Chapter 10 | Pantone 622

Agent Emma Samuels pulled away from Ben Ashmore’s green gray home in a complete stupor. ‘How could one person have that much put on him so fast and not be a complete vegetable. And what the heck was going on with all these events? How are they tied together as they...

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Chapter 9 | Pantone 877

The dull silver handcuffs were finally being unlocked and taken off Ben’s rather sore wrists after a long forty-eight hours of incarceration. Not that he noticed how long it had been. Too much had happened to him. He’d lost so much. His fiance. His friends. His...

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Chapter 8 | Pantone 871

  INTERLUDE Hundreds of golden metallic bullet shells covered the warehouse floor where Agent Emma Samuels surveyed one of the many strange scenes she had witnessed or been called in to investigate today. A bank of ten computers surrounded a pole where power and...

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Chapter 7 | Pantone 2728

The sky was an amazing deep expansive blue, but everything felt flat and lifeless. Like someone had adjusted the saturation until only dull muted colors existed in the world. Even the series of ambulances, police cars, and fire truck that rushed past Ben with lights...

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Chapter 6 | Pantone 7484

The green and gold school colors of The University of San Francisco shown brightly in the morning sun and the banner they were displayed upon billowed in the morning breeze off the bay. Students were already hustling about on their way to class. Some were obviously...

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Chapter 5 | Pantone 2562

The entryway to the Bremmen Brothers’ Funeral home was filled with flowers from a previous service the day before. Bright splashes of lavender orchids stood out among the peace lilies and other more conservative flowers. The older Bremmen brother, John, came out to...

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Chapter 4 | Pantone 133

Ben stared at the cream swirling in his dark brown cup of coffee. The hypnotic spiral was mesmerizing in the sleep deprived, surreal stupor he found himself in at 6:30 in the morning. He had spent most of the night with his sister- and brother-in-law, Samantha and...

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Chapter 3 | Pantone Cool Grey 3

The morgue walls were a checkered tile pattern of a cold gray and pale sea-foam green. Terri lay on a gurney under a sheet, battered, bloody, broken, and … gone. Ben’s phone rang several times before he lifted it up to answer. It was Steve. “Yeah. Ben,” his...

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Chapter 2 | Pantone 137

The sky outside of Ben’s broad view of the bay was a brilliant orange. Wisps of crimson and gold clouds reflected off the ocean reminding him of why he loved the sea so much. It reminded him how life constantly shifted, swirled, and flowed from moment to moment. Some...

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Chapter 1 | Pantone 484

Jerry lay face down on his keyboard in a pool of blood. His finger stuck on the delete key and the computer making an annoying ticking sound as the cursor flashed on the blank screen. The police and coroner had made their arrival at the small design company that...

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Doorknobs: Part I

In the small town of Pettigrew, Arkansas, in a clump of trees on the land of Bob Pendergass, several thousand doorknobs lay strewn about. They ranged in age from a hundred years old or more, to some made of materials I’d never seen. From decorative to plain, they formed an arc on the ground over 50 yards long and 20 feet wide.

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Any Man's Death Diminishes Me…

Tomorrow would have been my mother’s 70th birthday. And while I can celebrate the 10th of October, I still have a tendency to grieve a bit. Today would have been my grandmother’s 114 birthday (if my math is correct). I celebrate and grieve as well.

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It's All 6000™

Just one of my old sayings. Origins: Misread by a nearsighted person reading, “It’s All Good” and saying “It’s all 6000? What the hell does that mean?” It become a saying amongst our friends and a constant source of ridicule....

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Cheese Sauce/Dip – Vegan Style

One of the biggest adjustments, for me, becoming vegan (or at least more healthy) was NO MORE CHEESE DIP!!! In fact, nearly all the creamy dishes always contained milk, butter, or cheese in varying proportions. It’s only been a year since I’ve made the...

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Once Upon a Time, there was _____.

Stumbled across this little gem. Apparently, one of the story artists at Pixar, Emma Coats, tweeted a whole series of ‘story basics’ that she learned on how to create appealing stories from her senior colleagues. This article is a little old from May 2011...

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Of Gods, Temples, Shopping, and Football

Why is it that so many archaeological discoveries are automatically attributed to be temples and places of worship? Gobekli Tepe, a HUGE area of buildings, predates Stonehenge by 6000 years (messing up general historic timelines for human development) and they say...

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The Awakening: Part III

Continued from Part II | If you missed it, Part I Jake awoke slowly to find himself in a hospital room. He felt drained. He tried to lift his arms, which were mere skeletons of what they once were just moments ago when he collapsed on the floor of his living room...

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The Awakening: Part II

Continued from The Awakening: Part I Two months passed. The date had been a failure, which allowed Jake’s shed cleaning project to continue along nicely. He figured he would need only two more weekends before all the clutter in his shed (and house) would be...

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Quotes 365 | Day 052

An artist is not paid for his labor but for his vision. – James Whistler Downloadable PDF James Whistler on Artist’s Vision (8″x8″ PDF) You are free to print and share, but not to...

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Quotes 365 | Day 051

Not sure I can buy into Mr. Taylor’s quote. What do you think? That’s the motivation of an artist – to seek attention of some kind. – James Taylor Downloadable PDF James Taylor on Motivation of Artists (8″x8″ PDF) You are free to...

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Quotes 365 | Day 050

The stars don’t look bigger, but they do look brighter. – Sally Ride Downloadable PDF Sally RIde on the Brightness of Stars (8″x8″ PDF) You are free to print and share, but not to...

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Quotes 365 | Day 049

I love deadlines. I love the whooshing sound they make as they go by. – Douglas Adams Downloadable PDF Douglas Adams on Deadlines (8″x8″ PDF) You are free to print and share, but not to...

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Quotes 365 | Day 048

In a move I haven’t made since the very first day of the year, I’m using my own quote. It has often been suggested that while, as the human race, we have learned more as we focus intently on subject, it’s possible that we are completely blind to...

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