Author Inspiration and This Week’s Writing Links

I love weekly round-ups, especially when I can’t sit down at the computer for longer than ten minutes, and I’m way behind on Life in general. Staci Troilo always has a great one. Check it out for inspiration, and lots of good links to things you’ll enjoy. 🙂

Staci Troilo

Ciao, everybody. How was your week? I had one of those “why’d I get out of bed” days—every day. Seemed like everything at work hit the fan and my personal life had more than a few distractions.

In short, it could have been more productive.

I’d sit down to write and realize I had to feed the dogs. I’d start to edit only to stop to answer a pressing message. A book release was pushed back, a completed manuscript required an unexpected revision. I’m telling you, if it wasn’t one thing, it was another. (That’s a stupid saying. What else would something be if not one thing or another? Maybe you shouldn’t take this post too seriously, as clearly, my mind is mush.)

If I had a dollar for every time I got distracted—Oooh! Chocolate!

Not. My son works at a chocolate shop and I can’t even get a…

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How Do You Feel About Controversy? (and my new release)

by Kassandra Lamb

Marcia’s busy today, so she gave me permission to play in her sandbox while she’s gone… 😀

I’ve taken some risks with my latest Marcia Banks and Buddy cozy mystery, and I’d love to hear your take on it. Here’s the gist of it from a post I did earlier in the week.


Some people don’t mind controversy; a few even thrive on it. And with social media, these two groups seem to have found their voices more and more lately.

But I’m in the group that pretty much hates controversy. I sit on my hands at least once a day, resisting the temptation to get into it with someone on Facebook or Twitter. It just isn’t worth the stress.


In my Kate Huntington mysteries, I have often touched on somewhat controversial social issues. I’ve been fortunate that they have been well received. I really enjoyed writing those books, but more recently I’ve been having fun with a lighter cozy mystery series about a service dog trainer.

I thought I had left the somewhat darker topics behind. My muse, however, had a different idea. She spun out a story in my head that involves two less-than-likeable characters who are members of groups that normally inspire high levels of sympathy in people.

In my new release, I have a crabby paraplegic veteran, who has an unhealthy obsession with his sister’s love life, and a brash, hard-to-like sexual assault survivor.

My main character, Marcia Banks, doesn’t particularly care for either of these people when she first meets them. And she feels guilty about that. How can you dislike a veteran in a wheelchair? she asks herself.

But the reality is that people in most groups come in all sizes, shapes, and personality types. And some of them aren’t going to be likeable. (READ MORE of original post)

Nonetheless, I’m feeling a bit of trepidation as this book releases. I know I will get blow-back from some folks. I hope it doesn’t get too nasty.

What do you think? Am I worrying for nothing?

Here’s the scoop on the new release:

Patches in the Rye cover

Patches in the Rye, A Marcia Banks and Buddy Mystery, Book 5

Nothing about her new client is what service dog trainer Marcia Banks expected—from the posh house that says family money to his paranoid preoccupation with his sister’s love life—but when he dangles a thousand-dollar retainer under her nose, she can’t resist playing private detective.

In between training sessions, Marcia digs into the sister’s boyfriend’s sketchy past. But the deeper she digs, the more questions arise. How is a disastrous fraternity party five years ago linked to blackmail, prostitutes, and murder today? And who’s driving the black SUV that keeps trying to turn Marcia and her dog Buddy into roadkill?

She can’t let it go, not when there are innocents at risk who are depending on her to find the truth. But the deepest, darkest truth is the one she wishes she never uncovered.

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#CFFW Presentation – Herons & Egrets & A Personal Update

Just a reminder for those of you in the Central Florida area. This Saturday (7/28), at 1:00pm, I’ll be giving a Central Florida’s Fabulous Wildlife slide presentation on Herons & Egrets. Hope you’ll join me to learn more about these wonderful wading birds of ours.

Where: Enterprise Heritage Center & Museum, 360 Main St, Enterprise, FL 32725, (386) 259-5900

FREE, With Donations gratefully accepted. No Reservations Required.

Would LOVE to see you there!

Also, just want to let you know I’ll probably be MIA around here off and on for the next week, as my daughter and the kidlets will be paying a visit. I’ve got the #ShareAReviewDay posts scheduled, and there will probably be a few posts by other contributors, so TWS won’t be completely abandoned while I’m away. I’ll also try to keep track of any email, and I’ll be back  to the blog before you know it!

