Once upon a time, a very naughty Miss Santa had two very eager elves to help take care of her package. Pictured from left to right, the Vanderbilt family: Sanneke DeJaegher, Jessica Vanderbilt, Jia Chen. Not pictured: Emily Menton (but you can see her stocking above the fireplace). Artwork courtesy of Dieleth.   Click image to display full-size....

Photoshop for one of my Secret World Illuminati characters; in this case, a literal American Werewolf. Click image to display full-size....

This is the final version of the Kiowa's cell phone picture, with Alicia's phone included. Art is by Dieleth....

Kiowa Harper, although she presents as female, is biologically male -- and part canine. In this artwork, Kiowa has been convinced by her wife, Alicia, to hold still long enough for Alicia to snap a picture of the Coyote half-undressed, and looking as shy and awkward as usual. ...

Kiowa Harper, a.k.a. Hatsokonayla, a.k.a. Kubakaita, or ‘Laughing Coyote’. A Native American Coyote spirit shapeshifter from the Karankawa tribe of Texas. Although actually male, Kiowa prefers to masquerade as a female to avoid detection. Click image to display full-size....

Crumbling Down – Chapter 6: Revealing
Fan Fiction , Writing / 14 June 2016

The svirfneblin had led the two humans back to their village, and given them a surprisingly warm welcome considering the circumstances of the encounter. Imoen’s tongues spell had eased the meeting quite a bit, since even the most fluent of the gnomes spoke only halting, awkward, and heavily-accented Common. The two had been granted beds for the night, free of charge as the village’s guests, and for the first time in a long while the...

Crumbling Down – Chapter 5: Beneath Midnight
Fan Fiction , Writing / 17 May 2016

There were no further encounters as they made their way through Spellhold’s halls. The commotion of Cassie’s transformation seemed to attract no attention whatsoever, and it was not long before they puzzled out why. They made their way to the upmost level of the asylum, the main floor, and passed each room with increasing confusion. The inmates were dead. Most lay inside their cell curiously unmolested, with neither mark nor blood u...

Crumbling Down – Chapter 4: Broken
Fan Fiction , Writing / 10 May 2016

“So… he tortured me… but you knew that. He had these special knives he liked to use, and I know each one by heart now. I can tell just from the sound of the metal being unsheathed, the feel against my skin, the sharpness, the curve of the blade… There were three of them for each size – small, medium, large. One had these jagged teeth that just rip through flesh and bone. One was so smooth and sharp that you don’t...

Crumbling Down – Chapter 3: The Darker Side of Me
Fan Fiction , Writing / 26 April 2016

The third morning came, and again they were alive. Imoen became aware of the world around her slowly as she stretched her arms overhead and stifled a yawn with the back of one hand. Cassandra stirred slightly as her ‘pillow’ moved. Imoen smiled and gently laid her hand on her sister’s red-gold hair. It was rough and oily, fouled with days — if not weeks — of sweat, blood, and dirt. She didn’t mind though. It was Cassie, and ...

Crumbling Down – Chapter 2: Fame and Fortune
Fan Fiction , Writing / 12 April 2016

Tenthday, ere Eleint (Day 3)   The City of Coin indeed. I have been made an offer of assistance. Some grand, unknown benefactor will help me to locate and rescue Imoen…for twenty thousand gold. How I’m supposed to raise such an amount I’ve no idea. Given a few years, doubtlessly I could. But I do not have years! I have days, maybe weeks. And short of robbing everyone I come across, I see no way to raise such an am...