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Hi all. I know it's been a while since I've been at all active, but I've done a lot of thinking about my creative endeavors. To that end, while I'm going to continue to write fiction as the mood strikes me, I'm re-launching two blogs that I currently write under my (gasp!) real name. I mean, they each have pseudonyms of sort, but, it shows the real me as the author and I'm cool with it. I don't know if it's anyone's cup of tea, but if you'd like to have a look, I appreciate the traffic and any comments you may have.

Film/TV/Media
- My primary blog is Buffalo B Film and TV, and it is primary because of my background as a former film student. It is truly getting relaunched with a new coat of paint, publishing for the first time in two years ago and for the first time on blogger/blog spot. I've just ported some of my old reviews over and wrote my first new bit of work on the subject, a first look at "The Dark Knight Rises" and a deep look at the trailers shown before it (found here). Later this week, I intend to post a full review of DKR and a review of HBO's "The Newsroom."

Sports - My Sports Blog is called Buffalo Sports Man because I'm a man who likes sports from Buffalo (Not the most original naming convention I've ever used, but it works). My most recent post (found here) is about the offer sheet that the Philadelphia Flyers offered Nashville Predators' captain Shea Weber. 

I thank you all for taking the time to read this, and further, if either of the above topics strike your fancy, I'd be quite pleased to have you follow me over there.

K.C. / Brian
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So I posted an link back to [personal profile] aldersprig  's Giraffe Call. Below is the linkback incentive piece. The more people that link back to the call for prompts, in addition to all the awesomeness of the prompts, she is going to build on the story linked below. Go forth and read and it is awesome.

http://aldersprig.dreamwidth.org/198573.html 
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Hello peoples!

[personal profile] aldersprig  is having another Giraffe Call for prompts.  Go there and give her good promptings!!!
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Anton's footsteps moved him aimlessly throughout the nearly abandoned city. He could still hear his father-in-law chiding him that here where the climes were more temperate, 'civilized people' didn't go out into the snow. It had taken every bit of his self-control not to haul off and slap the taste out of his mouth. He visualized his wife's face as he turned his back on the man that he had accepted as his kin and went out into the blowing snow.

At least the codger hadn't called him a Communist in a couple of months.

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This story is part of the Second Semester of "30 Days of Fic." Today's prompt was "mourning dead gods."

For a full rundown on my Second Semester of 30 Days of Fic, please click here for future prompts and to find all the stories I've created.
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Michael's maroon sedan coughed and sputtered, giving up the ghost about ten miles beyond the outskirts of the city. He was asleep in the back, exhausted after driving for most of their long flight. Sabrina coaxed a final two-hundred yards out of the car before pulling it off of the road and into a small copse of trees.

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This story is part of the Second Semester of "30 Days of Fic." Today's prompt was to write the middle of a novel called "The Long, Dirty Afterwards."

For a full rundown on my Second Semester of 30 Days of Fic, please click here for future prompts and to find all the stories I've created.
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[personal profile] ariestess is offering a one card draw from your choice of four decks. All who request a draw are entered into a draw-ing to get a draw in her signature 6-Card Personal Star spread and she is taking donations in general and for more in depth pieces.

As for me, I'm getting on a traaaaaaain in three hours. I'll be back Tuesday-ish. Seee you then, my lovelies.
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"You know you're not supposed to be up here."

It didn't even surprise Zach anymore that Isabelle could sneak up on him like that. She sounded like she was right behind him, which meant that she'd come through the roof access door, moved across the roughly textured roof and gotten within striking distance without noticing her presence. Can't call it the wind on a night like tonight.

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This story is part of the Second Semester of "30 Days of Fic." Today's prompt was: frigid,

For a full rundown on my Second Semester of 30 Days of Fic, please click here for future prompts and to find all the stories I've created.
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Life has been craaaaazy. But I'm getting back to my writing.

There will probably be more later, and if there's not, there will hopefully be a story, if I can get my Muse to play with me tonight.
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COMING NEXT FALL FROM GLITTER FUN WOW INTERACTIVE GAMING OF NIPPON LLC

He was a man of myriad desires and discerning taste...

She was a girl who thought he needed his horizons gently broadened...

Together, they are your hero and heroine in "Super Yaoi Fun Adventures XIV"

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This story is part of the Second Semester of "30 Days of Fic." Today's prompt was to write the pitch for a new role playing game.

For a full rundown on my Second Semester of 30 Days of Fic, please click here for future prompts and to find all the stories I've created.
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The small group of survivors were frozen on the spot, terrified by what lay before them.

A bronze ring was set in the floor, four feet in diameter. In the center of it a pillar of light shimmered, a terrible mix of black and red and half a thousand other colors creating something that the mind reeled against; something that just wasn't right. And floating in that impossible light was a little girl, standing three feet off the ground in a simple shift of dark burlap. Her hair was long and dark and reached down to the backs of her knees. Open eyes looked back through the impossible light; blank eyes with no humanity in them.

