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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Tree House Tales collection, due out before Christmas!

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Tree House Tales has been "Forthcoming!" for the last six months but now the actual publication date is fast approaching! Unless something goes seriously amok, THT's premiere will be well before Christmas.

I've posted the latest version of the THT table of contents below...
1.  To give potential readers some advance information about the collection.
2.  To fish for deperately needed help in vetting the manuscript before publication, especially the stories. THT is the first work I've ever written without editorial advice. The situation concerns me greatly. Please scroll to the bottom of this entry for more about how you can help. Thanks!

The THT table of contents below was last revised Oct 30 2014
It is wildly inaccurate.

My Dec 16 blog entry, "Thinking Outside the Box" has the revised  Table of Contents  
Or go to Amazon's entry for Tree House Tales

Title Page                                                           2

Thumbnails of my artwork will be scattered throughout the book.
I'll provides replicas of the originals on a still-to-be-determined website. 

Table of Contents                                                                                    4

FANTASY, MOSTLY                                                                                  6
“Imagination is the one weapon in the war against reality.” -- Jules de Gaultier
I Need A Horse                                                           7      humorous, fantasy, flash
A Sailor’s Tale                                                            8      fantasy, modern mythology/folktale
Sisyphus                                                                    10      suspense/horror   PG-17
Circles                                                                       13      SF, humor
A Garden Mosaic                                                      16      poetry
Daisy & the Paper-Mice                                    17     mystery or suspense, from a cat's POV
The Windowed Door                                                 20     light fantasy
Luckiest Hunter Ever                                                 21     
  Story Outline. Story-Telling Suggestions.                                                       oral fantasy designed for narrator & children
The Dragon’s Tail Tale                                              23     tall tail fantasy
No Substitutions                                                         27     fantasy flash fiction
Winter’s Season                                                         29     fantasy (pseudo-mythology)
The Queen of the Tor Shee                                        40      poem
Shadow Harper                                                           41     story based on European tradition
The Pumpkin Smasher                                               44      humorous modern day fantasy
Gajit’s Research Expedition                                      50      SF, humor
Dingle    Finish the story challenge.                                                  57     fantasy, invitation for readers to finish the story
The Last Battle (novelette)                                         58     fantasy, written for the PG 17 reader 

REALITY, WHATEVER THAT IS                                                            74
"Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away." --Philip K Dick
Preteens, Horses, and Aliens                                      75     memoir
Baffled By The Green Door                                       78     memoir
Fandom 101                                                                82     memoir
Tis The Season To Be Typing                                    88        (omit?)
A Fannish Internet Sub-Creation of a
     Hyperdimensional Pocket  Universe                      89    SFish humor co-created by Babylon 5 fans        
Sherry’s Cake is Major Hit at Coffee Hour!    
  Film at 11!                                                                 92     memoir                               
EgoBoogling                                                               94      humor
Rainstorm Coming                                                      97      poetry
Hurricane Hazel                                                          98     memoir

Between Worlds (poem)                                           101      poetry

CATSIZ AND OTHER CRITTERS                                                            103
Catzis   (with cat illos)                                               104     memoir, cat-related humor
Squirrelsiz                                                                  105     memoir
Crabsiz                                                                       106     memoir
Readerziz                                                                   107     humor
More Catziz                                                               108     cat-related humor
Fairieziz: The Smashed Fairy Song Cycle                110     Faerie-related humor; PG-13?

niDgRhEtAmMaSre                                                                                      112
Hexa-Lyrica                                                                    113     dream
Dream, With Joey                                                           115     dream
A Micro Dream                                                               117     dream
A Dream With Bowling                                                  118     dream, PG-13 humor      
Dream Fragments: The Pagoda Secret, Diving Dream  120     dream,
A Dream With KB & Then Without Her               122    dream, PG-13 suspense
Two of Cara’s Dreams From “Seabird”                          123    dream

Dreams & Writing; How To Remember Your Dreams  124     essay/advice re dreams

 The Witch’s ORIGINAL Gingerbread House (art)        125     sample artwork thumbnail

