Posts Tagged ‘dragon realm chronicles’

Recently I part took in jury service. It was not something I was particularly looking forward to, but you often find that with people who have a legal backgrounds. I still stand by that the exemption for legally trained individuals to be jurors should have never been lifted. It is not that we have an unfair advantage, far from it, but we do know what constitutes as evidence, and even after the Judge had given their instructions, there were still members of the jury who refused to believe that testimony was evidence and deliberations became heated.

Many will be scared and anxious about reaching a guilty verdict, you are determining the fate of other people, but this is how the English legal system works, or doesn’t work, as several of us on the panel decreed.

I cannot go into further details, but just when you think you have seen everything and nothing else could shock you, I wouldn’t say this experience has shocked me, but it has definitely opened my eyes.

During the service, I woke up one morning to find Monster standing over my bed playing with a foil wrapper of some sorts. I looked closer to see that it was a Kit Kat wrapper. I casually called out to my husband who was in the other room as to where Monster might have got it from. He came in and sheepishly took it from them, telling them that they were supposed to dispose of the evidence not play with it.

Yes, a 16 month old was going to dispose of a chocolate bar wrapper and not play with it!?!

Last weekend there was a dog show going on at Hever Castle, it was just Monster and I, Monster loves dogs, so why not.

My husband and I have been under the impression for several weeks now that Monster can walk, they are just choosing not to. Even the child-minder mentioned it. I have seen Monster walking across the room several times, but Jack hadn’t until that very same weekend. Our suspicions were confirmed when Monster made it up to the top of Hever Castle using the stone spiral stairs, and we managed to get out of there without Monster putting their own stamp on any of the artifacts found in one of history’s most renowned households.

So if you are planning on Monster rearing any time soon, there will be a book released hopefully by the end of the year called “The Perfect Brownie”. It is a comical true story, written by my mother Diane Foxhall about me. Pre-ordering will be available in the coming months so watch this space.

For now, I will leave you with a little rhyme called  ‘When you have a baby you become a ninja’

When babies sleep you know which floorboards squeak
You hide behind corners trying not to sneeze;
You try different methods to keep them sweet; and
being stealth is crucial if YOU want to sleep!

K J Foxhall

The fourth installment of the original (before anyone else named their books with the same title),The Dragon Realm Chronicles “Imogen Claire” is going to be released in 2017. To read books one-three, please see below.

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Admittedly, that was a long title, but it should tell you what the content of this blog  refers to.

It has been a massively busy start to the year, in fact the word ‘busy’ is an understatement, but I am hoping that once all of the grunt work (so to speak), is out of the way, then it will all be worth it.

I’ll end this post with some frivolity, so you will need to wait to hear about Twerky and the Unicorn (sounds like an Icelandic pop band), unless you want to scroll down to the end but then you will miss everything in between.

No Food Limits

This is something I started last year and so far the direction is sound, it is the productivity that is lacking somewhat. The aim is to educate people to eat what they want without impacting on their health. It sounds like this has been done many times before – the over profiting organisations that in essence don’t work. If they did, they would be out of business by now. For me, I am not out to make lots of money, No Food Limits is all about the education. When you have seen people die, or have life impacting health problems, which could have been avoided if a change in eating plan had taken place, then getting rich is the last thing on your mind.

SwimFor

Since having Monster, I find that my training has reduced by quite a bit. I also made the comment on Twitter earlier on in the year that given my decades of swimming experience, why not start my own events that in the interim, only cater for me. I have organised many charity events with work in the past, I shouldn’t have too many issues trying to pull this off.

SwimFor allows me to raise money for my own charities and swim the distances I want to swim in the desired locations. No more jelly babies in the Solent for me (it takes away the salt taste for those that don’t know).

The second event is due to take place in April 2017 and is called Swimfor2k. It was originally #swimfor2 and then we realised that this sent a completely different message.

Swimfor2k is also a little misleading in the sense that the swim distance is not 2k, it is 4k overall (2k per charity), but the idea is that next year when is says #swimfor3k, it will be 3k per charity.  Any charity can be picked, there won’t be a set charity per event, and the number of charities will not be limited. Providing the venue can cater the distance, the only requirements are to raise money for charity, swim the required distance and have a witness present to adjudicate. If you can take pictures even better but I am aware that many pools have a no photography rule.

