What’s Your Style? : Prologues

I’ve decided to discontinue my Flash Facts Fridays.  They’d been designed to make my busy Friday’s easier, but ended up taking longer than a normal post.  So… not sure if this will become the new Friday theme, a discussion on styles, but I guess I won’t know until I post it and see how it goes.


Prologue: Crescents Crossing

I have never seen anything like it…

We’ve come to the end of the world, it seems, perched in our saddles still, atop the sheer cliffs of Crescents Crossing. The thin, stringy grass grows even there, tickling the fetlocks of our mounts’ legs.  That sand reed, so dangerously ensnaring, causes them to stamp their hooves impatiently. From our vantage point, we can see the Brudorhn; the Brothers Isles. Three mountain peaked islands covered in coniferous trees, resembling the hunched shoulders of burly giants guarding the entrance to the northern sea beyond.  Its ribbon-thin channels snake through and around them in order to escape the bay.

There is nothing farther North known to any civilized being. Certainly Svenn is just to the east of the Brothers, but beyond her snow blanketed icecaps, there is only the wilderness of the unknown.

None of these elements allude to my original thought, however. When I state that I have never seen anything like it before, I am referring to the very village Thoryn’s man, Vasi, and I have traveled months to discover. The Priestess, Suni, had been vague with her premonition as to what we might find here, but it is clearly the home of powerful wise ones.  An Origin Coven of V’karr or Ash, survivors from the Fall of Syh!  For as legend holds, they have carved their homes, academies and temples right out of the very rock of the cliffs and its fragmented boulders edging the shore.

Most capturing is a Temple, markedly honored by Mer, jutting up out of the waves with curved stone stairways arching over the water and stretching to the beach – a tremendous feat of great craftsmanship and magick, I must say!  And the very center of it has been purposely left absent; a smoothly round, yawning mouth spewing a continuous fount of saltwater into the cove…

~ Excerpt from the journals of Darial of Nexxing (ca. 610 AP)

Open discussion:

What’s your take on using ‘Journal’ or ‘Diary’ entries as an introduction to a plot?

Do you find it annoying or an intriguing insight into the character’s experience?

Do you find First Person POV prologues followed by Third Person POV books confusing, or easy to flow into?

Flash Facts Friday

This is becoming more of a challenge every week… Bring it on, Google!

P.A. Vyasemsky

P.A. Vyasemsky

Friday Fact #1: Prince Pyotr Andreyevich Vyazemsky (1792-1878) is credited for writing the poem titled: семь пятниц на неделе” or “Seven Fridays (in/of) a Week” in 1826, to which his dear friend, Aleksandr Pushkin replied: “Seven Fridays… your best vaudeville.”  The saying “Seven Fridays a Week” is a Russian Idiom for someone who is continuously indecisive.

stock_market_crashFriday Fact #2: Paraskevidekatriaphobia is the name given the acute fear of Friday the 13th, but its victims aren’t the only ones to suffer.  According to statistics, the U.S. alone loses $800-$900 million dollars in business every time that accursed date rolls up on the calendar – all because of the 17 to 21 million phobia-stricken people who simply cannot go about their day as normal.  That’s one costly fear to have.

I saved this next fact for last, because we are coming up on the 3 year anniversary of this tragic natural disaster and the unfortunate chain of events that followed:

Friday Fact #3: On Friday, March 11, 2011, Japan was struck by a 8.9 magnitude earthquake followed by a 39 meter tall (at its highest point) Tsunami, which then triggered the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster.  Below is footage released by the Japanese broadcasting network known as NHK.

Thanks to all who take the time to watch.  I hope each and every one of us can find a moment on March 11th to remember, reach out, pray, research, however you like to contribute to the memory of those lost, those who willingly sacrificed, those who beat the odds, and to all of those who jumped in to help however they could.

Flash Facts Friday

Another opportunity to find some of the best facts about Fridays out there, the more obscure the better!




Friday Fact #1: A skit/sketch show called “Fridays” ran three seasons from 1980-1982, gaining (according to resources) even more ratings in its second season than “Saturday Night Live.”




Friday Fact #2: Is it any wonder we view Friday as one if the best days of the week? Known as T.G.I.F. Or POETS day, it kicks off the beginning of free time from the daily grind. Historically & culturally, it plays a significant part in many religious observations, or preparations for Sabbaths. Even its name, derived from the Norse Goddess Frigg (or Freja in some accounts) and her Roman counterpart, Venus, gives the day an added layer of awesomeness.


Friday Fact #3: On Friday the 13th of September, 1996, rapper Tupac (2pac) Shakur died from internal bleeding caused by the multiple gunshot wounds he’d received during a drive-by shooting six days prior, following the Tyson-Seldon fight at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Flash Facts Friday

It’s already time for another Flash Facts Friday… this week has just flown by with crazy head colds that keep coming back and school programs.  This morning, I found that my mini-Irises are already in full bloom – and the weatherman is calling for more snow!  😐  I’m not sure if my Helleborus Rosemary can handle another snow, but since they’re winter flowers, I have more hope for them than the Irises.

Okay, onto the facts:


Friday Fact #1: Friday or Man Friday, was the name given to the native that Robinson Crusoe saved from cannibals in the 1719 novel Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe (Foe).



Friday Fact #2:  Both Mary Ann Nichol’s and Mary Jane Kelly’s bodies were found on a Friday morning, 3 months apart in Whitechapel, 1888.  Of the canonical five, they were the very first and the very last of Jack the Ripper’s victims.  Of course, many more murders have been pinned on the enigmatic serial killer, but only 5 have been recognized by authorities as indisputably his.



Friday Fact #3:  Today is Friday, February 21, 2014.  It was also that same exact date in 1902, 1908, 1913, 1920, 1930, 1937, 1942, 1948, 1958, etc…the pattern is as such:

1902-1908= 6 years
1908-1913 = 5 years
1913-1920= 7 years
1920 – 1930 = 10 years

And then you go backwards again;

1930-1937 = 7 years
1937-1942 = 5 years
1942-1948 = 6 years
1948-1958= 10 years

And then you go forward again starting with every 6 years.  Whichever happens before the 10 year gap will start the next gap.

Flash Facts Friday

Trying to come up with a fast & fun weekly post for Fridays is frustrating.  There’s already Flash Fiction Friday, Flash (headlights or boobs, your choice) Friday and Friday Flashbacks.  I really don’t want to copy everyone else, so I’ve decided to tweak these options a little.

Welcome to my first Flash Facts Friday, where I will list three facts about Fridays every Friday from all throughout history, pop culture and the globe.

Drum roll please…

knights_templarhorseFriday Fact #1: On Friday the 13th of October, 1307 A.D., King Philip IV of France ordered countless Fellow-Soldiers of the Knights Templar (to whom he was grossly indebted) arrested, tortured into false confessions, and then burned at the stake.



Friday Fact #2: The children’s novel Freaky Friday has been adapted into 3 Disney films, but the original version produced in 1976 had a screenplay written by the book’s actual author, Mary Rodgers.





Friday Fact #3: Both U.S. Presidents, Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy, were assassinated on a Friday.