Essay — Toad you so

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‘Neath the light of the sparkling stars,
In the shadow of the moon,
We heard within our garden fair
An unmelodious tune.

And so we searched and so we saw
Binocular bulbs of woe
A wide-mouthed pot-bellied squatter
Croaking “I toad you so.”

~HL Carpenter

 

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HL Carpenter is a Florida-based mother/daughter duo who writes family-friendly fiction from their studios in Carpenter Country, a magical place that, like their stories, is unreal but not untrue. When they’re not writing, the Carpenters enjoy exploring the Land of What-If and practicing the fine art of Curiosity. Visit Carpenter Country at hlcarpenter.com.

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Top Drawer News — Festive cheese treat

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Our thanks to author friend Chris Pavesic for her generosity in sharing her blog with us. Click on over to her blog and enjoy our cheese ball recipe and an excerpt from our young adult novel, Walled In.

While you’re there, take a look at Chris’s latest release, Starter Zone. Starter Zone is a new genre of young adult called LitRPG. LitRPG is an acronym for Literary Role Playing Game, a genre of science fiction and fantasy that makes the reader feel as though she is playing an online game.

 

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HL Carpenter is a Florida-based mother/daughter duo who writes family-friendly fiction from their studios in Carpenter Country, a magical place that, like their stories, is unreal but not untrue. When they’re not writing, the Carpenters enjoy exploring the Land of What-If and practicing the fine art of Curiosity. Visit Carpenter Country at hlcarpenter.com.

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Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Audio Installment 81

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JACK AND THE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH
by HL Carpenter
ISBN: 978-0-9884095-1-4
Ebook ISBN: 978-0-9884095-0-7
Copyright (c) 2012 by Top Drawer Ink Corp.

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Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Audio Installment 81

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Read along with us!
Below is the text version of the audio.
(Show notes are beneath the text.)

 

Jack wrapped a hand around the doorframe, pulling them both forward. Once they were outside, he clutched the knob, trying to drag the door closed, but he needed Nessa’s help to wrestle it shut. They clung to each other, stumbling across the yard. The pale gray morning sky spit another wad of rain at them, soaking their clothes instantly. A moment later, the wind slowed.

“We must hurry, before another squall comes through,” Jack said.

“Harey’s favorite hiding place is under the porch,” Nessa said. “Let’s look there first.”

They hurried to the house, the wet sand sticking to their shoes. Jack dropped to his knees in front of the break in the latticework and peered into the gloom. Harey huddled in a shivering bundle just out of reach. The rabbit edged away when Jack put out his hand.

Jack drew back. “He is afraid of me.”

“Let me try.”

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SHOW NOTES

We’re new to the Audacity, the sound program we use for our audio recordings, and to sound effects in general. These are our thoughts on the current episode.

Recording. We recorded this segment in two takes, after three practice runs with the microphone off.

Technical. The zoom feature in Audacity makes correcting and removing unwanted noises simple. Sometimes when recording, we leave a small gap between words that are difficult for say quickly together. Those gaps can be edited out easily.

Comments. An oops this week. We accidentally hit the pause button and thought we were recording when we were not. 🙁 Fortunately, the session was short, so re-recording was not an issue.

Story changes. We added wording this week to fill in what we felt was a gap between Jack and Nessa moving out of the greenhouse and into the yard. We also added a “said.” This was likely not a change that needed to be made for a reader, but adding the tag makes the story flow more smoothly for the listener. We added this after making the recording, so the text and the audio do not match exactly.

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HL Carpenter is a Florida-based mother/daughter duo who writes family-friendly fiction from their studios in Carpenter Country, a magical place that, like their stories, is unreal but not untrue. When they’re not writing, the Carpenters enjoy exploring the Land of What-If and practicing the fine art of Curiosity. Visit Carpenter Country at hlcarpenter.com.

Fiction by HL Carpenter:

Jack and The Fountain of Youth. Some people say the Fountain of Youth is a myth. Jack Ponsi Dileonardo Thomas knows better.

The SkyHorse. Fourteen year old Tovi thinks finding a flying horse is fabulous luck–until a mysterious stranger says finders aren’t always keepers.

The Demise of Fyne Literature. Who killed Fyne Literature? The Fictional Book Investigation Agency is on the case—and the lead investigator is closer to the culprit than he realizes.

