Welcome to Hereabouts!
Home to Westfall, Liliput and many other odds and ends of my writing and randomness. Feel free to browse, or search by category with the links below. I’ve added warnings and ratings on request.
Short Stories – Shorter works written in my downtime to keep my gears turning. (TV-PG)
Poems & Songs – Verse and rhyme, often included in longer works. (TV-G, mostly)
The Real Life – Personal journals of moments too nice not to share. (TV-G)
Westfall – A teen’s desperate attempt to save a nation from The King of the Western Fairies. (Warnings: violence and violent deaths, some sexual references and language, politics)
A Queen’s Ransom (formerly known as Liliput) – A lesser-known Russian fairy tale about love, identity, and truth. (Warnings: fantasy violence, some adult themes, death.
Ivan the Brave (IN-PROGRESS) – A cumulative tale of three brothers, their mother, and a troublesome wizard. (Warnings: fantasy violence, death)
O Lady, Lady, Lady, why do you hurt me so
Going where I cannot go,
in the stars where no wind blows?
I would build our fire here.
I would keep you warm.
Lady, Lady, Lady O,
You do not know,
You do not know
how you hurt me so.
O Lady, Lady, Lady,
You made your bond with me
underneath the yewling tree
when the world was summer sweet.
You would build the hearth and home.
You would as I do.
Lady, Lady, Lady O
Why do you go,
Why do you go
where I can’t too?
The mortal has a balanced soul,
that mends his ring and sets his stars;
he who goes will come again,
and closer none than he most far.
Whether his spirit, frail as fire,
can cope with this unsettling fact
depends, Grey Pilgrim, on the goal:
Was it to leave, or to come back?
Save me, mother; save me, father,
from the twilight lullabies:
Give me iron, give me silver,
give me Words and songs beside. Continue reading