Really now. Who could resist spending a few days with these guys?
(And yes, I do need to talk to their mom about all this photo manipulation!)
😀 😀 😀


#ShareAReviewDay – The Curse of Time by M. J. Mallon

This afternoon’s special guest is M. J. Mallon, and Marje is sharing a review of her book, The Curse of Time Book One – Bloodstone. I know you’ll enjoy this one, and you’ll make Marge (and me) very happy if you pass it along on all your social media hangouts. Thanks so much!

By Gemma at
An Ocean of Glimmer

The Curse of Time? Let me tell you a little bit about it;

Fifteen-year-old Amelina Scott lives in Cambridge with her dysfunctional family, a mysterious black cat, and an unusual girl who’s imprisoned within the mirrors located in her house. When an unexpected message arrives inviting her to visit the Crystal Cottage, she sets off on a forbidden pathway where she encounters Ryder, a charismatic, but perplexing stranger.

With the help of a magical paint set, and some crystal wizard stones she discovers the truth about a shocking curse that has destroyed her family’s happiness.

I am truly addicted to this book! Marjorie is such a talented author and really does reel you into the book and the life of Amelina. At first, I was a little unsure about the book with it being different from my normal genres and a little slow. After a while though, you do get addicted and just can not put it down! Amelina is a really good character, super lovable and you want to keep reading to see where things take her.

You are quickly whisked off into a world filled with supernatural happenings, people in mirrors and crystals. Lots of crystals! There is an element of change evident in Amelina as the book progresses, showing her development as a person who is capable of having a huge effect on those around her, as she learns of the powers she has had bestowed upon her. On the other end of the spectrum, Ryder is a really dislikeable character.

I suppose he needed to be like this, as you’re really not meant to like him! He definitely influences Amelina negatively, her friends and family also question him, making him for a well-written character within the story. The last couple of chapters were crazy and left me on the edge of my seat wanting more from them. This book does focus on things from the norm, the whole secret and wanting to know about these crystals.

Normally I hate finishing books, as the impressive story is over, but I have the luxury of Book 2 for this series, which I hope I can get my hands on it soon! Overall, this is a book brimming with supernatural happenings, a mysterious cottage and a family problem that needs solving. I definitely recommend this to anyone who loves a good mystery as it will reel you in.


Fifteen-year-old Amelina Scott lives in Cambridge with her dysfunctional family, a mysterious black cat, and an unusual girl who’s imprisoned within the mirrors located in her house. When an unexpected message arrives inviting her to visit the Crystal Cottage, she sets off on a forbidden pathway where she encounters Ryder, a charismatic, but perplexing stranger.

With the help of a magical paint set, and some crystal wizard stones she discovers the truth about a shocking curse that has destroyed her family’s happiness.  

Author M. J. Mallon

I am a debut author who has been blogging for three years at my lovely blog home Kyrosmagica: My interests include writing, photography, poetry, and alternative therapies. I write Fantasy YA, middle grade fiction and micro poetry – haiku and tanka. I love to read and have written over 100 reviews:

My alter ego is MJ – Mary Jane from Spiderman. I love superheroes! I was born on the 17th of November in Lion City: Singapore, (a passionate Scorpio, with the Chinese Zodiac sign a lucky rabbit,) second child and only daughter to my proud parents Paula and Ronald. I grew up in a mountainous court in the Peak District in Hong Kong with my elder brother Donald. My parents dragged me away from my exotic childhood and my much loved dog Topsy to the frozen wastelands of Scotland. In bonnie Edinburgh I mastered Scottish country dancing, and a whole new Och Aye lingo.

As a teenager I travelled to many far-flung destinations to visit my abacus wielding wayfarer dad. It’s rumoured that I now live in the Venice of Cambridge, with my six foot hunk of a Rock God husband, and my two enchanted daughters. After such an upbringing my author’s mind has taken total leave of its senses! When I’m not writing, I eat exotic delicacies while belly dancing, or surf to the far reaches of the moon. To chill out, I practise Tai Chi. If the mood takes me I snorkel with mermaids, or sign up for idyllic holidays with the Chinese Unicorn, whose magnificent voice sings like a thousand wind chimes.

