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The Frost Queen Part 11
Under normal circumstances – as normal as circumstances ever got for him, anyhow – Ben would have been thrilled at being able to escape the regen-tank and shift back to his human form.  True, the regeneration fluid had left him covered in itchy hives and tinged his skin an unhealthy green, but at least he was in one piece now.  And able to run for the hills if that slimy lawyer tried to corner him again.
But any relief he might have felt upon being cleared to leave the tank was instantly snuffed when Rook came in to deliver the news – that Aurora was missing, and her teacher with her.
“Where did anyone see them last?” Ben demanded, stumbling after Gwen and Grandpa Max as they made their way toward one of the conference rooms.  Forty-eight hours floating in a vat of alien goo had left his legs weak and clumsy, and he cursed himself for getting hurt in the first place.  Why did he have to be weakened and out of shape now of all times?
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Literature
The Power and the Glory - Part 2
“I’m going to give that femme a piece of my processor,” Stormrunner muttered just loudly enough for Blitzwing to hear her over the commotion.  “Primus knows I like the kid, but I’m going to tell her off for suggesting this and then bailing on us.”
“Hey, is it her fault she’s got other duties on top of being a parent?” Blitzwing demanded.  “Not like she chose an officer position or anything.”
“And the rest of us don’t have other duties?” Stormrunner shot back.  “Though I suppose you’re right.  And frankly, with everything going on right now, it’s a wonder she has the processing power to even come up with this idea.”  She rolled her optics.  “I’m still going to have her wings for this, though.”
Blitzwing thought to come to Glory’s defense at that, but decided against it as the awful crash of a chair impacting over Onslaught
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Literature
Sparks Among the Stars - Part 8
In one of the Death Star’s control rooms, a most unlikely spy was pilfering as much information as he could get his computer-jack on.  The Rebel Alliance would have killed to gain this sort of access to the space station’s databases – not just the schematics of the superweapon, but personnel files, mission reports, even message logs from Imperial officers too lazy or clueless to clear their history when they were done with a terminal.  And while this particular spy was looking for something specific, he couldn’t resist downloading some of this information for himself.  It was all just too juicy…
Through the hum of data coursing through his CPU he detected a familiar metallic venting, and he unjacked himself from the console and folded himself back into mouse-droid form as the Black One strode into the room.  Of course he’d be interrupted yet again in the middle of a search.  Oh well… he’d just come back later.
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Literature
The Frost Queen Part 10
AUTHOR’S NOTE:  Apologies for any errors in legal matters in this chapter – my knowledge of the legal system is a little sketchy and mostly derived from shows like “Criminal Minds,” “Law and Order,” and the like.  In all fairness, though, Plumber law and alien law probably play pretty fast and loose with the niceties of the US legal system…
If Ben thought that being confined to a regeneration tank in the medical center was going to get him out of being cornered and questioned by Slizzick, he was sorely mistaken.  The alien lawyer had settled in comfortably in his new role as “resident thorn in the side” at Plumber Headquarters, and even the Omnitrix bearer wasn’t going to escape him on his quest for justice… or at least making it as difficult as possible for the Plumbers to pin anything on his client.
Ben was half-dozing in the regen-tank, the broadcast screen the medics had set up for him barely ho
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Literature
The Frost Queen Part 9
Vilgax… the very name was enough to strike fear in the heart of almost every sentient being in the known universe.  A terrifying warlord who had conquered and destroyed worlds, wiped out entire races, and even forged a black hole, he had made it abundantly clear that he would stop at nothing to acquire the Omnitrix and use it to build an army of shapeshifters.  His goal was the subjugation of the universe… though if he could personally destroy Ben Tennyson in the process, so much the better.
Of all Ben’s many foes that he had clashed with over the years, Vilgax was by far the toughest and most dangerous.  And under normal circumstances he would have felt some measure of trepidation at facing down the scourge of the galaxy.  Even with Gwen, Kevin, and Rook at his side, this would be a tough fight, and there was always the chance that one or more of them wouldn’t be going home tonight.
At the moment, all Ben wanted to do was get this fight over
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Literature
The Power and the Glory - Part 1
By the time Glory and Shockwave reached Praxus the scene of the trine’s death had already been cordoned off, bright violet-pink lasers marking out a section of the road that hugged the Autobot/Decepticon border wall.  Even from the air, it was a tank-churning sight – black blotches marring the street and wall from stray blaster fire, chunks of components too charred to be immediately recognizable scattered about, streaks of energon and other fluids painting the paving alloy like some deranged surrealist’s work of art.  Autobot police officers were already on scene, tagging anything that looked remotely important or herding the gawking crowds back, and one lone Decepticon agent stood silent vigil over the body of one of the fallen Seekers, gazing skyward as if looking to the heavens for some answer to what had happened here.
Glory wanted to dive down immediately and assess the situation for herself.  But Nightwatch’s trine had fallen on the Autobot
