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My Valentine’s Day Stories

It’s funny, I was in such a hurry to make sure these stories were up in time for Valentine’s Day, and then things got so busy that I forgot to share them with all of you!

So here they are – three stories of different aspects of love, all available at Smashwords and Barnes and Noble absolutely free.

Knowing What I Know Now Title

Ryan Hall has been here before. He knows his way around. He knows what’s going to happen, and he knows what you’re going to do.

The only thing he doesn’t know is what he’s going to do about it.

Ryan Hall has lived his life over and over again, different every time, always trying to get it right. Every new choice is a different lifetime. But now, at the end, it all comes down to one choice: his own happiness, or the great love of his life?

Available for free at Smashwords and Barnes and Noble.

Here Be Dragons Title

Zack has a secret. A secret that he’s kept hidden for a long, long time – longer than most people can easily imagine. But now he’s met Eileen, and the time has come for the secret to be told.

Available for free at Smashwords and Barnes and Noble.

Changeling Title

The banshee are spirits of death. Some were once human; some are of the Good Folk, come up from the darkest shadows under the hill. In the end, it makes no difference. The banshee sing death, and that is the whole of it. When the banshee come singing, death follows behind, and there is no fighting it. No appeal, no bargains to be made. But tonight, Bridget Flanagan has an offer that the banshee have never heard before…

Available for free at Smashwords and Barnes and Noble.


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Dinner and a Show: S’Mac and Blue Man Group

Blue Man Group Theatre

Or rather, a show and dinner, I should say.

Red Molly and I celebrated Valentine’s Day on the day after this year.  It turned out to be a great idea in itself – we were pretty worn out on Friday, it was the end of a long week – but the real reason we did it was because that was the day that our Groupon was valid.

Groupon is a wonderful thing.  You can see this big, beautiful city on the (relatively) cheap, but like all discount deals, there are conditions.  That’s how we ended up seeing Blue Man Group at noon on Saturday.
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Found Stories: The Red Tower


While going through my phone for my pictures of the white peacock, I found this old picture.  I’d have made a post out of it much sooner, but I’m not very tech-savvy.  When I first took it, I honestly didn’t know how to get it out of my phone, and after a while I half-forgot about it.

Anyway, the real story of this picture is that it was Valentine’s Day and the Empire State Building was lit up red in celebration of it.  The clouds were very low and heavy, and they covered the peak of the building and diffused the light into this creepy-as-hell aura.

But you know what?  That’s not a very interesting story.  I think I can think of a better one.

I think that what we’re seeing is the culmination of an unholy ritual that has taken generations, though whether the celebrants of that ritual are actually generations of a family or cult that have devoted themselves to it, or the original celebrants who have simply outlived generations of lesser mortals.  Either way, over a century of New York history has been devoted to the task.  The Empire State Building itself was built of girders made of materials that don’t appear on the Periodic Table, with mystic symbols engraved into key points.  “Accidents” were arranged for workers who fit certain highly-specific criteria of age, heritage, physical and mental traits, social status, and personal habits so that their blood would sanctify the foundations and the supports.  As the city grew, streets and subways were laid out in occult configurations, their excavations specifically targeted to awake dark things sleeping in the Earth.  Sigils and runes were hidden in common graffiti.  Certain high-profile crimes – the Son of Sam murders, perhaps? – served as sacrifices, and to keep the populace in the right “mood”.  The whole city was shaped to the purpose of focusing mystic energies, and the Empire State Building was the antenna.  All of it was held together by rituals and sacrifices performed in the secret sub-basements (interestingly enough, virgins were not the sacrifice of choice.  Instead, people whose bloodline would go on to “sink its roots deep in the City” were preferred).

(Did 9/11 accelerate the timetable by filling the city with fear, anger and grief?  Or delay it by blowing a hole in the City’s occult geometry?)

Now the ritual is complete.  The gates in the sky are opening, and something terrible is coming through into our world.  The Change has already begun: that tall building you see before you is no longer the Empire State Building.

It is the Red Tower.  And in the age to come, when a dying Sun shines red on a dim, blasted Earth, it shall be the new axis of the world.


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That Many Splendored Thing

I’ve always been a bit of a romantic. I really do like the candlelight dinners (ideally at some interesting place that we’re discovering together), the walks along the beach, the discussing whether The Thing from the John Carpenter movie of the same name and its 2011 prequel is a single shapeshifting self-cloning organism or a disease with a hivemind…

What? That’s not a thing that most people do? Guess I’m with the right woman, then.

Love is our brightest dream, and I don’t believe I’m the only one who thinks so. 90% of the songs ever written, in whatever genre you care to name, are love songs of one kind or another. A similar percentage of books, movies and TV shows include at least a romantic subplot of some kind (even in some cases where they shouldn’t; I’ll speak more on that theme when I do my review of the movie “Them”). Most fail to achieve the transcendant, epic passion that we all dream of but can never maintain; fewer still manage to capture the everyday truth of real love. Still, the few that do are…glorious.

Anyway, the point of all this blathering, for the tl:dr crowd, is that Dreams of the Shining Horizon will be honoring Valentine’s Day this week – artificial, Hallmark-created holiday that it is – with a few love stories. Some are sad – as the song says, love is not a victory march – but I hope I managed to capture some truth with them.

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