Buy The Curse of Time Book One – Bloodstone HERE

Find Marje on Social Media Here:
Authors Website
Collaborative Blog
Media Kit:
Twitter: @Marjorie_Mallon and @curseof_time
Founder of #ABRSC: Authors Bloggers Rainbow Support Club on Facebook

#ShareAReviewDay – Walking by Inner Vision by Lynda McKinney Lambert

This morning, it is my pleasure to welcome Lynda McKinney Lambert to The Write Stuff. Lynda is sharing a review of her book of stories and poems, Walking by Inner Vision. I know you folks will really enjoy this one, and will share it on all your social media. Thanks so much!


“Walking by Inner Vision” Book Review
Posted on 5/1/2017
by Beckie Horter

Celebrating our successes as visually impaired people is an essential step on the journey to healing. Peer advisor, Lynda McKinney Lambert knows this firsthand.

Celebrating in a Memorable Way

After profound vision loss in 2007 due to Ischemic Optic Neuropathy, Lynda did not use a computer for almost two years. When she finally did relearn her way around the computer with the help of adaptive technology, she decided to celebrate in a memorable way. She started a blog.

Lynda’s blog, “Walking by Inner Vision,” grew and grew over a seven-year period. Last year, she decided to collect her stories and poems in a delightful book by the same name.

Walking by Inner Vision: Stories & Poems is Lynda’s second book. The first, Concerti: Psalms for the Pilgrimage, was published in 2003 by Kota Press.

Into the Mind of the Artist

Lynda is an artist and a retired professor of fine arts and humanities from Geneva College. Her artistic background permeates her writing in an unmistakable style, painting word pictures and setting vivid scenes. Her black and white photography accompanies several stories and adds to the visual appeal.

“This book takes readers into the mind of an artist, how we work in layers, seeing connections between history, philosophy, psychology, and nature. It’s the artist’s job to tell the things others don’t notice. We see nuances and fragments—these things spark the mind,” Lynda said.

Walking by Inner Vision is arranged as a year-long pilgrimage from January through December. Each month begins with a poem and reflects the happenings unique to its time and place. For example, in “March Arrived Like a Capricious Cat,” she speaks of the changeable nature of late winter in her native Western Pennsylvania.

“Glass wind chimes
shrouded in new snow.
March arrived like a capricious cat
crouched—hunkered down, bent over
spring-loaded, squat

Viewing a World of Beauty with Vision Loss

Throughout the 16 poems and 27 essays, Lynda views her world through the lens of beauty even in the midst of vision loss.

“I want to give people a strand of hope to hold on to,” Lynda said. Her personal Christian faith provides the anchor for her own hope and optimism.

Lynda draws on her wealth of experiences to offer the reader a treasure chest of reading variety. While some stories are light and humorous (“A Wintry Tale”), others are poignant, like the story of her mother’s last family gathering and ensuing struggle with Alzheimer’s (“The Living Room”).

Regardless of the form—free verse or creative non-fiction—one thing remains consistent: lingering images stay with the reader long after the book is finished. They have been taken into the world of Lynda’s inner vision. And all is well.

The artist has done her job.


This book is the dream-come-true of Pennsylvania artist, author and Professor of Fine Arts and Humanities, Lynda McKinney Lambert.

Through her poetry and creative non-fiction essays, Lynda invites her readers into her personal world of imagination, faith, beauty, travels, music and more. Since her retirement from her teaching career in 2008, she writes full-time in her century-old rural western Pennsylvania home where she has lived for over ½ a century with her husband, Bob.

In her books and her art works, she takes strands from ancient mythology, history, and contemporary life and weaves a richly textured new fabric using images that are seen and unseen. 

Lynda’ firs book is Concerti: Psalms for the Pilgrimage. This collection of poems, historical notes and reflections was written over several years as she lived and taught courses in Austria every summer. Her students came from all over the country to be in her classes.  Her course, “Drawing and Writing in Salzburg,” took students on daily excursions in a variety of places in Austria. Students travelled with Lambert to locations in Austria, Italy, Czech Republic, and Germany during a month-long sojourn.  Lynda kept journals each summer and the stories and poems in her book were inspired by her journaling.

In her newest book, Walking by Inner Vision: Stories & Poems she takes us on a year-long journey through the seasons. The book opens in the month of January.  She takes readers through each month, with a final destination at the end of December.

