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The Orb of Pyritus


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A tremor surges across the etherverse. . . The strong of a thousand universes hear its call. Like an eternal black hole it once drew power and the powerful to itself. Now, the portals open once again.
Many will seek the prize, and many will fall before its might. But in the end, there can be only one. . .

. . . one WIELDER OF THE ORB!

A new round of the Newcomers Role Play ‘The Orb of Pyritus’ has just opened! Stop on my the RP section and get your Character Dev’ on!

The Orb of Pyritus

It is all powerful and sought by many, but few are the ones who will wield it. When it was created, the Orb opened a myriad of portals to other dimensions, as though it were calling its suitors into battle. Now, conflict is brewing across the Multiverse as competitors seek to be the sole holder of the ORB OF PYRITUS.

The Game 
This is not a typical game on the RPG forum. It is designed for low commitment play for any players who want to introduce themselves, practice, experiment, or just have fun.

The goal of each character is to acquire the Orb of Pyritus. When the orb was created it opened many portals from other dimensions. Your character can be from any dimension you can imagine and be whatever type of character you wish. Its wide open.

Come and join us!

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My Ugly Necklace – A Reflection


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Every day, I wear an ugly necklace. It’s a sterling raven skull slung on top of a cog by a short chain and a leather cord; and I made it myself.

I used to think that “those people” who wore punk, Goth, or other counter-cultural styles were all looking for attention. I had them all pretty well pegged. Their choices in style echoed silent screams of insecurity.

“What does it take to get your love and attention?”

“Will you love me no matter what I do, no matter what I look like?”

“Stay away. I will not be betrayed by love again.”

I thought I had it all figured out and chose for myself the most culturally bland and accommodating styles so as not to likewise appear so insecure. I made myself plain and ordinary, an ‘all things to all men’ kind of man.

Then something happened. What happened is a long story, involving the amazing providence of God in healing my heart. The short of it is that my own insecurities were unveiled and I learned that I too was trying to project something that I wasn’t. Instead of projecting my insecurities, and in truth my dislike for myself, I hid them behind a cloak of Average. Instead of crying out, I blended in.

But that event revealed something in me. I am not average or typical; none of us are. I was made for more than that. The necklace I wear represents that part of me that I feared, dismissed, and disliked for so long, that part of me I had to make peace with, that part where my strength truly lies.

I still think it’s a rather ugly necklace. It even takes effort for me to choose to wear it some days. And that is the point. It makes a statement. Not to those around me who see it, but to me. Whenever someone looks at my collar funny, whenever I look in the mirror, whenever I feel the pendent against chest, I remember. I remember that I’m not who I once wanted to be. I am stronger than that man, I am made unique and for a purpose, a purpose that transcends cultural expectations.

Not every punk is trying to tell you something, or trying to be something they are not. Sometimes they are just trying to remind themselves that they are Loved for who they are, and that who they are is so much more than Average.


Have I mentioned my book?


Shades and Shadows: A Paranormal Anthology

Neve Talbot, Scott E. Tarbet, J. Aurel Guay, Eric White, Ginger Mann, E. Branden Hart, Scott William Taylor, Marian Rosarum, R. M. Ridley, edited by Terri Wagner and Jessica Shen

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In the dead of night, you sense something . . . other . . . beyond your sight, out there in the darkness. You feel a breath upon your neck, cold and clammy, fecund with mold and decay. Your hair stands on end from no random chill. The air is still. No one is there.

Travel with nine talented writers into their paranormal world, but don’t disregard that inkling that niggles somewhere in the pit of your stomach to leave the light on, to shun that dark room, and to pull the covers over your head.

Whatever you do, don’t look under the bed.

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The Death of Dr

Foreword by SyFy Channel’s Ben Hansen

The Music Man, by Eric White: An ill-begotten ghost story and a child’s disappearance has haunted Peter Holt his entire life. His one wish: face his personal bogeyman and right a terrible wrong . . . and perhaps find the key to laying his childhood demon to rest.

China Doll, by Ginger Mann: Nothing stays broken in Kris’ small town, but someone always pays the price. Kris must decide if she is willing to do so when her beloved doll is shattered, and discovers deep secrets about her family in the process.

Split Ends, by Scott William Taylor: The love between Frank and Bets has never been physical, as the entire town knows. But when Bets faces heartbreak and turns to Frank for comfort, their choices open up a whole new realm of possibility.

Child of the Underworld, by Marian Rosarum: Starving for love and affection, Lara escapes her mother’s bleak realm to feast on the light, color, and sound of the world “upstairs.” But only one thing sates her rapacious appetite—and threatens to banish her to the darkness forever.

The Cost of Custody, by R. M. Ridley: When a child goes missing, Jonathan Alvey, PI, knows none but he has the skills to rescue her. But, her estranged parents must come together to create the powerful magic to find her before it’s too late.

Tombstone, by Scott Tarbet: Death couldn’t stop one old farmer from protecting his land from oilmen, timber-cutters, and his own family. But can he hold out against 21st century technology and a researcher who sees more than dollars and cents in his homestead?

Ghost Townies, by E. Brandon Heart: Dean and Jimbo need two things to survive the ghost apocalypse: a bolt hole where no one has died, and batteries for their flashlights. Running skills and dumb

Crossroads, by Neve Talbot: An unexpected road trip gives Rob Daniels a chance to escape the shackles that bind him. Can Nate, his down-and-out brother, save Rob from repeating Nate’s mistakes? Or will a stranded traveler tempt Rob down forbidden paths?luck have kept them alive thus far, but not all the evil is amongst the dead.

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The Death of Dr. Marcus Wells, by J. Aurel Guay: The young resident doubts his own sanity when he sees his dead fiancé in the night, but a mysterious stranger offers him clues not only to her disappearance but the gruesome murders which plague London, and the means to solve both mysteries.
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‘Shades and Shadows’ Book Trailer


I didn’t know ‘Book Trailers’ were a thing until a few weeks ago, but here I am featured in one! Enjoy this spooky video giving you a feel for ‘Shades and Shadows’ featuring my story ‘The Death of Marcus Wells’.

Then go read the book!


Four Times Eight Must Die


Flash back to my very first post!

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Having recently become aware of my gift of ordinal linguistic personification, I feel compelled to inform you all about a horrific heresy embedded within our own multiplication table.  Although most of you apparently cannot see it, all of the single digits carry on their lives in a sensible relationship with one another.  Whether adding subtracting dividing or multiplying they all behave according to their personalities and interact with predictable results.  EXCEPT in the case of 4 times 8.

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J. Aurel Guay on Xchyler Pub’s Featured Friday


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I’m very pleased to have a blog post featured on Xchyler Publishing’s Blog today!

Plots, Voices, and Short Stories, Oh My!

The American Dream

Like 80% of Americans I’ve dreamed of publishing a novel, and like most of that 80%, I don’t have a background in literature or English. But, if we are honest with ourselves, degrees (or lack of them) aren’t really what stop most of us. Why is it that so many of us wannabe authors never get our ‘novel’ ideas published?

To quote Bill Murray, “Baby Steps… Baby Steps… Baby Steps…”

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Short Story Accepted!


After admitting defeat yesterday, I read through the story I submitted to Xchyler Publishing’s anthology contest and saw how much work it needed, especially in the beginning. I was still glad that I submitted, but even more resolute to improve it and re-submit.

That all changed (well not the improve part) this morning when I was greeted by an email from Xchyler Publishing listing me among the eight WINNERS OF THE CONTEST!!!

I really needed this boost today, and it also happens to be my wife’s and my anniversary.

Thank you Lord for taking caring for my feeble heart. This will be a new adventure!

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