It’s Coming ~ #Pete’sDragon

Pete’s Dragon – Disney World Light Parade

I always loved this story of a young boy who escapes his abusive, hillbilly family and retreats to the forest where he befriends a dragon (he names Elliot), who just happens to have the power of invisibility.  They develop a warm bond and their antics are funny, yet not so good for Pete as everyone seems to blame him for Elliot’s (invisible) acts of clumsiness? (I guess that’s the best way to put it).  Of course, there are the plot twists, those folks looking for Elliot, those with evil intentions because what’s a story without a villain, right? But it all ends on a bittersweet HEA note.

I enjoyed the first film immensely. It was live-action with an animated dragon and starred Helen Reddy, Micky Rooney and Red Buttons (names most young people would not recognize now, but they were greats ‘back in the day’).

As a dragon lover, you can imagine my excitement when I found out Disney was remaking Pete’s Dragon with a “live” dragon, and not an animated one.  So far, what I’ve seen of Elliot makes my heart pitter-patter. Come on. Who doesn’t love a big green, friendly dragon?

I’ll let you decide after you watch the trailer below.  As for me, I’ll be in theaters on August 12, ready to meet Elliot in all his CGI glory.  🙂



3 pieces of dragon art that will blow your mind

I love anything fantasy related, especially dragons, so it’s no surprise when I stumble upon fantasy artwork that blows my mind, I have to share.

Welcome to piece #1 – Spyro – a gem dragon

photo by artist Mo van Hamersveld

This beauty was made by artist Mo Van Hamersveld, and she’s made of amethyst, aquamarine, peridot, crystal quartz, selenite, rose quartz, black obsidian, …added aluminium, iron, copper, steel, brass, messing, resin and LOVE.  You should absolutely check out her Facebook page and look at all the beautiful dragon heads she’s made, and if you’re lucky enough, you might be able to buy one for yourself.  

Welcome to piece #2 – Hitofude Ryuu

Do you have any idea what a sumie painter is?  I didn’t either until I found this article on the website, This is Colossal.  Folks, I am totally blown away.  Check it out.

This delicate style of painting is called hitofude ryuu, which roughly translates to “dragon with one stroke.”

Wow. Just wow.  You can find more videos at this link as well.

Welcome to piece #3

I fell in love with James Doran-Webb’s artwork not too long ago when I stumbled upon this piece on the web:

I literally gulped when I saw this beauty, so I did a bit of research on the artist. James Doran-Webb is an incredibly talented sculptor who carves animals from driftwood. I am in awe. Be sure to check out his website to view a spectacular collection of his works, and maybe even buy his coffee table book, ‘Animalier“.

So, what did you think?  Which artist is your favorite?

The Song Caster ~ a sweet fantasy novella to warm your heart

Let me start by saying I really enjoyed The Song Caster. I loved the narrative, the characters and the writing. The fairytale is familiar in the sense that our hero, Lute, must help a lesser protagonist (Benedeck) find what his heart desires and secure his fate at the risk of Lute’s own neck and future. The fact that Lute agrees to set out on this adventure speaks volumes of his character. I also love the way Shipley develops Benedeck’s character into this wonderful individual who truly deserves his share of happiness.

I really enjoyed the storyline stuffed with overbearing parents, magical instruments and yes…a dragon. There is humor and plot twists all mixed with a wonderful touch of romance. I found myself rooting for the characters and I was completely satisfied with the ending. It’s a sweet story, clean and fun, and suitable for all members of the family.

My only complaint about this story was a lack of development of Viralei’s character. I wished she had shown up sooner in the story and would have loved to have seen her as a more adventurous and daring type. I do like than none of Shipley’s characters are useless. There are no “walk-ons”, and everyone has a purpose and place.

The Song Caster is well-crafted and an excellent addition to the Wilderhark Tales. I would highly recommend it to anyone wanting a fun, adventurous fantasy read with a happy ever after fairytale ending. A solid 4 stars.

*I received an ARC of this book for free in exchange for an honest review. *

The Lost Hero of Naidraug

An excerpt from a novella I’ve almost completed.  it’s the story of a world gone to war and a young girl’s attempt to save it from its self.


The dragon lifted its head and slowly unfurled one wing, his attempt to shift his weight hindered by the metal chains tethered to gnarled talons. He sighed at my presence, his breath raunchy with the foul odor of rotten eggs.

“My dear girl.  How little you understand. There was a moment when time stood still, When the sun beat upon my face and the world bowed to my might.  A time when I soared to great heights and no one questioned my strength, my fortitude, my resilience, my aim.  I was resolute, confident, bold and brave.

