Saturday Stories for March 23rd

Welcome All!!

Saturday Stories is the place for me to update you all on my weekly goals and give you a peek at something I’ve been working on. Happily, I managed to complete my three simple goals this week so I can start to move ahead on my projects (FINALLY!).

So since I don’t have anything else to update you on, let’s move ahead to the short story portion of our Saturday evening (woohoo!)

Here is an excerpt from somewhere withing my first novel, Dragon on My Neck, which is currently available on Amazon.

Passiona moved as quickly as a queen is allowed to move in public, marching down the sidewalk with an urgency and purpose that had any wayward servants jumping out of the way when they saw her coming. Excitement radiated from the fairy queen in waves, making her seem to float as she made her way into the library. After a hurried check to make sure they were alone, Franme closed the door and motioned Queen Passiona forward and into her usual seat.

“My queen,” The sorcerer began, his own excitement barely containable, “As I mentioned, I believe I have found you the way to gain the power you have been searching for.” He grabbed up a stack of papers and set them down on the long, wooden table in front of Passiona. “You’ll see that the first few pages here are a basic retelling of the story of Gendrail and Ralnion, However, there is one very basic difference between this version and the one found in the lighter tomes of legends. In this version Gendrail has a beloved. Pandem, the lord of chaos, was deeply in love with the shadow mother and created portals throughout our realm in order to visit her world.”

“Do not try my patience today Franme,” Passiona interrupted, leafing through the papers in front her disinterestedly, “What does this have to do with my power?”

“Majesty, these portals continue today,” Franme hurried to continue, “If you look beyond the first few pages you’ll see the legend of Pandem’s frantic love. He was so tormented by his love’s ostracism from this world that Pandem called upon all of the dark powers to create portals into the dragonless realm. He left clues and incantations to find and open these portals. Each set of clues includes a spell to open the portal and step through into a civilization within this new world. These doorways are constant and sometimes they slip open a bit, which is how men from that world sometimes cross into ours without magical assistance. They merely stumble upon a doorway.”

“This is all very fascinating sorcerer,” Passiona growled, “But I ask you again, HOW DOES THIS HELP ME GAIN MY POWER??!!!!”

“My dear queen,” Franme bowed and smiled apologetically, “Within the Legend of Pandem it says that the Lord of Chaos disappeared into the world of his beloved, taking with him this knowledge of the greatest powers but leaving the clues and incantations for any brave enough to search for him and this power. When the spells are used and a portal fully opened, Pandem will know. Anyone who claims the use of a portal should find him waiting.”

“Then we need to begin work on those clues immediately Frannie!” Passiona danced in her seat, “Did you begin to decode any of them before coming to find me?”

“No Your Highness,” Franme bowed again, his nose scraping the wooden table-top before he went on, “As soon as I realized what the text was saying I came to find you.”

 

“Good, Good,” Passiona nodded her approval, “We must start right away. What are the first clues?”

“If you’ll look on the second page, my queen, the first set of clues and their portal incantation are listed out.”

Fairy Queen and minion worked diligently, side by side, for over an hour. When they were done scouring the pages of Pandem’s legend, Passiona and Franme had a list of three definite sets of clues to portal sites.

 

  • In a cavern Dark and Deep,

Where a Mother sat to weep,

A River runs of her tears,

Deep and Dark and Full of Fears.

 

  • In a place of Myth and magic,

Where a Circle stands Alone

Will you come to Power inhabit,

Or leave the Place another Drone?

 

 

  • In a canyon of Legend, Lore, and Lime,

A Portal awaits through Space and Time.

An Oasis in this vast land,

Surrounded by a Sea of Sand.

 

“What do they mean,” Passiona groaned, reading over the clues for a third time. “These places, how do we know they even exist anymore?”

“The portals will still exist, even if the places have changed Your Majesty,” Franme murmured, “We just have to use maps and knowledge from his time.”

“How do we do that?” Passiona whined like a tiny child, hoping to convince their parents to do their work for them. “We have old maps, but we aren’t sure when Pandem left this world for good, so how will we know which legends are the relevant ones?”

“These legends have been handed down throughout time. Any of the ancient stories should hold clues to decrypting Pandem’s riddles.” Franme turned and pulled a large text written in ancient script across the table and began to flip through its pages. “We just need to search through them and try to find any mention of the key words.”

