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Episode 1 of Eastward Dragons is now available for free on all your favorite ebook platforms. 

A royal bastard, bound to serve her true born brother.
A heretical murderer, returned from exile with news that will reshape a kingdom.
A young king, eager to prove his strength to a council of his elders.
An epic journey begins.
This short story is the first episode in a fifteen part serial fantasy series that plunges readers into a tale of international intrigue, powerful magic, and unexpected betrayal as they travel Eastward to Dragons.

Eastward Dragons is a 15 part serial adventure epic. The first part prepares readers and characters alike for an expedition into the deadly wilds beyond the borders of the Commonwealth.

Get it FREE on #iBooks#Smashwords#Nook , and more. Only pay $0.99 on #Kindle.

#eBook #Free #adventure   #fantasy  

   
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Can't wait to see the finished product!
 
And, with that, the editing of the Cypher System Rulebook has been completed. Booyah. Huge thanks to Ray Valle​se for doing the heavy lifting (literally! 416-pages of gaming goodness isn't light). Now it's off to Bear Weiter​ for the pretty-making! 

And I'm back to writing about robots and dragons. 
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IIIIIIIIIIIIIIiiiiiiiiiIIIIIIIIII'm Hooked on a feeling.
 
Day 9 - 1970s Music
HEY, HEY, HEY! That's mine! Hey, take those headphones off, right now! OUCH!!! UGH! OW! Hooked on a Feeling UGGGGHHHHHH! 1974! OW! OUCH!  *Blue Swede* OW! That song belongs to me!

Don't remember where I first herd this song. It was probably while driving around with my dad listening to classic rock. +Cecilee Linke hates it because A) she prefers the original version from 1968 and B) she finds the completely awesome OOOGA CHAKA lines annoying. 
Well, this is my post, not her post. I'm going to put on my headphones and enjoy possibly the happiest, silliest, most "I've got a crush and I'm going to sing about it" song ever.

#14DaysOfMusicChallenge  
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Day 9 - 1970s music

Just past midnight here, so I'll get a head start on my post since I'll be busy tomorrow. :D

Here's my selection for today's theme:

Francis Cabrel - Je l’aime à mourir (I love her to death/I love her so much I could die)

Hey, you know you were just waiting to see when I’d pull out a French song next! :D

Oh there were so many songs I could’ve picked for this one, both in French and English. However, I went French this time because this song is so beautiful that even if you don’t speak any French beyond bonjour, you will love it. How much more romantic can you get than this song?

One of my all-time favorite French-language songs is this beautiful acoustic piece from the famous (at least in France) Francis Cabrel, a man known for writing unabashed, poetic songs about love and life. This was also one of the first songs that I learned to play on piano, so I’m pretty proud of that! This song was released in 1979 but this is a slightly later live version.

It’s also really sweet to hear the audience singing along with him! In the first few seconds before he starts singing, he tells the audience in French that “I feel like accompanying you all on this next song.” That’s because as soon as he fingerpicks the opening chords, the entire audience starts singing with him. It must really be something to perform one of your own songs and have everyone in the audience sing the song with you. I would be so touched if that ever happened to me. :-)

For a translation of the song, you can click here: 

http://lyricstranslate.com/en/je-l%E2%80%99aime-mourir-i-love-her-so-much-i-could-die.html#songtranslation

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XHVqKqmbhFA

Runners-up: 

- Il était une fois - Viens faire un tour sous la pluie (Come for a walk in the rain) - 1975
- Kate Bush - Wow - 1979
- Michel Berger - Quelques mots d’amour - 1979 (OK technically 1980 but the song was written in the 70s; album wasn’t released until the next year)
- Patrick Juvet - Où sont les femmes - 1977
- Blondie - Picture This - 1977

#14DaysofMusicChallenge #1970s #acoustic #French #guitar #beautiful #lovesong #romance #sweet
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Day 8 - Broadway Musical
Have no fear #14DaysOfMusicChallenge people, today my post is in no way interpretive or vaguely off topic. Today I present to you a pure, actual, real broadway musical number:
Springtime for Hitler from The Producers 

The Producers is one of my favorite musicals of all time. It's funny. It's well written. It's performed perfectly. And it manages to take some absolutely horrible people and make a complete mockery of them. 
By which, I of course mean broadway producers. 
No, Nazis.
No, Actors.
Eh, whatever.

(Obviously, this might be offensive in the sense that it makes light of terrible people [the sort who attend broadway shows?], but there's nothing actually NSFW here. Apologies [sort of?] if you don't like it.)
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+Rey Ley Thanks so much for the links. I got to see it on the first one! +Andrew Linke Thanks for this terrific share. If you hadn't posted it, I would never had gotten to see any of it. It is really wonderful. The lyrcis are priceless! ;-))
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Day 7 - Latin Music
Becoming Insane -Infected Mushroom

I generally prefer music that crosses musical genres. Here's a fun one for "latin music" day.
Starting with a very classical latin guitar riff, Infected Mushroom builds an intense trance/electronic track off the melody. Lyrics (what few there are) mix English and Spanish.

Need something more purely latin?
Backup pick is Long, Long Time Ago from the Pan's Labyrinth soundtrack by Javier Navarrete
It's not samba, but you can't get much more latin than a track from a Spanish composer, written for a film directed by a Mexican and set during the Spanish civil war.
https://youtu.be/eam9v9FsLw4

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Wow +Andrew Linke , must dance to this tune for real and is seems great fro workout too.
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So hard to choose between all of his great works.
 
