Nekodra K.D. LaCroix's Stories & Art Blog

"Our Milky Way Galaxy is but an atom of dust in an endless mansion, that in all of existence, has never been dusted." -Nekodra K.D. LaCroix

Monday, April 23, 2012

Hiatus on Hiatus

Heh, took me a while to actually post this because I got distracted by typing up my notes for Modern Day Magic and then what was going to be a WOTDS turned into this interesting Sci-fi story idea, that I want to polish up and maybe try and submit it to Asimov's Sci-fi Short Stories Magazine. Maybe. >.<
My parents now have a decent working computer- it can't run Minecraft, but it actually opens windows in a reasonable time frame. So this means the hiatus is more or less over. (assuming I don't get distracted by other story ideas again)  I will also be sure to no longer neglect the fact this is a blog to house my Short Stories of a Vampiric Nature and post a WOTDS with each post. This also means I have started attempting to decode my horrible handwriting and start typing up all my Modern Day Magic notes. Yay. I am excited. So modern Day Magic word count updates and WOTDS will start up again. I hope you all enjoy, and if you do- don't be shy in saying so. ^_~ Things are looking up. I am also working on a Facebook page for the blog, for those who may not have Twitter to get news of when there are updates for the blog. Still iffy on it, so unsure when it will actually open it for public view. For those who do have Twitter, don't forget you can follow me and get a tweets when I post a blog update. @Nekodra

It feels good to be actively thinking about and working on Modern Day Magic again- I wake up in the morning with a jolts of ideas again. I took a break for a while, lack of ideas and I just don't like writing it by hand. I also jotted down several pages worth of notes while I was out and about doing a few things. I also recently found an old collection of short stories I wrote when- I think 12 or somewhere around there- which I titled Twisted Universe, sort of a twilight Zone meets graphic horror. -Thought sadly there is one I want to find that I can't, but I have a few ideas of where it could be, but I can't get to that for a while. I think on the side, I might go through those -touch then up, edit them- and make a collection of short stories that I haven't posted here and maybe a few I have (only edited and perhaps expanded, maybe I will finish that story I started, To Hell With It, Part 1 )and put together a book of short stories. Would anyone be interested in buying that? I would probably do it through the Amazon self-publish, to test the waters so to say. ^_^ Don't know when though, or if I will, just an idea.

Okay, hmm- Do I have anything else to yammer about today? Have I mentioned recent books I have read or starting reading, or want to read? Lets start with that. So many books I want to read. I have over 80 samples on my kindle. The two samples I recently read and I am debating which to buy first and read are- Gunship by John Davies (@Johndavisbooks) or Wired Kingdom by Rick Chesler (@Rickchesler). Though the more I think about it, I am leaning towards Gunship first because the description mentioned Vampires and when I read the sample I couldn't help but be reminded of Firefly. So while the format, in the sample was a little hard to read just because there were a few spot it was hard to tell who said what, but other then that. I enjoyed the feel of the story, partly because of the reminder of Firefly and the anticipation to see what type of Vampires it will be and how it will be done. Yup, I just made up my mind, Gunship first then I will read Wired Kingdom. Annnd- Bought- Gunship is being sent to TARDIS (aka my Kindle). I will read will that once I an done working on the computer for a while.

There is also a Series I came across called In Her Name by Micheal R. Hicks I am curious to read too, I have the sample, but I haven't gotten to it yet. Same with Crater (A Helium-3 Novel) by Homer Hickam and Frozen Past and Near Death by Richard C Hale. So many books that sound so good. >.<

I also realized a few days that I had downloaded the Complete works of H.P Lovecraft for .99 cents a while ago because I remembered someone told me once I would love his stories, they are my kinda of stories. So I also read a few of the stories from there and I am enjoying them a lot. I now know where Cthulhu comes from which is awesome and I enjoyed that story. I like knowing- I have seen Cthulhu things, demoed the dice game at PAX and seen pictures. From the Grab bag did a while ago and I got a Cthulhu Cookie monster shirt. Now I enjoy it more because I actually know what Cthulhu is. 
Image from Gallery of past T-shirts.

Daily word count for Modern Day Magic is:
April 20th- 811 
April 21st- Worked on another story
April 22nd-Worked on another story
April 23rd-

