Posts Tagged ‘Urban Fantasy’

Trifecta: Antiquated

Posted in Fiction on August 28th, 2012 by Annabelle – 15 Comments

“Phrenology and palmistry?  You must be joking.”  The new fortuneteller leaned in Aiyan’s doorway, flipping his tarot cards in a smooth stream from hand to hand.  He looked contemptuously at the yellowed hand-drawn diagrams on the walls.  “You are such a dinosaur.”

Aiyan smiled vaguely at him and nodded, eliciting a disgusted snort.  “Whatever.”  His visitor whirled away, leaving the curtain hanging askew.

Aiyan straightened it.  “Dinosaur,” he repeated.  He turned back to his desk, humming lightly to himself, and sank into the worn wooden chair with a creak.  He picked up a brush out of the jar and a piece of translucent paper from the drawer.  “Don’t try to frighten us with your sorcerer’s ways, Lord Vader,” he murmured pleasurably.  “Your sad devotion to that ancient religion has not helped you…”

He dipped the brush into the ink.  In quick, sure strokes he inscribed a string of symbols onto the thin strip of paper, the wet ink gleaming black in a series of fat curves and sharp lines.  He picked up the paper by the corner and waved it gently until it dried, then, in a sharp movement, tossed it into the fireplace.  The curse flared briefly as it took flame, sending a burst of golden light flying up the chimney, and was consumed.

Aiyan smiled placidly and went back to his diagrams.


Welcome to this week’s Trifecta Writing Challenge!  This week called for 33 to 333 words on the third definition of the word DINOSAUR (noun):

1: any of a group (Dinosauria) of extinct often very large chiefly terrestrial carnivorous or herbivorous reptiles of the Mesozoic era
2: any of various large extinct reptiles (as ichthyosaurs) other than the true dinosaurs
3: one that is impractically large, out-of-date, or obsolete

Thanks for reading!


Confessions of A Twilight Shirker

Posted in Amusements on June 10th, 2011 by Annabelle – Be the first to comment

I have a confession: I have never read the Twilight books. Or seen the movies. I am not on Team Edward, or even Team Jacob. For a girl who has watched a long parade of intermittently terrible and rapidly-canceled vampire shows (“Forever Knight,” anyone? “Kindred: The Embraced”? “Dracula: The Series”? I have watched them all), that’s pretty shocking. Everyone has seen/read Twilight. Or at least everyone not disqualified from reading foofy teenage romances by presence of excess testosterone.

I just can’t bring myself to do it. I know they are crazy popular. It’s like refusing to read Harry Potter. (Hey! I’ve read them! Don’t get excited!) All the same. I get the distinct impression from everything I’ve head that the books’ attitude toward women, relationships, sex, and what constitutes love is creeptastic. (Also, Robert Pattinson as a romantic lead makes me snicker, but that’s a separate problem.) I am pretty sure that they would annoy me, so I am just missing out on this massive cultural wave.

That’s not to say that I’m missing out on the current vampire mania entirely. There’s even more vampire fiction out there than there is talk about the Zombiepocalypse. The problem is, an awful lot of it is, well, trash. That doesn’t keep me from reading it (reference the above series that I really did watch anyway), but it gets a little tedious. Sex + scrappy heroine + gorgeous vampire = book sales, apparently. I like vampire books and films, but even I think the vampire thing has gone a little overboard.

Vampire lovers, don’t despair! I am here to hurl myself into the sea of mediocre vampire novels and throw out a few pearls for your delectation. read more »