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What is the commonality between brownies, barbecue sauce, staying the course, letting go, whether you have a porch on your house, your favorite poem, and if you have ever fallen asleep in public?

We ask a lot of questions here in Carpenter Country. Sometimes the questions lead to other questions.

In a guest post featuring a recipe, we talked about our short story, The Demise of Fyne Literature. Fyne is brief enough to consume in one sitting, just like the single-serving mini-brownies in the recipe. We said we were stuck in coming up with a label for our story, and asked for opinions about the genre. Is the story satire? Noir? Caricature?

But another equally pressing question arose when the post was published: What happened to our questions?

Picture of brownies on a plate next to a bowl of oranges and an e-reader open to the short story, The Demise of Fyne Literature, by HL Carpenter
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If you have an opinion on the answer to the missing questions, let us know!

Our thanks to Divine Weekly and Sloane Taylor for sharing our Fyne brownies!

Sometimes when we ask a question, we’re not really asking a question at all. In a guest post featuring our barbecue sauce recipe, we want to know if you can think outside the box—the tomato box, in this case.

Screen capture of blog post by HL Carpenter on the blog of CD Hersh
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Of course, we know that you can think outside the box, so that particular question is rhetorical.

Many thanks to author friend CD Hersh for sharing the sauce with us!

Sometimes our questions are contradictory, as in the case of whether you should stay the course or be willing to let go.

Both of those questions were featured in book bubbles. In one bubble, we asked about appreciating the value of staying the course, in the context of water wearing down rocks.

Screen capture of book bubble by HL Carpenter featuring The SkyHorse, a young adult adventure
Image source: Screen capture by HL Carpenter

In another bubble, we wondered if shedding what doesn’t fit was more appropriate.

Image of book bubble by HL Carpenter, featuring Dream Stealer, a young adult novella
Image source: Screen capture by HL Carpenter

Contradictory questions, yes, and yet each suited to a particular circumstance.

Sometimes instead of contradictions, the questions have a common origin. That’s the case in a series of tweets based on our young adult novella, Dream Stealer.

Screen capture of tweet featuring the young adult novella, Dream Stealer, by HL Carpenter
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Screen capture of tweet featuring the young adult novella, Dream Stealer, by HL Carpenter
Image source: Screen capture by HL Carpenter
Screen capture of the young adult novella, Dream Stealer, by HL Carpenter
Image source: Screen capture by HL Carpenter

We shared our answers in the tweet comments, and we’d love to know what your answers are. Connect with us on Twitter, and send us a tweet!

Thank you, @indiefeature, for featuring our story!

As you can tell, we do ask a lot of questions here in Carpenter Country. Sometimes, as with the question we asked at the beginning of the post, we even have answers. Of course, you probably already figured out the commonality between that list of disparate items—they’re all related to our books, as well as part of this week’s travels around the internet.

We think asking questions is important. Do you?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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 hlcarpenter.com.

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