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Books

Omni Catawampus
the final installment in story #1 of Peyton Drake's Omni Tale 
releases 1 October 2020
E-book & Audio Narrations available at no charge to Ocademy patrons



Masked by Lies - novella #6 in Peyton Drake's Omni Tale 

What if those who you thought you knew best were the ones who betrayed you worst?

Pete Drake knows his mother as well as he knows anyone, and he trusts his school roommate implicitly. But when Pete goes looking for answers to some of his nagging questions, he finds the people he cares about most may not be as they seem.

Even more unsettling, the rebel threat at the Academy of Omniosophical Arts & Sciences resurfaces, and in far more insidious form.

Masked by Lies is the sixth installment in Peyton Drake’s seven-part Mind the Portal story by academy plenipotentiary J.S.D. Johnston. The nearly 19,000-word fantasy novella brings Pete face to face with the darker elements of academy life, as well as his own fears.



Navigating Aquis - novella #5 in Peyton Drake's Omni Tale 

One person, one moment, one decision can change the course of your entire life.

Pete Drake has successfully scrambled to figure out how things work at the interdimensional Academy of Omniosophical Arts and Sciences. Now it’s time to settle in. But unknowns (both promising and paralyzing) once again threaten to throw him off balance. He’s over the moon to go on his first first date; however, in so doing, he learns some disturbing information about his fabled mother.

Just when he thinks his brain can take no more, he discovers time travel is possible. It’s also treacherous.

Navigating Aquis is the fifth installment in Peyton Drake’s seven-part Mind the Portal story by ocademy plenipotentiary J.S.D. Johnston. The 18,000-word fantasy novella takes Pete through some key rites of passage far from the safety and surety of home.



Here Be Kraken - novella #4 in Peyton Drake's Omni Tale

Once you take a stand, you can never sit back down. 

After putting a pair of intellectual bullies in their place, fourteen-year-old Pete Drake finds himself accepted by those in the upper echelon of the student body at the interdimensional Academy of Omniosophical Arts & Sciences. He quickly learns that “swimming with the big fish” comes with expectations and responsibilities he’s not sure he wants, let alone is ready for.

Not everyone is a fan of Pete’s however, as he finds out when a fellow student vows to avenge her mother who was reportedly wronged by Pete’s mom when the two women attended the academy together two decades prior. And then there are the matters of playing sports and dating—neither of which Pete’s done before.

Here Be Kraken is the fourth installment in Peyton Drake’s seven-part Mind the Portal story by ocademy plenipotentiary J.S.D. Johnston. The 22,000-word fantasy novella transitions Pete from spectator to active player in his own life. 


~ Open Water Edition 

Everett Sheffield has applied squid ink to seaweed to author more than 765 scholarly publications on subjects ranging from childcare to siege warfare. Considered the preeminent living expert on the sport of Squallix, he played as Ace of the Black Dragonfish team for 29 duraa.

Available NOW to be read in tandem with Here Be Kraken



The First Crack - novella #3 in Peyton Drake's Omni Tale 

What if you got everything you wanted, but it came in the wrong package?

After getting through the grueling multi-day Appraisement Cycle at the Academy of Omniosophical Arts & Sciences without being cut from the program and sent home, fourteen-year-old Pete Drake is assigned to an element domain--but not the one he hoped.

If his living assignment wasn’t bad enough, the dreaded rebels he’s heard mentioned make an appearance at Ocademy orientation. They also make their intentions known. Pete wants out and fast, but how? He’s committed to the boarding school for the next seven years!

The First Crack is the third installment in Peyton Drake’s seven-part Mind the Portal story by ocademy plenipotentiary J.S.D. Johnston. The 25,000-word fantasy novella gives the first glimpse of the cracks in the pristine academy’s facade.


Destiny by Design - novella #2 in Peyton Drake's Omni Tale 

Mythical creatures . Threats to life and limb . Rebel attacks . Just another day at the Ocademy.

After plunging through a portal to the fantastical Academy of Omniosophical Arts & Sciences, fourteen-year-old Pete Drake fears he’s made a terrible mistake. Not only is life at the interdimensional school far more harrowing than he imagined, but a group of insurgents has infiltrated the campus, wreaking havoc and instilling panic.

Pete’s not sure which he fears more—being stuck at the dangerous place with no way out or running the risk of going home only to find he is no longer welcome after running away. He has to make a decision, and he has to make it quick. Destiny is waiting.

Destiny by Design is the second installment in Peyton Drake’s seven-part Mind the Portal story. The 31,000-word fantasy novella prepares readers to venture from 1974 California USA to the interdimensional Academy of Omniosophical Arts & Sciences.

Available in Kindle & paperback; PDF & Audio narration available at no charge to Patreon patrons


Piddlypedia ~ the Omni Welcome Circular 
Never be caught again without your student handbook and the answers you need, lest you end up in the wrong portal or on a dinner plate.

Available NOW! (to be read in tandem with Destiny by Design)



Marked for Adventure - novella #1 in Peyton Drake's Omni Tale 

A buried secret . A mystical portal . A world-altering decision.

During yet another move to another Marine Corps base, a browbeaten and dispirited fourteen-year-old yearns for the stability and solace of a settled and happy homelife. But when a pair of peculiar people in the new town confront him with secrets about his family’s past, his reality is threatened. To get to the truth and get back to normal, he’ll have to defy his father and enter an exotic, ancient world where the fantastical is the norm and danger is a way of life.

Marked for Adventure is the first installment in Peyton Drake’s seven-part Mind the Portal story. The 25,000-word fantasy novella prepares readers to venture from 1974 California USA to the interdimensional Academy of Omniosophical Arts & Sciences.

To find out what’s on the other side of the portal, continue with part two of the story, Destiny by Design, releasing March 21st, 2020. But be warned, once you go through, you may never want to come back.

What if you could choose a different reality?

Available in Kindle & Paperback; PDF & Audio narration available at no charge to Patreon patrons

As always, textbooks and scholastic journals may be obtained at Verses and Volumes located in the academy's Hub.  Specialty publications acquirable as follows.

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Besties & Beasties
An anthology of creatures factual & fantastical
submitted by academy students & friends

Available in Kindle and Paperback formats

Elements of Verse
An anthology of elemental musings 
submitted by academy students & friends

Available in Kindle and Paperback formats

Seasons of Verse 
An anthology of seasonal musings 
submitted by academy students & friends

Available in Kindle and Paperback formats


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For your recruitment convenience during your Appraisement Cycle 

Paltrypalaver ~ Vocabularium & Directorium
The last word in academy reference guides, chock-full of syllabury essential for the Dim Q fiddlehead's survival.  

Available 1 November 2020


Lexicarta 300 ~ English to Naturim dictionary
A beginner's guide to the primum lingua 

Available 1 March 2021

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Soon available for the first time in the lettered dimensions!

Long thought lost, Sheffield's Alternative Athletics & Other Disportations has been unearthed and restored.
Available 1 August 2020

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The Colours of Omni 

for those in need of colouring therapy, available in paperback only ... for obvious reasons