“Like a mother crying into a river or a sea of sand?” Passiona mused, “That’s as good a place to start as any other we have right now.”

 

Saturday Stories

I’m going to be completely honest with you right now…I have no idea how much I wrote last week. I know I wrote around 3 thousand (plus) words if we combine the blog posts, short story, and chapter book work. However, most of that was admittedly on one article. I haven’t typed up Paulonious Punk’s wordage for the week so I can’t know what the exact count is there…it isn’t anywhere close to the 2000 I wanted. I’m going to guess that count was less than 500.

So why am I admitting this to you? Well, I want to be truthful and I want to be held accountable for my goals, even if that means telling all of you lovely people that I failed for the week.

What did I do?

  1. wrote 4 handwritten pages of Paulonious Punk.

2. wrote 1 flash fiction story 1st draft for contest.

3. turned in the short story I’ve been working on to the contest for which it was intended.

4. read about 200+ pages in 3 different books…but haven’t completed any of them yet. I’m hoping to change that today.

5. Had a Marvel Movie Weekend with my mother and daughter

How did your week go? Were there any goals you met, or didn’t meet, that you’d be willing to discuss? Leave me a comment and let’s get a conversation going!

On to the Short Story! This week’s excerpt is from Dragon on My Neck, Book 1 of The Stone Dragon Saga (currently available on Amazon)

“I bet that silver will look great with your complexion,” Jane announced, “Try it on!”

“OK, you don’t have to twist my arm,” Arianna giggled and slipped the heavy silver choker around her neck. She jogged through the kitchen and hallway to admire her image in the bathroom mirror.

“Oh Jane, isn’t beautiful?!” Arianna gushed, moving her head from side to side in order to better see the glint of her necklace against her pale skin.

“Very nice,” Jane agreed, “I like the way the silver and stones peek through your dark hair, it’s like you have lights under there.”

“COOL!” Arianna moved her head some more to catch the effect and the girls giggled.

“Nice? COOL?” A tiny but deep voice interrupted, “How about gorgeous? I like that one, or Handsome, since I am a male.”

Jane stared again at Arianna’s necklace as she watched its head move and its mouth open again, “Well…ladies have you lost the ability to speak? I’m sure you were speaking English. Let’s see, how about French? German maybe? Irish?” The dragon repeated himself in many languages, including a clucking noise that sounded like chickens running through a farmyard. When the girls finally answered though, it was in English again.

“What’s going on?” Arianna asked, too scared to try removing her necklace as it moved and chattered on her neck.

“I…I have no idea,” Jane replied, still gaping at the miniature dragon as it finally stopped talking and began to glare balefully at the roommates.

“Ummm…Mr. Dragon sir,” Arianna looked down at the bobbing head under her chin, “How can you talk to us?”

“I can talk any language, including animal and magical,” The dragon rather proudly announced, unlatching his tail and slithering down to the counter.

“Oh, How? I mean, no offense but you’re a necklace.” Arianna grimaced, “Or I thought you were.”

“I am,” The dragon grinned suddenly, a surprisingly cute addition to his features, “I am also a dragon that moves and speaks. I shoot fire from my nose and ice blasts from my throat.” This time he growled and puffed himself importantly.

“Fire and Ice?” Jane asked incredulously, “That’s pretty amazing, especially for a dragon of your umm…stature.”
The dragon snorted a flame in Jane’s direction and turned it to a ice pellet with his breath, wheezing out what sound like a giggle as it hit her arm.

 

“Ok, well…obviously I was mistaken.” Jane took a few steps back from the counter and earned another smile from the creature on the counter.

 

“What’s your name?” Arianna asked, “I hate to keep calling you ‘the necklace’ since you’re alive and all.”

“Thank you,” The dragon nodded his head regally at Arianna, “My name is….Al.”

 

“AL?”

 

“Its short for Aliphonsore,” he shuddered, “My mother saddled me with that name.”

 

“OK, Al…I like it,” Arianna decided, “I’m Arianna and this is Janice.”

 

“Jane, please,” Jane replied, “And I call her Anna.”

 

“Pleased to meet you,” Al answered, happy to finally be getting to know his new mistresses.

