Cloud Herder

Cloud Herder

A man fights for survival in the desert. The first (short) story in the world of “The Forgotten Creatures”.  •  18:00 min read

 

Sand blasts forward, hurtling up sheer rocks into the yellowing sky. Ahead, a plane escapes. Whirring blades. Pitted metal. Open cockpit. The flying contraption, a gravity defying pile of airborne junk, lifts the sand beneath into a whirling trail behind. Lumis glances up at the rearview mirror dangling from the windshield, only to see his wake get consumed by a bigger storm. A sand storm. He tightens the scarf back over his nose, snug below his splattered goggles, before increasing speed.

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Where Yonder Ends

Where Yonder Ends

A short story  •  15:00 min read

 

Matthew, pull your window up.” “But Mom…”

“You’re freezing us out, pull it up.”

“But I’m feeling sick back here.”

“Then pull it up at least half way.”

Sinking into his seat with a sigh, Matthew put his cold finger on the automatic window opener. Up, down, up, down — until Dad turned the window lock on. The mountains excited Matthew for the first hour, but the winding roads were taking their toll. Even the fall leaves couldn’t lift his spirits anymore.

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The Portal to Creativity

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The shocking truth behind all my stories…and the closet door in my bedroom  •  3:30 min read

 

I have lied about my creativity, inspiration, and originality. It’s all false, a pack of lies to hide a sinister truth. The truth — hiding behind a closet door — is something I’m not sure you’re ready to hear. But confess, I must. The moment you walk into my room, you might realize something is off. There is a standing desk, an all-purpose desk for storage, and a minimalist writing desk by the window. ”Why three desks,” you ask? Because it requires a lot of space to accomplish what I’ve been doing in the cover of night.

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We’re All Nifflers

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In Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them, the runaway niffler creates some of the best scenes in the movie. Set in the expanded universe of Harry Potter, Newt Scamander is traveling with a suitcase of magical creatures to New York City. Seventy years later, Harry studies a textbook, Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them, by none other than Newt Scamander.

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What Star Wars Taught Me About Politics

With elections next month and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story coming out in December (which I am very excited about by the way), it only makes sense to combine the two! So strap in…

I watched Star Wars episode III, Revenge of the Sith.

After being underwhelmed by the first two prequels, the third one far exceeded what I was expecting.  Of course, my expectations were quite low at that point. And yes, Revenge of the Sith has issues.

But I want to focus on something deeper than story structure flaws, character development mistakes, and Jar Jar Binks.

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