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Mixterns (A Fantasy), Part II of II Parts


dontravis.com blog post #351     Courtesy of PNGtree.com You guys are strangely silent. Maybe not into Fantasy. Or perhaps, your author’s not into it, and the posts show it. Whatever the case, you are now being exposed to the second and final installment to the story. ***** MIXTERNS           I didn’t hear them, but Brute did. He hopped off the couch and ran to the front door barking his head off. And from outside the door, came, “Yip, yip, yip!” He scuttled back to the couch and wiggled his way underneath it.           Something brushed against the back door.           “Go ‘way! I shouted.”           “Go ‘way!” the thing echoed.           I heard others at the windows. The creatures had sur...
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Don Travis: Mixterns (A Fantasy), Part I of II Parts

Don Travis: Mixterns (A Fantasy), Part I of II Parts : dontravis.com blog post #350     Courtesy of PNGTree.com I’m not a Sci-Fi or Fantasy writer (although I’ve done a couple of shor... Original link
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Don Travis: Mixterns (A Fantasy), Part I of II Parts

Don Travis: Mixterns (A Fantasy), Part I of II Parts : dontravis.com blog post #350     Courtesy of PNGTree.com I’m not a Sci-Fi or Fantasy writer (although I’ve done a couple of shor... Original link
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Mixterns (A Fantasy), Part I of II Parts


dontravis.com blog post #350     Courtesy of PNGTree.com I’m not a Sci-Fi or Fantasy writer (although I’ve done a couple of short stories), but the yarn that follows inserted itself in my head, so there was noting to do but write it. That’s all I have to say on the subject. You can have the final say after you’ve read both parts of the story. ***** MIXTERNS           I must have been pretty grown up for my folks to leave me alone at home after dark. Alone except for Brute my gray Schnauzer, that is. My parents had gone to a birthday party at Aunt Mitzi’s and Uncle Darrell’s house in town, but I’d begged off. Wouldn’t be any kids there, and the gifts would be grown-up things. The TV in our li...
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Don Travis: Meow

Don Travis: Meow : dontravis.com blog post #349     Courtesy of en.wikipedia.org. I didn’t realize it until I posted this story, but this is the thir... Original link
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Meow


dontravis.com blog post #349     Courtesy of en.wikipedia.org. I didn’t realize it until I posted this story, but this is the third tale in a row featuring an animal… with a tail. Sorry, couldn’t resist that. Let’s visit another part of the great state of New Mexico with the following piece of fiction. As the name infers, Silver City is a mining town. Copper, gold, silver, and other minerals have attracted people throughout history. Silver City sits in a valley which was once the site of an Apache camp. Spaniards mined copper there. After the Civil War, a settlement called La Cienega de San Vicente (Oasis of St. Vincent) took root there. The town of Silver City was founded in the summer of 1...
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Don Travis: Foxy Fox

Don Travis: Foxy Fox : dontravis.com blog post #348     Courtesy of public domain files I guess I’m “animal-obsessed” these days. Last week, a dog. This ... Original link
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Foxy Fox


dontravis.com blog post #348     Courtesy of public domain files I guess I’m “animal-obsessed” these days. Last week, a dog. This week, a furry-tailed red fox. Hope you enjoy my tail… er, tale. ***** FOXY FOX           There were humans in the woods! Instinctively, she dropped behind a fallen log near the path their kind usually trod. One was nearby, although the odor was somewhat different. Her sharp nose detected no scent of the savage dogs they sometimes used to hunt her. The big beasts could smell as well as she could, but they weren’t as fast. Couldn’t scoot through the underbrush as easily as she could, either.           She cocked her ears as a mewling sound reached them. A crying sou...
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Don Travis: Guardian

Don Travis: Guardian : dontravis.com blog post #347 Courtesy of publicdomainpictures.net I received a surprisingly good reception for my tentative step i... Original link
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Guardian


dontravis.com blog post #347 Courtesy of publicdomainpictures.net I received a surprisingly good reception for my tentative step into the world of poetry. At least nobody snickered… on the Internet, at least. This week I get back to home ground with a piece of flash fiction. Hope you like the story that follows. It was prompted by seeing a handsome young man with his guide dog strolling down East Central with what seemed—to me at least—an unusual amount of vigor and confidence. The black and tan shephard accompanying him was a beautiful animal. ***** GUARDIAN By Don Travis I regained my independence the day Bony came into my life. Bony—or more properly Bonaparte—was a black and tan German Sh...
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Don Travis: Blue Columbine

