Two days ago, we received news that half of our neighborhood was consumed by wildfire, including our humble abode. (C) 2020, JJ ShaunOur home. October 5, 2020 First Reader and I have spent the last few days waiting and wondering what was going on. We've been denied entry to our community daily because of the … Continue reading Evacuation Day 8
Think about some of your favorite books. What makes the story memorable? Was it the non-stop action? Maybe it was the extraordinary way a tired old plot was presented. Or maybe, it was the protagonist. Who were those characters? Why did they out in your mind? One of the most standout protagonists for me was … Continue reading DIY MFA: What’s in A Character?
(C) 2020, JJ Shaun A lifetime ago, I searched for my niche in the world, wishing for a close-knit family to watch my back. When the path I’d chosen for that family veered in a direction I didn’t anticipate, I left my ex- everything of real value to forge a new life for myself. Dreams … Continue reading DIY MFA: My Support System
“If I could forgive, it meant I was a strong good person who could take responsibility for the path I had chosen for myself, and all the consequences that accompanied that choice. And it gave me the simple but powerful satisfaction of extending a kindness to another person in a tough spot.”~Piper Kerman American author … Continue reading Random Quote for September 28, 2020
Long before false dawn, Sam had the group up and making the tiny clearing look as unused as possible. He knew it would be impossible considering that it had been occupied by five people, four of whom did not know how to walk softly. The girls came close, but Sam thought Chase was a lost … Continue reading Chapter 6: Pursuit
Taliesin could tell that Sam was not human, but wasn’t sure what he was. Sam had an energy, an aura, about him that Taliesin could almost see and could certainly feel. The day wore on as the tiny being taught them the basics of surviving in the wildlands of Adaran. Tal finally relaxed around him … Continue reading Chapter 5: Questions
(C) 2020, JJ Shaun My desktop is back, but the backup I thought I performed is not on the USB drive that I finally found. I can recover what I thought I lost because most of it is posted on this page or in the cloud attached to one of the apps I use. Ah … Continue reading Playing Catch-Up
Last week a small group of us rode our motorcycles to the 80th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in western South Dakota. Many of our friends and family were concerned that the event would be a free-for-all for covid, and in some respects, they were right. It probably will be a super-spreading event. Because of that, … Continue reading Cruisin’ the Black Hills
“A closed mind is a dying mind.”~Edna Ferber American novelist, short story writer and playwright Edna Ferber was born on this day in 1885.
“I would like to see every woman know how to handle guns as naturally as they know how to handle babies.”~Annie Oakley American sharpshooter Annie Oakley was born on this day in 1860.