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Greetings, Bearers,

I’m going to take a little detour from my typical fiction-writing musings and thoughts and share with you the theological paper I wrote late last month detailing the teachings of a particular self-proclaimed evangelist who’s making waves in many churches. If theology is not your thing, don’t feel obliged to read it. However, if you are especially a Christian, and if you are curious about movements and people in parts of evangelicalism that seem to raise questions, then I encourage you to check out this paper I’ve written:  A Return to Azusa Street

By my own admission I don’t “enjoy” writing nonfiction nearly as much as I do fiction, but this was something that needed to be put out there, and I’m hoping that others will read it and find its insights valuable.  Feel free to read it, to copy and print it, and to distribute it, so long as you do so fairly and keep what I’ve written in proper context of the entire body of the article.  Let me know what you think as well.  I realize that this isn’t my typical field of writing, but hopefully it’s written well enough to pass for diligent research 😀

See you in the Vein!

J. Dean

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Greetings, Bearers!

And yet another one of my creatures makes its way into the Compendium.  Meet the Bounder!  This one is one of my favorites, and one that I might be introducing a little more of in later books.  And as for the question about drawing my creatures… I would WELCOME anybody interested in trying their hand at artwork for these creatures.  If you have one you’d like me to see, please let me know!  Heaven knows my artistic ability regarding pictures is…. well… let’s just say that I’ll leave it up to the experts 😀

So here it is, and send me in your ideas of what the Bounder looks like!

See you in the Vein!

J. Dean

Bounders-Bounders are a race of bipedal creatures that inhabit the Meridian, and are found primarily in areas near mountains, canyons, and other areas with extreme discrepancies in landmass altitudes, where they can be seen commonly at night.  Possessing a muscular, hunched over physical appearance that has both humanoid and simian traits, They can measure anywhere from two to two-and-a-half paces (6 to 8 feet) tall.  Their exterior is described as that of a smooth and shiny black skin, but beyond this little is known about their appearance as they are nocturnal creatures and have not been observed during the daytime, either living or dead, which has caused some to speculate that Bounders do not leave their dead outside.  The only other feature immediately noticeable concerning Bounders is that of their solid white eyes which are devoid of pupils and are said to glow, giving the beast an unsettling and disturbing appearance.

 

The most notorious trait concerning Bounders is that of their ability to leap great distances due to their extremely powerful legs.  Fully mature Bounders have been observed leaping distances of at least forty paces while rising at least half that distance in the process.  While this is the primary method used by the creatures to move, Bounders have also been observed moving on hands and legs together while upright, similar to a gorilla in motion, and although this alternate mode does not afford the Bounder the same speed in covering distances, the creatures nevertheless can quickly cover ground in this secondary manner, able to outrun even a sprinting long-legged Talusibat.  In addition, Bounders have a natural stealth ability with regard to noise, as they make little sound, if any, while moving through the Meridian with either method.

 

This last trait of stealth combined with an aggressive disposition and a voracious appetite makes Bounders one of the most dangerous creatures to encounter in the Meridian.  At sunset, Bounders emerge and begin to leap across the immediate area in search of food, which may include anything from a herd of ha-bears to any hapless traveling Being who has the misfortune of finding himself in the territory of the vicious predators at night.  A Bounder’s preferred method of attack is to leap upon its victim from as far a distance as possible and crash down upon their prey.  Once the victim is knocked down, the Bounder then extends its mouth, which is attached to a thick appendage protruding from its chest, bites into the victim, and immediately leaps off toward its burrow, taking its prey with it.  So strong and quick are the Bounders that witnesses have claimed the creatures pounce upon and carry off half a dozen Beings before the survivors realize what has happened.

