Chapter Two - Dragons

From above them, on the second-level balcony where Gramps' office was, Gramps watched them. Hugh, observing his grandfather excused himself for another drink, but instead went upstairs. Confronting Gramps wasn’t something Hugh took lightly, but Gramps had already made a move by discussing the situation with Mederei. While it wasn’t unusual for masters to offer advice for guild members, they mainly remained out of the situations. When they did intervene, it often meant something was wrong, or the individual needed extra guidance. Gramps, especially, tended to leave his guild members, or family as he referred to them, do their own thing. It was his way. While everyone knew Hugh was their master’s grandson, no one could say Hugh was given special treatment. Mederei, despite her relation to Gramps, was also given free rein to do as she pleased. What was their master thinking? “What's wrong?” Ramses asked, falling into step beside Hugh at the top of the stairs. Below them, Luna and …

So Long Etsy

I closed my Bridgette ni Brian Etsy account today.

For those who haven't had a chance to look at it, I sold journals and some handwoven items there. Since I am living in South Korea at the moment, selling items on Etsy proved to be harder than expected. For one thing, the inventory was back in the US, and I didn't have the time or resources to make new items.

Also, while Etsy is a wonderful avenue for people to sell their items online, it just didn't suit what I made.

On other news, it's a belated Happy May the 4th to everyone, and for me, a Revenge of the 5th day. Yeah. Geeks unite.

It's hot and muggy in Korea today (70 F at 9:30 am). So, I'm focused on easy tasks. Most likely, I will go for a bike ride to find a coffee shop so I can write for a bit. Lots of work to do.

Chapter One – Sisters and Friends

Mederei and the others are about to begin a new adventure. This one leads them into paths much too close for comfort for Mederei who has to keep her abilities somewhat secret. Just how much will she have to reveal to those around her?
Water hissed on hot rocks and steam wafted around the three women gathered in the baths of the Fire Shadow Mage Guild Hall. Mederei merc Cynwal Gwion leaned against the heated rocks dividing the men's side of the bath from the women's side. Warmth eased into tired bones, caressing sore muscles until all the aches dissipated. The soft ripples, occasional sighs and scraping of wooden tools in a bowl were the only indications anyone else was with her. Luna, another wizard, murmured something in a half-dead language while her younger sister, Aysel retorted in the same language. The language's roots were somewhere in the central part of the kingdom of Caergwlân, but no one bothered to use it for the past century or two. It was practical to know as p…

Week 3 - A River Ride

Unfortunately, I was sick for a week, and last week was busy doing other things, so I missed a couple weeks worth of stories. The cherry blossoms have come and gone, and it's Spring in Korea! Yeah! Boo.

Yeah - it's getting warmer, and the sunlight is out longer.
Boo - it's getting warmer, and Spring is only a fleeting joke. Summer is long, hot and humid, and then the rains arrive. After the two weeks or so of rain, it becomes hotter and more humid, if one can believe in such things.

Still, Spring, Summer and Autumn mean warmth and bike rides! Yeah!

So today, in honor of it being comfortably warm (almost 70 F), I decided to put my new bike to a test - not to mention my own body.
Four Rivers Korea has four main rivers in the country. The Han River goes through Seoul and divides the city into north and south. The only other one I'm familiar with is the Yeongsonggang which was near Gwangju.

For the past several years, the government and others have pushed to clean up the …

Chapter Four - Capture the Shark

"This is probably the place," Ramses said, leaning against a post across the street from the Golden Cock. "It certainly appears to be the type of place he would go," Hugh agreed. "Let's just hope he's inside before we meet up with Medi and Luna. In a place like this, who knows what sort of trouble Mederei would find." "It does seem to stalk her, doesn't it?" Hugh pushed away from the railing to stalk across the street. "It's a family thing - they're all attractive to trouble." "Don't you mean attracted to trouble." "Not in the least ... Well, Brys might be, but he's in his twenties now, and an important member of the family, so he's had to curtail his attraction. Still, though. The lot of them are always followed by trouble." Inside the Golden Cock, smoke curled around the tables, crept along the floorboards and oozed out into the street. The stench of stale urine, old beer, and sweat min…