Case 2 - Ep. 2: Soul Rush

If it’s insane to repeat the same thing and expect different results, then why does history repeat itself? The Reaper and I had seen denial in action plenty of times during our shifts harvesting souls. It was better than magic at blinding the masses, and I had a pretty solid idea of what The Reaper was searching for in his memories now. Hints. Suggestions. Information we might have missed that would help us bring the Pneuma Coalition down if we could act on it in the next couple of months. The Pneuma Coalition. A shady network of beings too old-fashioned to support the mote system that The Reaper and I fought for. It was full of Septuplets and demons that’d rather steal souls they’d slain be

Dictomancy - Everyday Wordplay

Spread laughter and positive energy with wordplay! Dictomancy - Everyday Wordplay is a Wednesday blog series that features rare, bizarre, and absurd words and their meanings. Work one of these words into your day and spark some laughter and curiosity. Blabberskite - n, [Blend of blabber + blatherskite a foolish person] jocular, sometimes derogatory. A talkative, blustering person. “That stand-up comic last night was such a blabberskite.” “Politicians are such blabberskites sometimes.” “Yeah, when he’s drunk, he’s a blabberskite.” Please share and comment on today’s Dictomancy and feel free to post your uses for the words in a positive, lighthearted way. Audience participation makes Everyday

Case 2 - Ep. 1: Soul Rush

I didn’t bother tidying myself up at the end of my Tuesday shift as The Reaper’s bodyguard. Both the blazer and the pants I usually wore had been torn to shreds while we were harvesting souls in Moscow. I’d ditched them in a trashcan fire and worked half the day in the steel-gray sports bra and jogger’s pants I’d worn underneath. When I touched down on The Reaper’s balcony, the thought that had been spinning through my head all day sprang up again like a villainous jack-in-the-box. If I kept writing these case notes for The Reaper, he’d kill me. One shudder escaped me while I rapped on The Reaper’s office door. He opened it before I stopped knocking and whipped up the hood of his brown monk’

Dictomancy - Everyday Wordplay

Inject some comedy into everyday conversation. Dictomancy - Everyday Wordplay is a Wednesday blog series that features rare, bizarre, and absurd words and their meanings. Work one of these words into your day and spark some laughter and curiosity! Bizmaroon - n, Also bismaroon. A bullfrog. ce WI, A very large frog that makes a deep, loud sound. Bizmaroon - a bullfrog, used 40 years ago in Chippewa Co. “Ask the waitress for bizmaroon legs and see how she reacts.” “When’s the last time you caught a bizmaroon?” “Man, those bismaroons were croaking all night.” "Come get your pet bizmaroon!" Please share and comment on today’s Dictomancy and feel free to post your uses for the words in a pos

Case 1 - Ep. 3: When The Reaper Calls

Of course the demon had a homemade bomb. What better way to get a lot of free life force without using magic? Hit Haymarket Square, get the local humans to make you a bomb, and blow the crap out of police and protesters alike. It wasn’t my job to stop the killing--humans needed to die in order to produce souls full of life force--but it was on me to stop that demon from stealing the life force of the recently deceased. I waved at The Reaper down on the ground and signaled him to fly right behind me. He ascended at the same moment the bat-winged demon did, and we watched the demon drop that bomb on the crowd. The moment it landed, flame and sound blasted outward from it, and bodies tumbl

Dictomancy - Everyday Wordplay

Inject some comedy into everyday conversation. Dictomancy - Everyday Wordplay is a Wednesday blog series that features rare, bizarre, and absurd words and their meanings. Work one of these words into your day and spark some laughter and curiosity! Bellschnickel - n, Also Pelznickel. St. Nicholas, Santa Claus, or St. Nicholas’s servant whose duty it was to punish naughty children or reward good ones. A person in disguise who visits friends or relatives at Christmas time to play pranks or beg for gifts or refreshments. One definition even describes Bellschnickel as, “A masked and hideously disguised person, who goes from house to house on Christmas Eve, beating (or pretending to beat) the

Case 1 - Ep. 2: When The Reaper Calls

Of all the days he could start with, The Reaper had to pick a day in May, 1886. A hundred and thirty freaking years ago. That was a few years after the Soul Fountains were built, and I’d been trying to forget that time of my life. Humans had just about stopped summoning demons and praying to angels thanks to the Industrial Revolution. Why call up demons or angels when all it took to settle a grudge was a factory-produced gun? It wasn’t like we needed the life force they exchanged for summoning us or anything. Chicago was next on The Reaper’s list, and it was overdue for a good soul harvest. Humans there had been rioting over bad labor conditions. Something about capitalist society exp

Dictomancy - Everyday Wordplay

Inject some comedy into everyday conversation. Dictomancy - Everyday Wordplay is a Wednesday blog series that features rare, bizarre, and absurd words and their meanings. Work one of these words into your day and spark some laughter and curiosity. Absquatulate (also obsquatulate)- v, Of persons or animals: to leave, depart, especially hastily or furtively; to abscond. Of things: to part, separate, or fall away. Or to squabble. “Look, I’ve gotta absquatulate.” “Your cat absquatulated.” “He broke in and absquatulated with the jewelry.” “Whoa, that huge icicle just absquatulated onto that trash can.” “What’re you obsquatulating about?” Please share and comment on today’s Dictomancy and feel