#FirstLine Friday

I got this from Rami Ungar, who got the idea from a facebook group. On Friday you post the first one or two lines from one of your stories, novels, works in progress or potential stories with the tag #FirstLineFriday (with hashtag). He thought it would be fun to see the idea move into blogs (and start a trend), and I agree.

Today’s selection comes from a fantasy story my brother and I are writing. This is not *really* the first line because the first chapter is written by him, but the second chapter is mine, so this is *my* first line.

Smoke rose towards the sky in a twisting, serpentine spiral and the air was filled with the rasping chant of praise and supplication in the old tongue.

Wasn’t that fun?

Want to participate in #FirstLineFriday? Just post a blog with that it the title and share your sentences!

Ink Slinger’s Halloween Anthology

logoAfter the success of Strange Portals, the Ink Slingers’ first anthology collection, we’ve decided to do another one! This time, for Halloween.

Are you a writer – published or unpublished – who’d like to participate? It’s easy. We’re looking for stories between 1,000 and 10,000 words that embody the “spirit” of Halloween – whatever YOU think that spirit is! It might be ghosts, goblins, demons, vampires, witches, monsters, or it might even be a story about Halloween night. Your story can be sad, funny, scary, or spooky. We allow adult situations and language, but let’s try to keep it rated R.

You can check out the official requirements and contact information for the anthology here.

If you have any questions please feel free to comment here or send me an email!

Looking forward to the spooooooky reads!

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Amaranthine Hunger Games – Day 8: The Victor!

(This was suggested to me by the very cool Jen Johnson. You can thank her for filling up your blog readers with nonsense.)

HUNGER GAMES

The Hunger Games. Pitting wits and strength against luck. We all know who survived in the real series, but what if the characters of Amaranthine had to play? Who would live and who would die? Let’s let BrantSteele decide!

Day 8:

The sun rises on the last two competitors

Jorick pushes Etsuko off a cliff during a knife fight.

And….

The winner is Jorick from District 1!

The Placements for our contestants:

Jorick
Winner
District 1
4 Kills
Etsuko
2nd Place
District 9
Wolfe
3rd Place
District 7
4 Kills
Kioko
4th Place
District 8
1 Kill
Torina
5th Place
District 3
1 Kill
Maeko
6th Place
District 9
4 Kills
Ronnell
7th Place
District 12
1 Kill
Micah
8th Place
District 4
1 Kill
Arlen
9th Place
District 12
2 Kills
Samael
10th Place
District 11
Sadihra
11th Place
District 7
2 Kills
Oren
12th Place
District 3
1 Kill
Senya
13th Place
District 5
1 Kill
Loren
14th Place
District 4
Bren
15th Place
District 5
1 Kill
Malick
16th Place
District 6
Kai
17th Place
District 10
Fethillen
18th Place
District 11
kateesha
19th Place
District 6
Sorino
20th Place
District 10
Katelina
21st Place
District 1
Verchiel
22nd Place
District 2
Ume
23rd Place
District 2
Jamie
24th Place
District 8

****

Did you pick the right winner? Were you happy with who won, or should someone have hit Jorick in the head with a mace earlier?

(Want to play your own customized hunger games? Check out http://brantsteele.net/hungergames/disclaimer.php)

Amaranthine Hunger Games – Day 7

(This was suggested to me by the very cool Jen Johnson. You can thank her for filling up your blog readers with nonsense.)

HUNGER GAMES

The Hunger Games. Pitting wits and strength against luck. We all know who survived in the real series, but what if the characters of Amaranthine had to play? Who would live and who would die? Let’s let BrantSteele decide!

Day 7:

The sun rises, and Wolfe goes on a rampage. Camouflage is the only escape.

Etsuko camouflages herself in the bushes.

Wolfe bashes Kioko‘s head in with a mace.

Jorick camouflages himself in the bushes.

***

As the suns sets, 2 cannon shots can be heard in the distance.

