered whether there was any point nego…

    Posted 5 months ago
  • Insecurity

    I'm trying to care less about what other people think of me: trying not to perpetually perform for an imagined audience, trying to forget all the invisible eyes on me.

    4am in the dark lair of my study, two locked doors between my face and the world...

    Posted 5 months ago
  • In Memoriam Bliss / Empty-handed (poem)

    To dream such dreams,

    to banish despair with the conjured light of face and form,

    drawn perfectly from decades ago--

    such is the magic of faerie wings and moon beams.

    In that twisting and infinite moment,

    perhaps a reflection of what was in another time …

    Posted 6 months ago
  • More Questions Than Answers

    Malika looked to the holy man.

    "What say you, Reliath?" she asked. "Why didn't the greater dead destroy us, as Morduth suggests?"

    Orthael thought for several long moments. "I cannot say for sure," he replied. "But perhaps, while the creature is more g…

    Posted 7 months ago
  • Gwen and Bass: The Sound of Silence

    The name given to the ship of Gwen and Bass is The Sound of Silence. In drawing the picture, I took inspiration from the Simon and Garfunkel song, and from the story of Sleepless Domain

    The Inner Barrier is from the night that Alchemical met the ele…

    Posted 7 months ago
  • Grounded

    Malika barked a derisive laugh. "If by 'grounded' you mean, did it feel more real than the lesser deathless we cut down? Then yes. Yes, it did." She reached up and pointedly rubbed at her shoulder again, even though the ache was barely there. "I don't kno…

    Posted 7 months ago
  • By Grace

    As was his custom, Orthael watched the life of Trien go about before him while he thought about Malika's questions. The baker haggled with a farmer for a box of vegetables, a thatcher pushed a cart of straw and ladders past them, and at the edge of his vi…

    Posted 7 months ago
  • For What Comes Next

    Malika nodded slowly. "Very well." Her voice hardened. "What be next... Reliath?" She stumbled over the holy man's name, unaccustomed to addressing one of the clergy so casually.

    "That... what did you call it? Malylech? That Malylech. Why were we unable …

    Posted 7 months ago
  • Bright Day, Dark Night

    Orthael breathed out evenly, nodding. He had known, rationally, the moment that Varreniel's Candle had snuffed out. But it was another thing entirely to hear that it confirmed, that all the wards and defenses of a cathedral of the Flame had failed against…

    Posted 7 months ago
  • The Darkness Desolate

    Malika was silent for a time, regathering her composure. She was embarrassed by her reaction, especially in front of this man. Finally, she nodded solemnly.

    "The Archbishop is gone, as you presume, holy man," she said, "as is everyone else I ever knew. T…

    Posted 7 months ago