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General thoughts and random ramblings

A teen writer publishes against all odds

Clicking “Publish” is such an exciting feeling, as I’m sure you are tired of hearing me say ;) But read this and perhaps you can be excited about Kendra clicking that magic button :)

Myths of the Mirror

For her high school senior project, Kendra Stefan wanted to write, illustrate, and publish a children’s book, and I agreed to mentor her through the project. As writers out there know, a book is a lot of work. For Kendra, the challenge was over the top. She was suffering from heart failure.

We got an early start, working on the book between her other studies, her numerous doctor’s appointments, and rising fatigue. As we got her story down, her condition declined and her position on the waiting list for a donor moved up.

When the story was essentially done, but the illustrations just started, Kendra got the call. In July, she received her new heart.

Kendra’s work on the book continued while she recovered in the hospital – between rehab sessions, medication adjustments, and the hard and painful work of building up her strength.

When she was released for visits…

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He Knows When You are Sleeping by Trent P. McDonald | Advent 2018 Day 11

I wrote another story for Solveig’s Advent Calendar! Check it out!

Solveig Werner

He Knows When You are Sleeping

By Trent P. McDondald

You awake up there?

Of course!How could I sleep tonight?

What time is it?

11:52.Eight minutes until midnight.

So Santa will be here in eight minutes.

What?You think Santa enters every house at exactly midnight?Ha!

Why not?

There are hundreds of houses in this town alone.And thousands in our state.Millions in our time zone.And he enters all of them at the exact same second?How does he do that?Go down millions of chimneys at once?Split himself into millions of Santas?


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Book in Hand (or at Home, at least ;) )

 

embers-on-brickI received a copy of Embers yesterday.  Of course the first thing I had to do, after a quick leaf through to ensure my formatting changes worked, was take a photo.

Later I took out a copy of all of my books and did a new coffee share photo.  Here it is:

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I will start using it on occasion for New Hampshire.  I’ll have to get a photo of them on th Cape with a coffee mug for my Cape Cod coffee shares ;)

Anyway, just making an excuse to put the photos on line.  And, of course, to plug the book one more time ;)

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Meeting at that corner of time where day and night become one, where dreams and reality mix, let’s stir the coals of that fire called ‘imagination’ to discover an eclectic mix of short stories.  Each story is a bit of frozen flame, an ember, that can flare up in your mind.

These embers form a collection of “tales that cover a wide range of genres, moods, and characters, from heartbreaking and heartwarming trials of love and family to thought-provoking journeys into the future. Most importantly, the stories are peopled with richly-drawn characters gifted with unique voices, emotional depth, and the power to capture the imagination. They’re stories that will stick.” – Author D. Wallace Peach

So whether you only have time to warm yourself with a very short work of flash, or you want to get cozy and lost in a novella, there is a story, an ember, in here for you.

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If We Were Having Coffee on the 8th of December, 2018

Coffee in NH with Moog

Hello and Welcome!  Come on in out of the cold!  Shut the door quickly!  Brrrr.  It’s cold out there.  OK, smarty, I know, I keep the house pretty cool, what with over 45 inefficient windows and such I can’t afford to heat the entire world.  But I will get you a large mug of steaming hot, ultra-strong French Roast (yeah, I’m back to that for now) or a cuppa tea of hot cocoa.  You’ll need it!  It has been cold here all week, just peaking above freezing for a few hours a day before plunging down again.  Today it will not reach freezing.  This is January weather.  At least there was no snow.  And where are are we that we are freezing so?  Some of you may recognize the photo at the top as coming from New Hampshire.

What did I do besides freeze?  I worked.  I walked and played with the dogs.  For some reason they just wanted to play and not walk this week.  I went running a few times.  I bundle up with many layers.  I got a hair cut. Continue reading

Formatting Part 2

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Last week I wrote a post about formatting and reformatting my new book, Embers.  Over the last few days I decided to reformat The Halley Branch as well.  With Embers as a model, it wasn’t difficult, though it was time consuming.  Also, since there is no Table of Contents there was a lot less to worry about.  So it is done and posted!  Leafing through, it looked much better.

I may go back and do The Fireborn and Seasons of Imagination as well.  There are problems with doing this, which I won’t get into today, but it is a possibility.

