• NaNoWriMo 2016 – Wrong Exit – Week 3

    Sara gets angry over Dale’s sharing of the details of her relation with Caleb to the others. Dale starts to test his abilities.

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  • NaNoWriMo 2016 – Wrong Exit – Week 1

    Dale contacts some friends to try and get help figuring out what he has stumbled into, and re-opens some old wounds in the process. The information he has posted on-line about the strange exit seems to have attracted some unwanted attention, and the mysterious woman from the exit returns.

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  • NaNoWriMo 2016 – Wrong Exit – Week 0

    Dale Carter, a medical supply courier, takes a highway exit that leads to a place that doesn’t seem to exist.

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  • Camp NaNoWriMo 2016 – Portals – Week 4

    Perry finds that no one has considered a psychological study of the teams on the far side of the Portals, but finds that they do regularly monitor all communications home. He and Peri are told to not talk to each other and to keep their observations to themselves, resulting in an unexpected but necessary arrangement to continue with their research.

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  • Camp NaNoWriMo 2016 – Portals – Week 2

    Perry gets his first taste of how things are done on the far side of the Portals, and discovers that even though every one there is part of a select group, not everyone is getting along.

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  • Camp NaNoWriMo 2016 – Portals – Week 1

    A mysterious artifact has been found that allows passage to alternate versions of the Earth, but only a select few individuals are able to pass through them.

    On all of these alternate Earths, humanity is extinct.

    Climatologist Percival Grayson (call me “Perry”) is the latest to learn that he has the ability to use the “Portal” and is sent to Dallas, Texas on an Earth locked in an Ice Age. What will he find there?

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  • One Thing Left to Do

    The pounding on the hatch had stopped. I hoped that the rest of the crew had given up, or that whatever was happening to them had completed and they were no longer interested in getting in. Then a bright spot appeared above the door. Apparently there was another cutter on board somewhere and they were now cutting through the door I had welded shut.

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  • Loophole

    There are loopholes in every set of laws. Even those involving Time Travel.

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  • Welcome Aboard

    Ian and I were working on the irrigation units on the north wall when we saw the trader pass overhead. Just the contrail of re-entry, but we knew it meant they would be landing soon. We left the pump half-disassembled and headed down and across the Gash. We knew the rest of the town would be heading for the pad as well. It would be several days before things returned to their routine so no one would be paying attention to the lower water pressure for a while. The lifts were already up so we had to take the Thousand Steps to the top of the south rim and by the time we finished the climb the trader had already settled onto the flat expanse of compacted dirt that served as our starport, though the only real way to distinguish it from the rest of the plain was the array of antenna and sensor domes surrounding it. Most of the population was already there, watching as the automs brought the scheduled cargoes out of the hold and carried them to the lifts that would lower them to the valley floor. Then came the market goods, the things that everyone had come to see and trade for. I watched the crowd as they moved among the tables the trader’s crew had put out. We mostly had items of glass to trade; when you live on a world of sand your manufacturing options are limited. The crew took what we had, carefully

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  • The Shadow War – Part 2 – (Tales from The Secret World)

    I woke up to find myself strapped to a table. I struggled to get up which brought the other occupant of the room running. “Whoa! Whoa, whoa! Don’t try to get up!” I looked at him, confused. For some reason all I could think of was Doc Brown from the Back to the Future movies. “What…?” I managed to get out. I hadn’t recovered from the blow to the head yet and everything was still fuzzy. “Who…?” The man laughed. “Just relax. You’re feeling the effects of the neurochemicals we’ve pumped into you.” “Neuro… what!” I struggled to get up again. “Calm down!” the man said. “I’m a doctor. You’re completely safe. Probably. I think.” He stopped long enough to take a breath from an inhaler he carried and shook his head. “Whoa! This is exciting!” My head was still fuzzy but I took a deep breath and tried again. “Where am I?” I got out finally. “And what is going on? Who are you?” The man nodded. “Good. Good.” He looked over his shoulder at a console of some kind. “Patient is responding.” He then looked back at me. “You’re in the Eye. Illuminati HQ. You’re lucky; most people who wander in here don’t get to leave. Well, not the same way they entered. Anyway, you are very lucky. You have been given an Anima infusion. Not many people can say that.” His eyes focused on the distance for a moment. “If only we’d had people like you around

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