SALTAROS: Shadows and Light
zzambrose
Ladies and Gentlemen and those between and "out there": On Sunday you may read CHAPTER EIGHTEEN of "SALTAROS: Shadows and Light". Same Fire sign, same Fire station: on my blog at DreamWidth! Stuff is happening fast, now.

*CHAPTER EIGHTEEN: Blood and Boom and Bugs*
In which Ambros answers sensei Bradley’s questions; sees Hannah D’Angelo arrested; has a confrontation with some Posse C remnants; pays off his mortgage; detects and avoids a dangerous situation; has a talk with Magistri Gennasi, with satisfactory results; agrees to attend the meeting that so many people want him at; sees Zazu blow ‘Hector’s’ cover, destroying the agent’s career; posts his essay on Deep Flanking to the Kyklo; takes heart at the slight stir caused by his family’s e-zine; and has a deeply disturbing confrontation with Giant Ant/Squids.

Some thoughts on our dilemma, (poetically?) expressed
zzambrose
Too Long; Who Will Read:
We sit in a metaphorical theater
compelled by circumstance and the will of our "betters" to watch the sh*tshow they perform.
There are exits from the pit, lit with the fading candlelight of past ideals.
Most of those are "False Gates":
Liberalism
alcoholism
'Leftism'
Leninism
Conservatism
Fascism
multifarious Religions and other addictions of various kinds.
The true exit lies within
and among us;
but who believes we can turn from the squalid play that is meant to distract us?
Who believes that we can educate ourselves,
discuss our ideas and differences,
reach some consensus about the future?
If we did, could we organize and collectively bring down the walls that surround and imprison us?
Could we turn from the Spectacle and live in the world again, authentically?
Could we drive the 1% from power, absorb them and become them,
and live our Daily Lives as free people,
encumbered only by our assembled and creative Will?
Is there any hope of this?

As long as I can still say it,
and imagine it,
there is a sliver of hope.

BUT every person who exits by a false gate comes back to the theater sooner or later
diminishing that sliver of hope by a bit.
I read the work of thoughtful, knowledgable people and
then I express my opinions and write my novels and stories;
and I hope.

A Fool's hope, perhaps, but it is still there.

SALTAROS: Shadows and Light
zzambrose
CHAPTER SEVENTEEN: Chiefly about Swordplay
Wherein Mr Rothakis participates in a prison break; fights a duel; teaches a very tough Sword Class; gets a visit from Chief Black; hires a caretaker for his building; gets a lesson from Arrenji (a painful affair) and practices with Voukli; and finally, he tourneys with Anni’s class, reaching a new level of skill.

http://zzambrosius-02.dreamwidth.org/80079.html

SALTAROS: Shadows and Light
zzambrose
CHAPTER SIXTEEN IS POSTED!
CHAPTER SIXTEEN: Run in Circles, Scream and Shout
In Which Posse Comitatus makes another attempt on our hero’s life, again endangering Kim; John Masters gets some comeuppance; Ambros visits a nasty Timeline in pursuit of rare old coins, then goes to New York to sell them; finds a replacement pickup truck, and has a pleasantly adventurous afternoon; visits Samuel B’s and creates the usual stir when he expresses his true opinions; and receives news of an unpleasant sort, from two sources.
http://zzambrosius-02.dreamwidth.org/79761.html

SALTAROS: Shadows and Light
zzambrose
CHAPTER SIXTEEN of "SALTAROS: Shadows and Light" will post on SUNDAY!

CHAPTER SIXTEEN: Run in Circles, Scream and Shout
In Which Posse Comitatus makes another attempt on our hero’s life, again endangering Kim; John Masters gets some comeuppance; Ambros visits a nasty Timeline in pursuit of rare old coins, then goes to New York to sell them; finds a replacement pickup truck, and has a pleasantly adventurous afternoon; visits Samuel B’s and creates the usual stir when he expresses his true opinions; and receives news of an unpleasant sort, from two sources.

SALTAROS: Shadows and Light
zzambrose
CHAPTER FIFTEEN: When in Danger or in Doubt
Wherein Ambros gets an unpleasant surprise; then delivers one; is forced into another confrontation with mortality, and vows to learn from it; receives another promotion, this time for acts of mercy; finds himself head-hunted; schedules a vacation, among other details; and has encounters with Vic Michaels, Zazu Johnson and “Hector Miller”.

http://zzambrosius-02.dreamwidth.org/79107.html

SALTAROS: Shadows and LightL
zzambrose
Here is the link to Chapter 14:

http://zzambrosius-02.dreamwidth.org/78868.html

SALTAROS: Shadows and LightL
zzambrose
CHAPTER FOURTEEN IS COMING SUNDAY!


CHAPTER FOURTEEN: Turn and turn and turn again

In which our hero plays Good Cop to Arrenji’s Bad; visits the Swamp, and then the Akropolis; prunes an overgrown hedge, and answers a call from his mentors; helps to kidnap a madman from a castle in a strange place; with Marie and Luisa, visits his attorneys, and makes plans; and, under the influence of his family, reconsiders a decision.

the writing life
zzambrose
Yesterday I wrote an incident into SALTAROS, the serial novel I'm writing. It required 673 words to put it into the chapter, which put the total for the chapter ~100 words over the 10K limit. So I edited the entire chapter with a mind to eliminate any excess verbiage, and succeeded, barely, in getting in under 10K.

Anyway, this incident is going to lead to a "fail" on Mr Rothakis' part. Those of you who read the first book in this series may have noted that due to his rather peculiar qualifications and odd life-style, his adaptation to the Commonwealth's version of reality has been pretty smooth.

And...the fact that he has the backing of the Commonwealth smoothed his relationship with any number of otherwise rocky people and institutions in his own Timeline. As this book winds to its conclusion, sh*t gets a little more real. He'll have to contend with situations where he *cannot* use tech or Logic to bring about a satisfactory conclusion, or where he will fail to do so in time. He'll come face to face with his (current) limitations in swordplay and strategy...and judgement.

I know exactly how it will all end, and how Mr Rothakis will stand or fall on the tests he'll face. Y'all will have to read through to Chapter Twenty and the Epilog to see how it comes out...

CHAPTER FIFTEEN appears on Sunday!

Gotta go. See ya!

SALTAROS: Shadows and Light
zzambrose
CHAPTER THIRTEEN: Bad Guys Multiply, But One Might Turn...

Wherein Ambros continues his session at Samuel B’s, with an unwelcome distraction; goes to Athino and picks up some new boots; agrees to a duel with Regulos, and sets the terms; comes to understand the game of Live Strac-tac better, with Voulki’s aid; still with his mentor, discusses social constructs with the Ambassador; surfs the Commonwealth Kyklo; and participates in a mostly futile effort to rescue some Commonwealth operatives.

http://zzambrosius-02.dreamwidth.org/78126.html

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