The Kangraffs’ Curse: Chapter 24

Previous chapters are here.  Happy Halloween! Their walk through Clachan, led by the sage’s old dog loping along, showed a country nothing like all the descriptions Steven had ever copied about it.  Every book on foreign policy or nearby cultures spoke of Clachan’s beautiful vibrancy and fruitfulness.  Now, in person, it was the opposite.  Trees … Continue reading The Kangraffs’ Curse: Chapter 24

The Kangraffs’ Curse: Chapter 23

Here it is!  Sorry for the prolonged wait.  Find previous chapters here. All his life, he had sought a quiet, peaceful life.  The other magical people he knew had risen to prominence in their kingdoms, usually with deadly results for themselves, but not he, not Trevor.  He had lived under a theory that he could … Continue reading The Kangraffs’ Curse: Chapter 23

Postponement and Poem

Hello, my lovely, faithful readers.  It's been a while since I've actually talked to you.  How are you doing? Eight days ago, I finished writing the first draft of a novel I've been working on for a year and a half!  It's a huge cause for celebration, and also means I've started doing intensive research … Continue reading Postponement and Poem

The Kangraffs’ Curse: Chapter 22

Find previous chapters here.   “How are you feeling?” he asked Annette.  The question could be interpreted as concerned, but truly Bill only wanted to know how long it would be until they could get to work defeating the sorcerer. The sadness in her brown eyes told him she understood his meaning, though.  She used … Continue reading The Kangraffs’ Curse: Chapter 22

Saltwater Future

Saltwater Future The waves roll ever against the shore, Files of saltwater and sand Chiseling out a new coast. Try as he might, man’s hand Is powerless to interfere With the pounding of the waves. The future’s just as untraceable As next century’s shoreline. Try as I might, I can’t determine my future: The tiny, … Continue reading Saltwater Future

The Kangraffs’ Curse: Chapter 21

Find previous chapters here. "It isn't working, Maxwell!" Louise greeted her husband in the dining hall.  She swept past the too-thin servants and the great roast turkey cooling on a garnished silver platter to join the king at the head of the table.  "The bounty hunters aren't finding him." Max shoved a turkey leg into his mouth … Continue reading The Kangraffs’ Curse: Chapter 21

The Grass Withers

The Grass Withers Hey little mist, don’t you know, don’t you know you’re only here for a little today. The sun’s comin’ up and within the hour it’ll burn you all away. Hey little leaf, don’t you know, don’t you know your green won’t last too long. Autumn’s comin’ fast with its oranges and its … Continue reading The Grass Withers

The Kangraffs’ Curse: Chapter 20

Find previous chapters here. She was floating in nothingness, a grey, heavy nothingness that hurt and made it hard to breathe. Sometimes there was a buzzing noise, deep weaving together with high.  She thought the buzzing meant something, but it was too hard to concentrate. So much easier to bask in the colorless emptiness and … Continue reading The Kangraffs’ Curse: Chapter 20

My Ten-Year Plan

Hello, Worry--back again? Or not yet gone away? Why, I thought I kicked you out, Showed you to the door And bolted it behind you. Were you not alarmed With the plans I made? Did my strivings not give you pause? No--why were you laughing When I wrote out the next ten year? I thought … Continue reading My Ten-Year Plan

The Kangraffs’ Curse: Chapter 19

Find previous chapters here. With sharp eyes, Steven took in the cottage.  Against one wall hung countless bunches of herbs and pewter pots of varying sizes.  Facing that wall was a shoulder-high bookshelf laden with ancient tomes that filled the shelves and piled on top of each other nearly up to the ceiling.  Words such … Continue reading The Kangraffs’ Curse: Chapter 19