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A Petition for Hockey Representation in Emoji

Hockey is just about the only popular sport without representation among the Emoji characters. It’s true. I’m not making it up. Go check your Emoji keyboard. I’ll wait.

See? Isn’t that terrible? It’s discrimination against winter sports, ice, long sticks, and basically the entire nation of Canada! Let’s correct this injustice!

And after you sign the petition, tweet about it, won’t you?

Disclaimer — I did not create this petition; I just think hockey Emoji characters would be an excellent idea as both a hockey fan and an Emoji enthusiast.


The Tidy Tweet

To type a truly tidy tweet,

Is something quite divine;

One-hundred forty characters,

Upon a single line.


But though these songs can sound so sweet,

We hear some sour notes;

The call of shady characters,

Awaiting billygoats.


They fled the dead discussion board,

And YouTube comment thread;

To shout with little character,

On Twitter now instead.


Beware their calloused countenance,

And puppets sewn of sock;

Remember that these characters,

Are less annoying if their blocked.


Universal Harmonics

Christie Stratos, my editor for Harmony’s Song, asked me to write a guest post. I’m very happy with the result, and I hope you will enjoy the piece as well. My thanks to Christie for the opportunity to share a piece of my writing process with her readers.

And, incidentally, if you’re looking for a fantastic editor for a writing project, it’d be tough to do better than Proof Positive. I couldn’t be happier with Christie’s work.


Harmony’s Song — A Dragon’s Brood Tale

Last June, I wrote about the release of Haven Lost, the first volume in my Dragon’s Brood Cycle series of fantasy novels. While I continue writing the second volume, here’s a short story that takes place just before the events in Haven Lost entitled Harmony’s Song.

Life is hard for Daniel and the other kids who struggle to live on the streets of Ravenhold, a seaside city allied with the sorceress Marianne and the kingdom of Seven Skies. There is seldom enough to eat, and the nights are cold, but Daniel finds warmth and friendship when he meets the enigmatic Harmony. Their special bond, coupled with the mystery of Harmony’s past, sends Daniel from his life on the streets to the wider world beyond in this short story prequel to Haven Lost and the Dragon’s Brood Cycle.

You can find it in the Kindle Store, and it can also be viewed here on GoodReads.com.

There’s also a song that is featured in the story which you can listen to in the Media section of the official Dragon’s Brood website, though you might want to make sure you read the story first.

The reception that Haven Lost has enjoyed far exceeded my expectations, and I thank everyone who has come on this journey with me.


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