Selected Quotations                                                         126

EXTRACTS FROM FOUR NARENTAN  NOVELS                                    127

Seabird, Narenta #1
Extract 1, The “teaser” inside front cover                                     128
Extract 2, The Shrine
Someone had placed a seabird-shaped plaque at the very top of the
wall. Its black surface had tiny glittery bits scattered on it, possibly to
represent stars. Cara blinked. The raised panel receded, becoming a bit
of night sky glimpsed through a window cut into the wall.
She blinked again but she couldn’t trick her eyes into seeing a raised
panel. Patches and slender bars of sunlight brightened the dim interior,
their sources the five windows in the remaining walls. A dozen
half-formed questions welled up. The solemn serenity of that night
view quelled them all.                                                                                     
Extract 3, Stowaway                                                                      131

Earthbow, Narenta #2                                                        
A tiny extract from THT’s long “Coris plot thread”:        
 “If you would be so good.’
Cenoc answered. ‘Certainly. The wound still pains you?’
The keep-master nodded.‘The third row. Its handles are of ebony.’
Cenoc rose and turned to the screens.
Pressing his back against the cabinet, Coris grasped
his sword hilt & braced himself to attack.”

The Gryphon & the Basilisk, Narenta #3
Extract 1                                                                                       140
Hextor Nigragr, shadow lord, sorcerer and once viceroy of Narenta, waited for his dread
master to leave the room before arising. When the door was closed, he stood slowly and
gathered his black cape about him with silent hands. He was not yet used to wielding his
body again and the movements were slightly awkward.                            
                                                Extract #2                                    141                                                                                                         Extract #3                                    144

Marooned, Narenta #1.5  (forthcoming!)
Extract 1,  Chapter One, 1st Scene
Chaotic memories of fire, howling or screaming and fierce wind
were replaced in a breath by cool dim blue and a gentle tug
she couldn’t identify.                                                                      145

Extract 2,  Chapter Two, 1st Scene  
"…carefully,” warned a hushed male voice. “Don’t wake…”
Memory was still reminding her that her sword was gone, but instinct had already won that race by several seconds. She sprang up dagger in hand, before the man could finish his instructions.
Two shadowy shapes leaped back. Steel rang on either side. Striking toward the closest target on her right, she felt the tip of the dagger catch slightly on a rib then slide cleanly past the obstacle. Rough cloth and blood touched her hand, as the hilt pressed against the man’s body. The ensuing scream was still building as she pulled the dagger free and spun toward her other attacker. Metal flashed in the golden moonlight, and she tilted away from the deadly arc. She kicked out sideways and felt the sting of her foot striking mail.                                                                                    147          

How I Write, or Smidge of Plot, Glob of Characterization:         149       essay
Examples: Khiva the Stoah; Bert-and-Marsha-from-Hoboken    150

The End                                                                                          151


Tree House Tales cover design to date

The final version will have patches of wrinkled paper randomly stuck to the interior wood of the treehouse. Each scrap will provide hints about THT's contents.

THT is the first work I've ever written without editorial advice. The situation terrifies me.
You can help by volunteering to read advance copies of 2-3 stories and offering your impressions.
I'm not soliciting book reports much less formal editorial reviews.
However, I do need a little more than "Great!", Awful!", or "Eh".
If you respond with something like "Take this out of the collection while you can!", please give me a reason.
In exchange I'll do my best to send free PB copies of THT to any cobbler's elf who helped me in a substantial way.
If you're interested, please write to me at with the Subject "cobbler's elf".

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

The Daily Scroll is on hiatus.

I will post Fantasizing Fotos Fridays #10 shortly, after which The Daily Scroll will be on hiatus.

As an author, I want to give priority to writing and to the publication of my work:

Editing and publication prep for "Tree House Tales" an eclectic collection of short works--both fiction and non-fiction.

Originally due out this summer, THT -will- be available by the end of the year!  Or else!  ;-D

Publication prep for two Narenta fantasy novels.

Final writing and editorial work on "Marooned", a third Narenta novel.

And non-writing obligations such as Small Group Studies, physical therapy, and the mundane but time-consuming logistics of day-to-day life with limited access to transportation.

Thank you for reading!
Please look for FFF #10! 
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original illo for Narenta Tumults