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Welcome to the Second Semester of "30 Days of Fic." Today's prompt was to write a story that used an imaginary colour.

For a full rundown on my Second Semester of 30 Days of Fic, please click here for future prompts and to find all the stories I've created.
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Jeremiah carefully rifled through the bags for a third time. First he made sure that his portable DVD player had been packed with enough t-shirts to protect it. Then he double-checked that he had packed the right deodorant. He wasn't even sure that he was looking for anything particular this time, but it seemed like the thing to do; who would want to leave something behind?

"Are you set to go?" Jessie's voice made him jump out of his skin. She just had that way of appearing as if out of know it. Her daddy used to call it her 'ghost steps' but the joke had lost its savor after he died at the plant.

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Welcome to the Second Semester of "30 Days of Fic." Today's prompt was to write a story to go along with the prompt "one for the road."

For a full rundown on my Second Semester of 30 Days of Fic, please click here for future prompts and to find all the stories I've created.
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Voices beckoned her through the silence, almost like a voice in the back of her head, guiding Essie through the empty park.

A tent seemed to appear in front of her, like one of the ones that gypsy fortune tellers would open up at a fair. It was striped in gold and burgundy with an awning that stretched out for three feet in front of it. Veils draped across the mouth and sides of the awning though, looking like the shop was closed. To make it just that little bit more intimidating, two hulking guards stood in front as well, wearing vests constructed out of golden scales and pants striped to match the tent. Their eyes followed Essie as she approached, but otherwise they were impassive and stood there as if carved from stone.

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Welcome to the Second Semester of "30 Days of Fic." Today's prompt was to write a story that revolves around a goblet and three [somethings].

For a full rundown on my Second Semester of 30 Days of Fic, please click here for future prompts and to find all the stories I've created.
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My first keening was the day I started work at the train station.

Part of me thinks it's funny, a few years on now, that the Stationmaster always brings in newbies on the seventh of the month. Our first keening is our first day, because if you can't take it, then you won't cut it in the job. Before then, I'd been working on an assembly line in what used to be a warehouse where we sorted through spent shell casing to see what could be reused as-is and what pieces would need to be melted down and recast. It was tedious as hell, so I relished at any opportunity to get the hell out of there.

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Welcome to the Second Semester of "30 Days of Fic." Today's prompt was to write a story that takes place in a train station.

For a full rundown on my Second Semester of 30 Days of Fic, please
click here for future prompts and to find all the stories I've created.
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A quick historical piece I generated for a Dungeons and Dragons character I play. It's the backbone history of his family and the fief that they rule, becoming the basis of the trials and tribulations that pre-date the beginning of the game. I've already written a story about the character here (LJ Link) that takes place in the midst of the current campaign.

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Originally posted by [personal profile] jenny_evergreen at Inaugural One Card Draw!

Name of Day: Wren Starling's One Card Draw

Description of Service: Ask and you shall receive a one card reading from my original bird oracle deck! 
Who is Elgible: Anyone and everyone!

Date/Time Window: The one card draw is now open, and will remain open through tonight; at some point in the evening I will become unavailable, but I will answer what I find in the morning!

Tipping? Tips are gratefully accepted, and incentives are offered for publicizing and once tips reach $25 increments.

Come check it out! The cards I am reading, I wrote, and the deck is currently completely unique!
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Author's Note: I was really attempting to keep to the word count for the meme. I really really was. Was not aiming for the second longest piece I'd written since coming over to DreamWidth. :-D

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"It's going down." Water poured off the shoulders of Malcolm's rain slicker as the little cabin they kept us in was shaken by another clap of thunder. He made an imposing figure, standing there with a lantern in one hand and a massive key ring in the other. "It's now or never. Are you all with me or not?"

Jazzy was the first to speak up. "Of course we're with you," she blurted out, quickly looking to the rest of us who shared the chain that bound us to the wall.

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Welcome to the Second Semester of "30 Days of Fic." Today's prompt was to write a story that starts with the words "It's going down."

For a full rundown on my Second Semester of 30 Days of Fic, please click here for future prompts and to find all the stories I've created.
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 After [personal profile] ravenswept's meme and with permission, [personal profile] aldersprig  and I present the second 30 days meme. 

The rules, such as they are:
Write something of approximately 250 words, +/- 50 words, to each prompt. 
Go wild with genres!
Have fun.