April 23rd 2012
Finis (Latin)- End
Metus (Latin)- Fear

            That’s it, that’s the end. I am done for. Screwed, totally screwed. I can’t fight this. I can’t win. This is terrifying. What the hell can I do?
            “That’s no fair! Your reflexes are insane! I am surprise the controller can keep up with you!” Sighing in frustration, she flopped back on the couch, laughing; the controller left forgotten at her side.
            “It can’t, it lagged really bad.” Cole remarked nonchalantly, then joining in the laughter.
            “I don’t know why I even bother-” Sitting back up with a small glare that wasn’t serious.
            “Because secretly you’re hoping to beat me, but even if you became a Vampire you couldn’t.” He pulled her into a hug as she continued to glare at him. “You also probably thought you could easily win because I haven’t played many games, but no ego boost for you.”
            She continued to playfully glare.
            “Aw, don’t be a sore loser.” He added.
            “I am not being a sore loser; I am pointing out how the scales are unfairly tipped in your favor because your reflexes are inhuman.” She replied defensively.
            “I could fix that.” He brushed her hair off to the side, fangs becoming visibly longer as he grinned in what could only be described as a hungry predatory smirk while attempting to not smile like a goof.
            Ember put her palm on his forehead and pushed him back, which he could have resisted but didn’t, and was now laying, awkwardly on the couch as Ember stood up and stuck her tongue out at him.
            He just shook is head and laughed, then got a pillow in the face that Ember tossed lightly, actually aiming for his stomach and upon seeing it land on his face, darted up the stairs.
I know, its really short. It turned into a weird goofy playful scene between Cole and Ember from Modern Day Magic- Link to the post with an old version of the first chapter. I have edited it and change some things in the current format, but its an idea of the first chapter. Is it a story you might want to read? Keep in mind that post was a WIP of the chapter. I like to think it sounds better and I fixed things that sounded weird. I don't know if this scene will be cannon or not. It seems a possibility for when they grow closer and better friends, but not sure. It was fun to write, its an amusing video in my head. For other- longer- stories here is the Guide for WOTDS and Guide for Short Stories.  I need to go update the WOTDS Guide its a few stories behind now. >.< Must remember to do that.

Okay, I think I have ramble on enough. I actually managed a WOTDS today, as short that it is. >.>; *cough* Anyways- Back to Typing up notes for Modern Day Magic and the currently Unnamed Sci-Fi Vampire story I started the other day in place of a WOTDS. Enjoy.


Monday, April 16, 2012

Late Birthday Surprise

Still going to have sporadic posts, no laptop yet. I got almost half of what I needed to get a cheap-ish netbook- But I had a job interview! Super excited. It was the day before my birthday. It's a weeding process so there will be at least one more interview and it's unknown when that will be, because they don't have openings yet. They will have openings in the next few weeks and that's when the next interview will be- so any day now. The way my interviewer talked about it, sounded like I am a shoo in for another interview. Cross your fingers for me, it would be the best birthday present. And if I get the job, then screw getting a cheap netbook, I could get a new tablet laptop. I am so happy, just have to be patient. >.< Patience.

So in my excitement, I will wade through my parents crappy old old computer to give an update and write a WOTDS. Also fyi, it took me a few days to make this post merely because this ghastly old computer was driving me nuts and I could only handle it in small, very small doses. x.x I need a laptop, for the love of gods, let me get this job, for my sanity.

Zapp from Sakura-con. Photo from his Facebook page.
So Sakura-Con was fun as always. I love spending the time with my friends. So far I haven't been able to find any pictures of me and my fellow Pokemon Breeders. So if you were at Sakura-con 2012 Seattle, WA and you took any pictures involving a blue Pokemon Breeder with a cute small Lucario Plushie, that could be me and I would love to see the picture. There were three of us, a Red Breeder, Green Breeder and me, the Blue Breeder. Other then the one I showed in Split Musings I don't have any pictures of my cosplay. We did a 'photo shoot' with our friends who were Kagome, Sesshomaru and Naraku, but we ended up not taking pictures of the Breeders. So if you took any, please share. Next year, I will be joining the other three and I will be Rin. I likely will still bring the Breeder Cosplay and spend one day as a Breeder. But I am excited to branch out and try another Cosplay and as a group it should be fun.

Anyways, share pictures please and I can't wait for next year. Love Sakura-con. Zapp was there once again, love him. I hate the character Zapp from Futurama, but I love that cosplay of him. Weird, I know. The Zapp Loveline and Zapp Starship of Love was once again, AMAZING. They have a facebook- Zapp Branigan and His Spaceship of Love. Also of course, Cosplay Chess was so fun to watch. I kinda want to join next year, but I don't know if I have the guts. x.x

Spoilers for Hunger Games, Psych, and Doctor Who. Though if you keep up with the twitters of Moffat, Doctor Who news and other such Twitter accounts its not so much spoilers. But for those who want to know nothing, I should be courteous.

First Psych. The season finale was just last Wednesday. I can't believe they ended it like that! Honestly, I will be pretty upset if Henry doesn't pull through. Though I wonder if that's how they will lead into the musical episode, Henry loopy on pain killers. Lol. That would be funny. Until fall I will be worried about Henry. Can't wait. I believe they have started or are about to start filming. Aside from the ending, the episode was -as always-awesome as Psych has a habit of being, I just don't like the ending. See my crush favorites are Lassie and Shawn, then my favorite non-crush is Henry. He is bad-ass, remember the Deadman Curve Ball episode, tackle from no where for the win. Jules is also awesome, and I would at least steal a kiss from her. lol.