Torina
District 3
Kioko
District 8

***

As they settle in to sleep, Jorick takes care of the problem:

Etsuko goes to sleep.

Jorick strangles Wolfe with a rope.

****

Who do you think will win now that it’s down the the last two? Come back tomorrow for Day 8!

(Want to play your own customized hunger games? Check out http://brantsteele.net/hungergames/disclaimer.php)

Authors Against Piracy winner

Congrats to Debra Guyette, who won the gift certificate from the Author’s Against Piracy Blog Tour! Her winning entry was viewing my author page – which shows how lucky it is! Ha ha!
Seriously, though, I want to thank everyone who entered, and everyone who participated in any way, even just sharing a link. Your participation helped spread the word about the issue that is eBook Piracy.
And, even better, there are whispers of another tour coming, so stay tuned! And thanks again!

Jo :)

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Amaranthine Hunger Games – Day 6

(This was suggested to me by the very cool Jen Johnson. You can thank her for filling up your blog readers with nonsense.)

HUNGER GAMES

The Hunger Games. Pitting wits and strength against luck. We all know who survived in the real series, but what if the characters of Amaranthine had to play? Who would live and who would die? Let’s let BrantSteele decide!

Day 6:

Another quiet day:

Jorick diverts Etsuko‘s attention and runs away.

Wolfe collects fruit from a tree.

Torina receives fresh food from an unknown sponsor.

Kioko travels to higher ground.

***

As the sun sets No cannon shots can be heard in the distance, but the night is not as gentle:

Etsuko tries to sing herself to sleep.

Kioko, Wolfe, and Jorick discuss the games and what might happen in the morning.

Torina dies trying to escape the arena.

****

Who do you think will win now that it’s down the the last few? Come back tomorrow for Day 7!

(Want to play your own customized hunger games? Check out http://brantsteele.net/hungergames/disclaimer.php)

Amaranthine Hunger Games – Day 5

(This was suggested to me by the very cool Jen Johnson. You can thank her for filling up your blog readers with nonsense.)

HUNGER GAMES

 

The Hunger Games. Pitting wits and strength against luck. We all know who survived in the real series, but what if the characters of Amaranthine had to play? Who would live and who would die? Let’s let BrantSteele decide!

Day 5:

The red sun rises, but the day is quiet

Kioko practices her archery.

Torina tries to sleep through the entire day.

Etsuko camouflauges herself in the bushes.

Wolfe fishes.

Jorick injures himself.

***

As the sun sets, 2 cannon shots can be heard in the distance.

Ronell
District 12
Maeko
District 9

***

The survivors spend a quiet night

Wolfe, Kioko, and Etsuko discuss the games and what might happen in the morning.

Torina is awoken by nightmares.

Jorick quietly hums.

****

Who do you think will win? Were you disappointed no one died today? Come back tomorrow for Day 6!

(Want to play your own customized hunger games? Check out http://brantsteele.net/hungergames/disclaimer.php)

Amaranthine Hunger Games – Day 4

(This was suggested to me by the very cool Jen Johnson. You can thank her for filling up your blog readers with nonsense.)

HUNGER GAMES

 

The Hunger Games. Pitting wits and strength against luck. We all know who survived in the real series, but what if the characters of Amaranthine had to play? Who would live and who would die? Let’s let BrantSteele decide!

Day 4:

The cornucopia is replenished with food, supplies, weapons, and memoirs from the tributes’ families. It is time for The Feast!

Ronell kills Micah for his supplies.

Torina decides not to go to The Feast.

Etsuko and kioko decide to work together to get more supplies.

Wolfe decides not to go to The Feast.

Maeko decides not to go to The Feast.

Jorick decides not to go to The Feast.

***

After the feast, the contestants get moving:

Wolfe travels to higher ground.

Torina, Maeko, Etsuko, and Jorick raid Ronnell‘s camp while he is hunting.

Kioko receives an explosive from an unknown sponsor.

