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WASTELAKAPI… Beloved, a Guest Post by Mark Wildyr


 dontravis.com blog post #408  A shout out to my readers from Hong Kong, who still led the pack last week. Russia had moved into second place the last time I checked, and stateside readers came in third.   This week, my fellow Okie, Mark Wildyr, is posting the preface and first chapter to his fifth Strobaw Family Saga series called Wastelakapi… Beloved. Wastelakapi is the Lakota word for beloved… ergo, the title. End of Trail (statue)/ Courtesy of Enwikipedia.com                                                                                  ***** WASTELAKAPI… BELOVED By Mark Wildyr   We wither like weeds before flames. Oppressors herd us to far patches of barren ground. Drums fall silent i...
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The Neighbor


dontravis.com blog post #407 Pretty good reception for @Uncle Evan last week. Readers from Hong Kong still led the pack. Let’s see what they think about this week’s submission.   Courtesy of pickpik.com ***** THE NEIGHBOR   The guy caught my attention the day after I came home from University at the end of my junior year. Probably about thirty, he was the original model for “tall, dark, and handsome.” And I do mean handsome! In all modesty, I’m sort of a specialist on “handsome.” And although I didn’t give in to my hunger… well, except for once… until my freshman year at the U up in Albuquerque, I knew from the time my voice broke I was different. I grew up in this little town of about three...
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@Uncle Evan


 dontravis.com blog post #406  I guess Hong Kongers (Hong Kongites?) are really taken with Vampires because they led the field (10 to 1) over everyone else throughout the presentation of “The Prescient.” Russians stayed up there but fell to third place over readers from the good old USA by the final episode.   This week, a bit of nonsense totally different from vampire stories. Well, come to think of it…             Courtesy of pxhere.com   ***** @UNCLE EVAN There was no Uncle Evan—at least in my life. I’m a seventeen-year-old named Marty Evans who made him up out of whole cloth and posted on Twitter @UncleEvan. After all, who pays attention to a high schooler, and I wanted a voice. Everyone...
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The Prescient – Final Installment


dontravis.com blog post #405 Tancready seems to be getting everything he wants. After they had relations, Boris failed to flee the house in panic. The youth is helpless in the face of the vampire’s desires. It only remains for Tancready to persuade the object of his adoration into the ultimate act of desire and consummation. Will he be successful? Why not? He seems to be in control of the young man.   Let’s see what happens in the final episode.   Courtesy of pikrepo.com ***** THE PRESCIENT   When he arrived Saturday night, Boris seemed resigned, albeit nervous and agitated, even though the marks of distress had disappeared from his handsome features. The big, soulful eyes were clear again. ...
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The Prescient - Installment 5

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dontravis.com blog post #404  Those readers from Hong Kong must really dig vampires. They led to pack by 10 to 1. Russia remained in second.   Last week, Boris returned to succumb to Tancready’s initial demands. Then he fled into the night again… this time naked. What happens next?  Courtesy of publicdomainphotos.net   ***** THE PRESCIENT              As before, the boy kept his distance for a few days before appearing unannounced on my doorstep. Neither of us spoke when I opened the door. Faint bruises beneath his eyes bespoke hours of worry and lost sleep. His aura was wild, fretful, fearful. Yet, he was here. He moved into my living room and turned on me accusingly. “What have you done to...
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The Prescient - Installment 4

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  dontravis.com blog post #403 Readers from Hong Kong led the pack again last week, and surprisingly readers from Russia came in second. We readers from the US fell to third place. Unusual. Tancready endured a painful day, even though he sought the shade of the forests on Sandia Mountain, only to have the subject of his lust eventually discern his intentions and flee into the night. Using his own mode of transportation (not not on bat wings) he follows Boris back to UNM. Now let’s see what happens.                   Courtesy of pkfuel.com ***** THE PRESCIENT Using that other dimension, I easily reached the campus ahead of Boris. From a place of concealment, I observed him pull into a parking...
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The Prescient - Installment 3


dontravis.com blog post #402 I have no idea why, but readers from Hong Kong are lapping up this story. Welcome, friends. Courtesy of publicdomainpictures.netTancready and the object of his desire, the beautiful Boris, have met over an ancient, ornate chessboard at the UNM duck pond and have discovered a mutual interest in photography. Tancready has lured Boris into a photo shoot on Sandia Mountain the next day. How can that happen? Aren't vampires creatures of the night? ***** THE PRESCIENT Returning to my home, I ate voracious amounts of fresh fruits and vegetables, another source of energy, and then retired to my bedchamber. I slept soundly, but awoke after sundown, hungry and restless aga...
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The Prescient - Installment 2