“Now, I am relinquished to this darkened cave.  What good am I to anyone?  I am an ancient relic, chilled to my core, my spirit gone with the bindings forced upon me.  My wings are weak, my youth is but a memory on a distant shore.  I have forgotten the feel of sunlight upon my face and the most that spits from my mouth is a small puff of smoke that humors the live-in mice.”

The great beast buried its head beneath his wing.  “Go, little one for I am not what you are looking for.  I do thank you for  your kindness.  It is promising to see altruism alive in such dark times as these.”

“But, Bordan—”

“Go child.  I need to sleep so that I may dream of warmer days when the world was young and mine for the taking.  I was happy then.  Let me stay in my dreams.”

6 bits of “dragon advice” that might land you in prison

1.  Go on.  Set the night on fire.

2.  It’s okay to stroke and lick yourself in public.

3.  Nothing burns better than a wood house.  Keeps you warm, too.

4.  Break the rules.  Smoke!

5.  Confiscate all the gold, silver and gems you can find and bury them in a cave where no one will find them.

6.  Don’t let anyone call you a dinosaur.  If they do…eat them.

Wacky Wednesday

What would hump day be without a few fantasy jokes and funny one-liners to get us through the day?   Just remember to smile; it increases your face value.  🙂


“May the dragon of life only burn your hot dog and never your buns.”


“If you can’t take the heat, don’t tickle the dragon.”


Two high elves are sitting in a bar and in walks a dwarf woman.

The woman orders a martini and starts to eat the olives when she suddenly finds herself choked.

Trying to be the hero, one of the elves jumps up, grabs her trousers, yanks them down and runs his tongue across her buttocks.

The dwarf woman spits out the olive and screams “how disgusting”.

The elf says “whats wrong, haven’t you heard of the hiney-lick manuever.”


A dwarf was in his front yard mowing grass when his attractive elf neighbor came out of the house and went straight to the mailbox. She opened it then slammed it shut and stormed back into the house. A little later she came out of her house again, went to the mailbox and again opened it, and slammed it shut again. Angrily, back into the house she went.

As the dwarf was getting ready to edge the lawn, she came out again, marched to the mailbox, opened it and then slammed it closed harder than ever.

Puzzled by her actions the dwarf asked her, “Is something wrong?”

To which she replied, “There certainly is!”

My computer keeps saying, “You’ve got mail!”


A dwarf, an elf, and a half-orc were shipwrecked on a deserted island. There they find a forgotten temple. They make their way to the alterroom where they find a magical ring of wishes.

The dwarf grabs the ring and says “Great! Now I can get home! I wish I was back in the tavern at home surrounded by ale“!

*poof* he’s gone!

The elf grabs the ring and says “Finally, I can go home! I wish I was in the tree city, trading tales with the finest poets of our age!

*poof* he’s gone!

The half-orc picks up the ring and says “I’m lonely now. I wish the other two guys were back here.


Lord of the Fandoms 2

Enter: the Chromatic dragons

Ah, good to see you have returned today to witness and learn about the beautiful but dangerous Chromatic dragons.  I have cordoned off the area behind me and have enchanted it so you will be quite safe.  I collected these creatures from a dragon fighter in the North Country.  They are all juveniles.  When I found them, they were severely injured, beaten, and starved.  Many did not make it and had to be put out of their misery.  These guys were placed in my care until such time they are strong enough to be released into the wild.  So, without further ado, let me introduce to you the first of our Chromatics…the Black Thorn.

(curtain falls.  Gasps fill the room)

Black dragons are the most vile, temperamental and cruel of all dragons.  This particular breed has horns that protrude from the sides of his head and project forward, like a bull.  He also has a silky frill on the back of his neck.  This is quite different from the infamous Timberlake Smoothback, known to all as Einar, who has horns on the top of its head that point back toward a mace-like tail.  All black dragons, except for the Timberlake Smoothback, live in swamps and fetid marshlands, which would explain their rank odor of rotting vegetation and foul water.  They are vicious and ruthless adversaries, preferring ambushes to straight-forward fighting.  They are excellent swimmers and rule by intimidation.  Their lairs always have two entrances:  one above ground and one underwater through adjacent swamplands or lakes.  From birth they have an exceptionally cruel temperament and an insatiable appetite.  Black dragons, except for the Timberlake Smoothback, use acid as their defense.  The Timberlake has a breath of sulfur fire.  If you ever catch an overwhelming whiff of rotten eggs, look around.  You may be in the presence of a Timberlake Smoothback, in which case, you should kiss your behind good-bye.

