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Sunday, May 15, 2022

Welcome to my sanctuary.  Lighthouses seem like sanctuaries to me.  Today I’m sharing another response I wrote for the Thursday Doors writing challenge, hosted by Dan Antion.

As upside-down as it seems, writing these (at night after I’m certain that I can’t focus on finishing Dead of Winter”) has helped me move forward with the concluding Journey of that series.  I’ve been whittling at a third response inspired by a door from Dennyho at Thoughts of an E’ville Woman.  However, I’m having trouble scaling down the story in my head into something short.  I think I might finally have the right approach.  That one is yet to come.

Today, my short-short story is different from the spooky one I posted on Wednesday.  This one is also in a different in tone and style from my usual writing. I wasn’t sure if I should even…

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Teagan Geneviene​ shares a creative take on Dan Antion​’s Thursday Doors Challenge. Quite chilling and terrifically atmospheric, so don’t miss it.

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Monday, May 19, 2022

Image C 2019 Deborah M ZajacImage C 2019 Deborah M Zajac

Welcome, all.  You wouldn’t believe how down on myself I’ve been, because I haven’t been able to plunge through the PTSD-anxiety that keeps me from finishing “Dead of Winter.”  I had also forgotten about the Thursday Doors writing challenge, hosted by Dan Antion. I had promised to participate and was looking forward to it.  I was sure I would be completely finished with my fantasy epic by then.  Ha…!

Then one evening after berating myself for yet another day, I decided that any kind of storytelling would be better for me than none at all.  Despite it being a detour, it might even get me back on track with Dead of Winter.  So, at the end of a fruitless day, I indulged myself in working on a story for one of the Doors prompts. I stayed…

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A great image teaser created by Teagan Geneviene for one of the characters of Dead of Winter. A favourite of mine!

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Saturday, May 7, 2022
Tajin with the macuahuitl, by Teagan R GenevieneTajin with the macuahuitl, by Teagan
 
 
My self-imposed absence from the blogosphere continues, I’m sad to say.  Those of you who are reading my “Dead of Winter” series know that, in addition to the story, I create black and white images to begin each chapter.  Suddenly I realized that I had never made an image of Tajín.
 
Tajín Ah Tzenul is a swordsman and sworn companion/protector to Zasha.  The weapon he prefers is a fierce macuahuitl.  His homeland is Bandihar.  In creating that country, I drew a little bit of inspiration (not much) from the ancient Mayan civilization.  However, the geography and topology I use for Bandihar is directly inspired by that part of our world.  Like many people from Bandihar, Tajín is stocky of build, and has a hawk-nose and a coppery complexion.  He’d rather not mention it, but he is…

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For those eager to read the ending of Teagan Geneviene’s Dead of Winter, here comes a beautiful and enticing teaser.

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Saturday, April 30, 2022
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Generally, I’m still not around the blogosphere (in general).  My work on the conclusion of the epic fantasy series, Dead of Winter, has been even slower than I feared.  I never dreamed it would take me this long.  I don’t lack inspiration or motivation, and I know the story.  It’s my “stuff” holding me down in an unfocussed abyss.
 
However, I was working on bringing a favorite character back into the thick of the ending.  In my original version, it was focused almost entirely on Emlyn, the main character.  This does not include any sort of spoiler, and I suddenly wanted to share a snippet from it.

Zasha, Looking Like May Day

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The stable behind the Golden Book was filled with horses.  Most of them had been rescued from the battlefield by Gethin Gwilym, the equerry…

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Teagan Geneviene shares an excerpt from the 12th Journeay of Dead of Winter. If you haven’t caught up this extraordinary series, what are you waiting for?

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Wednesday, April 13, 2022
Wolf, Emlyn, Osabide, Gethin, Baki, & Zasha, by TeaganSome characters in Dead of Winter: Wolf, Emlyn, Osabide, Gethin, Baki, & Zasha, by Teagan
 
My self-imposed absence from the blogosphere (in general) continues, as I work on the conclusion of the epic fantasy series that I’ve been sharing in novelette-sized installments.  However, I needed to review a particular sequence of the existing story as preparation.  In doing so, I realized that it would make a good post.  So, I’m sharing that excerpt today.
 
To the “Writing” part of this post’s title, stories set in the past, or fantasies can require some mental agility.  This snippet is an example.  How would you describe the sound of a tornado?  The most common description I’ve heard is that they sound like a freight train as they get close. I’ve been near enough to tornadoes that I’ve heard that bloodcurdling noise, and more than once.  Although…

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Teagan Geneviene​’s Story, The Armadillo Files, reaches episode 27, and things are getting mysterious and funny as well. New characters appear and there is talk of metronomes and side-effects, so, make sure to catch up!

