Essay – Scrabbling for words

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It’s Saturday, and this week’s work in progress is done.

Time for a break.

Too bad it’s raining and pouring.

But no one in Carpenter Country is snoring. We’re playing Scrabble.

Before long the tile bag is empty and most spaces on the board are covered with words. As the points are tallied, the winner smiles. The loser groans.

Still, win or lose, we’ll play again because at the end of the next game the loser may be the happy winner. Lots of fun!

What’s your game plan for a rainy day?

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HL Carpenter is a 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.

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Top Drawer News — More berry good ice cream

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Our thanks to author C.D. Hersh for shining the Wednesday Special Spotlight on Emma…and of course, our blueberry ice cream recipe. Click on over to the post Berry Us Blue if you haven’t tried making the ice cream yet. You won’t be sorry–it’s delish!

Even so, much as we like ice cream, we think Emma’s the star of the show. 🙂

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HL Carpenter is a 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.

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Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Audio Installment 67

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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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Continued from Audio Installment 66
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Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Audio Installment 67

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

 

Thirteen

An hour later, Jack set the water from the Fountain on the desk in the greenhouse office. Intermittent rain showers had begun while they were hurrying along the trail, and now drops pattered on the roof and windows. Hurricane Lulu was getting closer.

“You don’t have to wait with me.” Nessa emerged from the half-bath holding Harey, who was wrapped in a towel. The smell of wet rabbit fur filled the office as the rain clouds darkened the building. “If you stay much longer, you’ll get caught in the storm.”

“I will stay until Tenspot texts you.” Jack clicked the desk lamp on. “I hate to think of him riding his bike home. I should have chased after him.”

“Fast as he was pedaling, you wouldn’t have caught him.” Nessa rubbed the towel across Harey’s fur. The rabbit wiggled his ears. “He’ll be all right. He doesn’t have far to go.”

Jack still didn’t like the way Tenspot had left. “Why did he run off so fast?”

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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 three takes, after one practice run with the microphone off.

Technical. We adjusted the gain on the mic this week and that simple change eliminated much of the background noise issues. Correcting the audio to the specifications for the audio book platform required the use of only three effects.

Comments. Our narrative voice is clearer in the afternoon, but the background noises are more prevalent, especially this time of year, when the fan and the air conditioner are running. Sounds we never noticed before come through loud and clear on the recording.

Story changes. Minor changes to the written version this week in our continuing struggle to decide exactly how Jack should speak.

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

HL Carpenter is the pen name of 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.

Also by HL Carpenter:

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

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 — Quoting Thoreau

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We’ve mentioned before that each chapter of our young adult novel, Walled In, begins with a quote from Walden, the simple-living classic written by Henry David Thoreau.

We got to thinking that while we selected the quotes for their relevance to the story, readers may be interested in the larger meaning of the text.

So we collected the 18 quotes featured in Walled In, paired them with with the surrounding text from Walden, and created a new Flipbook.

Here ’tis, for your reading pleasure. Just click on the cover below to open the book.

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Essay — Turtle days

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Why did the turtle go to the movies?

Because she liked the book.

This week has been slow and colorful here in Carpenter Country. In addition to the turtle we spotted plodding across the yard,

the rose is blooming,

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the Nandina is blooming,

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and the birds left us a gift.

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We hope your week has been filled with beauty and gifts.

Oh, and maybe you can help us solve a riddle — is a turtle without a shell homeless, or naked? 🙂

 

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

HL Carpenter is the pen name of 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.

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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