Saturday, July 31, 2021
Hello, all and happy weekend. I hoped to begin the new serial today, but I haven’t made any progress with the many things I needed to accomplish before that next rocket launches.
However, I settled on the title, and tweaked the cover image to my satisfaction. With that done, regardless of everything else I should be doing, I couldn’t resist writing a little teaser for the new serial. I do not consider this the first episode, and I did not use the random reader things in the “full set” way I plan to start doing once the setup of the story is in place. Anyhow, I hope this gives you an appetite for more next weekend.
A Teaser for “The Armadillo Files”
My last thought before oblivion overtook me was that those jerks in the lab had slipped a Mickey Finn into my coffee. I should have been unconscious for the few hours that remained in the night and all the next day. However, I had an oddly high tolerance to drugs, especially for someone of my height. I didn’t know why. Maybe if you grew up in Alligator Alley you were automatically tough.
A horrible ringing in my ears brought me around. I woke up remembering that I left the lab thinking I had gotten a particularly nasty bug. The timing couldn’t have been worse. As I staggered to my quarters all I could think was that I was going to miss the biggest moment in my career — such as it was. Even with a name like Faraday, in 1959 a woman without connections didn’t tend to get very far, especially in a scientific field.
As the bell blared into my skull, I realized that I had passed out with my head on my princess phone. When I answered it, nobody was there.
Suddenly a terrible thought occurred to me. Those bullies were always threatening to mess with the one thing I cared about besides work. My eyes darted around the room. Where was he?
Trying to put the phone’s receiver back, I knocked over everything on my nightstand. My transistor radio fell over. La Bamba blasted from the speakers. I tumbled to the floor and looked under the bed. Then I looked everywhere else.
Fang was gone!
Rules for Random Reader Things
The new serial will be driven from the very beginning by random reader things. I ask you to leave sets of three unrelated (random) things. Even though it begins in a later era, the story-line won’t stay there very long. So, at least for now, things should have been invented no later than 1945.
The Rules. Things must be…
- Leave sets of 3 things, and yes, you may leave more than one set 🙂
- Things must be random — not related to one another
- Things must be suitable to the year 1945
- Leave your sets of 3 random things in comments at this blog post (not Facebook)
- Don’t use events or objects that would force the story into a different era
Of course, you can continue to leave things after the story begins. I hope everyone will jump in and be part of the creation of this next story from the beginning. Remember to leave your things in a comment.
I’m still playing catchup with other projects, so I might be slow to answer comments. However, I hope you’ll stop to leave one. Whether your comment is to me or another commenter, keep it friendly.
Dead of Winter — All the Journeys
One thing I’m trying to catch up on is Dead of Winter: Journey 8, The Lost Library. However the first seven novelettes are available at Amazon. I welcome you to be a part of these Journeys.
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Journey 7, Revenant Pass
Journey 6, The Fluting Fell
Journey 5, Llyn Pistyll Falls
Journey 4, The Old Road
Journey 3, the Fever Field
Journey 2, Penllyn
Journey 1, Forlorn Peak
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