Essay — Web art

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We’ve been busy in Carpenter Country this week, with a new project underway and an older project coming into the editing stage. But we still made time to admire nature’s art. We know, of course, that spiders communicate through the world wide web, and that every modern spider has a web site. We were still in awe of the size of this spider-silk creation we discovered in the plumbago. The patient spider sat in the very center while we snapped her picture.

 

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Meanwhile, over in the lantana, the ants were as busy as we were, gathering nectar from the flower buds, and completely missing the wily stink bug who was watching them. See those antenna sticking up behind the cluster of buds on the right side of the picture? That’s Mrs. Stinkbug, keeping an eye out to make sure the two industrious ants left enough nectar for her afternoon snack.

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The liriope bloomed this week, coloring the garden with charming stalks of purple flowers. Did you know liriope is also called lilyturf? The name liriope came from a nymph in Roman mythology. She was the mother of Narcissus.

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We’ve had a stunning show of hibiscus this summer too. These beauties bloom in fairly regular flushes, though each blossom lasts only a day.

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What beauty did you make time to admire this week?

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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:

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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Jack and The Fountain of Youth — Audio Installment 68

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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 68

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(Show notes are beneath the text.)

 

“I think it was my fault. He looked scared when I suggested you drive him home in Bradley’s truck. He probably snuck out of the house to go with us, or else he didn’t tell his father where he was going. If you had driven him home, he’d be in deep trouble.”

Nessa turned Harey loose. The rabbit streaked into the greenhouse, spry as a young hare.

The water sample in the FRESH PEACHES jar sparkled under the light of the lamp. Jack tinked a fingernail against the glass, hardly believing he’d found the Fountain again. Not wanting to believe he might die because he had.

He had to call Tia Bella. Once the airports in Florida re-opened after Hurricane Lulu, she could catch the first flight from California. Even if the spring vanished again, he’d show her the sample and where it had surfaced and tell her what he feared might happen. They’d figure out what to do together.

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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. This week’s edition does not meet the specs for the audio book distributor. Most frustrating.

Comments. We have lost track of Nessa’s voice. This is partly a product of spreading the recording out over a length of time and partly because as we learn more about recording, we make changes in the way we do the work. For example, we are no longer adjusting the level of our voice through Audacity effects.

Story changes. No changes to the written version this week. The sentence structure and words worked well in the switch from text to audio.

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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:

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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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
(New here? Choose an installment or start at the beginning)

 

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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