SFFS 18/10/2014

Morning all! I’m here again – by the skin of my teeth, I might add, with another snippet from A Good Day to Die. Our ex-soldier has just been called “It” by his Admiral. I hope you enjoy :-)

It? He silently repeated. So I really AM just an object to them? Way to go, ‘fleet. He clenched his fists.

The captain nodded at the Admiral, then turned to him.

“You have a new mission. The enemy are more advanced, and have been incapacitating the R2s. You are the only one primitive enough…” Primitive? Primitive! This was getting better all the time! “…to help us now. Your implants and enhancements will all be surgically removed and extracted, and you are to be ready in one week for deployment.”

“One week, sir?”

Good to have you drop by here. Please don’t forget to let me know what you think; would you read this story?

Don’t forget to check out the other snippets that our authors have shared this week. You can find them back on the SFFS blog.

Hymns I Love 7: All Glory, Laud and Honour

All glory, laud and honor,
To Thee, Redeemer, King,
To Whom the lips of children
Made sweet hosannas ring.

Thou art the King of Israel,
Thou David’s royal Son,
Who in the Lord’s Name comest,
The King and Blessèd One.

The company of angels
Are praising Thee on High,
And mortal men and all things
Created make reply.

The people of the Hebrews
With palms before Thee went;
Our prayer and praise and anthems
Before Thee we present.

To Thee, before Thy passion,
They sang their hymns of praise;
To Thee, now high exalted,
Our melody we raise.

Thou didst accept their praises;
Accept the prayers we bring,
Who in all good delightest,
Thou good and gracious King.

John M. Neale, 1851

Hymns I Love 6: Eternal Father, Strong to Save

One of those strong, timeless hymns that evokes emotion and reverence wherever it is sung.

Eternal Father, strong to save,
Whose arm hath bound the restless wave,
Who biddest the mighty ocean deep
Its own appointed limits keep;
Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,
For those in peril on the sea!

O Christ! Whose voice the waters heard
And hushed their raging at Thy Word,
Who walked on the foaming deep,
And calm amidst its rage didst sleep;
Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,
For those in peril on the sea!

Most Holy Spirit! Who didst brood
Upon the chaos dark and rude,
And bid its angry tumult cease,
And give, for wild confusion, peace;
Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,
For those in peril on the sea!

O Trinity of love and power!
Our family shield in danger’s hour;
From rock and tempest, fire and foe,
Protect us wheresoever we go;
Thus evermore shall rise to Thee
Glad hymns of praise from land and sea.

William Whiting, 1860

Favourite Christmas Stories?

Are you an author? I know that everyone is a little anti-Christmas prior to Halloween, but I wondered if you could take a few minutes to tell me what your favourite Christmas story is – or more if you have more than one. I’ve listed my favourites; what are yours? Feel free to add to the list. The list will stay open till the 20th October.

SFFS 11/10/2014

Hi! Thought I’d drop in again this week and give y’all the next snippet from A Good Day to Die. In the last snippet, our male MC discovered he’d been transported into the presence of his former Captain and Admiral. He isn’t, to say the least, very happy with the current state of affairs.

He rose to his feet and rushed the Admiral, but the admiral touched the personal protection button on the belt at his waist, which sent him flying across the room to land at the bottom of the bulkhead in a crumpled heap. He shook his head to clear the sparks that danced across his vision, and clambered upright.

“Stand at attention, Soldier.” That was the captain.

He automatically stood to attention, but his mind was asking one question. Why?

The Admiral slow-walked around him, looking him up and down minutely – at least, so far as he could see. Daring too, considering he’d just attacked him. As happened at every inspection he’d ever undergone, the skin below his external implants began to itch, and the muscle in his left eyelid twitched uncontrollably. Why had they never found a remedy for the reaction to scrutiny? Oh yes – he was now obsolete. His programming was no longer supported.

After a while the Admiral rejoined the captain. “It’ll do.”

Please remember this is a first draft, so it isn’t anywhere near perfect yet. Either way, would love to know your thoughts. And when you’re finished here, please go through to the main SFFS site to see what the other fabulous authors have shared this week.

Thanks for dropping by!

Hymns I Love 5: Amazing Grace

This song is undoubtedly my all-time favourite song from any genre, Christian or secular. The impression I have always had is that it was depicted in the film Bamboo in Winter, which I saw many many years ago, and since then it has been one that always moves me. Speaking of our Lord’s abounding, amazing grace, what more need we talk of? Oh, and give me bagpipes playing this music any day – guaranteed to have me a bundle of tears.

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.

T’was Grace that taught my heart to fear.
And Grace, my fears relieved.
How precious did that Grace appear
The hour I first believed.

Through many dangers, toils and snares
I have already come;
‘Tis Grace that brought me safe thus far
and Grace will lead me home.

The Lord has promised good to me.
His word my hope secures.
He will my shield and portion be,
As long as life endures.

Yea, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
And mortal life shall cease,
I shall possess within the veil,
A life of joy and peace.

The earth shall soon dissolve like snow,
The sun forbear to shine;
But God, who called me here below,
Will be forever mine.

When we’ve been there ten thousand years
Bright shining as the sun.
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
Than when we’ve first begun.

John Newton, 1779
Verse 7 – Anon, 1829