Here is your month of prompts:

1) the story starts with the words "It's going down." "The Price of Insolence" (LJ Link)
2) write a scene that takes place in a train station "The Keening" (LJ Link)
3) the story must involve a goblet and a set of three [somethings] "Heart of Hearts" (LJ Link)
4) prompt: one for the road "Horizons" (LJ Link)
5) write a story using an imaginary color "Searching" (LJ Link)
6) write the pitch for a new Final Fantasy styled RPG "Super Yaoi Fun Adventures XIV!!!" (LJ Link)
7) prompt: frigid "A Cold (not so) Dark Night" (LJ Link)
8) write a scene in the middle of a novel called "The Long, Dirty Afterwards." "Breakdown" (LJ Link)
9) prompt: mourning dead gods
10) write a story set in three different time periods
11) Write a movie trailer style trailer for a story, existing or not-yet-written
12) prompt: sweet iced tea
13) re-write a story that everyone knows 
14) write a vanilla story dealing with kinky subject matter
15) prompt: ascension
16) write a scene that takes place at the end of a long road trip
17) write an uncomfortable story
18) prompt: a step too far
19) write a story in which something goes BOOM 
20) Write the end of the story "The Purple Bag."
21) Roll a d20 twice (Random.Org). Combine the themes of the two previous stories for those numbers
22) prompt: knight in shining armor
23) write a scene that takes place in a place that is war-torn
24) prompt: founding fathers
25) write a story set in a library
26) prompt: elemental
27) write a story using only one period. Bonus: write the story using only one /ending punctuation at all.
28) write a story set in a laundromat 
29) (from Lilifluff) Randomly pick a number between 1 and 28 (Random.Org) . Re-write that prompt as a Spaghetti Western or Melodrama 
30) the story ends with the words "coming up."

I'm going to tag this thirty days as 'Second Semester' for ease of order. And I will be picking it up on the morrow.
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Hey all!

I have finally completed the initial 30 Days of Fiction meme from [personal profile] ravenswept. Not everything is perfect, but if it was, what fun would that be? Below are links to all the different stories written as a part of this challenge with both DreamWidth and LiveJournal links for everything. Thank you for reading and for all your support through all this.

A little bit on dreaded numbers, because I think it's interesting to look at. The 30 Entries (stripped of titling and everything extraneous) total out to 15,871 words. To a large extent, I failed at the challenge as it was SUPPOSED to be within 50 words of 250 (Which I was only able to do 10% of the time). Using my math skills, I averaged just more than 529 words per story, though the three longest stories account for 4021 words, just over a quarter of the lot. Without those words, the rest average out to about 439 words.

The shortest entry is #3, but the shortest story is one of my favorites (dead heat between how fun it was to write and how extreme the reactions were to it) #8 "Gone" clocking in at 251 words (also one of only two stories where I stuck the dismount on the length).

The longest entry is the last, #30 "Regrets" which came in at a whopping 1761 words.

Over the course of the meme, I created three distinct universe to play in.
  1. Kingdom's Fall - A contemporary Faerie setting (Stories 1, 7, 11 and 15 as well as another non 30 days story)
  2. An as yet unnamed low/medieval fantasy setting (Stories 4 and 6)
  3. Century City - Cyberpunk Noir stories told from the perspective of Covert Information Acquisition Specialist Jackson Altair (Stories 25, 27 and 28)
I've also had the pleasure of playing in a few of Lyn Thorne-Alder's ([personal profile] aldersprig ) worlds.
  1. Tir Na Cali - As part of a five part series between both of us for this meme (Stories 18, 19 and 20 for me, 18 and 19 for her, to be read in numerical order, starting with mine)
  2. Addergoole - Story number 22 is an off-screen scene linked to some role playing being done in that world that includes my character getting the shit kicked out of him.
And now the warning; as part of this task, some of the stories written are not necessarily appropriate for a younger audience or for the workplace. They may include some triggery elements including extreme physical abuse, human trafficking/slavery, nudity and mind control. They primarily include stories 13, 19, 20 and 22. In addition, stories 1 and 18 have very minor elements of the same.

Finally, thank you for reading, and for those of you who are interested, stay tuned to this space, as Lynnie and I are putting together thirty more prompts because clearly we are not sane.

Thanks again, and enjoy!!!

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"It's like something out of a bad soap opera," Jackie quipped from the back seat with all the bravado of a teenager.

"Is there such a thing as a good soap opera?" Her mother Carolyn replied, trying to head the rest of the conversation off at the pass, knowing how it had gone when she had it with Tom.

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This marks the 30th (and final) '30 Days of Fic' story. The task was to write a scene saying "good bye."

Click Here for a complete rundown of the works from this challenge.
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Essie ran like she'd never run before.

Outside the cabin where the terrible men had kept her in bondage since stealing her out of her own home, the rain was starting to come down in sheets. It took her a moment to register the cold and the wet, or even to realize that it was nighttime. The horror of her experience and fear of ever going back there pushed her on and on. An unkempt backyard gave way to woodland and woodland to dense forest.

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Today's 30 Days of Fic task was to write a scene scene about a [person] and their [animal]

Click Here for a rundown of the tasks that are a part of the '30 Days of Fic' challenge and links to all the works I've created for it.

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