 

Should a Bounder land upon a creature too large for it to carry off, it will pin the victim down with its body and begin to ravenously rip flesh from the prey, its mouth snapping out and back with chunks of meat.  Because of this, Bounders are not afraid to attack creatures even as large as a rested maw eel (though such attacks are rare and only occur if Bounders have been deprived of food for an extended period of time). During such feedings, it is not unusual to see other Bounders join the first in its meal, and although cannibalism is not a common trait, it is not unheard of for Bounders to fight over food with one killing and eating another in the process.

 

During the day, Bounders conceal themselves by hiding in sand burrows, buried and out of sight.  Even then, caution must be taken by any who pass by these burrows, as the Bounders are extremely sensitive to any vibrations caused by pedestrians, and will attack and pull into their burrow anyone or anything foolish enough to tread directly upon a sand burrow.  It is unknown whether Bounders find and use these natural pockets of sand or whether they somehow create the burrow themselves through digging, but the general belief is the latter.

Greetings, Bearers (and others),

In light of what happened yesterday at the Boston Marathon, I want to say two things:

1.) All of our thoughts and especially our prayers go out to the victims and their families.  Three people died, and a great many more were injured.  May Almighty God have mercy on all involved.

2.) I don’t rant often, and I don’t want to make this blog a place to rant about all things social and political, but in this case I do have a bone to pick and it needs to be said now: to those who are speculating as to who is responsible for this, could we please allow for some facts to come out before we begin speculating?  I’ve already heard every sort of speculation from Muslims to “right-wing” extremists (how come “left-wing” extremists like the Weather Underground are never considered?).  People need to let law enforcement officials do their jobs and learn the facts before pointing fingers at guilty culprits.  If there’s anything I find disgusting about our media-driven soundbyte culture (of which I, regrettably, am a part and must also claim guilt on this point), it’s that people both in the media and abroad jump to conclusions based upon their own personal biases without any real information being presented.  So please… stop guessing as to who did it.  Let those being paid to investigate conduct their investigation and put forth the gathered evidence.

 

Greetings, Bearers!

Contrary to assumed belief, no I have not been in a sugar-induced coma for the past week and a half 😀  Although I have enjoyed my fair share of real licorice, thanks to my mother-in-law.  The truth is, it’s been a bit harder to find the time to write the fiction for two reasons.  The first is that, oddly enough, vacation can be the most difficult time to write.  All these people living in my house want my attention (Did you know that children have to be fed on a regular basis?).  While I have more time in one sense, I have less in another.  Mind you, it’s not necessarily a complaint; just an observation.  Usually in the summer, when I’m not teaching, I reorganize my time a bit better and get consistent time put into writing.   But one week off with a planned itinerary (yes, I get the “honey-do” lists as well, and I also fall asleep on the couch too 🙂  ) doesn’t permit for good adjustment.

The second reason is that I actually did get a chance to write… but not to write fiction.  I was tackling a theological topic, one that hits home for me as I was personally involved in the particular matter.  Believe it or not, it’s actually easier (although not more enjoyable) for me to write non-fiction.  I can put out four pages in an hour when I’m writing about the concrete, compared with the much slower pace of two an hour with fiction.  What I ended up putting together was a twenty-page thesis that I might link up in the near future for your consideration (Right now somebody else is reading through it.  If he likes it and decides to put it up for public consumption, I’ll link to it).  It’s something important to me as a Christian, and I had to take the time to put it out there.  As I said, perhaps I’ll put it up for reading in the near future.

Anyway, I’m back to writing.  One of my double-feature short stories is nearly edited, and I’m trying to finish up the second short story, as well as continue editing The Summoning of Kran, shopping around for cover art on this third Vein novel, and writing The Summoning of Bherta as well (Who says writers don’t work?).  I plan to get another entry in the Vein Compendium done in the next week or two and will put it up for your enjoyment, so be looking for that as well.

And once again, a shout out to the new Bearers who have decided to check out the Vein series!  Thank you again for purchasing my books, and feel free to let us know what you think of them!

Okay…. back to my sugar coma.

See you in the Vein!
J. Dean