A3Writer: September 2016
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Friday, September 30, 2016

F3 More Style

            Jack Dailey had actually been the one to teach me that Storm Riders had to have a degree of discretion. It was best if people didn’t know that there were those who could control the weather in the world, kind of like the Men in Black—the ones from the movie, anyway.
            But now we had to break into a museum, steal some old clothes, and get away before the cops arrived. Jack had complicated that with this thunder punch stunt. Now he and I used arcs of lightning between our hands to act as plasma cutters, which actually wasn’t as easy as it sounded. I had to keep laser focused on keeping the ionized channel strictly between my hands instead of allowing the lightning to ground out on the steel security gate.
            “Jack,” I gritted my teeth, “you are so going to owe me for this.”

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

W3 Speed Limits

            Despite Jeremy Clarkson’s insistence of “Power!” those of us making websites can’t count on users having the latest and greatest hardware. Mobile browsing is also up over data connections that don’t measure up to the speeds of Google Fiber. So, we have to be the ones to check the speed limit on our websites.

Monday, September 26, 2016

M3 The Sacred Text Archive

            The Sacred Text Archive is my favorite source for myths online. They’ve been very thorough to dig up and store myths from nearly every culture that’s ever been on the planet. The site can be a little daunting at first, but they’ve got an extensive list to browse through, and their in-site search is pretty thorough. With a little practice, it should be no problem to find any kind of myth you need.
            My only caveat is that it does include a fair bit of articles and commentary. Again, with a  little time it shouldn’t be hard to sort those from the actual stories. They even offer the entire archive on DVD-Rom and flash drive (for a price). Although, I’m thinking about asking for an SD card or purchasable android app offering.



Friday, September 23, 2016

F3 The (Sort of) Heist

            “I’m telling you, it’s not going to be like Ocean’s 11,” I said to Natalie.
            “Come on, it’ll be fun.”
            “I’m not denying that. I’m saying it won’t be like that.” I cloudstepped down to the parking lot.
            “Why not?”
            “Because we have Jack Dailey on the team.”

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

W3 Unlikely Powerful

            Blogs, are generally limited websites. The range of features they offer have a cap on them compared to hosting your own website on a private server. Even WordPress is limited in comparison to what professional web developer can do on a private server. Read more on
 Author Web Guide

Monday, September 19, 2016

M3 Myth Websites Overview

            Researching good sources of myths online is like researching anything. It takes time and dedication, but I can give some tips. Look for:

Friday, September 16, 2016

F3 The Plan

            A night in a decent hotel with a spa and a buffet did wonders for recuperation. Natalie’s arm was still broken, but would be healed in a week, less if we could swing by the Great Lakes and meet up with Maddie and convince her to heal us. The others wouldn’t go for it, but I had been extra persuasive to Nat last night.
            I went into the PI’s office. His secretary, a young woman with her light brown hair in a ponytail, smiled at us, then nodded for us to go back. Inside Matt’s office, we saw Kate standing next to Matt. Another woman stood to the side with a bundle of papers. A few years older than the one in the outer office, she looked a lot more confident than the secretary did.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Time Machine

            In revamping my site, I went back through a lot of my old posts, particularly my flash fiction. It was quite interesting to see the evolution of my style and ideas. I can see the origins of ideas that have become fully realized concepts. I laugh at the early flashes of Reilly and Jack as Storm Riders. I cringe at my early concept of Peter Flynn as a complete criminal. And Sam, well, is still Sam. By the time I started the flash fiction, Matt’s voice was pretty realized.

Monday, September 12, 2016

M3 Apollo's Diverse Portfolio

            Apollo’s diversity is unique among the Greek gods. Aside from music, hunting, and prophecy, he is also one of the sun gods (Helios is the other, and actually is the sun). Apollo is attributed as both a causer and healer of diseases, thus giving him domain over medicine. Since he possessed the gift of prophecy, that lent him to becoming the patron of colonists, who sought his oracular insights to guide them in their colonies.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Cheating Your Website Demo

Arthur says "Hi" from Fanfiction Fest 2016.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

M3 Special (Conference edition) Genesis 1

To all of my conference friends, I hope you enjoy this humorous, special edition of the Genesis Creation . . . Facebook style.


Friday, September 9, 2016

F3 Midnight Oil

            I had to send Jessie home at eleven; her parents had her on a curfew after one too many long research nights. They did it more to flex their muscles than because of what she was doing. They would rather she be out working for me than getting into trouble again, but they had to maintain their authority somehow. It was their last chance to do so as she would start college in the fall.
            Jen, though, was a trooper, and, as I though, had managed to bribe the librarians into letting us stay. Kate was the only Storm Rider to stick with us. The others, hopefully, went to recover from their injuries. I was just glad not to have them nipping at my heels.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Conference Time Again

            I’m heading, once again, to Connecticut for CTRWA’s Fiction Fest conference. This time around I am presenting two workshops, one on web design, and one on mythology. It promises to be very interesting.
Any news reports coming out of Connecticut should be viewed with a grain of salt. Also, I’ll have an alibi.



Monday, September 5, 2016

M3 Apollo's Daddy Issues

            Out of all of Zeus’s divine children, Apollo is the one trying the hardest to be like his father. The birth of the world and what happened to his great grandfather and grandfather would have been well-known to him. It’s a matter of record and right that the son replace the father, and Apollo intends for that son to be him, despite the prophecy that it would be a son of Metis and not Leto.

Friday, September 2, 2016

F3 Not Sherlock

            I finished writing, and looked it over. Kate and her friends had rambled on about the fallen angel’s appearance and abilities, but there was nothing here about its personality, which worried me.
            “So, who is it?” The one on the couch—Reilly?—asked.
            “What?”
            “Who’s this guy?”
            “You’re kidding, right? What do I look like, a supernatural Sherlock Holmes? I don’t have all the answers at my fingertips.”