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The next beauty is an Azule, a blue dragon.  (curtain falls.  More gasps).  Blues tend to be desert dwellers.  They have a single horn on their heads, large, frilly ears and a long, bumpy tail like that of a caterpillar. They excel at aerial combat, and are very adept at aiming their lightning discharges at other aerial foes or enemies on the ground.  They are also very good at making their prey hallucinate by using magic.  Many blues also tend to ambush their prey by burrowing in sand, waiting for the right moment to spring from the desert ground.  They grow around 60 feet in length and have an earthy, sandy smell to them.

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Next in line is the beautiful Fae Sweeper, (curtain falls) a grass-green dragon named so for its diet of gnomes, sprites and elves.  As you can see, they tend to have a large waving crest that runs from the tip of his nose all the way down his body.  They also have very long forked tongue.  They tend to share their territory with black dragons, but seeing they are stronger than blacks, their lairs are usually high up in cliffs behind waterfalls. Green dragons are nasty tempered and are known to attack for no reason.  They are great wielders of magic and tend to use it before brawn.  They grow to about 40 feet.

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Next to last is the spectacular red dragon. (curtain falls)  This species is the Élan Pyre, the most dangerous and infamous of all Reds.  This one is already 60 feet long, half of its adult size.  Those two horns on its head hold magical powers of healing and destruction, depending on the beasts’ temperament at the time.  They can breathe fire within days of birth.  They find other Chromatic dragons worthless and will either kill or enslave them, depending on the Red’s mood.  They are hoarders of great treasures and protect their lairs with a voracity unseen by any other dragon type.  They are enemies of Metallic dragons, especially the Silvers, and are exceptionally dangerous in battle.  They are proficient in magic and very fast in the air, but they are clumsy and tend to fight more ground battles.  They tend to attack first with their fire breath, then follow with power strikes from their tails and vicious blasts of magic.  As you might suspect, these giants tend to live inside volcanoes and are very adept at using their magic to convince tribal elders into sacrificing their young girls.

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Finally, we have the Snow Angel, (curtain falls) one of the more popular of the white dragons, and an angel it is not.  As the name implies, this jewel lives in the very cold regions, choosing icy caves and deep subterranean dwellings.  They are very greedy and grow to approximately 25 feet in length.  They are the weakest of the Chromatic dragons and not very strong combatants, but that doesn’t render them harmless.  As you can see, its head and neck appear to be one, and their wings are frayed around the edges.  They may or may not have horns.  They are stocky, strong and can climb cliffs, fly, and they make excellent swimmers.  Whites also tend to have inferiority complexes, often bullying younger dragons and giants to prove their importance.  They are always hungry with ravenous appetites and have been known to eat entire whales at one sitting.  They have excellent memory capabilities and hold grudges. If you make an enemy of one, they will hunt you down for their entire lives just to kill you.  Their defense?  A breath of frost air.

(curtain goes up)

There you have them.  I thank you for visiting today.  I hope you enjoyed learning about the Chromatic dragons.  They may be dangerous, but they are exquisite, don’t you think?  Please feel free to stick around and ask questions.  I don’t bite.  Tomorrow if you’re interested, I’ll have several Gem dragons with me and I promise, they are beautiful to behold. You won’t want to miss them.

Have a glorious day and I hope to see you tomorrow.

Enter: the metallic dragons

Come, come.  Everyone scoot in and sit down.  There are plenty of stools upon which to plop your backsides.  Would one of you chaps in the back close the door please?  Don’t want sunlight interfering with what you came to see.  There’s enough light from the torches anyway.

Everyone settled?  Good.  Now how many of you here have seen a dragon?  Um hmm, just as I thought.  No one.  Well, guess what?  Your luck is about to change.

Now, I won’t bore you with all the tedious stuff about dragons, but I will tell you this.  They live and they are all around you.  Like faeries, they can only be seen by those who truly believe in the magical realm, which means all of you have the sight.  Yes, yes.  I charmed my hovel so that only those who believe in the old magic could enter.

There are many kinds of dragons:  Wyverns, Worms, Hydras, Firedrakes, Icedrakes, the list goes on.  Depending on where you live, the color of a dragon can alert you to their temperament.  You’ll pretty much know right away whether you’re food, friend or folly.

Now I won’t lie to you.  I know very little of the dragons of the North, East and South worlds, but I do know a thing or two about the dragons of the West World.  Underneath each one of these cloths you will find a baby dragon shielded in invisible containers enchanted to mimic their true environments.

The dragons you are going to see today are Metallic dragons, what I like to call good dragons. They are also only days old.  As you view them, keep in mind there are many species of dragons in each category.  This display is only to familiarize you with their color and appearance.  Are you ready?

The first metallic I present is a Sandy Dottyback.  She’s a Brass dragon.  Now brass dragons are quite intelligent and are desert dwellers.  They are incessant talkers, can grow up to 60 feet in length.  Their scales radiate heat and light, and as you can see, they are born with two sharp horns on the chin, which become pointier as they age.  Their defense is a honeysuckle scented breath that can put you to sleep for several hours.