Don Travis: Blue Columbine : dontravis.com blog post #346     Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons Well, it happened again. Last week my post received 3133 hits in a ... Original link
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Blue Columbine


dontravis.com blog post #346     Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons Well, it happened again. Last week my post received 3133 hits in a single day… all from Israel. For the past few years, this has occurred about twice yearly. I’ve examined the key words for the blogs posted each time this happens and find no rhyme or reason for attracting such concentrated interest. On top of that, I’m lousy with key words. In the past twelve months, I’ve had 1,000 hits in a single day from Russia, Vietnam, Brazil, India, and the Philippines, but these are more random. Someone suggested the Russian hits might be bots… but a thousand spies in a single day? Let’s face it, I do not understand this world I live in to...
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Sight Lends Substance


dontravis.com blog post #344 Courtesy of Pinterest.com We’ll continue the dreamy, ethereal mood this week with a short piece I wrote for the blog. Let me know if it strikes a chord. ***** SIGHT LENDS SUBSTANCE I knew you ere I met you. With closed eyes, I clearly see the breadth of your shoulders, the flair of your ribs, the curve of your buttocks. And that face! Neither fair nor swarthy, but with golden skin unblemished by the razor’s burn. Beautiful, yet masculine. Oh, yes. How manly. We held conversations in my head. Such wisdom from someone so young. Sparkling, intelligent, witty. I looked forward to our talks at the end of the day when the nightly news was done, and you alone shared my ...
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Down Where I Live


dontravis.com blog post #344 Courtesy of Freepik Something a little different this week. Last week’s story got a host of hits, 2600 or so. Let’s see if our dream piece this time can beat Me’N Mazie and Nigel. ***** DOWN WHERE I LIVE I lived in an ebony world, a smothering, unchanging lightlessness filled with absolutely nothing. Then there was a faint glow, although I didn’t comprehend “glow,” any better than I understood “darkness,” recognizing it only as a miniscule change in my Stygian cocoon. Then the meaningless noises intruding on this world of oblivion magically morphed into voices discussing some poor sucker in a coma. Who was in a coma? Before I could grapple for an answer, a headac...
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Don Travis: Me’n Mazie and Nigel

Don Travis: Me’n Mazie and Nigel : dontravis.com blog post #343     Courtesy of Pixabay I hope you enjoyed Mark Wildyr’s River Otter post last week. If so, let him k... Original link
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Don Travis: Me’n Mazie and Nigel

Don Travis: Me’n Mazie and Nigel : dontravis.com blog post #343     Courtesy of Pixabay I hope you enjoyed Mark Wildyr’s River Otter post last week. If so, let him k... Original link
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Me’n Mazie and Nigel


dontravis.com blog post #343     Courtesy of Pixabay I hope you enjoyed Mark Wildyr’s River Otter post last week. If so, let him know at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . This week, I’d like to a do piece of flash fiction about some kids growing up and going through the difficult process of discovering who they are. I suspect more of us are ambivalent about these things than we suspect. After all, just because the other fellow acts so confident of himself doesn’t mean he always is. So let’s get about it. ***** ME’N MAZIE AND NIGEL                                                                    I’d known Nigel Blaine ever since we were both in diapers. I’d grown up watching him learn to crawl—before I ...
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Mark Wildyr: Headhunter – Chuck

Mark Wildyr: Headhunter – Chuck : markwildyr.com, Post #87 Courtesy of PexSnap.com Now we’ll see what Diego has in mind as he confronts Chuck-called Stocky by his i... Original link
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Don Travis: Guest Post of Mark Wildyr’s novel River Otter

Don Travis: Guest Post of Mark Wildyr’s novel River Otter : dontravis.com blog post #342 My fellow Okie Mark Wildyr is trying to get a publisher to pick up the other books in his Cut Hand seri... Original link
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Guest Post of Mark Wildyr’s novel River Otter


dontravis.com blog post #342 My fellow Okie Mark Wildyr is trying to get a publisher to pick up the other books in his Cut Hand series. He’s asked to do a guest post presenting the opening to the second book in the series, River Otter. I, of course, graciously consented. When we reach Chapter l, the first player is River Otter, more commonly called Otter, white man’s name Joseph Strobaw, who was the last spouse of the legendary Billy Strobaw, a white man the Indians knew as the Red Win-tay. The second is Dog Fox, whom Billy gave the white-sounding name of Cuthan Strobaw, so that the youth would never forget his true father, Cut Hand. The year is4, and the Civil War is raging, but has not tou...
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