Dream Stealer. Is stealing a dream better than losing your own?

Walled In. When her father is accused of fraud, seventeen year old Vandy Spencer discovers her entire life has been built on a heart-shattering deception.

Pirate Summer. When her brother disappears, Josey is sure she knows where he’s gone. And the only way to bring him home is to travel two hundred years into the past with a boy she can’t trust.

A Cause for Murder. Someone at Happy Haven is a killer. Septuagenarian sleuth Emma Twiggs navigates madcap mayhem, multiple mysteries, and murderous motives to discover who has a cause for murder.

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Top Drawer News — A Fyne Beginning

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Allegory–noun: a story, poem, or picture that can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning.

Yep, that’s what The Demise of Fyne Literature is! An allegory about human nature. Whew! So glad to have the right description.

And this week, over at Bublish, we talk about Fyne’s beginnings. Check out this week’s bubble to learn where we got the idea for The Demise of Fyne Literature and why we thank Kelly, without whom there would be no Fyne Story.

 

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***** ABOUT THE AUTHOR *****

HL Carpenter is a Florida-based mother/daughter duo who writes family-friendly fiction from their studios in Carpenter Country, a magical place that, like their stories, is unreal but not untrue. When they’re not writing, the Carpenters enjoy exploring the Land of What-If and practicing the fine art of Curiosity. Visit Carpenter Country at hlcarpenter.com.

Fiction by HL Carpenter:

Jack and The Fountain of Youth. Some people say the Fountain of Youth is a myth. Jack Ponsi Dileonardo Thomas knows better.

The SkyHorse. Fourteen year old Tovi thinks finding a flying horse is fabulous luck–until a mysterious stranger says finders aren’t always keepers.

The Demise of Fyne Literature. Who killed Fyne Literature? The Fictional Book Investigation Agency is on the case—and the lead investigator is closer to the culprit than he realizes.

Dream Stealer. Is stealing a dream better than losing your own?

Walled In. When her father is accused of fraud, seventeen year old Vandy Spencer discovers her entire life has been built on a heart-shattering deception.

Pirate Summer. When her brother disappears, Josey is sure she knows where he’s gone. And the only way to bring him home is to travel two hundred years into the past with a boy she can’t trust.

A Cause for Murder. Someone at Happy Haven is a killer. Septuagenarian sleuth Emma Twiggs navigates madcap mayhem, multiple mysteries, and murderous motives to discover who has a cause for murder.

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Top Drawer News — Anticipation

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Our thanks to author friend Sloane Taylor for her generosity in sharing space on her blog with us and Vandy.

Sloane featured our recipe for pulled pork barbecue made in the crockpot. Click here to try the recipe for yourself. While you’re visiting Sloane’s blog, be sure to read the excerpt from our young adult novel, Walled In.

 

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***** ABOUT THE AUTHOR *****

HL Carpenter is a Florida-based mother/daughter duo who writes family-friendly fiction from their studios in Carpenter Country, a magical place that, like their stories, is unreal but not untrue. When they’re not writing, the Carpenters enjoy exploring the Land of What-If and practicing the fine art of Curiosity. Visit Carpenter Country at hlcarpenter.com.

Fiction by HL Carpenter:

Jack and The Fountain of Youth. Some people say the Fountain of Youth is a myth. Jack Ponsi Dileonardo Thomas knows better.

The SkyHorse. Fourteen year old Tovi thinks finding a flying horse is fabulous luck–until a mysterious stranger says finders aren’t always keepers.

The Demise of Fyne Literature. Who killed Fyne Literature? The Fictional Book Investigation Agency is on the case—and the lead investigator is closer to the culprit than he realizes.

Dream Stealer. Is stealing a dream better than losing your own?

Walled In. When her father is accused of fraud, seventeen year old Vandy Spencer discovers her entire life has been built on a heart-shattering deception.

Pirate Summer. When her brother disappears, Josey is sure she knows where he’s gone. And the only way to bring him home is to travel two hundred years into the past with a boy she can’t trust.

A Cause for Murder. Someone at Happy Haven is a killer. Septuagenarian sleuth Emma Twiggs navigates madcap mayhem, multiple mysteries, and murderous motives to discover who has a cause for murder.

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