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Literature
Sparks Among the Stars - Part 7
Luke stirred to awareness slowly, reluctantly.  He didn’t want to return to the real world, not right now.  He didn’t want to deal with the awfulness of recent events.  The blessed relief of unconsciousness was far more tempting…
“No sign of internal injuries,” a voice was saying, rough and deep with odd mechanical undertones.  “Plenty of contusions and lacerations, though, which run the risk of infection…”
“I’ve cleaned them up as best I can,” another voice replied, this one gentle and slightly crackled with age.  “He should wake up soon… I’m sure he’ll be all right.”
“How can you say that?”  This third speaker was female, with the same electronic inflections to their voice as the first but ringing with emotion nonetheless.  “His home was wiped out by those monsters!  And we found bodies in there!  How can he possibly be all rig
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Literature
Soundwave's Echo
If the Decepticons’ Communications Officer felt any emotion regarding this strange request – surprise, horror, revulsion, or amusement – no one present could detect any sign of it.  It wasn’t simply because his mask and visor hid any facial expressions – he betrayed no reaction whatsoever, not so much as a twitch of a finger or the slump of a shoulder.  His fans didn’t even speed up a notch, a sure sign of heightened emotion in most Cybertronians.
Somehow, the lack of reaction only unnerved Glory all the more.  At least the other mechs assigned to this duty had been up front in their distaste for it, and after dealing with the likes of Galvatron she felt she could handle fits of temper.  But with Soundwave, one never knew where they stood… which was probably the way he preferred it.
Shockwave, meanwhile, didn’t seem perturbed in the slightest.  But then, Shockwave had always been the sort who simply pushed forward
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Literature
The Frost Queen Part 8
“I don’t know how I can make myself any clearer,” Doctor Lake stated, her voice calm and firm.  “I’ve never had anything to do with trafficking sentient beings of any kind.  And I don’t know how the Plumbers could have gotten that notion.”
“We seem to have gotten that ‘notion,’ missy, when we found all that cash in unmarked notes in your office,” Magister Patelliday replied, his usual affable smile gone.  “Not t’ mention a witness who claims you were the last one seen with one-a our still-missin’ aliens.”
“That last one proves nothing,” Doctor Lake retorted.  “As for the cash… I have no idea how that got in my office.  But someone’s trying to frame me, I know it!”
“I wish we could believe that,” Max replied soberly.
Ben didn’t wish he could believe the doctor’s excuse – he wished he could be in the room with
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Literature
The Power and the Glory - Prologue
It was sound that returned first.
Nightwatch’s optics refused to cooperate, transmitting only static despite repeated attempts to reboot them.  But his audials came online perfectly functional, dutifully recording the snarl of flames and the strut-rattling thump of another explosion.  The reek of smoke and ozone and overheated metal came next… then the pain, radiating through his chassis from his shredded wings and the mangled stumps of his right arm and leg.
It took a few seconds for his CPU to catch up with the rest of his systems and compute what had just happened.  And when it finally clicked into place, he wished he’d just stayed offline in the first place.  What had started out as an ordinary patrol at the edge of Decepticon territory had rapidly escalated to disaster… a disaster he’d rather not face at the moment.
Skystrike, Firestorm, come in!  Repeat, Skystrike, Firestorm, come in!
No answer.  His trine-mates w
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Literature
Sparks Among the Stars - Part 6
Laserbeak couldn’t understand why Frenzy was so intent on following the black-armored human around.  Sure, it had been entertaining to indulge him for a short time, one or the other of them tailing Darth Vader through the corridors of the space station, Laserbeak aiding the human during his interrogation sessions and Frenzy keeping tabs on his location whenever possible.  But he had figured his comrade would lose interest soon enough.  Frenzy had his queer obsessions, but he also possessed an attention span as great as Starscream’s loyalty to Megatron.
But Frenzy’s keen interest in Vader didn’t ebb – if anything, it seemed only to intensify as time went on.  Which was how the two of them found themselves on the bridge of the spherical space station, Frenzy crouched in mouse-droid form and Laserbeak huddled beneath an out-of-order computer terminal in his root mode.  The avian-shaped Decepticon growled his discomfort, but Frenzy ign
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The Frost Queen Part 7
One would naturally think that an abandoned car factory in a dead section of Detroit would be the perfect hiding place for a criminal operation.  With so many vacant buildings around, after all, who was going to notice if one of them was suddenly occupied and running at full steam?  As it turned out, a dilapidated factory suddenly springing to life with no explanation attracted a fair bit of attention… and the quiet neighborhood just made the noise and activity stand out all the more.
The goons in charge of the operation hadn’t stopped to think about that, though, and so were completely shocked when, in the middle of preparing a shipment, the doors to the factory were blown wide open.  They barely had time to raise their weapons before a blast of fire shot toward them, forcing them to scurry for cover.
“Whoo!” Ben hooted, lowering his hands as smoke drifted from the palms of his Heatblast form.  “Now here’s the part of the investi
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Tales From the Shelves -- my book-sporking blog  Now sporking Bitterwood!

