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#BlogBattle Week 13

This will be my third entry in the weekly #BlogBattle. Also, the third posted location. First entry prompt I responded to was “News.” I posted that story for The Velah, and the second was “horde” for which I made a scene for The Barbarian called “Wolf Battle” This week, I offer a brand-spanking new story written exclusively for the prompt “rope.” #BlogBattle 13  Rope Rules: 1000 words max fictional tale (or true if you really want) PG (no more than PG-13) Content – let’s keep this family friendly! Your story must contain the word(s) from the theme and/or be centered around the theme in a way that shows it is clearly related Go for the entertainment value! Post your story by Midnight PST Use the hashtag #BlogBattle when tweeting your story, put a link back to your #BlogBattle Short Story in the comments section of this page, and/or include a link to this page in your own blog post (it creates a “ping-back” which will alert me and our friends to your #BlogBattle post) Have fun! The theme for this week is Rope.   The Rope Look at it, just swinging there. Like it’s offering a fun time, just like children have. He had a hard time accepting the sight, as it looked so incongruous. He hiked through the National Forest, backpack loaded with provisions for a week, solitude his main destination, and had seen nothing strange. Until now. He trudged the thickest parts of the woods, where very few signs of humans…

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Facebook Post

Post by John T. M. Herres. Well, that didn’t go as planned. When I saw the option to imbed a Facebook post, I naturally clicked it to see what it would do. It gave me a code to paste into a webpage, thus this post. If you wish to know before you go, I posted an excerpt of “The Barbarian” written recently. It’s about the Wizard Able facing the despotic group known as The Chosen Ones, who have roamed the Frozen Wastes in the North much the same as the Shandan Nomads have terrorized the Shandan Desert. It depicts how the Wizard uses his Power, as well as some of the effects on him from using it. That’s what I’m hoping I’ve relayed, anyway. I would love to know what you think! Give me a comment here or there, if you please, and let me know if my attempt to entertain you has been successful. Until next time: #WRITE-ON!

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John Wick

Spoiler Alerts: Some descriptions throughout these posts may contain, if not the exact ending, a concluding remark of the outcome. Read at your own risk. John Wick (2014) Keanu Reeves Michael Nyquist Alfie Allen Willem Dafoe Ratings: 7.2/10 from 92,783 users An ex-hitman comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that took everything from him. IMDb User Review: Storyline John Wick is a mob hit man who, upon falling in love, quits. 5 years later, his wife dies and to make sure he’s not alone she arranges for a dog to be brought to him after her death. Later, some men wanting his car break in and beat him up and kill his dog. When he recovers, he sets to get the ones who killed his dog. He learns that the leader is the son of his former employer. And the man wanting to protect his son, tries to take care of Wick but he’s still as good as he was. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com (sic) (I know there are grammatical errors in the above, but it is a direct copy-and-paste) It is my firm belief that Keanu Reeves, for whatever reason, has gotten a bad rap concerning his performances. I have seen quite a few movies he’s been in, and don’t think he’s been that bad. He does better than Dolph Lundgren, in my opinion. I would watch Reeves over Sylvester Stallone any day. As I said, “…in my opinion.” Now, “John Wick“ is a definite “must watch”…

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Train

  Spoiler Alerts: Some descriptions throughout these posts may contain, if not the exact ending, a concluding remark of the outcome. Read at your own risk. Train (2008) Thora Birch, Gideon Emery, Kavan Reece Ratings: 4.8/10 of 4238 users of IMDb. Rated R for strong grisly bloody violence, disturbing images, sexual content and language In Europe, a group of American college athletes unknowingly board a train that will become one deadly ride.   Despite the almost gratuitous gore, I found this intriguing. The FAQ page on IMDb has an interesting answer to the question, “Is this a remake of the 1980 Jamie Lee Curtis film, ‘Terror Train‘? ” in that it had originally been planned as such. It ended up leaning more toward more gory movies such as Hostel, Turistas and the like, where a group kidnaps vacationing young adults and harvests them for the (rumored) lucrative business of organ transplants, or just an untraceable murder or two. However, in that same article, the Author stated the rail line, “happens to be run by psychopaths who enjoy murdering and torturing people who take their train.” The movie actually tells the story of people who pay exorbitant amounts of money for organ transplants, taken from unsuspecting victims, and the retribution of “the one that got away”. Lead by Dr. Velislava, (Koyna Ruseva) it could be said the conductor and security people are “psychopaths who enjoy murdering and torturing people who take their train.“, but the truth is more sinister than that.…

