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Top Drawer News — Biding time

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We’re usually not good at biding our time here in Carpenter Country. But baking bread, serialized short stories, frosty days, and self-acceptance require patience, so we attempted to dredge up that precious commodity this week.

And our patience was rewarded. Mirror World Publishing posted Part 5 of our short story, The Adventures of Flower Girl. Poor Zinnie, she’s caught up in a storm…

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Read Part 1 here, Part 2 here, Part 3 here, and Part 4 here.

The bread-baking took place over at Gina Briganti’s blog. Our thanks to Gina for featuring our mystery, Murder by the Books, along with our bread and a discussion of commas.

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A recent frost is the subject of this week’s book bubble. During the chill, under the glittering rime of ice, the garden waits.

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And over on Top Drawer Ink, where we feature the story-behind-the-story of books, author TL Clark takes the time to put lessons learned about self-love to good use by incorporating them into a tale of woe and wit.

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We’re always happy to feature the story-behind-the-story of YOUR book on Top Drawer Ink.

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That’s the news from Carpenter Country for this week! What’s happening in your neck of the human experience?



HL Carpenter is a mother/daughter duo who write 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