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Life burbles from the spring, excited, grasping, experiencing, rolling over the smoothed rocks to join the waters that have moved through here before. Playfully it bounces--moving as a brook, babbling, shifting, as it grows stronger. It stays within its banks, yes, but it slowly works on the edges-- quietly taking more space where it can. It continues to gain strength, to move with others of its own kind. Yet, when one slows to fill the void of a hole, of a vacant footprint,

Interacting with the Elements

In the back of my mind I've always known that we interact with the elements daily, but with the continuous grind of life and even just living in a small town one tends to forget that. Yesterday started out as any other day, other than my son woke up with an ear infection. I rushed him to the local urgent care as soon as it opened at 8:00 AM and the prescribed amoxicillin. Nothing major, the kid was still grumpy after being woken up all night with an earache, so I softly guide

Happy Earth Day!

The world of Flidais is rather similar to the our planet earth in several respects other than it has two moons. The name Flidais comes from the Celtic goddess of the Earth. When we are introduced to Flidais in Elemental Alliance, they have been in the Saskian Industrial Age and now approach the Saskian Imperial Age. The Kingdom of Saskia prospered for a long time, and forced scientists and engineers against their better judgment to continue building and constructing even when

Writer's Challenge

I've been challenged by a fellow writer to write about why I love writing. I have no doubt that this challenge is inspired by the upcoming holiday, but it is a great time to reflect on why this lengthy, sometimes tedious process is so near and dear to me. At the young age of eight years old I convinced my mom to buy me one of those fancy little journals with the fabric print covers at Buttrey's grocery store. With my special four-color pen in hand, I began writing about four

Happy Earth Day!

In the world of Flidais, a great empire rose on the Saskian continent. This empire created advanced technologies that no one on the other continents had ever dreamed about. They pursued their technological dream for so long and so hard that they forgot about the balance of things. On their continent the elements of water, earth, and air suffered, while the strength of the fiery sun grew stronger. It was only when the Saskian Empire pushed off from their continent to begin to

Meet Alcander

We first meet Alcander in the galley of Captain Kynwyl's ship. The captain is not pleased to find his daughter, Indra, as a stowaway, and assigns the Paladin Monk to her to keep her out of trouble no matter the cost, as none of the sailors are to know that two elementals are onboard. Alcander leads Indra to escape when the Saskians attack the captain's ship, and continues to protect her even when she doesn't want him around. Artwork commissioned by me, completed by Shinji Mar

Meet Nettle

Nettle is Briar's twin brother. His green hair and athleticism makes him a favorite in the Sylvan. He realizes his earth elemental gift early, much to the dismay of his sister. He recognizes his sister's troubles and promises to take her with him when he leaves the Sylvan; whether she is an elemental or not. Yet he isn't prepared to lose his sister to her newfound identity which leaves him irrevocably alone. Artwork commissioned by me, completed by Shinji March 2016. #protago

Meet Briar

Briar is a shy sprite from the Sylvan and the twin sister of Nettle. Most notice her violet hair and eyes when they first meet her. She has never fit in with the rest of the sprites of the Sylvan, and not just because of her purple hair. When Briar realizes her true element is of the Atmosphere, she finds relief in being able to leave the Sylvan to find her true identity among the Gilophen who live in the sky. Artwork commissioned by me, completed by Shinji April 2016. #chara

Meet Indra

Indra is the daughter of Captain Kynwyl of Eshaal's royal navy. She knows of the beauty and the power of the ocean firsthand, as well as the brewing conflict between her home kingdom and the Saskian Empire. Yet she cannot find the reason to leave the seaside where she has been honing her powers he watery powers. She only leaves when her father's ship is attacked by three Saskian Imperial ships, and the Paladin Monk he has assigned to protect her, hauls her off the ship. She i

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