Monday, February 1, 2021 When I was a little girl, there were a few times when a group of kids would gather in the garage part of my parent’s modest home, because they liked the games I made up. One boy had the brilliant idea that we should take turns telling ghost stories. So, we … More A Visit from Roberta Eaton Cheadle & a Ghost!
Wednesday, April 1, 2020 Happy hump day, everyone! In keeping with the current, surreal version of “normal,” I wondered what my characters might think about social isolation. I’ve had a lot of characters. The one who “spoke” loudest about the topic is Birdie Devovo, heroine of Brother Love — a Crossroad. You see, Birdie experienced more … More Wednesday Writing — Characters & Social Isolation
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 It’s the middle of the week, but it’s not Hidebound Hump Day or Jazz Age Wednesday. With National Novel Writing Month (#NaNoWriMo) in full swing, I’m making it easy for myself. However, I’m also doing something for those of you who were not following my weekend serial this summer. That’s right! … More Hump Day: Brother Love — a Crossroad
Saturday, July 20, 2019 Hello again, everyone. Two posts in one day is unlike me. However, it’s a reflection of how torn I’ve been, and still am, about which serial to do next. Using reader-provided random things in serials has been a great way for me to write and finish stories. However, The Guitar Mancer is … More What’s Next? Again…
Saturday, July 20, 2019 Hello everyone. Welcome to my sanctuary. Now that Brother Love has concluded, I didn’t want you to think I had given you the shaft. I’m here with some clues about what’s coming next here at Teagan’s Books. Go Back — Jack. That’s only the subtitle of the song, but it’s the biggest hint. Call … More What’s Next? Clues Follow
Wednesday, July 17, 2019 I was so impulsive in deciding to quickly “bookize” the serial that I didn’t plan ahead for a launch or promotions. So I begin by repeating my thanks to Sally G. Cronin for announcing Brother Love – a Crossroad at her blog earlier this week. My weekend post included a give away … More Brother Love — A Novella!
Saturday, July 13, 2019 Thanks for joining me for this walk to the crossroads. This chapter comes with a couple of warnings. Warning 1: It’s long. I can hear some of you groaning. Warning 2: It’s the conclusion, the last chapter. Now I hear the rest of you. I didn’t know until Monday that Chapter … More Brother Love 11 — A Walk
Wednesday, July 10, 2019 I haven’t been sure whether it was close or far — the end of this story. It seemed like it was both at once. However, that’s been part of “Brother Love” from the beginning, things not being as they appear, or seeming more than one thing at once. I didn’t know … More Brother Love — A Note
Saturday, July 6, 2019 Welcome to the crossroads. To my friends to the north, I hope you had a lovely Canada Day. To those in the USA, I hope you enjoyed the Fourth of July and celebrated our precious freedom. I appreciate you coming back after my little break last weekend. Thanks to Dan Antion of … More Brother Love 10 — A Cut
Saturday, June 29, 2019 Welcome to the crossroads. Happy Fourth of July! From Birdie, Jinx, and me Summertime is busy for many people. I know it’s hard to keep up with serials. So, I’m even more grateful that you read Brother Love. In the USA, lots of folks will be taking time off and/or vacationing before, during, … More Brother Love — A Pause
Saturday, June 22, 2019 Welcome back to the crossroads. I think this is an upbeat chapter. You could say it has a good gospel beat. (Winks.) However, the characters experience some uncertainty. Hence the melody in this introduction. In Chapter 7 — A Lament, Birdie Devovo was reluctant to go to the revival service, even … More Brother Love 9 — A Hallelujah
Saturday, June 15, 2019 Welcome back to the crossroads. This chapter has two things from Dan Antion, who shares his photographs to illustrate Brother Love. Read on to see how I used Bubblegum and Newspaper in this episode. The third “thing” that is used to drive Chapter 8 is from Fraggle, aka C. J. Hyslop, who … More Brother Love 8 — A Confession
Saturday, June 8, 2019 Welcome back to the crossroads. This chapter turned out to be for the birds — or rather for the magpie. If Brother Love was a television series, then this would be the quirky musical episode. I was already working with music because of the “thing,” Elvis Presley, from Mary J. … More Brother Love 7 — A Lament
Saturday, June 1, 2019 Welcome back to the crossroads. As you know, Dan Antion shares his photographs to illustrate Brother Love. I make the serial “interactive” by letting things left by readers drive everything about the story. I’ve completed at least six long-running serials here at Teagan’s Books — each of them written spontaneously … More Brother Love 6 — A Ring
Wednesday, May 29, 2019 First a note of apology. Half the time, WordPress is preventing me from using “likes” on comments or on posts — even here at my own blog. I’ve logged on repeatedly and it does no good. As for the “happiness engineers,” they give me no joy. If you’ve made a comment, … More Get to the Crossroads — Brother Love
Saturday, May 25, 2019 Welcome back to the crossroads. As you know, the popular blogger and photographer Dan Antion illustrates Brother Love. I try to bring Dan into some of the process of creating the story. The “things” for this chapter led me to a scene that required some knowledge I didn’t possess — dark-haired actresses of … More Brother Love 5 — A Face
Saturday, May 18, 2019 Note: Last week I mentioned Dan was working on his own post about his part of the inspiration for the Doug Armstrong character. That is Dan’s Saturday post this week at his blog, No Facilities. Welcome to my sanctuary at the crossroads. Relax and sit for awhile. It makes no difference … More Brother Love 4 — A Domino
Saturday, May 11, 2019 Welcome back to the crossroads everyone! I should probably begin with a disclaimer. This story is not about religion, nor is it a social commentary — that’s just part of the setting. I also want you to understand that I approach this aspect of the story carefully. While the story includes … More Brother Love 3 — A Hymn
Saturday, May 4, 2019 There are many things on my mind that I want to share with you today. If I had known about the most recent one before yesterday, I would have done a midweek post. First let me welcome you… Welcome to my sanctuary. Pull up a chair. The sanctuary may be found … More Brother Love 2 — A Shadow
Wednesday, May 1, 2019 Happy May Day, my chuckaboos! I hope your month is off to a pos-i-lutely fabulous start. I continue to settle into my high desert cottage, painting walls, pulling weeds, and generally getting adjusted. (The weed pulling led to a bad allergic reaction that I’m still trying to get over… I’m looking a lot … More Jazz Age Wednesday or Hidebound Hump Day — What’s going on?
Saturday, April 27, 2019 Happy weekend, everyone! It seems like such a long time since I did an “interactive” serial with reader participation. Well, I’m finally back with a new spontaneously written, pantser story done in my “Three Things” way of writing. I’m delighted to bring you the first installment today! Blogger Dan Antion collaborates with me … More All New Serial: Brother Love — 1 A House at the Crossroads
Saturday, June 9, 2018 Hello, one and all. Welcome to my sanctuary. Sit down on a sofa or curl up on a cushion. Today I have a special guest — author and entrepreneur Don Massenzio. Don has a twist in his upcoming book that he’s been kind enough to discus with me. It was not … More It’s about “Time” with Don
Don’t worry — Thistledown will return next weekend. When I saw that there were two wonderful things that I wanted to share, I decided it was a good weekend to give myself a much needed break. Well… sort of a break anyway. First was the delightful return of blogger Donna Parker of Yadadarcyyada. (I shared that … More Announcing — Circumstances of Childhood by John W. Howell