Author Lynda McKinney Lambert

Lynda is a diverse and creative writer, author and visual artist who has earned degrees in fine arts and literature.  She worked at Geneva College, Beaver Falls, PA as Professor of Fine Arts & Humanities. She lectured in art history, and a variety of special topics in contemporary literature with an emphasis on modern/post-modern poetry and writers.

In addition, she taught studio arts courses in a variety of genre in art.

What is remarkable about her personal and professional history is that she went back to the university to pursue her degrees, at the age of forty-two. She and her husband, Bob, had nearly completed raising their 5 children, and Lynda decided it was time for her to return to her passions in art and literature. Over a period of only 9 years, she earned all 3 of her degrees, at universities in 2 different states.  During those 9 years of full-time studies, she also taught courses at a community college and summer art programs for children at a local art museum.  During her graduate work at West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV. Lynda began submitting her poems to publishers and immediately began her career as a published poet in her first year at grad school with that first publication she was hooked on pursuing her career of poetry and publications.

In 2017, Lynda had over 140 publications of her essays and poetry published in literary magazines, anthologies, blogs, and print books. 

Her academic degrees are:
BFA in Painting from Slippery Rock University of PA, 1989.
MFA in Painting from West Virginia University, 1991.
MA in English Literature from Slippery Rock University of PA, 1994. 

At the time when she was offered a tenure track position at Geneva College, she was serving as executive director of the Hoyt Institute of Fine arts, New Castle, PA from 1993 – 1996.

When she accepted a tenure track position at Geneva College, Beaver Falls, PA, she began her teaching career in the fall of 1996. She taught courses in English Literature, Humanities, and Fine Arts during her years at Geneva College. She retired in 2008 from teaching and has been writing and making art full-time since her retirement.

Lynda’s career has taken her around the world. She was included in international exhibitions in the U.S., Japan, Austria, New Guinea. She was selected by the U.S. Department of State for the Arts in Embassies program and her wood-cut prints were on display at the U.S. Embassy in Paupau, New Guinea.  Another notable recognition in 2017-8 was her nomination for the Skirt Best-of-the-Net Award for an essay, “Knitting a Life Back Together,” nominated by Spirit Fire Review. SFR published non-fiction essay and selected it for this nomination.

In 1991, Lynda’s wood-cut prints were chosen as 1 of 8 U. S. printmakers invited to the international exhibition – The Osaka Triennale (Japan). Her unique prints and paintings were shown all over the U.S. in traveling exhibitions and in invitational shows. She still actively exhibits her art work. She exhibits her art for over 40 years in museums and galleries.

Since her sight loss, she began creating mixed-media fiber art in her River Road Studio, which was established in 1976. She has won over 100 awards for her art. Currently, Lynda writes two blogs. She began blogging in December 2009, 2 years after her profound sight loss.  Her writing appears on numerous blogs as a guest blogger and as a featured writer. She garners many awards for her writing throughout the year. 

Lynda’s poem, “Red December,” was a winner in the Proverse Poetry Prize Anthology, Mingled Voices #2, published in Hong Kong.  In 2018, Lynda completed two manuscripts that are now ready to be published and she is beginning to let potential publishers know of her desire to have them published.  FIRST:  Lynda completed her first chapbook, first snow, a collection of “little poems” with a wintry theme. It is a collection of SIXTEEN poems. SECOND: she completed her next full-length book, Star Signs: New & Selected Poems, which contains 60 original poems.

Buy Walking by Inner Vision on Amazon HERE or on her own page HERE

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Bonus #ShareAReviewDay Post – Finding Hunter by Marcia Meara

It’s Sunday again, and time for another Bonus #ShareAReviewDay Post. I love it when a reader really gets what I’m trying to say, don’t you? And this new review of Finding Hunter: Riverbend Book 2 really touched my heart. Hope you enjoy it, and if you haven’t yet started the Riverbend series, maybe this will entice you to give it a try. There are a  lot of very quirky characters living in this little Florida town, but happily, there’s not always a serial killer trying to cause them harm. 😀 Thanks for reading and sharing! ❤


Jul 15, 2018 Alex Craigie  5 Stars it was amazing

I read Marcia Meara’s first Riverbend novel a little while ago and loved it. It combines a romantic love story with an edge-of-your-seat tension as the protagonists find themselves sucked into the horrific world of a sadistic serial killer.

Finding Hunter, the second book, doesn’t feature a serial killer but, for me, this was a book that packed an even greater emotional punch and the tension was as great – if not greater.

