Tuesday, 7 April 2015

F is for Flocculent, and Dragon of the Stars Release Blitz Scavenger Hunt!


For this year's A-Z Challenge I have selected a word from the dictionary for each day and written a story around it with a 100 word limit. For extra interest I have chosen words that are unknown or unfamiliar to me. All definitions are from the Oxford Dictionary & Thesaurus 2007 Edition. Today's word is Flocculent.

Flocculent: Having or resembling tufts of wool.

Jethro made a grab for the next sheep, which backed away. His eyes widened as the animal bared its teeth and snarled at him. Its face was a sickly green colour, though its wool looked perfectly healthy.

“Come on. I know you’re ill and you don’t want to do this, but I need that fleece.”

He reached out again and yowled as the sheep sank its teeth into his hand. Why were they so sharp? Breaking free, he watched in horror as his arm became flocculent, tufts of wool sprouting along its length.

What sort of sheep was this?

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And now for something extra special...



Available today!
Dragon of the Stars
By Alex J. Cavanaugh
Science Fiction – Space Opera/Adventure/Military
Print ISBN 9781939844064 EBook ISBN 9781939844057
What Are the Kargrandes? http://whatarethekargrandes.com/

The ship of legends…

The future is set for Lt. Commander Aden Pendar, son of a Hyrathian Duke. Poised to secure his own command and marriage to the queen’s daughter, he’ll stop at nothing to achieve his goals.

But when the Alliance denies Hyrath’s claim on the planet of Kavil and declares war on their world, Aden finds his plans in disarray. Entrenched in battle and told he won’t make captain, Aden’s world begins to collapse. How will he salvage his career and future during Hyrath’s darkest hour?

One chance remains–the Dragon. Lost many years prior, the legendary ship’s unique weapon is Hyrath’s only hope. Can Aden find the Dragon, save his people, and prove he’s capable of commanding his own ship?

Purchase:

SCAVENGER HUNT! Comment to win an autographed copy of Dragon of the Stars, tons of bookmarks & postcards, and a $20.00 iTunes gift card–where is Mini-Alex? Visit Alex for a list of the participants. (Open through April 11 – winner announced April 13 at Alex’s blog.)



Alex J. Cavanaugh has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and works in web design, graphics, and technical editing. A fan of all things science fiction, his interests range from books and movies to music and games. Online he is the Ninja Captain and founder of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. He’s the author of Amazon Best-Sellers CassaStar, CassaFire, and CassaStorm.

55 comments:

betty said...

A rabid sheep?

betty

Empty Nest Insider said...

I agree with Betty. Great story, Nick! Congrats to Alex!

Julie

Annalisa Crawford said...

Zombie sheep, obviously ;-)

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Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

A were-sheep!
Thanks again, Nick.

Fran Clark said...

My vote is zombie sheep. That's some challenge, Nick. Good luck.

Melanie Schulz said...

Zombie sheep...I like it. Definitely freaky, and unexpected.

Sophie Duncan said...

LOL - a weresheep!
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Natasha Duncan-Drake said...

So, is it a zombie sheep or a weresheep or a demon sheep? I laughed at him growing fleece - love it.
Tasha
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lilicasplace.com said...

I'll go with a zombie sheep, Nick. I have a thing for them anyway.

As for Mini-Alex, he's chillin' alongside a nice, big tree. To pass the time, he's probably going to crack open the new DotS.

I'll check again during the month for more A-Z posts, as I'm doing the challenge as well. Have a great day. Eva

Jeremy Hawkins said...

Great Post... Mini Alex is in the woods!

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A Tarkabarka Hölgy said...

Sheep zombie? Weresheep?... Weresheep sounds terrifying... :D

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Cathrina Constantine said...

Congrats to Alex. And stay away from the sheep!!!!!

Jolie du Pre said...

I like the way you're presenting the words. Thanks again for the education!

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Nicki Elson said...

He's a weresheep! One hint of a snarl and I'd have been outta there.

Good to see mini-Alex out enjoying some nature. Congrats to full-sized Alex!!

Mina Burrows said...

Another mystical fleece then?

Jennifer Hawes said...

Ooh! My kind of story!! Love sci-fi, urban fantasy, paranormal:)

Fundy Blue said...

A scary sheep for sure! A scary zombie sheep! Mini-Alex is in the yard at the base of a pine tree. Hiding from the zombie sheep and making a plan to slay it, so he can get back to signing books!

Chrys Fey said...

His arm sprouted wool? Ick! lol

Mini Alex is at the base of a tree. :)

S. L. Hennessy said...

Where's Alex? It's hard to tell. He's so stealthy hiding up against a tree like that.

Yay for Dragon of the Stars release day!

Tamara Narayan said...