I am hoping to open the event up next year to more people.

I can see Monster also getting into these as they get older. At present, I have limited Monster to swimming every other week as I am convinced that they are overdoing it. They get excited once they see the water and there is no stopping them. To the point where I have had to buy a float suit just to take the pressure off of my shoulders and back, but that is a different post entirely.

Kelly at swim

Dragon Realm Chronicles

I have been writing DRC for many years now and realised that I don’t have a website for the books to advertise them. Given that a few other authors have chosen to publish their books with similar names (naughty naughty), I thought it would be silly not to have the original series advertised under its very own domain, so now there is www.dragonrealmchronicles.com

The fourth book in the series is due out very soon.

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Dragon Realm Chronicles – Book 3 in the series

Here’s Twerky

‎Without further ado, my husband and I have been having great fun with Monster’s Christmas presents. Isn’t that what you are supposed to do when you have kids?!!?

‎The BeatsBelle (aka Twerky) is one of the bestselling toys on the market. The idea is to play music and dance so it gets aspiring little walkers on their feet and moving. At first glance, it does look like a twerking anime k-pop character which displays different colours on its body that could no doubt, if sped up, induce neighbourhood wise seizures.

It also has a voice recording system which replays in a chipmunk voice‎ to a beat. This feature has given my husband endless fun and as a result, Twerky has been nominated as his organisation’s new mascot.

Monster looks at Twerky awkwardly, like it doesn’t understand, but then again it’s not like they get to spend much time with the toy.

The Unicorn however is surprisingly effective, given that it was one of those 90% off Groupon jobbies. It lights up the room with effects of flashing stars and ‘z’, or the lights can be still. It has a calming baby planetarium effect which actually works. You can opt to have sound, but wisely I brought the version that did not contain sound. It has helped Monster sleep every night so far. Result!

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I have added LULU to my list of book distributors. The third instalment of The Dragon Realm Chronicles is now available for purchase.

Filled with dragons, black holes, digs at the legal industry, an out of body experience, the afterlife and martial arts – a random combination that makes more sense when you read the book. Please find below the description of this piece, and if you wish to buy a copy please visit the Lulu page.

The year is 2001. It has been 14 years since Stefan’s disappearance and his daughter Imogen is nearly 22 years old.

Embittered by her decision to follow in her parent’s footsteps into the legal world, she leaves the industry and goes to work as a martial arts instructor. At the same times she moves into her father’s old apartment.

Liberated by her new found freedom, old memories begin to surface as well as haunt her. She has not seen St Towers Estate since she was nine years old but nothing has changed, it is like time has stood still.

The long hours and lack of money soon make their impact on Imogen’s health and one day she passes out and falls into a deep coma.

At the same time the government announces that a team of scientists are about to practically test black hole theories on Earth.

Fearing that she may never wake up again, Imogen projects into a sleep world where she is able to see everything around her undetected. She learns of the pending disaster the world faces, history of her family’s charge, gains more insight about her father’s disappearance as well as long kept secrets, deception and vindictiveness of the people around her and she is introduced to a dragon or two along the way.

When it is all over she is left not knowing whether she will wake up, or stay in the dream world waiting for someone in reality to make the decision regarding her fate.

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The Dragon Realm Chronicles – The Black Hole Wrath

The third instalment to The Dragon Realm Chronicles is soon to be released. You can either purchase or obtain free copies of the first two books in this series by donating to my JustGiving page (www.justgiving.com/KellyFoxhall-AspireRelay) for the Channel swim and Aspire. In the meantime, please have a read of an excerpt from book 3:

THE DRAGON REALM CHRONICLES – THE BLACKHOLE WRATH

The year was 2023 and the atmosphere on Earth had changed dramatically. The parched plant life was now taking its last breathes before slowly withering away, back into the earth from whence it originally came.

Gravity (or lack thereof) was the cause. One day in 2003, without any warning, gravity just stopped. It was like it decided to leave the Earth. However it was not like the planet hadn’t given enough warning to its inhabitants, with its spontaneous volcanic eruptions, landslides in the most obscure places, tsunamis and tornadoes in the likes of Antarctica. The planet had become warmer for longer, there had not been a proper winter in two years before the changes began, and at the same time more sections of the oceans began to die due to over-fishing and construction developments. There was no air left for it to breath.