Finding Hunter is more terrifying because the horror in the story could happen to any one of us. It concerns the way families frequently behave, not recognising or acknowledging problems and, when things do go wrong, lashing out without thought of the damage done or its far-reaching consequences. It’s often the most perceptive characters who are hurt hardest in this life and Hunter is sensitive to everything around him, trying to do the best he can for everyone and struggling with the weight of his burden.

We first meet Willow and Hunter in Book One and we know that they’ve each hidden their love for the other for years. The characters are wonderfully developed. They’re as real as one’s own family and you walk with Willow and Hunter every step of the way, wincing, fearing, mourning and rejoicing with them every step of the way, too. They are perfect for each other and the scenes where they are able to give free reign to their feelings are expertly written. These are people with genuine emotions and needs and the love scenes, whilst handled with a light touch, are beautiful, funny and very moving without being graphic.

When tragedy strikes, Hunter goes missing both literally and figuratively and there is a very real sense of fear and dread. Willow is a wonderful character. She’s strong, intuitive and honest and prepared to do what it takes to get Hunter back. I won’t say any more for fear of dropping spoilers but I will confess to unashamedly weeping over parts of this incredible book.

So, this isn’t a book about sinister murderers and derring-do. No, it’s a truly frightening book about the frailty of the human spirit and how we respond to it. This is for people who like a great, pacy read with characters that leap off the page and who drive the story as much as the tragic incidents do. We can all identify in some way with Hunter and Willow and that makes it all the more personal and terrifying.

Five of the most sparkly of stars from me!


Before, I never thought about taking a life. Not once.
Now, the thought fills my mind day and night, and
I wonder how I’ll hide that terrible need,
As an old car swings to the shoulder,
And stops.

~ Traveling Man ~

Hunter Painter’s darkest fears have shaped his offbeat personality since he was a child, crippling him in ways invisible to those unable to see past his quiet exterior. In a sleepy Florida town known for its eccentric inhabitants, he’s always been a mystery to most.

Only one person sees beyond Hunter’s quirky facade. Willow Greene, the new age herbalist who owns the local candle and potpourri shop, has secretly loved him since they were in high school. When, sixteen years later, she discovers Hunter has loved her just as long, Willow hopes her dreams are finally coming true.

Soon, Willow learns that Hunter fears happiness at her side isn’t in the cards for him. With her natural optimism and courage, she almost convinces him he’s wrong—that they can really have that life together they both long for—but even Willow can’t stop what Hunter knows is coming.

One by one, his worst nightmares become reality, culminating in an unthinkable tragedy, which devastates everyone it touches. Willow’s battle begins in earnest as Hunter is plunged into a bleak, guilt-ridden despair, threatening to destroy not only their love, but Hunter, himself.

Finding Hunter is the story of a lost man’s desperate struggle to make his way home again, and one woman’s unshakeable faith in him and the power of their love.

Author Marcia Meara

Marcia Meara lives in central Florida, just north of Orlando, with her husband of over thirty years, four big cats, and two small dachshunds. When not writing or blogging, she spends her time gardening, and enjoying the surprising amount of wildlife that manages to make a home in her suburban yard. At the age of five, Marcia declared she wanted to be an author, and is ecstatic that at age 69, she finally began pursuing that dream. Her belief in the redemptive power of love is a unifying factor in both of her popular series and her poetry. Today, she’s still going strong, and plans to keep on writing until she falls face down on the keyboard, which she figures would be a pretty good way to go!

BUY HERE: Finding Hunter: Riverbend Book 2

Marcia has published six novels, one novella, and one book of poetry to date, all of which are available on Amazon: 

Wake-Robin Ridge
A Boy Named Rabbit: Wake-Robin Ridge Book 2
Harbinger: Wake-Robin Ridge Book 3

Swamp Ghosts: A Riverbend Novel
Finding Hunter: Riverbend Book 2
That Darkest Place: Riverbend Book  

The Emissary: A Riverbend Spinoff Novella 

Summer Magic: Poems of Life & Love 

Marcia’s Amazon Author Page

You can reach Marcia via email at or on the following social media sites:

