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Twelve Days of Heat: Day Two

Twelve Days of Heat: Day Two

The second day of competition, December the thirteenth, dawns much the same as the first: Reese is pulled out of his pleasant dream by the shrieking alarm far too early. He groans and buries his face deeper in the pillows, wondering if he’s pissed God off and managed to get stuck in some sort of limbo, where he has to live the same day over and over again.

Twelve Days of Heat: Day One

Twelve Days of Heat: Day One

The scent of salt fills his nose, and he breathes deep, as though he can inhale the ocean. The sea breeze is brisk, gusting across the lonely expanse of the almost-deserted beach. The gulls wheel and call overhead, their cries swallowed by the crashing of the surf. The tide will come in shortly; he knows, watching the setting sun sink toward the horizon, transforming the world into a rainbow of warmth—gold and red and orange, all the heat of the day transformed into brilliant hues that color the world around him.

Of Curtain Rods

Of Curtain Rods

“Well, shit,” Danny said, and Matt nodded emphatically as they surveyed the scene of destruction.

They had tried to put the curtain rod back up, but it fell down again and smashed through one of the potted plants somebody—Danny didn’t remember who, but suspected it might have been his mother—had given him as a “house warming gift.”
There was dirt all over the floor, bits and pieces of the plant everywhere, and the curtain rod was lying in the middle of the room.
What Makes a Villain?

What Makes a Villain?

I was talking with a reader and she asked me, point-blank, if one of the characters in Slapshot! was going to become a villain. She said she felt like he just wasn’t a good guy. Oddly enough, this wasn’t the character I had singled out as being my primary antagonist through this story arc, but that didn’t mean he couldn’t become a villain.
But that set me to thinking: What makes a villain?