Archives for the month of: December, 2021

Thanks to Sally Cronin​ for her very special Christmas gift and for including me in a post with wonderful and talented Carol Taylor and Paul Andruss. Merry Christmas all!

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We have finally reached the last of the Christmas parties first featured in 2018 and revisited this year with additions from 2020.. I would like to take this opportunity to thank more regular contributors over the last ten years, and someone who has helped me with the translation of one of my books. Paul Andruss, Olga Nunez Miretand Carol Taylor.

I know that for the second year running most of us will be spending a very different Christmas day to other years, and it is likely that many of you will still not be able to see your family and close friends in person. That alone will ensure that 2020 and 2021 remain in our thoughts and our memories for a long time.

Today we do at least have the technology to speak to and see those we love, and it whilst does not compare with the hugs…

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Don’t miss Teagan Geneviene​´s contribution to Dan Antion​’s Thursday Doors Challenge, and her generous giveaway offer. And don’t forget her challenge as well!

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Thursday, December 16, 2021

Dead of Winter: Journey 1 Doors Promo by TeaganDead of Winter: Journey 1 Doors Promo by Teagan

Thursday Doors Challenge

This time, I’m the one responding to a challenge.  The host of Thursday Doors, Dan Antion has a few challenges going this monthThis postwill tell you more.

December 16th – This week is traditionally when we share our favorite doors from the current year. What doors were you particularly proud of in 2021? Which ones made you happiest? Which are special. The good news is you already took the photos, and they are in your library.

Of course, my favorite “doors” this year are from Dead of Winter: Journey 9, Doors of Attunement (Kindle:

When the concept for that part of the epic came to me, ten years ago, I had thought… What if your ability to choose a path forward depended on the things that…

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Teagan Geneviene reminds us of her Dead of Winter challenge and offer, with some wonderful examples of creativity from some of her followers.

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Wednesday, December 15, 2021


Dead of Winter Creativity Challenge

Welcome, everyone.  I hope the week is going well for all of you.  Today I’m showing links to some of the wonderful responses to my Dead of Winter Creativity Challenge.  Each is a different form of creativity.  I’ll continue to collect responses until December 24, 2021, so I’ve repeated the challenge rules below.


It thrills me when readers find things about their own true lives that they relate to my stories.  Author Robbie Cheadle (Roberta Eaton Cheadle) has so many creative talents.  I was delighted to know that one of her marvelous fondant characters reminded her of my story.  Meet Jack Frost, along with his helper and lovely snow babies here atRobbie’s post.

Jack Frost Cake Robbie CheadleJack Frost Cake by Robbie Cheadle

The wonderful thing about inspiration is that its product might look absolutely nothing like the inspiration.  Dan Antion surprised…

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Episode 17 of Teagan Geneviene​’s The Armadillo Files is here, and things are slipping and moving! Don’t miss this exciting serial!

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Saturday, December 11, 2021

You’ve reached The Armadillo Files.  Stand by for zaniness.  

Random Reader Things

My Vibrating Vertabrae coverPoetry by Chris Graham’s mom

The threethings that drive this episode are from author and blogger Chris Graham, also known as The Story Reading Ape.  Click over and check out his amazing resources for writers. You’re sure to find an amazing, varied collection of great posts.  His random reader things are broken sewer pipe, paper doll, and non-reflecting standing mirror.

 Previously in The Armadillo Files

Fang became convinced that the network of tunnels he found in and around the Secret City hold the key to finding the missing Calutron Girls.  You can find all the past chapters by going to the categories on the right side of the screen.  Click on Armadillo Files.

All aboard!

17 — What’s the matter?

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Warning lights…

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Teagan Geneviene​ reminds her of her challenge in her blog. If you are looking for some inspiration and would like to read the first Journey in her serial, don’t miss this opportunity!

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Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Wolf, Emlyn, Osabide, Gethin, Baki, & Zasha, by TeaganDead of Winter Characters: Wolf, Emlyn, Osabide, Gethin, Baki, & Zasha, by Teagan

Welcome everyone.  I know how busy you are at this time of year.  So, I’m not doing much of a post.  Last week I issued a challenge, hoping to get everyone’s creativity flowing.  There’s more on that below.  It is still open.

Pat at eQuips responded to the challenge witha poemthat is stunning.

Even though Dead of Winter is up to Journey 11, the Sumelazon Escarpment my challenge pertains to Journey 1, Forlorn Peak.

My Challenge to You

Create something using Emlyn’s world as portrayed in Dead of Winter: Journey 1, Forlorn Peak, as your inspiration.  Not a story with my characters, but anything else you please.  If you want to play and have not read the Journeys give me your email in a comment and…

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Episode 16 of Teagan Geneviene​´s The Armadillo Files is here! There are secrets underground still to be uncovered, and some not very gentleman-like behaviour afoot. Be sure to visit!

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Saturday, December 4, 2021

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You’ve reached The Armadillo Files.  Stand by for weirdness with some reality.  

Random Reader Things

The threethings that drive this episode are from a friend and former collogue, Alford Kindred. He doesn’t have a blog, but if you’re interested in connecting with someone who has terrific mentoring and coaching skills (particularly where motivating kids is concerned), you can find Alford’s profile on LinkedIn.  His random reader things are Resilience, Transparent, and Willie Foo Foo

As sometimes happens with my “3 Things” method of storytelling, the conversation about the random reader things brought a fourth thing that I couldn’t resist adding.  This time it came from discussing transparent and the difficulties of getting complete information — “The truth is there.”

 Previously in The Armadillo Files

Fang tunneled under the church of that…

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A great challenge from Teagan Geneviene, especially for those following or interested in her serial Dead of Winter. Oh, and it comes with a giveaway!

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Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Welcome December!

DoW 1 Forest PromoImage by Teagan

Welcome to my cozy sanctuary in the Land of Enchantment.  For many years I lived in dread of December’s weather… and January, and February, and even March when I lived on the east coast.  However, in the high desert southwest, I love December and the rest of winter. 

Speaking of a different “Winter” I have been inspired by a postDiana Wallace Peachdid for a book that inspired her.  However, the challenge I issue will be based on my book. I want this to be available to everyone, so there’s a small giveaway too.  (Unfortunately, I have to limit the free e-book to the USA.)

Even though Dead of Winter is up to Journey 11, the Sumelazon Escarpment my challenge pertains to Journey 1, Forlorn Peak.

My Challenge to You

Create something using Emlyn’s world as portrayed in

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