Still poking at the next chapter of Sparks Among the Stars.  Hope to have it done by this weekend, but we'll see what happens.  Be prepared for a couple of character introductions that will either excite people or drive them nuts.  :giggle:

Also been poking at Fox and Eagle's second draft.  I seem to go through that one in spurts -- revise, sit on it for a few weeks/months, then get back to revising it.  I need to step up my game here...

One of the major edits I've made to the novel, actually, is the title.  From here on out the title isn't Fox and Eagle, but Fox and Falcon.  Same general idea, different bird of prey, heh...  The change comes about because the characters use animal names as code names, but "Eagle" ended up being stolen by another character, so I ended up naming one of the protagonists "Falcon" instead.  And yes, any author will tell you that all too often characters get away from you and do their own thing, whether it's doing something that completely derails the plot or simply demanding another name/occupation/description/etc.  Natasha wants to be "Falcon" instead of "Eagle," so "Falcon" she will be.  ;)

No ETA on the next chapter of the Bitterwood sporking.  Stay tuned for updates.

And now, on to matters that will probably be of complete interest to absolutely nobody.  :XD:  Feel free to skip if you want...

Useless Fact #1 -- I got a new phone!  Okay, so it hasn't arrived yet -- it ships in sometime this week or next -- but still, I finally decided to upgrade from my old myTouch, which I've affectionately called my "dumbphone," to a refurbished Samsung Galaxy S7.  Whoo.  :D

I'm hoping that by upgrading to an actual smartphone, I don't turn myself into one of those people who's addicted to their phone.  I mostly upgraded for the ability to take better pictures (the myTouch's camera stinks) and the ability to post them online quickly without having to first port them to my computer.  Though having a phone that doesn't reset itself twice a day or refuse to get service inside of most commercial buildings will be a plus.  At least I hope it'll be the case -- you always run the risk in getting a used phone, even a refurbished one, that it won't work.  I suppose that's what Amazon's refund policy is for...

Useless Fact #2 -- Some drama ahead.  Tread with caution.

So after taking a hiatus last year, I made plans to attend TFCon in Chicago this year.  I've missed being able to take a vacation for myself (I enjoyed our family vacation to McCall, but sometimes a little alone time doesn't hurt, I feel), and was looking forward to meeting up with friends again and reconnecting with a favorite fandom.  And with BotCon gone and our local convention, Fandemonium, on indefinite hiatus due to financial constraints and lack of a venue, I felt like TFCon was a good option for being able to indulge in some geekery this year.