There could only be one answer, the Earth fighting back.

It was fighting against the human race, the overuse of resources, the degradation of the environment and the continuous reliance upon weaponry and mass destruction. The planet had fought back by cleansing itself of the vermin that had poisoned it for so long – the humans had killed themselves.

The life forms that hadn’t flown upwards to the void of space had learnt to evolve like their ancestral species, and clung on for as long as possible. However this was a devastation that the Earth and its inhabitants had not seen before, there was no historical references of what to do in such a situation. As time moved on, they small number of humans that survived has learned to adapt, by seeking shelter in buildings that were underground such as top secret military bases, that were no longer secret. The majority of life that managed to stay on the planet died from starvation or medical issues. It was difficult, as growing food in conditions with no natural light was not ideal. Many crops did not make it, and eventually some that were starving became dangerous.

It did not make any difference whether gravity was present for the time guardians or not, as they existed outside of time. This meant that they could roam freely around the planet to investigate.

Zephyr walked along some of the wasteland, he looked almost inconsolable at the sight of the decayed hills and fallen mountains. Rubble could be seen for thousands of miles, but the oceans that surrounded the rubble were somehow being revitalised. There was still some signs of plant life and small organisms growing around the damp earth near to where the waters were. Zephyr could not help but think the Earth was preparing to do a full cycle of evolution again.

“I don’t understand, this is not the way it was supposed to be,” said Zephyr.

“The humans had been warned several times,” said Olympia.

“I am going to take a closer look in the oceans,” said Zephyr.

He opened his concealed wings to their full extension and began to ascend upwards to fly to the nearest ocean. While the time guardians had a human look to them, they possessed all of the biological aspects of the dragon. It was easier to transport through time or to fly somewhere quickly. Dragons were directional protectors to look after humanity, they also had the ability to blend into their surroundings so as to avoid detection. The time guardians also had this.

Once high enough Zephyr headed west towards the Irish Sea. Once there he did not see any signs of life, until he flew further north. While combing the water beneath, he saw a fountain of water shoot up from the surface. As he neared this eruption, thinking it was another volcano, he saw several more appear from the water. He tucked in his limbs and wings and dived into the water like a rocket. As soon as his head broke through the surface, his skin changed to a colour blue which mimicked the water around him.

In the distance as he shot himself through the water to where the breaches had appeared, he saw a pod of blue whales swimming, completely unaffected it seemed by what had happened around them. Zephyr launched himself upwards through the water and took to flight again back towards his brothers to report the news.

“What happened? Did the Earth just give up?”

The Dragon Realm Chronicles - The Black Hole Wrath

The Dragon Realm Chronicles – The Black Hole Wrath

I have seen and done many things in my time. I have gone into battle with the Vikings, swam with sea monsters and sharks (which is always good the night before an open water swim race), I have relived Anne Boleyn’s final minutes, I have walked through hell and sailed a boat in the high seas at the end of days. I have been in a zombie invasion (I didn’t fair too well), I have flown over mountains, jumped from the highest heights and seen my cat take over communities….. But I’ve never seen an elephant fly!

I did all of this without leaving the comfort of my bed and additionally I have a skill that allows me to revisit these places, and pick up where I left off, any time I want. To be able to do this means that I am the controller of Lucid dreams.

Lucid dreaming is the experience of being completely aware within a dream that you are in a dream. Have there been times when you have realised you are in a dream? If so try and change your surroundings next time, or perhaps add some obscure prop.

ApolloThis concept is very exciting but also scary before you have the realisation that you are in a dream, particularly if it is a nightmare (like zombies biting you for example).

I shall give you some further examples of the difference between lucid and normal dreams.

My cat taking over communities is a normal dream (for me). Sailing a boat at the end of the world is a lucid dream, this is because I was able to control what happened in the dream – I woke up, then fell back to sleep again and went straight back into the dream.  This sometimes happens, when I realise that I am in a dream I will wake up as a sort of safety mechanism, vet the dream and then go back to it. I will elaborate more in a moment.

