Happy New Year 2020

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Hello Dear Friends, Fellow Bloggers, and Readers,

Thank you for making this past year a truly great affair. I appreciate you stopping by, viewing and sometimes commenting. I do apologize for not posting or sharing more stories from other contributors, however this year has been somewhat hectic for me trying to juggle work, school, blogging and writing. Hopefully we will be able to share and contribute more with each other in the upcoming year.

Once again, thank you and God Bless. I wish you all, all the best in this new year.

Just remember to take it, step by step.

And have a Happy New Year!!!

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The Delta Pearl, 5 — Read

Catch the latest episode of The Delta Pearl, 5 — Read. Thanks Teagan and readers. Do have an enjoyable weekend!

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Saturday, August 31, 2019

Paddlewheel Riverboat by Dan AntionPaddlewheel Riverboat by Dan Antion

Hello, my chuckaboos!  Welcome back to the #steampunk riverboat, The Delta Pearl.

So far we’ve met passengers who include a young, but somewhat nurotic prodigy of an inventor, Dr. Victor Elam. He’s a little older than Émeraude, and she is quite intrigued, despite his imperfections.  Or maybe because of them.  Can anyone so young truly be so accomplished?

Also, we met a very wealthy couple, Randal and Eliza Needleman.  Oh, and their little dog.  Randal earned the respect and gratitude of Sid (the Cadete) through his personality and a generous tip, when the dog got loose.  Eliza seems companionable in her interaction with Émeraude.  Are they as down-to-earth as they seem?

Then there was a young couple on their honeymoon, Harrison and Hyacinth Harvey. Unfortunately they were stuck with their nephew Hershel.  Don’t tell, but I suspect the cherubic…

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The Delta Pearl 4 — Greet

Check out another hair-raising adventure on Teagan’s The Delta Pearl. Current episode, chapter 4.

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Saturday, August 24, 2019

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Welcome back to the #steampunk riverboat, my chuckaboos!  

As you know, I’m re-writing a nearly finished novel, The Delta Pearl, for this serial.  That has resulted in a few changes, such as the heroine, Émeraude, becoming several years younger.  Now both she and one of the passengers (Victor Elam — you met him last time) are in their teens.  Although Victor is a little older than Émeraude.

A story set on a riverboat will have a lot of characters.  Between the passengers and the crew, that’s unavoidable, at least when I’m telling the tale.  I’m trying to make it easier for you to keep track of all these people by how I name them.  Throughout this week, I’ve done a lot of work, renaming the passengers.  Many of you know that I put a lot of…

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Brother Love 9 — A Hallelujah

Ready, set, go…the latest episode of Brotherly Love is up…come see, read it for yourself. Brother Love 9 — A Hallelujah
Bow Tie, Speaking in Tongues, Cardboard Fan. Thanks Teagan for letting me re-blog.

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Saturday, June 22, 2019

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Welcome back to the crossroads.    

I think this is an upbeat chapter.  You could say it has a good gospel beat.  (Winks.)  However, the characters experience some uncertainty.  Hence the melody in this introduction.

In Chapter 7 — A Lament,  Birdie Devovo was reluctant to go to the revival service, even though Dough Armstrong asked her to be there for moral support.  When they arrived, we saw Birdie had good reason for not wanting to go.  This time Doug has to struggle with something. 

Those struggles put me in mind of one of my favorite songs, Hallelujah, written by Leonard Cohen.  The song is not about religion, and neither is this story.  Even though the song is from a later era, it felt like a perfect fit.  I love hearing Cohen sing…

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Brother Love 8 — A Confession

What’s Saturday without Brotherly Love? Have you fill yet? Read the latest episode here, Brother Love 8 — A Confession. Thanks Teagan.

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Saturday, June 15, 2019

Welcome back to the crossroads.    

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This chapter has two things from  Dan Antion, who shares his photographs to illustrate Brother Love.  Read on to see how I used Bubblegum and Newspaper in this episode.

The third “thing” that is used to drive Chapter 8 is from Fraggle, aka C. J. Hyslop, who is a marvelous photographer.  It’s easy to see what a terrific imagination she has at Fraggle’s Other Place.  What was Fraggle’s thing?  Camera, of course!

I have to give Dan credit for a line in this chapter.  In our discussion about the two evangelists who inspired my Doug Armstrong character, Dan talked about something the preacher from his past said about not inviting people to dinner.  Keep reading and you’ll see what I mean. 

Chapter 7 — A Lament.

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Brother Love 7 — A Lament

What could be better than the latest episode of Brotherly Love. Check out Brother Love 7 — A Lament Elvis Presley, Matryoshka, and “That’ll Be the Day”. Thanks Teagan, for letting me reblog this!

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Saturday, June 8, 2019

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Welcome back to the crossroads.    

This chapter turned out to be for the birds — or rather for the magpie.  If Brother Love was a television series, then this would be the quirky musical episode.

I was already working with music because of the “thing,” Elvis Presley, from Mary J. McCoy-Dressel.  That’s when Jinx, the magpie, got in on the act.  Then John W. Howell commented about the Buddy Holly song, That’ll Be the Day.  Of course that became another “thing.”  At that point, I just went completely off the rails.  Yes, there’s more punishment — I even narrated the ending with a new sound-bite… That’s supposed to be my scary voice, but whatever.