The Write Stuff:
Bookin’ It:
Twitter: @marciameara

This Floating Life

2383793_9b0ef8a2.jpgBy D. Avery

If you haven’t stopped by the Annecdotist’s blog lately you should. In addition to thoughtfully thorough book reviews, Anne Goodwin will also treat you to her thinking on matters related to writing, recently on how to deal with “writerly disappointments”, to, as she says, “feel the disappointment without wallowing in despair”. Anne notes in this post that the cure for disappointment is success and says that, “alongside mourning lost dreams, a writer must work to celebrate any success, however small”. She has promised a post on celebrating success and I am looking forward to it; the discussion has already begun in her comments. Initially I’m thinking it might be a greater challenge for most to celebrate our own successes than to admit our failures even. Writers have to balance the seesaw of setbacks and successes, walk the beam between self-indulgence and self-promotion, all the while wondering where to set the ego down or how to carry it unobtrusively. At least with this blogging thing we have each other through it all. Charli Mills of Carrot Ranch says, “As for success, it’s great to receive recognition from peers. I think success is the result of a willingness to be vulnerable, to put yourself out there, to show up to a group and participate.” Hmm.

A Floating Life; the Adventures of Li Po, by Simon Elegant, a fictionalized telling of the 8th century Chinese poet’s life, had me thinking about this. Li Po lived at a time when poets traveled far and wide not just for an audience but also for mentors and competitors. Now with the Internet we are able to find writing groups to participate in and fellow poets and writers to learn from without limitations of time and distance. We might even find an audience. While not the Emperor’s court, we might find some small successes in the blogosphere, and might even celebrate them here. Maybe Anne is right and celebrating small successes will help one through the rough patches of self-doubt and other discouragements. But maybe it will seem like shameless self-promotion, that other writerly scourge. I did have a gratifying week recently, receiving some writerly recognitions. These acknowledgements felt good but who really cares? How does one quietly shout from one’s rooftop? Should one shout? How does one speak of one’s small forward steps without sounding like a braggart? I don’t know. I will wait on wise Anne to unravel these conundrums.

In the meantime I want to recognize the many blogs that encourage and support fellow readers and writers of poetry and prose, to celebrate all who host and manage these sites, as well as all who contribute and participate. I thank you all for these promptings and opportunities to practice and hone my craft and to learn and grow with you.

This is not an exhaustive list of sites offering prompts and challenges, but are ones that I have participated in. I hope I have left no one out and apologize if I mess up or confuse names.


Anne Goodwin           Carrot Ranch           Coleen Chesebro       chevrefeuillescarpediem    Sammi Cox     dVerse Poets’ Pub               Freya Pickard @ Pure Haiku                Haiku Horizons       Irene Waters          Kat Myrman                                          Kiwinana               Mindlovesmiserymangerie            Norah Colvin             Ronovan Writes        Sally Cronin          Six Sentence Stories               Sue Vincent                                     Drabble      SeriousFlashFiction        The WriteStuff

Thank you all for your support!


balance, keep going

rushing stream bridged with each stone

reach out, step across


Living Lore: Marcia Meara’s ‘Rabbit’ tells the tale of Boojum and Hootin’ Annie

It is my great pleasure to be a guest today on Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo blog. Sue is doing a series of guest posts on Living Lore, and the little boy who usurped my entire Wake-Robin Ridge series (Rabbit) decided he’d like to share a tale he told Mac & Sarah in the upcoming 4th book of the series. So, if you’d like to read Rabbit’s version of “Boojum and Hootin’ Annie,” head on over to Sue’s lovely blog. Hope you’ll enjoy the story, and will share with the Immediate World! 🙂 Thanks!

Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

The Tale of Boojum and Hootin’ Annie
Appalachian Mountains Folk Tale

An Excerpt From Wake-Robin Ridge Book 4 (Coming this Fall)

Thank you, Miz Sue, for lettin’ me come by today, and meet your friends.

My name’s Rabbit*. Well, that ain’t my real name, of course, but it’s what I been called near-bout all my life. (I’m eleven, now.) This here’s a story my gran told me ‘bout Boojum and Hootin’ Annie. My mama’s a writer, an’ she wrote it down ‘zactly the way I told it to her an’ my daddy last Halloween, an’ this here’s what she wrote:

“Who’s that supposed to be, Rabbit?”



Rabbit’s mouth dropped open, and he gaped at Mac, pumpkin carving forgotten in his amazement.

“You ain’t heard ‘bout Boojum?”

Mac shook his head.

“Nor Hootin’ Annie, neither?”

Another shake of the head from Mac.

“But you been comin’ to these here…

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