For now, though, The Halley Branch does look much better!

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Embers – Released!

Embers

Today is the day!  My book of short stories, Embers, is now officially released!

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If you live somewhere else, you can try searching on your local Amazon.

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Meeting at that corner of time where day and night become one, where dreams and reality mix, let’s stir the coals of that fire called ‘imagination’ to discover an eclectic mix of short stories.  Each story is a bit of frozen flame, an ember, that can flare up in your mind.

These embers form a collection of “tales that cover a wide range of genres, moods, and characters, from heartbreaking and heartwarming trials of love and family to thought-provoking journeys into the future. Most importantly, the stories are peopled with richly-drawn characters gifted with unique voices, emotional depth, and the power to capture the imagination. They’re stories that will stick.” – Author D. Wallace Peach

So whether you only have time to warm yourself with a very short work of flash, or you want to get cozy and lost in a novella, there is a story, an ember, in here for you.

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In Santa’s Shadow by Trent P. McDonald | Advent 2018 Day 2 | 1st Sunday of Advent

I joined in Solveig’s Advent Calendar again this year with another short story! Go over and check it out.

Solveig Werner

In Santa’s Shadow

By Trent P. McDonald

Voices where emerging from the kitchen.Loud voices.Chet knew that Mom and Ty were arguing.Again.He couldn’t make out anything more than single words here and there, little blasts of clarity through the heated rumble.His stomach turned over and twisted into knots.Why did they have to do this on Christmas Eve?

The kitchen door flung open, expelling Ty into the hall.He grabbed his grubby jacket, the same one he had worn pretty much every day since he received it last Christmas.It was far to thin for the weather.

“Hey, wait,” Chet said.  “I want to come too.”  He pulled himself up, trying to look tall for his 13 years.


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If We Were Having Coffee on the First of December

Hello and Welcome!  Come on in and I’ll get you a large Sumatra Roast, a cuppa tea or whatever.  Well, since it is pretty late, a bit after 4 PM and already dark, we might want to skip the coffee and go straight for the “whatever” ;)  It was a cool day, cloudy most of the time, though with a few peeks of sun now and again.  Where are we?  Some of you may recognize those mugs as being from Cape Cod – The bat is actually from the Edward Gorey House in Yarmouth, just a few miles down the road.

A lot went on, but little to write about.  Obviously, I am on the Cape again.  There is a reason, but it might be a while before I get into details (weeks, perhaps a month or two).  I don’t mean to be secretive, but you’ll understand. Continue reading

The 4th Edition of the Advent Calendar Needs You!

Solvieg is looking for people to participate in her annual Advent Calendar. All you have to do is write a holiday themed post for her and, well, read her post here and find out for yourself! Hint – a story in my first book was written for her and one from my upcoming book was written for her…

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One month until Christmas

It is the 25th of November! And you know that means that in a month from now you’ll be stuffed with nice food, will have gift wrap torn to pieces all over the place (or neatly folded in a corner of the room), you’ll have piles of books and toys and things you have no use for and don’t much like either piling up in your living room (or maybe not as people know your tastes). 

But for now, we are not there yet. Those who celebrated Thanksgiving feeling a bit rounder after the endless feasting (definitely not fasting) over the weekend. Wallets are lighter after Black Friday sales, which have come to countries where before no one knew this event. Last year still there were only…

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If We Were Having Coffee on the 24th of November, 2018

Hello and Welcome!  Come on in and I’ll get a you a nice large mug of a very strong Sumatra Roast, a cuppa tea or other beverage.  It is a little cool, but much warmer than it has been.  It was frigid for a few days there!  Today will be back up to normal for this time of year.  That will be nice after being 25 degrees F below normal!!  Also the howling wind is gone.  So where am I?  Some of you may recognize the photo at the top of all of those Beatles mugs as coming from Cape Cod (I am using the Sgt. Peppers mug now).

This was Thanksgiving week.  I took time off of work so only was there for two days.  Ah, I am looking forward to retired life ;)  I drove down here Tuesday evening.  I’ve visited the beach a few times, but this morning was my first time doing my routine of Chapin’s Beach first thing.  It was quite and a very nice walk. Continue reading