The Hunger Games: I actually only just read all three books for the first time just under a week before the movie hit theatres. Those three books had me by the balls, no joke- By. My(non-existing). Balls. I finished all three in about 2 and half days. I had trouble putting them down. Wonderful. I am late to the game I am sure, but if your of the few who haven't read them, I really suggest it. You won't be able to put them down.
I think they did a pretty good job on the movies. Things got glossed over, left out, it happens. I did like how hey unitized the game announcers. I feel there are just a few things I felt needed to be put in the movies that weren't there, because they play parts in the next books and I assume they plan to do the other two books into movies as well. All in all, I enjoyed the movie. I felt they captured the crazy style of the capital amazingly. It's was hilarious and how I imaged it. I think they picked actors who fit the roles well and I look forward to seeing the next two movies.

Doctor Who: So, I watched the Titanic mini series, which has Jenna-Louise Coleman. For those who don't know, she is the next companion after we cry our eyes out when Amy and Rory sadly leave us. Good news to that very very sad news, is that I personally think she will make a wonderful companion. When I first saw her I was unsure, mostly because I love Amy and I will miss her, but when I saw her in Titanic- I adored her. Simply put, she seems like she will be lots of fun. So if your unsure about her as the new companion, watch the Titanic mini series, it comes to DVD April 27th, I am pretty sure. Watch it. I think you will love her too.
Also am I the only one who picked up a hint about the Statue of Liberty being a Weeping Angel next season, or am I crazy? If its true, this sounds like a sad but Epic season.

Okay, I think I have talked enough. Next I will work on the WOTDS and then finally post this post.

April 16th 2012
Nox (Latin)- Night
Vacuus (Latin)- Free from
Idir (Irish)- Between
Kaafii (Hindi)- Enough


The room fell dead silent, someone slipped slightly and you knew in these silence they were blushing at the fact they broke it for a second. Someone shuffled nervously,t heir rubber shoes sliding to and fro without being pickup from the hardwood floor. A heavily annoyed sigh came from her left and she restrained from rolling her eyes and instead mimicked his sigh and spoke in a more lady light tone, but her bitterness was stillevident.

“I believe I am my own person, and there for have every right to make my own decisions. I have made mine and I don't think it is really right to chime in for or against it-”

But chime in they did, becoming an almost in-audible jumble of words and phrases. In the between the jumble words stuck out, a sentence make sense, before others swallowed the rest.

“Not right-”
“I have never-”
“What a ghastly choice-”
“What are you thinking?-”
“What is wrong-”
“How dare-”

This time he came to her rescue with a caring hand on her shoulder, with a hidden wink, his voice boomed above everyone else, and silence stuck. Sure even the owls paused inthe trees nearby.

“Let her finish!” His hand left her shoulder and she quickly stole it to her side, not wanting to loose the support.

“Thank you, Gavon.” She looked out at everyone again, knots tying and untying in her gut, not at her choice, but at her peers and her family. They just can't understand, and I can't understand that.
“Love knows no shape or conformity. Love is simply what it is and I love Gavon-”

“But he is-”

The glint of red, reflecting as flecks of burning embers in his blue eyes direction at the one who spoke and it was like a zipper had zipped and locked into place by invisible hands to close his mouth and keephim from finishing his sentence.

“I know, and I know you all know-”

Someone dared to expertly throw a wooden knife at the chest of Gavon, who not only caught it with eased but barely seemed to notice it had been thrown, simply released it to clatter to the floor. The room was silent again. Only one person can throw knifes like that, her brother. All thinking they would loose their lives as the cost of his reckless attempt.

“Please.” Her hand tightened its hold, anchoring her in place, otherwise she feared all would well up and swallow them whole, alone, without love; an unforgiving ocean of disapproval, of fear, of rejection, or worst of all- a mob to kill them.

Gavon turned to her then, and she knew that look. The look of I told you so. The look of why did you bother? The look that they would never understand as you do. She looked back to the unruly crowd, of those who once loved her, but now can no longer accept her for who she is and what she loves. She whispered quieter then any mortal ears could hear, words only for the one beside her. Once I finish talking, just take me away. I just want to be free from this, free with you.
“I thought I would give you all the curtsy of informing you that I was leaving, that I was in love. That I want to spend my days with the one I love. I simply did not want you to waste your days searching for me, thinking I was lost, or worrying if I had died and my body lost. My leaving is not up for discussion. Good bye.”

Dust swirling up was the only indication that someone had once been in that spot. No one spoke, for a moment they didn't even breath. Then one by one, sure they had not been killed by the beast, began to draw in air and release it. Someone fell to their knees, crying hysterically for the lost of a child, at what she believed to be the death of a child. Soothing masculine hands try to console the grief. A knife whistled through the air and lodged into the wall where the monster once stood. Others filed out of the house to leave the family to grieve in peace over a child lost to the night.


Please remember these stories are written by me. Enjoy.