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Saturday, March 26, 2022

You’ve reached The Armadillo Files. We now resume your regularly scheduled program.

Random Reader Things

This episode features three random reader things from a non-blogging reader in Maryland who wishes to remain anonymous.  They worked nicely for the latest setting, and helped me get to writing this episode.  Those things are:  knight, robe, and necklace.

Previously in The Armadillo Files

Dilly and Fang “landed” in a cave that appears to be in tenth century Bagdad. They ran afoul of Ali Baba’s wicked brother, Cassim.  He’s a greedy guy who might have sold them into slavery, given the chance.  Fortunately, Fang remembered reading Cassim’s dossier.  Hmmm… that may or may not have anything to do with the fate of the missing Calutron Girls in the 1940s. Only the “things” know for sure.  Frankly, I have no idea. By the way, it turned out…

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Teagan Geneviene​ brings us a new book, great offers, and some fantastic doors and historical pics of women to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and to mark Dan Antion​’s popular Thursday Doors! Come and visit!

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Thursday, March 17, 2022

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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Dimitri Svetesikas, Pixabay

Since my post is skimpy on actual doors, here’s a lovely old green door with shutters (a sort of door) and a wall box (which has another sort of door).

Doors to Women’s History

Yes, it’s time for “the wearing of the green,” but March is also Women’s History Month in the USA.  For my response to the Thursday Doors challenge, hosted by Dan Antion, I’m focusing on the historic 1920s.  I’ve published several books with that setting, and I’m fond of the Jazz Age, or the Roaring Twenties as the decade is often named. 

#Sale!  The e-books in the “Pip’s Three Things” series are all 99 cents each, in honor of Women’s History Month.

There are some quaint South Dakota doors in the background of the photo of this group from the National Woman’s Party.

National Womans Party 1927 Rapid City Wikipedia National…

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Wow! Wonderful and creative Teagan Geneviene​ was inspired by my comments and my things and published today Episode 26 of The Armadillo Files! And it is full of surprises! Don’t miss it!

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Saturday, March 12, 2022

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You’ve reached The Armadillo Files. Yes, I’m a little late, but I’m happy you’re here.

Random Reader Things

A few weeks ago, Olga Núñez Miret commented that the cave reminded her of “Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves.”  A tickle began in the back of my mind.  A week or so later, she remarked that she still thought of Ali Baba when she read about the cave.  By then, the mental tickle grew into a prod.  I told Olga that I wanted to use it in three things, and asked her for two more. This episode features those thingsAli Baba, mint cakes, and metronome.

Tidbits of Truth

Olga specified what she meant by “mint cakes.” Kendal Mint Cakes, dating to 1869, were rather like the energy bars we have today.  Although most of the “energy” appears to…

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A great initiative by the authors at Story Empire to celebrate the awesomeness of blogger and author extraordinaire Sally Cronin!

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

On Thursday as I did my usual rounds of social media, I discovered I was tagged in a number of posts from several authors. There was a conspiracy it seemed, and on investigation I discovered I was the target of a campaign by a group of authors intent on plastering my name across the Internet to their followers and beyond.

Unlike many campaigns of this nature…. this one was very different and delightfully so.

The eleven authors that form Story Empire honoured me with individual posts sharing my books, their reviews and some lovely comments that frankly left me blushing (and delighted of course).

I hope by this point I have responded to everyone who kindly left messages of support and  apologies to anyone I have missed.. I will catch up I promise.

I love my job, which is how I regard blogging and author and book promotion. It began…

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Cat lovers everywhere should check Teagan Geneviene’s wonderful Fe-Lines, a journal like no other. As you can see from the review, it is a delight!

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Thursday, March10, 20222022 Thursday Doors badge by Teagan R. Geneviene

Welcome to Thursday Doors, a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favorite door photos from around the world. Feel free to join in on the fun by creating your own Thursday Doors post each week.  Then go to host, Dan Antion’s blog to share your link in his comments area anytime between 12:01 am Thursday morning and Saturday noon (North American Eastern time).

A lie is like a cat: you need to stop it before it gets out the door or it’s really hard to catch. ― Charles M. Blow

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I like to say, “Books are doors to the imagination.”  Similarly, journals are doors to self-knowledge.  I haven’t talked about this “book” because was concerned that there would be confusion.  It’s not a story, or at least, it isn’t a story until you start…

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