The next is the most treasured of all metallics – the Gold dragon.  This particular breed is the Pearl Beauty.  They have two horns that jut sideways from their cheeks, and two very prominent horns that shoot back on their heads.  They also have beautiful tentacle whiskers on the top and bottom of their jaws, giving the appearance of a beard.  They also smell of saffron and incense.  Gold dragons live in elegant lairs of stone, whether a cave or castle, it matters not to these magnificent creatures as long as opulence surrounds them.  They are loyal, honest and wise and they can polymorph into animal or human.  In fact, they live most of their lives as humans, seeking out evil and bestowing justice upon it.  They are the most intelligent of all the dragons and grow to be around 60 feet long with an adult wingspan of 135 feet.  Though they do not like to fight, they will if they need to.  Their defense?  Fire.

Our third little guy is the Court Jester, a Copper dragon.  They are born tricksters and jokesters, and are quite devious and intelligent.  They are always out to impress their lesser counterparts with their intelligence and wit.  They grow to be about 40 feet and spit sweet-smelling acid to ward off enemies. As this little guy gets bigger, he’ll grow two horns on his head that will point back toward his tail.  He will also grow massive thigh and shoulder muscles which will make him a powerful jumper and climber.  This particular breed enjoys the company of humans and will do almost anything for a good scratch along their snouts.

Next we have a Bronze dragon. This particular breed is the Glimmer Ridgeback.  They are often thought of as arrogant and haughty. They cluster in groups near large bodies of water and can take on the form of an animal in order to observe humans.  Bronze dragons despise blue dragons, and they are vigilant in protecting their homes from them.  Most bronze dragons have three main large horns protruding from each cheek, pointing back towards the tail. They also have a couple more smaller horns. The tips of these points are black and very sharp, and are often used for grooming. They grow to be about 50 feet and use lightning bolts as their defense.

Last is the Darting Damsel, a rare Silver dragon.  Silvers live in the high mountains and fly the wind currents.  Often mistaken for clouds, they are extremely intelligent, can polymorph like Golds, and they flourish around the innocence of young children.  They are very protective and will defend their families, both human and dragon, to the death.  As you can see, they have a beautiful frill that begins at the top of the head and flows all the way down its neck and body to the tip of the tail. The frill is silver towards the body, fading to a purple hue at the edge.  In time, two long, smooth silver horns with black tips, will point up and back from the head. Males of the species will also grow a pronounced sharp frill under the chin, giving the rough appearance of a goatee. They have a very unique smell about them, almost like a mountain rain.  The average Silver grows to around 55 feet and use a freezing breath to stun or kill their enemies.

Well, there you have them, folks.  Five Metallic dragons.  Feel free to come up and take a look at them.  They won’t harm you.  Remember, they’re as curious about you as you are about them.  And please come back tomorrow when I’ll have the Chromatic dragons on display.  They’re beautiful to look at but would just as soon kill you as to look at you.  Wednesday I’ll have an array of Gem dragons you won’t want to miss.

Thank you for stopping in.  It’s always an extreme pleasure to meet others with the magical sight.   And as you journey in your day, keep your eyes open. You never know when you might be speaking with a dragon.

“If I were Human…” – Six Sentence Sunday

I forgot to sign up for  Six Sentence Sunday but here’s my offering anyway.

From my second W.I.P. in my Chronicles of Fallhollow saga temporarily titled The Eye of Kedge and the Lost Crystals of Palindar.

“Your Majesty, I understand your affinity toward this man.  He is, after all your confidant and sole protector.  If I were human I’d find it quite touching. As it is, I find your blind devotion and loyalty a threat to your sovereign position and to this kingdom and its people.  It is of the High Council’s opinion Sir Trogsdill was, and may still be, in leagues with Einar, and that he was deliberate in his intent to usurp your authority and title.”

“You have no proof of this because none exists!” Gildore said, his face woven in  shades of crimson.

Writing exercise – If magical, dragon-shifting humans ruled the world…

You are 16 years old.  A race of magical, dragon-shifting humans has taken over the earth and everyone is captured and removed to training camps, but for what type of training, you are yet to learn.  The elderly are deemed useless and ‘removed’ from society, including your beloved grand-parents.   After several months of  painful mental and physical ‘testing’, you find out you are to be eliminated and are thrown into a pit with others like you…others unworthy of the new race.  Unworthy to live.  Determined to stay alive, you brainstorm and discover there is one thing that exists that can return the world to  normal and rid it of the black magic that has veiled the world.

What is that one thing and how do you get it?  Feel free to elaborate.