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Top Drawer News — Dord and other ghost words

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For the record, Carpenter Country is not haunted, despite the pictorial evidence above. We’re not ghost writers either. We do have ghosts on the mind lately, though. As an example, to celebrate a recent Carpenter Country birthday, we invited anyone we could dig up to join the fun, and we served a ghost’s favorite dessert—-iscream. We all wore booooots and the party was totally scary. But the ghosts who came for the booos were disappointed; we only drank tea and milk. We know ghosts can’t hold their liquor.

We spotted a ghost thunderstorm too, and we wrote about our reaction in this week’s book bubble. Spoiler alert: we’re not haunted by the outcome. 🙂

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Because you’re here, reading along with us, instead of out ghost hunting, we’re going to let you in on a secret—-a sneak peek at the first three chapters of our soon-to-be-released middle grade book, The Ghost in The Gardens. Click right here to open the PDF. Reading is so much more fun than ghost hunting!

In keeping with our ghostly theme, the featured story behind the story over on Top Drawer Ink is by Elle Smith, who says her book, The Way Back Home, a Story Told in Contemporary Poetry, was somewhat of an exorcism of her past. Click here to read a sample of Elle’s poetry.

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If you’d like your book featured on Top Drawer Ink, click here for submission details. Mention that we sent you—-we know the editor and we can get your post published. 😉

And finally, our word of the week is…not exactly a word. The fine folks at Merriam Webster call “dord” a ghost word—-an imaginary word that managed to sneak past the editors and enter the dictionary. Watch the video to learn about this ghost word.

Image source: Screen capture by HL Carpenter


What’s been haunting you this week?




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