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Secrets In The Walls

Spoiler Alerts: Some descriptions throughout these posts may contain, if not the exact ending, a concluding remark of the outcome. Read at your own risk. Secrets In The Walls   (2010) (TV Movie) Jeri Ryan, Kay Panabaker, Peyton List Ratings: 5.3/10 from 893 users A mother and her two teenage daughters move into an ancient house in a suburb of Detroit, when it is offered at a very low price, much to the dislike of the elder daughter. Soon, the younger child begins to see strange things in the house, but the mother disregards her claims, saying that it is only her imagination. Then the elder child also begins to notice creepy phenomena but does not speak about it. Only when things take a more serious turn and the mother too starts to witness strange events does she realize that something really is wrong with the house. Written by varghesejunior   I found this movie extremely watchable. The setup did not get over-involved or too in-depth, and the creepy scenes didn’t look CGI heavy. The main thing I had issue with is how Rachel, the Mother, still questioned when Molly started seeing the ghost of Greta. The girl could tell you to answer the phone before it even rings. But, when she sees and feels a malevolent entity, it’s just her imagination. I guess it could be interpreted as a state of denial; Rachel has never believed in ghosts, so when confronted with the situation, it must be something else. (Or,…

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Challenge of The Velah

To see what I have posted for this story, please see my Velah blog here. Update December 18, 2015 Unfortunately, the blog on which the story had been posted has gone belly up. It’s almost funny, for I had just added scripts to the security protocols which should have prevented any piracy, or so it said. Maybe I didn’t install them correctly, I don’t know. It doesn’t matter anyway, for the blog is gone, and the best thing I can do is, as with so many other things that have gone wrong in my life, move on. I’ll post the sci-fi story here after the New Year. Stay Tuned!   A man inadvertently gets drawn into a war between two alien races. The evil Sakalel have set upon the Heskah race, determined to annihilate the peaceful beings in order to culminate their vengeance.  

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My Author bio, written by Judy Colella

John T.M. Herres was born May 26, 1965 to a military family. His father, a Master Sergeant with the Air Force now retired, and the family moved around a great deal during John’s younger years; which meant a constant change of schools, friends, and circumstances. In his teens he found himself making some decisions flavored by his quasi-nomadic life, decisions that seemed to be taking him down all the wrong roads. He worked hard at getting himself straightened out, however, and now uses his experiences to add a richness to his writing. Influenced by such authors as Robert E. Howard, Stephen King, Dean R. Koontz, James Patterson and Orson Scott Card, his genre of choice became action/fantasy-adventure, populated by a Conan-inspired Barbarian, and set in rich, exotic landscapes. John’s writing has emerged and matured into works with three-dimensional characters, action sequences that read like a movie with great visuals for the reader, and plot lines that pull the reader deep into both the action and the psyche of his heroes. His works-in-progress also include “The Barbarian” and “Barbarian Tales” which he is has managed to merge into one book, and is working toward its eventual publication.    

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The Barbarian, continued

Chapter 2 A month after the groups were reunited, Shelar bore forth a son. The couple were immensely proud, naming the newborn Senus, meaning “serenity in the midst of chaos”. A stoic child, Senus rarely cried; rather, grunts and one syllable utterances relayed his hunger or any other need. Six months passed. All the families working together had completed their little underground village. One morning, Thelis went out to draw water from the well. When he didn’t return, Rangor sent Kentur to find him. A yell from the courtyard brought all the men forward, each having drawn their weapons. “Father, no!” Kentur tried to warn them before they emerged, but to no avail. One by one, arrows pierced them as they emerged. *      *       *       *       *       * The Nomads had been moving across the sands, double file at a leisurely pace, and were surprised when the scouting slave came running back to inform them of the evidence of a small populace. They’d spurred on, and the slave led them to the edge of the large sunken courtyard. A young man came out of the opening on the south wall, but a quick thinking archer silenced him before he could alert any who could be inside. Of the 50 men, fifteen archers positioned themselves at the rim while seven descended into the excavation. Another youth emerged and was captured, but not before he could call for help. Upon hearing the commotion from inside, followed by the distinctive clang of weapons…

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The Barbarian, By John T. M. Herres

Chapter 1 The yellow sands of the Shandan Desert stretched from horizon to horizon, desolate and bleak. The hot, arid wind seemed always from the south, sometimes easing the grains of sand across the dunes, but more often hurling them with enough force to feel like tiny pins pricking incessantly at any exposed skin. Five figures moved through the nothingness that surrounded them. The three mules they led forged along, heads lowered, not even willing to voice protest with the granules so abundant. Each beast bore supplies and equipment for the task the men had planned, and each bundle had grey and brown hides covering them. The lead man, wrapped in dingy, white robes adorned with dull red accents, abruptly stopped and fell to his knees, then laid his hands to the scorching ground. His magic had not all been taken away by the forces of the Red Griffin. As he clenched the granules in his fists, another approached and spoke the first words any had uttered in days. “Tambur, is this the place?” They had been traveling due east for two weeks, waiting for some sign to tell them their search was finished. “Yes, my brother. I sense it.” His eyes still closed, Tambur held out his hand to receive a wooden spade. The three younger men, who had been waiting away from them, rushed forward to help begin the digging. “We must scoop out the sand eight feet down and twenty feet wide,” Tambur told them. “There, we…

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