dontravis.com blog post #401    Courtesy of Pikrepo.comAs a matter of interest, I went back and checked and this is actually the 459th post on this blog. I didn't bother counting for the first year, so am coming up short. Hope you enjoyed the beginning of Tancready’s story last week. Have you looked up the word “prescient” yet? Don’t worry, Tancready will tell you what one is. Could be a bane… or a boon. Let’s get to the second installment.    ***** THE PRESCIENTBorn the seventh son of an Upir, a Russian Vampire Prince to a mother who was also an Eternal, I came squalling into this world with my head hidden by a caul. Thus was my fate sealed; I was given the kinetic challenge of all Vampires...
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THE PRESCIENT – Installment 1


dontravis.com blog post #400    Courtesy of Pxfuel.comThanks to everyone who congratulated me on the acceptance of The Cutie-Pie Murders for publication. Thanks to Dreamspinner Press for that bit of news. This week, and for a couple following, I’ll again step out of my usual genre of writing. This is a short story about a vampire. Yes, you read right. A vampire. Not the Bela Lugosi portrayal, but still a bit spooky. In this first installment, you’ll meet Tancready—as he’s called himself for the last two hundred years. Prior to that, he bore other pseudonyms. Shall we start? ***** THE PRESCIENT From a park bench cloaked in the deep shadow of night, I observed the progress of the quasi-organiz...
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TREETOP INFERNO


dontravis.com blog post #399    Courtesy of PikistFirst, a bit of news. Dreamspinner Press notified me today that they are accepting my seventh BJ Vinson novel called The Cutie-Pie Murders. Readership last week was mediocre, but the story got several comments on my private email. And yes, it was quite a change of pace for me. As is today’s offering. ***** TREETOP INFERNO           “Told you I didn’t want to come up here this weekend, anyway.” Lou’s chin trembled as she eyed the smoke rising just beyond the hill.           “Don’t get your nylons twisted,” Fred said, a cigarette dangling from his lips. “You always like the mountains, and this cabin is one of the best.” He gave a dry cough. “Wh...
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ALMOST ME


dontravis.com blog post #398    Courtesy of Pixabay.comI’m not sure how my two posts about my new novel The Cutie Pie Murders, went over. Got lots of hits but few comments. At any rate, it’s now at Dreamspinner Press, so we’ll see what happens. A total change of Pace this week. Just a little something I dreamed up. Let me know how it works, okay? ***** ALMOST ME The path, rocky and uneven, made it difficult to find my footing given the shadows thrown by the surrounding forest and the fading light as the sun began its journey below a horizon hidden by towering trees. I cursed myself for not having returned to the house to saddle Thunder or harness one of the carriages. But I had already been ...
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THE CUTIE-PIE MURDERS -Chapter 1


dontravis.com blog post #396 Courtesy of PinterestIf you’re reading this, then I suppose the Prologue to the Cutie-Pie Murders did its intended job. Seriously, I hope it worked for you. Now we go to Chapter 1 of the novel, and I warn you, it’s a long read. But I hope you’re drawn in. If you want more, it might help the process if you emailed Dreamspinnerpress.com and told them to hurry up and publish the full book. Now to Chapter 1. ***** THE CUTIE-PIE MURDERS Chapter 1 New Mexico State Penitentiary, Santa Fe, Thursday, March 8, 2012           “B. J. Vinson, you’re an idiot!” I told myself for the umpteenth time. Why in the hell was I driving up to the state penitentiary to see an inmate I r...
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THE CUTIE-PIE MURDERS - Prologue


dontravis.com blog post #396 Courtesy of PinterestEnough of the Drama Club for the moment. We’ll leave Jarod basking in the glory of seducing—or being seduced by—his new drama coach. This past Wednesday, I sent the completed manuscript of my 7th BJ Vinson novel to the publisher. Now comes the long wait for the process to run before a yes/no decision is made. Well, I want some reaction before that. So, I’m devoting the next two postings to Cutie-Pie. Today we’ll see the Prologue to the book. Prologues are important to me because they set the tone of the novel. I’ll let you tell me if it did the job. Warning, an earlier version of the prologue may have been posted, but this is the one that cou...
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DRAMA CLUB – The Coach (Part 3 of 3 Parts)