***

As darkness falls 3 cannon shots can be heard in the distance.

Samael
District 11
Arlen
District 12
Micah
District 4

***

The survivors face a bloody night:

Jorick tends to his wounds.

Ronnell is unable to convince Wolfe to not kill him.

Kioko forces Torina to kill Maeko or Etsuko. She decides to kill Maeko.

****

Who do you think will win? Do you think Jorick was wise to skip The Feast? Did Torina’s choice surprise you? Come back tomorrow for Day 5!

(Want to play your own customized hunger games? Check out http://brantsteele.net/hungergames/disclaimer.php)

Amaranthine Hunger Games – Day 3

(This was suggested to me by the very cool Jen Johnson. You can thank her for filling up your blog readers with nonsense.)

HUNGER GAMES

The Hunger Games. Pitting wits and strength against luck. We all know who survived in the real series, but what if the characters of Amaranthine had to play? Who would live and who would die? Let’s let BrantSteele decide!

Day 3:

The sun rises. Insects chirp. Reptiles skitter. Injuries ooze blood. Who will survive today?

Oren attempts to climb a tree, but falls on Sadihra, killing them both.

Wolfe scares Micah off.

Etsuko runs away from Arlen.

Maeko defeats Jorick in a fight, but spares his life.

Kioko and Samael split up to search for resources.

Torina thinks about home.

Ronnell receives medical supplies from an unknown sponsor.

 

***

As night comes on 4 cannon shots can be heard in the distance.

Loren
District 4
Senya
District 5
Oren
District 3
Sadihra
District 7

***

The survivors settle in for their third night

Micah convinces Torina to snuggle with him.

Ronnell receives fresh food from an unknown sponsor.

Etsuko lets Maeko into her shelter.

Wolfe climbs a tree to rest.

Samael falls into a frozen lake and drowns.

Jorick tries to sing himself to sleep.

Kioko severely injures Arlen and leaves him to die.

****

Who do you think will win? Will Maeko’s kindness get her killed? Did Samael’s death surprise you? Come back tomorrow for Day 4!

(Want to play your own customized hunger games? Check out http://brantsteele.net/hungergames/disclaimer.php)

Amaranthine Hunger Games – Day 2

(This was suggested to me by the very cool Jen Johnson. You can thank her for filling up your blog readers with nonsense.)

HUNGER GAMES

The Hunger Games. Pitting wits and strength against luck. We all know who survived in the real series, but what if the characters of Amaranthine had to play? Who would live and who would die? Let’s let BrantSteele decide!

Day 2:

The sun rises. Those who are still alive thank their lucky stars and start their day:

Kai poisons Loren‘s drink, but mistakes it for his own and dies.

Samael, Wolfe, and Kioko hunt for other tributes.

Sadihra questions her sanity.

Arlen tries to spear fish with a trident.

Micah, Maeko, Senya, Oren, and Jorick track down and kill Malick.

Etsuko scares Torina off.

Ronnell receives clean water from an unknown sponsor.

Bren accidently steps on a landmine.

***

Darkness approaches. 6 cannon shots can be heard in the distance.

Sorino
District 10
Kateesha
District 6
Fethillen
District 11
Kai
District 10
Malick
District 6
Bren
District 5

***

The survivors try to make it through another night:

Loren and Senya fight Sadihra and Wolfe. Sadihra and Wolfe survive.

Micah destroys Oren‘s supplies while he is asleep.

Ronnell thinks about winning.

Arlen receives an explosive from an unknown sponsor.

Maeko, Jorick, and Kioko discuss the games and what might happen in the morning.

Torina passes out from exhaustion.

Etsuko sets up camp for the night.

Samael receives medical supplies from an unknown sponsor.

***

Who do you think will win? Is your horse still in the race? Come back tomorrow for Day 3!

(Want to play your own customized hunger games? Check out http://brantsteele.net/hungergames/disclaimer.php)

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