Day 10 - "Classical" Music
Psychological Recovery... 6 Months -Hans Zimmer

Hans Zimmer is my favorite composer. Oh, I respect the classics. I also love the work of Howard Shore, James Horner, John Williams, James Newton Howard, and others... but Zimmer is a favorite. He is probably best known for composing big, dramatic themes full of banging drums and clashing, staccato strings, but he is also capable of crafting delicate, intricate arrangements. Oh, and he started as a synth pop keyboardist, so that adds to the fun.

I've selected this track because it highlights his diversity as a composer, but it was a tough call. I absolutely recommend his soundtracks to Gladiator, Inception, and Interstellar.

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Day 10 - "Classical" Music
Psychological Recovery... 6 Months -Hans Zimmer

Hans Zimmer is my favorite composer. Oh, I respect the classics. I also love the work of Howard Shore, James Horner, John Williams, James Newton Howard, and others... but Zimmer is a favorite. He is probably best known for composing big, dramatic themes full of banging drums and clashing, staccato strings, but he is also capable of crafting delicate, intricate arrangements. Oh, and he started as a synth pop keyboardist, so that adds to the fun.

I've selected this track because it highlights his diversity as a composer, but it was a tough call. I absolutely recommend his soundtracks to Gladiator, Inception, and Interstellar.

#14DaysOfMusicChallenge 
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+Andrew Linke I love the soundtrack of Gladiator and never know it was by Hans Zimmer. Thanks for the knowledge and a great piece.
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Everything I have written is currently on sale for only 99¢ over on Amazon.com. This is a great chance to try out that next book in the series, or sample one of my short stories.
Everything I have written is currently on sale for only 99¢ over on Amazon.com. This is a great chance to try out that next book in the series, or sample one of my short stories.
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Day 9 - 1970s Music
HEY, HEY, HEY! That's mine! Hey, take those headphones off, right now! OUCH!!! UGH! OW! Hooked on a Feeling UGGGGHHHHHH! 1974! OW! OUCH!  *Blue Swede* OW! That song belongs to me!

Don't remember where I first heard this song. It was probably while driving around with my dad listening to classic rock. +Cecilee Linke hates it because A) she prefers the original version from 1968 and B) she finds the completely awesome OOOGA CHAKA lines annoying. 
Well, this is my post, not her post. I'm going to put on my headphones and enjoy possibly the happiest, silliest, most "I've got a crush and I'm going to sing about it" song ever.

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wow +Andrew Linke , this is really cool. I like the intro a lot. Nice one.
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+Cecilee Linke I posted it.
 
Day 8 - Broadway Musical
Have no fear #14DaysOfMusicChallenge people, today my post is in no way interpretive or vaguely off topic. Today I present to you a pure, actual, real broadway musical number:
Springtime for Hitler from The Producers 

The Producers is one of my favorite musicals of all time. It's funny. It's well written. It's performed perfectly. And it manages to take some absolutely horrible people and make a complete mockery of them. 
By which, I of course mean broadway producers. 
No, Nazis.
No, Actors.
Eh, whatever.

(Obviously, this might be offensive in the sense that it makes light of terrible people [the sort who attend broadway shows?], but there's nothing actually NSFW here. Apologies [sort of?] if you don't like it.)
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A bit of a crossover today.
 
Day 7 - Latin Music
Becoming Insane -Infected Mushroom

I generally prefer music that crosses musical genres. Here's a fun one for "latin music" day.
Starting with a very classical latin guitar riff, Infected Mushroom builds an intense trance/electronic track off the melody. Lyrics (what few there are) mix English and Spanish.

Need something more purely latin?
Backup pick is Long, Long Time Ago from the Pan's Labyrinth soundtrack by Javier Navarrete
It's not samba, but you can't get much more latin than a track from a Spanish composer, written for a film directed by a Mexican and set during the Spanish civil war.
https://youtu.be/eam9v9FsLw4

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  • Chesapeake Public Schools
    Teacher, 2008 - present
  • Tidewater Council, BSA
    Camp Counselor & Comissioner, 2002 - 2008
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I write legends of things unseen in recorded time.
Introduction
A long time ago someone called me "eclectic". That's probably the best way to think about me.

Writing Credits
  • The Staff of Moses, an adventure novel set in the modern cities and ancient sands of Egypt.
  • The Eye of Odin, is the sequel to The Staff of Moses. When Oliver Lucas encounters a rival treasure hunter, he is drawn into an international conspiracy that threatens to destroy him. Packed with ancient curses, thrilling action, and the wrathful gods of the old Norse world, The Eye of Odin takes Oliver to places he had never dared to imagine. 
  • Burning in the Void is a scifi novel set aboard an interstellar colony ship which has been stranded between the stars for 300 years. 
  • Beasts of Dream is a short story about a woman who is haunted by monster that has the power to escape from her dreams.
  • The Dungeon Keeper's Wife is a short story about a young girl who meets her mother for the first time when she is trapped in the deepest cell of a dungeon.
  • Hunger for Fire, a short story loosely based on my own experiences camping in remote places, which introduces a series of modern fairy tales I call the Nearworld series. 
  • Gravity, a short story about a woman named Asha who is stranded in space, completely alone, after a solar flare damages the space station in which she lives and the other crew meet a series of violent deaths. This is an early entry in a fantasy series that I am developing.
Other Work
I am a 7th grade English teacher in Chesapeake, Virginia. I have served with Chesapeake Public Schools for over six years. 
Bragging rights
Worked seven summers at Pipsico Scout Reservation. Proud Eagle Scout and recipient of the Vigil Honor and Founders' Award in the Order of the Arrow.
Education
  • Old Dominion University
    English Education, 2003 - 2007
    B.A. in English Education.
  • Home Schooled
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