dontravis.com blog post #395 Let me get another little matter out of the way before we start on the Drama Club. I finished my 7th BJ Vinson mystery a couple of weeks ago—The Cutie-Pie Murders. Needs one final read-through before submitting to Dreamspinner Press. Wish me luck.Now back to the Drama Club. Jarrod’s punishment for getting lost cost him the mattress he had in the loft. Of course, that didn’t stop Bobby from coming around for a second helping. I don’t know about you, but I sense an increasing awareness of Thad Reid the drama coach on Jarrod’s part. Wonder what happens this week. ***** THE DRAMA CLUB THE COACH Jarrod was impressed by Mr. Reid’s audition technique. He not only had th...
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DRAMA CLUB – The Coach (Part 2 of 3 Parts)


dontravis.com blog post #394 Theatrical Spot LightsLast week, Jarrod Gray got caught servicing a freshman in the lighting loft at Casa Verde College’s Thespian Hall. This week, we’ll see the price he has to pay for such shenanigans.***** THE DRAMA CLUB THE COACH Nothing happened for three days except that Bobby didn’t come around to bother him. On Friday, the drama coach sent for him. “Hello, Jarrod,” Thad Reid responded cordially to his knock. “Have a seat.” Jarrod sat and waited wordlessly. He was impressed by the coach’s cool. “I’m taking Bobby Lyles out of the booth and assigning him to sets, okay?” “Fine,” Jarrod said calmly. “Who are you sending upstairs?” “Let’s get through the first ...
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DRAMA CLUB – The Coach (Part 1 of 3 Parts)


dontravis.com blog post #393    Hope the reader who prompted me to write something about the pandemic enjoyed my story, COVID Closet. Doubtless he’ll let me know soon enough. The last I heard from him after the prior installment is that I was a “tease.” Okay, I admit it. I am. I’ve had some requests for more of Jarrod Gray and the Drama Club at Casa Verde College, In earlier posts, we’ve seen Jarrod with the football rough who thought he could dominate, with Kahn, the lithe Asian with whom Jarrod could have fallen in love, and with the Chameleon. Alas, they only last so long as they are in college. This year, it’s Jarrod’s senior year, so he’s the one who’ll be leaving at the end of the term...
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COVID Closet (Part 3 of 3 Parts)


dontravis.com blog post #392 Courtesy of pixabay.comWe left the two frat brothers last in the gym in the basement of the house. Bruno’s started teaching Harry some exercises. They’re in day 7 of their isolation. How are you betting? Who’s going to get what he wants, and who’s going to his room frustrated? Read on. ***** COVID CLOSET           Harry knew Bruno was watching him. There was no mirror in the place, but there were enough shiny surfaces on various machines so that Harry kept track of what his housemate was doing. And right now, he was standing and watching him. His knees reacted as usual, causing him to falter in his steady climbing motion. Before he knew it, he was off balance and...
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COVID Closet (Part 2 of 3 Parts)


dontravis.com blog post #391 Courtesy of pexels.comDoes it seem a little chilly in the frat house to you? It does to me. Well, let’s see what happens next.***** COVID CLOSET           The first two days weren’t too bad. Bruno nearly wore out his iPhone talking to everyone he knew while the queer kept to himself. The kid was quiet as a dormouse. That suited Bruno just fine.           But by day three, that was old hat. He filled the next eight hours playing computer games, twelve sleeping or catnapping, one in the weight room, and three doing things he didn’t even remember. He figured his mistake came on day four. He began thinking about his last night with “the former Cherry.” That’s the way...
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COVID Closet (Part 1 of 3 Parts)


dontravis.com blog post #390    Courtesy of Pixabay.comAfter the little ditty about Zack and Zel, it’s time to return to a proper short story. You can thank my reader (and friend) from Palm Springs for the following story. In an email exchange one day, he mentioned that all this social lockdown stuff might provide material for a story. So here you have it. Blame him; not me. ***** COVID CLOSET           Bruno Hadley fought to keep his voice calm. “What do you mean I can’t leave?”           The college provost looked comical decked out in full protective gear, including one of those powder blue gowns. His navy pantlegs sticking out below the hem were capped by wood-brown leather oxfords. The ...
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Zack and Zel Went Up the Hill


dontravis.com blog post #389 Courtesy of  commons.wikimedia.orgI’d say that the Brits liked “Liam” as well as anyone else. While normally US readers are by far the most numerous, readers from the UK almost equaled the locals. Saudi Arabia came in third. I’d hazard a guess there are some repressed feelings among that culture, wouldn’t you? This week, back to flash fiction. The following is a story in 880 words. And I used a voice I don’t normally use when writing fiction: the omniscient. Let me know how it holds together. ***** Zack and Zel Went Up the Hill           Everybody in the little farming town of Leghorn knew Zack Cryer went loco over Zelda Milhous. But the young man had a problem. ...
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