Discord Jones Urban Fantasy Series

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Quick Note

I haven’t been updating here often, and there’s a reason for that: I’m writing!

Well, writing while a home improvement project is going on (that happens a lot), and with my friend and editor, Tonya, about to arrive next week for her second annual visit.

Last October, we didn’t get much work done because we were too busy yapping a lot. It was our first face-to-face, non-internet meeting after all. 🙂

This time, I have the Writing Deck and we plan to get some word production done.

The current schedule for Book #4, Frost & Bothered, is an Oct. 31st release.

Here’s a tiny excerpt:

“I don’t cast spells,” I pointed out. I didn’t. I just kind of directed and manipulated my kinetic abilities’ powers to do what I wanted.

With varying degrees of success, but oh well.

“I pray for you at times,” the prince said. “I pray that you’ll survive your youthful arrogance.”

“Gee, thanks ever so much. Don’t think I don’t know that’s a fancy way of calling me an idiot, you jerk.”

“He may be right.” Kate rubbed her arms. She was wearing a lilac nightgown. At least I wasn’t the only one in pajamas.

“I am right.”

“And I’m going to try this anyway, because I’m freaking cold,” I said. “So shut up, Prince Snootypants.”

“I’m merely attempting to save you pain,” Thorandryll snapped. “Proceed if you wish. I await the opportunity to say ‘I told you so’ with an unseemly amount of glee.”

“Stuff it.” Okay, I was going to do this just to make him eat crow.




Why Choose Psychic as a Label for Discord?

Psionics is the term generally used to describe paranormal abilities such as telepathy, telekinesis, etc—and there are loads of “etc” abilities—and people with psionic abilities are typically labeled as psychics.

That’s paraphrased from this Wikipedia article, but don’t worry. I don’t depend on Wikipedia to inform me. Rather, about forty years of being a reader is what planted the idea in my mind that any person who displays such abilities falls under the general label of psychic.

Anne McCaffrey called them Talents; the Xmen who have such abilities are called mutants, etc, etc, but generally, they’re psychics: People who have psionic abilities.

Of course, I didn’t just go by what I’d picked up as a reader over those many years, because there are people who study this stuff. I looked around, and purchased The Encyclopedic Psychic Dictionary.

With the exception of one, every ability Discord has is listed in it, though not necessarily by the same term.

Example: Telekinesis is also often called Psychokinesis, but I’ve seen the first used more often, so that’s the term I chose to use.

There’s another reason in why I chose to label her a psychic. I have another series with characters with psychic abilities, and that series is The Psionics. I didn’t want to have Discord calling herself a “Psionic” and possibly cause confusion that the two series were related. They are not.

As for why Discord has the abilities she does, well that would be because I wanted her to have them for various reasons. 🙂