John specified the Buddy Holly version of That’ll Be the Day.  Mr. Holly wrote the song during the general time-frame I’ve given…

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Brother Love 6 — A Ring

Are you ready for more? Catch the latest episode of Brother Love 6 — A Ring. Thanks, Teagan for letting me re-blog. Have a great weekend everyone!

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Saturday, June 1, 2019

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Welcome back to the crossroads.    

As you know, Dan Antion shares his photographs to illustrate Brother Love.  I make the serial “interactive” by letting things left by readers drive everything about the story.

I’ve completed at least six long-running serials here at Teagan’s Books — each of them written spontaneously and driven by “things” from readers.  Perhaps the thing I enjoy most about writing these serials is involving you readers.  I just had another idea for how to do that.  I’m naming the businesses in fictional Parliament, Mississippi after readers!  Keep an eye out for a couple of them today. I hope you’ll take a moment to visit all the links.

The reader “thing” today is a  Coke from Mary J Melange. Be sure to check out her marvelous blog.  Say hello to Gibbs and…

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Brother Love 5 — A Face

Check out what’s happening on Brother Love….Episode 5 — A Face is up and ready for your reading pleasure!

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Saturday, May 25, 2019

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Welcome back to the crossroads.    

As you know, the popular blogger and photographer Dan Antion illustrates Brother Love.  I try to bring Dan into some of the process of creating the story.  The “things” for this chapter led me to a scene that required some knowledge I didn’t possess — dark-haired actresses of the era.  At the time Dan was visiting his brother, Bruce, and they both took up the challenge.  Read on and you’ll see what I mean.

Sometimes my life creeps into my stories, with small parallels.  I’ve been having a disfiguring allergy problem. (It’s finally a lot better, thanks.  Apparently running its dreadfully long course, just as they said.)  I guess that’s why my narrator for this story became conscious of her appearance in chapters 4 and 5.

Birdie Devovo can’t afford to dress “to the…

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Brother Love 4 — A Domino

What you’ve been waiting for….check out the latest episode of Brother Love 4 — A Domino. Thanks, Teagan. Have a good weekend, everyone!

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Saturday, May 18, 2019

Note:  Last week I mentioned Dan was working on his own post about his part of the inspiration for the Doug Armstrong character.  That is Dan’s Saturday post this week at his blog, No Facilities.

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Welcome to my sanctuary at the crossroads.  Relax and sit for awhile.  It makes no difference what your name may be.  Although there is oh so much in a name. 

I tend to obsess about character names.  In stories with a real world setting (even if they are also fantasy) I try to add authenticity through the names of some characters.  With Atonement, Tennessee and Atonement in Bloom, I consulted a (public) government database that will show the most popular names, for a state, in a given year. 

Last time in A Hymn, we met two new characters, a woman and a little…

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Brother Love 3 — A Hymn

Never a dull moment in the land of Brotherly Love, 3 – A Hymn Fog, Fox, and Hymnal. Check out chapter 3 and see for yourself, thanks Teagan for letting me re-blog! And an early Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there!

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Saturday, May 11, 2019

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Welcome back to the crossroads everyone!   

 I should probably begin with a disclaimer.  This story is not about religion, nor is it a social commentary — that’s just part of the setting.  I also want you to understand that I approach this aspect of the story carefully.  While the story includes ways that I knew well and was involved in as a child, as an adult I acquired my own unique spirituality. 

That said, last time in A Shadow, now you learned some of the backstory for the Doug Armstrong character.  Today I wanted to tell you how his character came to be. 

You already know that Dan Antion provides photos to inspire me and illustrate this story —  and that he gives me two of the “three things” that drive each episode of this…

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Brother Love 2 — A Shadow

Get caught up in this great new serial, catch Brother Love 2 — A Shadow, right here. Thanks, Teagan for letting me re-blog!

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Saturday, May 4, 2019

There are many things on my mind that I want to share with you today.  If I had known about the most recent one before yesterday, I would have done a midweek post.  First let me welcome you…

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Welcome to my sanctuary.  Pull up a chair.  The sanctuary may be found in a quirky Tennessee town called Atonement.  It might be at a diesel-punk train station with an outrageous flapper named Lulu.  Or it could even be found at a steampunk submarine port, with an alchemist named Cornelis.  For now, my sanctuary has moved to a crossroads in a rural Mississippi town sometime in the late 1950s to early 1960s.  So, I also welcome you to the crossroads.

Yes, my blog is my sanctuary — a place where I can feel safe from the world.  It’s a place for…

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All New Serial: Brother Love — 1 A House at the Crossroads

Do you have a taste for Teagan on a Sunday? Check out Teagan’s latest serial: Brother Love 1 Prologue — A Sinnerman. Do enjoy. And Teagan, thanks for letting me re-blog! Have a well rested day everyone and thanks for stopping by!

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Saturday, April 27, 2019

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Happy weekend, everyone! It seems like such a long time since I did an “interactive” serial with reader participation.  Well, I’m finally back with a new spontaneously written, pantser story done in my “Three Things” way of writing.  I’m delighted to bring you the first installment today!

Blogger Dan Antion collaborates with me on this new story.  He provides photos to inspire me and illustrate the posts.  He also gives me two of the “three things” that drive this unplanned serial.  The third thing comes from you the reader!

Some of you read the original introduction I posted recently, when I shared how this idea began about a year ago.  I’ve revised it to fit this collaborative effort and include the first three things.  Now that part is Chapter 1 — but first I have the Prologue.  On a…

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