This behaviour could all be down to being artistic, having an over-active imagination, or something else.

The best place for me to have lucid dreams is commuting to and from London to work every day. On the train you tend to go into a lighter sleep because of where you are, which I think helps control this sort of dreaming.

The dream about the end of the world can be summed up in a brief synopsis: I am at work (well my former work, I have moved on since this dream), a siren goes off, an announcement sounds about the end of the world (convenient huh), there is no time to call family or friends, and robotically we make our way to the river (I suppose this was due to working near the Thames) and board a boat.

My team and I were in one boat which of course meant there were arguments over who was going to drive, the one with the bright ideas giving their insight, the one who doesn’t know much trying to sound clever and the drama Queen (because every boat has one of them)! If anyone else could see this they would be unconvinced at our aptitude to manage high-profile cases every day.

So we set sale and then come the meteors.

At this point I woke up, realised it was a dream and then went back to sleep and carried on where it left off.

I didn’t actually change that much, only the surroundings and the shape of the boat. We were now in a pirate ship and were literally sailing the seven seas, knowing that there was danger following us but we didn’t know what it was, it could be a sea monster, zombies, asteroid, the police and so on. At this point I tend to let the dreams play out their own way, well until my alarm goes off, which is what happened here.

As I said before, I have always found dreams fascinating and somewhat exciting, they can also be very scary. The funny thing is though, that I always feel guilty when I hit someone in a dream, even when I really dislike them or it is in self-defence for example. I went through a stage a few years ago where my dreams involved me getting attacked, some of these were lucid too, and every time I felt awful after defending myself. I didn’t think ex-martial arts instructors were supposed to feel that?

I will tell you about the other example dream I mentioned above now, just for fun.

I was speaking with my mother the other day about REM sleep cycles and separating of consciousness. I can’t remember how we got on to the subject but we did.

I was telling her that every time I sleep I dream. She says she never dreams, the only time it happens is when she goes back to sleep in the morning. I explained to her that the previous night I had gone to bed and just crashed which was strange for me as it normally it takes 20 minutes at least for me to get to sleep – without fail.

“Then of course there are the times I dream before I get to sleep.” I casually added to the end of the sentence.

“Dream before you sleep. What do you mean?”. She said looking confused and slightly stunned.

“Well sometimes (normally on the train home from work), I dream before I have even got to sleep”

She then proceeded to say that I freak her out, which is never a good thing to hear from your mother, so to lighten the mood I told her about the dream I had experienced the night before. This one was not a lucid dream as I witnessed it from start to finish, but I did wake up laughing.

So the short journey starts in the not too distant future. We are still in the UK, and not much has changed. The global economic crisis has hit an all time low (as in the figures are high) and there has been a revolution. Civilians have taken over the streets, criminal law in the rural lands no longer exist, and those who haven’t fallen stay in their homes and do not venture outside much.

The only voice that is still left in the area is the one that broadcasts on the television sporadically. You do not see their face but their voice is dubbed, and to say that they are a strategic influencer is an understatement…

It kind of sounds like Dark Angel doesn’t it?

… In my dream I go around my mother’s house one day, we are sitting there having a cup of tea (very British) and then the military police burst in and accuse us of being ‘the voice’ of the towns. I of course stand up to them and tell them they are imbeciles (along with a few other words), and that they can search the property, we have nothing to hide.

They search room by room and find nothing, I am about to gloat until they check the back room. I will point out now, that she does not have a back room. When they open the door, they find the one who has been broadcasting the words of freedom and justice against our corrupt government, making sure that the people take back what is rightfully theirs once and for all…..

It was Nero.

Nero JpgGranted he was wearing a metallic headpiece that was clearly broadcasting his thoughts as a voice (of course what else would he be wearing), but sure enough my little moggy was the ‘voice’ of reason after all.

Well I hope that gives you some more insight into lucid dreams. I do believe that if you are imaginative or artistic you will more likely be prone to developing this type of skill, and on that note, book number 3 is due to be released this year of The Dragon Realm Chronicles. There has been a delay as I have been revisiting the theme, it is much more grown up and boarding on the thriller action genre with more gore!

Watch this space.

PS: Even though I have had a range of dreams, I have never dreamed of a dragon, strange one that.