 

“Al, how did you become a necklace?” Arianna wondered aloud.

 

“Let’s go find somewhere comfortable for you two to sit, and I’ll tell you.”

 

After gathering hot tea and snacks, the girls settled onto the soft couch in their living room and Al positioned himself on the coffee table, beginning to stretch his wings as he contemplated how to begin his story.

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Dragons in the Deep: Novel Announcement

Last month, before the craziness of NaNoWriMo descended once again, I finally completed 2014’s NaNo-novel. The fourth in the Stone Dragon SagaDragons in the Deep is currently with my proof and beta readers before the next round of editing begins. In the meantime, I wanted to share a little excerpt from the book with you. (if you would like to see the other books in the series, my author page can be found here and the first book in the series, Dragon on My Neck, is available here)

Let me catch you up: It has been a while since the end of Dragon on the Green. Passiona has folded herself into society life, Anna and Jane have graduate college and become ‘real adults’, Al and his siblings have continued to live with their humans, and a new discovery has shaken up their existence. There is a ship, a pirate ship, that sank in warm Caribbean waters 400 years ago. This pirate ship, mentioned in a king’s holdings and suspiciously otherwise invisible, just may hold the key to finding Al’s parents, and ending Passiona’s bid on domination. There are new characters, new settings, and a different style of writing in this book that I hope you will enjoy…and that will seamlessly flow with the previous 3.

Without further ado…I give you Dragons in the Deep: an excerpt – 

“This can’t be real,” Zachary whistled in appreciation, “I’ve never seen anything like it!”

“I don’t think anyone has,” Garron breathed the words out almost reverently, staring in amazement at the scene spread before him on the screen and itching to suit up and dive down to the real thing.

“She looks like she could be on the water, instead of under it,” Lance leaned around Garron’s seated figure to get a better look, “Oh boy, what is that girl doing?”

“Nickel,” Garron hit the call button and startled her out of a staring match with a clown fish, “Have you found something of interest?”

“Well I don’t know,” Nickel admitted, turning back to her perusal of the railings. “I haven’t ever seen ship railings covered in designs like this. I think they’re ancient runes and possibly base Latin words but I’ll have to scan these pictures in to be able to translate anything.”

“I’ve seen a few ships with decorative railings,” Flynn drawled, swimming up beside his partner, “But never ones with decoration on every railing and doorway. Even that mast has some marking at its base.”

“What really gets to me,” Nickel added, “Is that we can make out words. After all of this time under the water the marking should be worn down to an almost indistinguishable smoothness. Instead, the relief is as deep and well defined as if it were carved yesterday.”

“Look at this figure head,” Flynn whistled between his teeth, reaching out a tentative hand to feel the woodworked body. “Normally you find women at the head of a ship, but this…this is something amazing. Almost like a Viking ship, but with a Latin flair. Nickel, take a picture!”

“Hurry up you two,” Lance piped in over their earphones, “You’ve been down there almost an hour and that’s plenty for a first dive!”

“Nickel, snap the picture and come on back,” Garron added, “And bring my bone headed brother with you please! He’s starting to wander off again.”

“Aye aye Captain,” Nickel laughingly agreed, quickly swimming out to take a picture of the astounding figure head before catching Flynn, who was busy attempting to open an apparently locked door to a deck cabin. “You heard the men Flynn,” she giggled at her own rhyme, “Time to go on up to our ship man. We’ll come back down soon.”

“Yes we will,” Flynn agreed, noting the low oxygen in their tanks, “We will be back with tools and time.” This promise was more to the ship than to themselves and, as the duo slowly rose to the surface, the ship seemed to watch them and in watching them, the ship knew that it was time too for long kept secrets to be revealed.

excerpt: Chapter 9, Dragons in the Deep by Elizabeth S. Tyree, copyright 2015

New and Different…For Me

I discovered a festival the other day, the Wild Sound Festival to be exact, and found a great little contest they had going for ‘log lines’ for your screenplay, script, or novel. I entered a log line for Dragon on My Neck and went on about my business. This evening they sent me an email with a link…my Dragon on My Neck has a page on their site! 

