For the Love of Dragons

Hi Readers!

First Love launches on Feb. 28, 2019, and it features the story of how Papa and Shade met. It’s a sweet tale because Papa was a sweet teenager and nothing like his angst-riddled, often adversarial younger brother, my Uncle Miren. 😉

(Don’t tell him I said he was angsty or adversarial.)


As part of the launch, there will be a Facebook party. Unfortunately, that party will be held while our scribe is at work. It’s review work there, and we’re camping out at her office to support her. She’s so worried about her performance review, but we can’t figure out why. She spends ~40 hours a week with them and away from us. 😦

But we understand. She needs a paycheck. The bank doesn’t accept lumir crystals. And yes, we’ve trooped over and asked since they’re right down the road. (Papa has plenty of them in his pockets.)

We’ll go to any lengths to get more writing time for our overworked scribe. Just don’t mention that to her. Melinda has no idea what we get up to while she’s at work, and we’d like to keep it that way. Okay?

So on February 28, our replies might be a little delayed. But our scribe put together a fun scavenger hunt. If you like puzzles and riddles, you’ll enjoy our party posts. Invite your friends to play along! We’ll be entertaining you from 11:30 am – 12 pm Eastern Standard Time on release day, Feb. 28, 2019 on Facebook: here.

Actually, I, (Ran, son of Sarn), will be your host for that 30 minute time slot, and I’ll have Papa with me as always.  We’re a package deal. 🙂


Get First Love. Then come to the Facebook party and hang out with some cool scribes and your favorite fictional characters.



Last week, Shade sneaked into *my* newsletter. But it was to support a nice story, so I’m not too upset. I just wish Shade had asked first instead of just sneaking in, but that’s Shade for you. I hope Papa’s friend didn’t confuse you. Shade might be a little too excited about First Love.

Also, last week our dragon problems continued, but I have high hopes that this week, we’ll resolve them. Let’s find out how Papa and I are faring on that, shall we?

Dragonish Problems, Part 6

 Missed an episode? Catch up here: part 1part 2part 3, part 4, part 5.

Papa needed a distraction. While he concentrated on sending his magic toward the storerooms behind the angry dragon crushing the life out of the boxy boiler system, I considered our options. We didn’t have many. So I did what I do best: I talked.

“Don’t you want some water?” I said to the dragon to distract her.

I didn’t know if she could sense Papa’s magic while it did its recon thing, and I didn’t want to find out the hard way. I liked my skin unsinged and my Papa soft and huggable, not extra crispy.

The digital dragon eyed the water still flowing into the utility sink for a full minute before finally bending her head to drink. When she finished, she mashed her snout into the handle to shut it off. She’d wasted enough water I guess. But not enough of our time though because she was still preventing repairs to the boiler system.

Unfortunately, the dragon pushed too hard, and the faucet flew off and struck the green-glowing shield between her and me. Papa’s magic stopped it from hitting us, but I took a step backward just to be safe.

The dragon turned her head to see what had zinged past her, and her horns punched through the drywall behind the sink, revealing a familiar bathroom. Oops.

“Bad dragon,” I said, but the damage to our poor scribe’s apartment was already done. Her bathroom now had a window. That probably wasn’t a good thing structurally speaking.

The Newsletter-Dragon, bane of boiler systems and fictional characters everywhere, actually looked a tad chagrined at the damage she’d wrought. Maybe we were making progress on our quest to oust her from the boiler room.

Melinda just stared in horror at the collapsing wall until someone elbowed her. I think it was the nice lady with the pretty orange hat, but I couldn’t be certain because several of Melinda’s neighbors were comforting our shocked scribe, and she is small and easily lost in a crowd.

“You have homeowners insurance, right?” someone asked.

Melinda nodded slowly, but she was still pale. Fictional characters are hard on homes. I don’t recommend you invite us over unless you want your home remodeled in the process. Your inbox and e-reading devices are safe though, so don’t let that stop you from grabbing a copy of our full-length adventures.

“Uh yeah, I don’t think I can fix that,” said a fellow edging away from the crowd around Melinda.

The repairman must have sneaked in during one of our attempts to lure the dragon out of the room. He was a thirtysomething man wearing a blue jacket that said, and I’m not making this up, Characters Plumbing, Parts & Sales.

The company’s owner must love books as much as we do, and that thought made me feel all warm and fuzzy. Though the steam escaping from the boiler system may have something to do with that.

“Stop him! We need him to fix the boiler system,” Melinda said, but she needn’t have bothered. Papa’s magic had already immobilized the nice plumber man. He now sported a set of shiny green anklets courtesy of Papa’s magic.

A loud crash followed by the tinkling of broken glass heralded the arrival of someone new. We all turned as a metallic woman tumbled through the broken window behind the dragon and landed in a crouch.  Gears turned in her chest.

I couldn’t help but stare until Papa covered my eyes with one of his big hands. He doesn’t like when people stare, and that apparently includes me. I pried his fingers apart. I didn’t want to miss a thing.

“Unhand that boiler you overgrown worm,” said the metallic lady.

“Why should I?”

The clockwork angel held up a golden orb, and a shiver passed through the Newsletter-Dragon.


What is that orb, and why isn’t our ornery dragon happy to see it? Find out next week. We’ll also have an update about Operation: Get Written, my personal mission for this year.

And that’s a wrap. Have a great week!

— Ran, son of Sarn, writing on behalf of his scribe, Melinda Kucsera.

P.S., Melinda, our scribe, lovingly textured and rendered the Clockwork Angel. She has a cameo in several books this year. More on that, and Operation: Character Render next week too.

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