A green were-sheep? Awesome. I'd rather be bitten by a were-alpaca though. Their fur is sooo soft.

Mini-Alex looks to be preparing to scale that mighty tree.

djinnia said...

I'm going were-sheep. Maybe denon sheep. Poor guy. Now he's going to be a were-sheep too.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Nick - not a happy man is Jethro .. Green sickly sheep ... that was a mistake ... and what sort of sheep was it?!

Alex book Dragon of the Stars is having a field day .. I sure wish you both luck with your books .. cheers Hilary

Suzanne Furness said...

A zombie sheep! Does Mini-Alex like climbing trees in his spare time?

Stephen Tremp said...

Zombie sheep of course. And best wishes to Alex and his new release!

Keith's ramblings said...

I think my hair has started flocculenting! Nice one Nick.

Toinette Thomas said...

There aren't any of those sheep behind that tree, are there? I worry about Mini-Alex. He still has lots more stops to make.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

A sheep that spreads woolly disease? Scary.
Mini Alex looks like he's sitting beneath a pine tree. Congrats to Alex on the launch of Dragon.

Mark Koopmans said...

I would have guessed a sheep with a bad case of the farts... but that word is spelt differently:)

Hey! You got Camping Mini-Alex... cool... (do you think M-A and Barbie are going to hook up when the lights go down...?)

jaybird said...

Oh no. The one animal I have never feared has now become frightening. Not an easy thing to accomplish. Well done Nick!!

And congrats to Alex. Seeing lots of great support for his new release today.

Jay Noel said...

Argh! Vampire sheep!

Mini Alex is hunting for Easter Eggs.

David P. King said...

Such a big word for something relatively simple. This sheep is not the kind I want to count when I'm trying to fall asleep. :)

cleemckenzie said...

What's that sheep on, steroids? I'm rethinking my lamb image. Good luck to Alex.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Maybe the sheep had a bad bowl of Jello?

Congrats to Alex. I hope Mini-Alex comes inside if it starts to rain.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Whoa. Scary sheep! I hope Jethro survives!
And mini-Alex is sitting under his favorite tree with his favorite book. :)

Patricia Lynne said...

The sheep snarling was probably a good sign to stay away.

Congrats to Alex.

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Sarah Foster said...

Radioactive sheep, maybe?

Looks like Mini-Alex is chillin' in front of a tree :)

Sarah Zama said...

Oh my goodness, this is wo weird! But I liked it :-)

Nick Wilford said...

Thanks, everyone! I was thinking zombie sheep, but were-sheep works too, especially with the sprouting wool. Glad to participate in Alex's big day too.

Medeia Sharif said...

Uh-oh, now he's going to be fleeced.

I have a copy of Alex's book. :)

Donna McDine said...

Great word and flash fiction. I see mini-Alex has made a visit from his camping trip!

J E Oneil said...

Awesome! The best ending yet. I'd really like to know what kind of sheep that was.

Al Diaz said...

I like the idea of Zombie sheep. And Mini Alex is in the woods seeking for ninja gnomes.

Shell Flower said...

Better flocculent than flatulent, I guess :) And Mini-Alex looks like he is about to climb a tree to avoid the dragon's attack!

Truedessa said...

That is one scary sheep..run run before it catches you. Mini Alex is relaxing under a tree reading his book.

Jean Davis said...

Love it. This one made me laugh out loud.

Beverly Fox said...

I'm going with alien sheep...

Nice to see Mini-Alex out among the trees, smelling the pine and enjoying the shade.

Lynda R Young said...

Mini Alex is reading under the shade of a tree... a great place to read DotS!

Yvonne Ventresca said...

Love the story and congrats Alex!

Yvonne

Susan Oloier said...

Nick, I love the creativity and writing. The beginning of a longer horror story?

Debbie D. said...

Must be a vampire or werewolf, er, sheep. ☺

lorilmaclaughlin.com said...

That's one creepy sheep! And I learned a new word.

The base of a tree is a great place to relax for Mini-Alex, whether it's in the backyard, in the woods, or at the park.

~Brandy~ said...

I'm going Zombie Sheep on this one and it looks like Mini Alex is still chillin' outdoors, this time at the base of one of those perfect trees for leaning up against to read a good book!
Brandy from Brandy's Bustlings

Dean K Miller said...

Looks like Mini-Alex's bark is worse than his bite! Play on, Mini-Alex, play on.

Spacerguy said...

Mini Alex is hiding out in the woods from sheep vampires.

Lisa said...

Mini Alex can't get enough of being outdoors after the sink,the oven, and that onion/potato bin! I don't blame him! Great start to a story. I hope he doesn't turn into a sheep himself! Lisa, co-host AtoZ 2015, @ http://www.lisabuiecollard.com