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

Collage featuring hymnal by Dan Antion. Tomfoolery by TeaganCollage featuring hymnal by Dan Antion. Tomfoolery by Teagan

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.    

Brother Love promo imageImage collage by Teagan, featuring a photo by Dan

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

Crows by Dan AntionCrows by Dan Antion

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

Rottary phone black Dan AntionVintage rotary phone, photo by Dan Antion

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

4th n Vine SignImage tomfoolery from Teagan

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.

Various names on different colored cards in fancy textChuttersnap at Unsplash

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

Brother Love promo imageBrother Love composite by Teagan R. Geneviene

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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