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Reality Skimming promotes optimistic SF -- stories that inspire us to fight the good fight for another day. Committment to larger projects, the writer's sense of mission, joy of reading, the creative campfire of the SF community and the love of deserving protagonists are celebrated. We believe in heroes and striving to be what we believe in. It is also a news hub for content related to the Okal Rel Saga written by Lynda Williams.

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Diff the Dragon – Part Twenty Five

Diff the Dragon by Angela Lott, illustrations by Richard Bartrop. An Okal Rel Universe Legacy Novella featuring the young Alivda

Angela Lott is the middle child of Lynda’s three daughters. She did two years of Business schooling at the College of New Caledonia and is now working as a receptionist at her local FYiDoctors. In her spare time she enjoys writing, video blogging, reading and watching very nerdy TV shows.

Part 25

Amel turned back to Alivda. “Diff,” he said, “I think Ann would like it if next time I didn’t bring you with me.”

Ann would have liked it if you had never brought her in the first place, Ann thought bitterly.

“No,” Alivda said.

“You can’t spend every moment with me, Diff,” Amel said.

“Yes, I can!” Diff announced.

“What about when I go back to Gelion?” Amel asked.

“You always come back,” Alivda said. “And you have stuff to do there, but when you are travelling you take me.”

“Yes, I do,” Amel said. “And I love to, but sometimes I think other people want my attention too.”

“No,” Alivda said again.

Amel smiled. “I am sorry, but yes.”

“NO!” Alivda cried.

Ann was by the door now; Amel near the bed and Alivda in the middle. At this point Alivda turned away from Amel, toward Ann.

Alivda’s battle cry vibrated the walls as Ann’s eyes widened in surprise, seeing the blonde four-year-old charging towards her.

“No!” Amel cried, but Alivda ignored him.

Ann didn’t have time to do anything other than stare. Alivda was fast. Vrellish fast.

The next thing anyone knew Alivda was on top of Ann. She had knocked Ann to the ground and was hitting her as hard as she could.

Amel ran over to try and pry Alivda off, but Alivda didn’t like this idea and pushed Ann out the door away from Amel.

The hall was full of people and they all stared. None of them had seen a child beat up an adult like that before. And to top it all off the adult had brown skin.

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Feb 28, 2014 – Okal Rel Quote

Feb 28, 2014 - Okal Rel Quote

Okal Rel science fiction books - mother or child?

Writer-daughter Jennifer Lott's 2013 Xmas gift to Lynda Williams was an Okal Rel quote of the day stack for 2014, featuring intriguing snapshots of the ORU adventure from all titles in the series: Saga, Legacies and online.

From saga novel Holy War by Lynda Williams.

"Horth," Ilse said, loving him, and the baby, and understanding why he had been angry with her. "If it has to be one of us," she said, choking on tears she held back with determination despite her riot of exhaustion and hormonal confusion, "save Isty!"

Horth squeezed her hand, touched her forehead where beads of sweat were erupting along her hairline, and shook his head.

Feb 28, 2014 - Okal Rel Quote

Feb 28, 2014 - Okal Rel Quote. Save the mother or the child?

Commentary

Ilse finds herself in Horth's care when delivery comes, and her heart committed to the child that threatens her life.

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Feb 27, 2014 Okal Rel Quote

Feb 27, 2014 - Okal Rel Quote

Okal Rel science fiction books - Ilse makes a stand

Writer-daughter Jennifer Lott's 2013 Xmas gift to Lynda Williams was an Okal Rel quote of the day stack for 2014, featuring intriguing snapshots of the ORU adventure from all titles in the series: Saga, Legacies and online.

From saga novel Holy War by Lynda Williams.

"I am Liege Marin of Blue Dem -- Blue Dem, Hugin, not Silver! And if there's any rel left in the Blue Demish, my son will be Liege Marin of Blue Dem after me. Nersallian challenge rights be damned! Let your supporters prepare their case! I will see them in Vassal's Court!"

Feb 27, 2014 - Okal Rel Quote

Feb 27, 2014 - Okal Rel Quote. Ilse finds her conviction.

Commentary

Despite her anxieties about losing her title, and with her people starting to defect around her, Ilse finds the conviction to make a stand.

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Feb 26, 2014 Okal Rel Quote

Feb 26, 2014 - Okal Rel Quote

Okal Rel science fiction books - take some of the bad guys with you

Writer-daughter Jennifer Lott's 2013 Xmas gift to Lynda Williams was an Okal Rel quote of the day stack for 2014, featuring intriguing snapshots of the ORU adventure from all titles in the series: Saga, Legacies and online.

From Part 10: Unholy Science by Lynda Williams.

Flying spike to a larger group of nobleborns meant improvising strategy instead of acting as hand-leader. Even taking cues from nobleborns that relied on knowing the nobleborns concerned and trusting their judgement. The Nesaks, whose discipline was military, just couldn't figure out how the Vrellish made the shakeup a game played among friends. Idiosyncratic. And intimate.

But Vras was running out of friends, now. And he'd lost his other half. His twin sister.

Don't mope! Take some okal'a'ni monsters with you on the way out! Sert yelled in his mind from the Watching Dead.

Feb 26, 2014 - Okal Rel Quote

Feb 26, 2014 - Okal Rel Quote. Vras struggles to fight on suffering grief for his twin sister.

Commentary

Vras struggles to fight on suffering grief for his twin sister.

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Feb 25, 2014 – Okal Rel Quote

Feb 25, 2014 - Okal Rel Quote

Okal Rel science fiction books - fly for your own reasons

Writer-daughter Jennifer Lott's 2013 Xmas gift to Lynda Williams was an Okal Rel quote of the day stack for 2014, featuring intriguing snapshots of the ORU adventure from all titles in the series: Saga, Legacies and online.

From web story "Going Back Out" by Lynda Williams.

"Kid, I don't care what you scored in some lab back on Rire. I've earned my laurels where it really counts. Out there." Ann gestured at random with a thumb. Any direction on a space station was 'out'. "And as for the 'who's better than who' crap, let me ask you this. At what? You won't find many Sevolites running the Reetion mail. they don't share our values. And if you've got to discount everything that can't be measured straight up, how about Amel? He's one of the best they've got, but even he can be outclassed."

Feb 25, 2014 - Okal Rel Quote

Feb 25, 2014 - Okal Rel Quote. Ann debunks Gadar's definition of being the "best" pilot.

Commentary

Ann tells off a young pilot who has lost the will to fly for Rire because she's realized Sevolite superiority in the cockpit isn't fiction, and she's used to being "the best".

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LOGO for Reality Skimming Press

The Okal Rel Universe has inspired many beautiful, curious, fun and touching moments, objects and re-mixes or interpretations over the years. This page celebrates them one by one. Found one that should be here? Tell us about it for the finder's reward of the month. Send your discovery to [email protected]

In September 2013, David K. Juniper created this dynamic logo for Reality Skimming press swag and promo. Lynda had asked for something that represented heroic, optimistic, saga-big story telling.

Logo

Here's how David K. Juniper explained the concept.

"We wanted to create something heroic and daring that encompassed major elements from the Okal Rel saga. So, we went with a rapier pointing upwards towards the sky with a rel ship skimming around the blade ( we are seeing some serious skim'facs here)." - David K. Juniper

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