I know there are a LOT of people who have done this and have their own pages on this site. I also know that I have never had this done before so I am super excited for this opportunity! Of course, I didn’t enter the bigger contest because, let’s face it, no matter how awesome cool and great for the dragons having a professional actor read aloud would be…I don’t have the money or the supporters to enter a contest like this…yet. However, if you want to visit the page, ooh and ahh over the minimalism of it, and hit the facebook ‘like’ button so I think I’m cooler than I am…the link is:

http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/dragon_on_my_neck_by_elizabeth_s_tyree.html

Have a great day everyone!

Dragon on My Neck – For Teachers!

I am very excited to let you all know that, along with writing, I have now started a TPT seller’s page. This page currently includes reviews and quizzes for Barbara Hay’s The Ill-Gotten Catfish, and Tim Tingle’s How I Became a Ghost, as well as Quizzes, Pronunciation, Writing Prompts, and Lesson ideas for the first 3 chapters of Dragon on My Neck. 

While you can find all of these things on my TPT site: HERE, and find the books on Amazon.com: Here, Here, and Here; I have a special offer for you teachers.

I am well aware of how much money we make, and how much out of pocket most teachers spend to make the learning experience more fun and easier for all those involved. So here’s the deal: If you are a teacher looking to purchase one or more classroom copies of Dragon on My Neck, or an entire set of the Stone Dragon Saga, you are invited to contact me here, or message me via our Facebook page Tyree Tomes. I will give you a large discount on the books and, if you would like, will even have them shipped to my house, where I will autograph them for you before sending them on your class.

If you would like to utilize the quizzes, lesson ideas, and suggested vocabulary sheets I have set up, I will also provide those at a large discount for you! I am really not looking to make a fortune off of these things, I just want to get the books into hands that will enjoy and use them, and hopefully learn something in the process!

If you, or someone you know, might be interested, Please let me know! You can look at a few preview pages on TeachersPayTeachers if you’re curious about the set up.

**UPDATE** I forgot to put this in originally but I am willing to visit your classroom, either in person or through Skype/Facetime calls, and discuss writing, ELA, my books, and even the connections with other topics, such as Science or Social Studies. Possible activities include a ‘special’ lesson for me to teach (corresponding to your content area and current lessons of course), writing with the students, discussing books, discussing Dragon on My Neck (or the other books in the series), and so on. I would like to think that this could be considered a great reward for students who work hard or a classroom reward for everyone making a certain percentage on their quarter grades etc.

Thank you and have a marvelous Day!

HERE YE, HERE YE:

By Royal Decree of King Ferdinand of Realta…that precocious Fairy King…and Elizabeth S. Tyree, the woman who writes his stories, I hereby declare the ONE DAY ONLY, MAD DASH Addition of Dragon in My Yard and Dragon on the Green to the Kindle Free Downloads Library.

That’s right ladies and gentlemen, you read that correctly. For TODAY (July 12, 2015) ONLY all 3 of the currently available Stone Dragon Saga books will be ready and waiting for your download!

Remember, check back in HERE to get yourself entered in that contest!

Thank you for everything, I hope you enjoy! Either way, I hope you rate and review.

Can’t Miss CONTEST

In case you  missed this “Can’t Miss Contest”, when I posted Thursday, here are the details:

1) Go Grab Dragon on My Neck from the free Kindle downloads section…it will be available today (July 11, 2015) and tomorrow (July 12, 2015).

2) Come back to to WordPress and comment on my post Free Dragons! 2 Days Only! that you got your copy (I will check numbers! Please don’t cheat me guys!) If you already have a copy, let me know that as well!

3) OPTIONAL: Share this post (or the other) on your own blog/facebook/twitter/etc. and then comment telling me that you did.

4) ALSO OPTIONAL: Have your readers and friends comment saying they downloaded theirs because of YOUR post/reccomendation.

5) Remember THIS IS A CONTEST…every pingback or social media post gets you an extra entry into the drawing. Winner chooses the Elizabeth S. Tyree book of their choice and I will personalize and autograph one to send to them! If we reach 50 comments, the prize ups to TWO BOOKS! For every 25 comments after that, the prize ups by 1 book…culminating with the possibility of receiving a complete set of my current titles, all signed and personalized for the winner (or whoever they wish me to sign it to).

So get to sharing! I can’t wait to hear from you ALL…May the LUCK OF DRAGONS be on your side!