This weekend, however, I nearly cancelled the trip outright.  "Nearly" being the key word here.

There were several factors involved in cancelling trips in 2017.  One of them was that I ended up with some big expenditures -- replacing my computer, buying both snow tires and new regular tires for my car, etc. -- that made me feel that a trip really wasn't feasible.  Another, sad to say, was guilt.  My mom was once supportive of my trips to BotCon and TFCon, but over the past couple of years she's made it clear that she's unhappy with me for taking these trips while she's strapped for cash herself.  And when I made tentative plans to attend TFCon in Canada last year, it resulted in a blowup so bad that I cancelled the trip (and any others) out of guilt, and ended up sticking to local small conventions in 2017.

This year, I couldn't help but remember that blowup and made the mistake of saying aloud to my mom that I was debating whether or not to actually go to TFCon this year.  She said it was my decision, but also made remarks that it upset her to see my siblings making trips of their own (my brother drives down to Utah occasionally to visit friends, my sister's family is planning a big trip to Disneyland next year, etc.) where she feels she can't even afford a road trip.  And she also made remarks about "part of growing up is understanding that life sucks and there's nothing you can do about it."  Heck, she made the "growing-up" remark a couple times, and while I could be misreading her intentions, it felt like she was implying that it's time I grew up and dropped conventions entirely.

The guilt got so bad that Sunday evening I actually cancelled my hotel reservation, and was kind of a wreck about it at work on Monday.  Then, Tuesday morning, I rethought it, went "screw it," and rebooked my reservation.  :evillaugh:  Thank goodness the special convention rate was still available, so my room's still the same rate...

I keep wondering if I'm doing the right thing -- is it selfish and/or insensitive for me to plan a vacation while still living at home, and while Mom is facing financial issues?  But my co-workers, who have all been wonderfully supportive through this mess, keep telling me that I can't be responsible for my mom and that I deserve to do something for myself every so often.  And it isn't as if I spend money recklessly.  I often go years without purchasing new clothes for myself, am still driving the same car I bought in 2008, and have even cut back on my TF purchases.  Even my phone upgrade is a refurbished older model that's only costing me about $250.  If TFCon is the one extravagance I splurge on, is that so bad?

Also, Mom's attitude about this whole thing is frustrating.  I can understand being jealous -- heck, I can't help but be envious of people who take multiple vacations a year -- but I don't try to guilt my friends, co-workers, family members, etc. out of doing nice things simply because I can't or don't choose to.  And the implication that I shouldn't do things that she can't or doesn't want to do seems absurd to me.  As an adult, shouldn't I be able to make my own decisions and do things on my own?  We don't have to be joined at the hip and do everything together...

(And yes, I've offered my mom a loan a few times to cover home repairs or other expenses.  Each time she's said "no, I don't want to take your money," so her current attitude is even more baffling.)

Maybe I'm totally out of line for this and am trying to justify something that's ultimately selfish and callous, I dunno.  I just feel like I'm an adult and shouldn't have to cave in to my mom's every demand, and have the right to do at least one thing that's just for me.  Is that so bad?

Feedback on this issue is appreciated, but not required.

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Thanks for the llama Llama jump 
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You're welcome!
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Thanks For The Llama Emote 3D Llama Badge 
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I thank you for my llama.  I llike it a llot.  It's nice to visit the pages of an author with clear ability, as well.  I salute you, as does my original Hasbro Starfire figure.  I am considerably taller than he is, but, yeah, he's got it all over me in the category of "groovy".
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You're welcome!  And aww, thank you.  :)  Starfire is one character whose figure I don't own yet... I guess I should fix that.  :giggle:
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Oh, darn.  You're someone who reads your comments.  Now I have to admit, with reddened cheeks, that I misspoke.  I realized it as soon as I entered the comment, but my ultra-cool deskside companion is JETfire, not Starfire.  Please don't make 'em come to collect my nerd credentials.  And, yes, I've already apologized to my Transformer, as well.
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No worries.  I misread the name too -- I was thinking SKYfire, which is the other name for Jetfire.  We both done goofed.  :giggle:
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