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A summary: Six are called to save two worlds. Are they The Six? They don’t know, but six kids atep up to take on the mission. After all, one of the worlds to be saved is their own. Their quest for the magic circles and the golden flowers takes them over grasslands and rivers and through forests and caverns. They meet with monsters including, cu sith, ogres, yeti, and grusthawgs. But they also find friends and companions along the way including an elf, two dragons, and a griffin.
Back of the book blurbs: Blurb #1 One of The Six asked, “What’s the Whorl Cavern?” “It’s a place where perceptions are distorted and lives are lost,” answered the dwarf. Blurb # 2 How big are the bats? We have bats in our world, but they are like little flying mice, not big enough to carry off hats. What do you have here, bat rats?” Blurb # 3 The dragons stared at one another, fearsome growls rumbling in their throats and smoke rising from their nostrils. Uh, oh. This room was big, but not big enough to share with angry, smoking dragons.
Background: This working name for this manuscript was The Quest for the Golden Flowers, but it will be published as The Six and the Magic Circles. It is another preteen/early teen book about the grandchildren.
An Adventure: This one is an adventure story by request of the kids. They wanted adventure, magic, dragons, a griffin, super powers, and more. This book is more fun and more challenging than The Time Travelers. The kids have helped, though. They brainstormed with me and have had some fabulous ideas, many of which I’m implementing in the story.
Squeaks in the Night
“The early bird gets the worm,
Squeaks and Creaks From Between the Walls.
The mice are playing between the walls. I listen to their squeaks. They tell me things. Usually late at night. Some of their comments and advice are shared here. Blame them for any goofs. Credit me for any profundity. Really. Mice are not profound.
Excerpts, comments, and information about projects, completed or ongoing, will be shared on individual projects. Each project has a page. Look to the “pages ” on the right to find posts regarding individual topics.
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The Time Travelers: A Christmas Story
Five kids, Grant, Will, Mady, Garrett,and Leyton, accidentally travel through time to see Grandma as a kid. Grandma’s present house is on a magical node, which facilitates their time travel. They meet Grandma as a kid and even go Christmas fooling with her, but cannot reveal who they are because they “Must not disrupt the flow of time.” Grayson helps cover the deed.
I wrote The Time Travelers for the grandkids for a Christmas present (in print format) a couple of years ago. The evening I gave them the books they spontaneously began reading it out loud. They and their parents continued taking turns around the room until the entire book was read.
No matter what I publish, no matter how many favorable reviews I may receive, no compliment will equal that!
The Time Travelers was written about and for my grandchildren who have extensive vocabularies. Preteen with some big words. About 10,000 words. Published. The print version is available at Blurb.com (search Eunice Korczak). The digital version is available at Smashwords and at Barnes & Noble (again search Eunice Korczak).
The Red Pearl
This book is in progress. It’s a fantasy featuring a kidnapped young man who is cursed by a wizard and becomes a female dog. This has been a cooperative effort with my husband. It has been on hold for some time, but when my current project is completed I plan to take it out, dust it off, and work on it – along with three or four other projects.
Woman Chief (Little Bird)
This is a work in progress (for a very long time). It’s a fictional account inspired by the life of a woman who actually existed. She was a Gros Ventre girl who was abducted by the Crow at the age of perhaps seven or eight. Little is known about her life. History records but a couple of paragraphs. She did become a warrior chief of the Crow tribe and is known as such in history. She is mentioned in conjunction with Fort Union in Dakota Territory. I have no projected completion date for this work.
The town in the photo is Greenbush, Minnesota. Look at the vehicles; this must have been take a long time ago. The small town in the Gjerte book may be based on Greenbush — or it may not.
The Gjerte (pronounced Gehyer-tee) book is a work in mind, still in the gathering information and ideas stage. It will feature a small-town Grandma who is led into politics through a grandson’s school project.
This is not a book, but a comments section
“When the cat’s away, the mouse will play.” An old quote. I have no cat and the mice speak to me. Really.
The mice will play and will share some miscellany such as favorite quotes I may find or verse I’ve written or, well, anything, I guess. What do mice do when they play? Hit the delete button? Is that where those missing files have gone? Sometime I’ll catch them at play and reveal the answer to this mystery — meanwhile they’ll contribute an article now and again.
I ran across this on Pinterest, but I won’t guarantee the wording is exact. We’ll call it paraphrased. “Every book in English, no matter how long, consists of 26 letters. Arrange those 26 letters on about 400 pages and you have a book. How hard is that?”
Gene Fowler Quote
Gene Fowler (1890-1960) clarifies the above quote with this: “Writing is easy: All you do is sit staring at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead.”
Here are some of Alfred & Deborah’s children and some of Juel & Agnes’ children. How long ago? The car and the house may hold clues to that.
My Life Journal is a work intended for my family. This is not a journal I have kept for years, but a look back at incidents and people in my life as well as general musings about most anything.
Some of the items included in My Life Journal were written years ago, some recently. It’s an ongoing project. I add to it when I run across something pertinent I wrote years ago. Also, I write something new about something old every now and then and add it. It’s a fun aside when I’m stuck on another project. Fight writer’s block with writing.
Not a book, just comments. Being an editor at heart, poor usage greatly decreases the enjoyment I get from poorly edited books. The proliferation of self published works has led to many poorly edited books. I heartily approve of self-publishing as it brings us many wonderful books that would otherwise never be offered to the public. Publishing companies no longer determine what we will or will not read.
In this age of self-publishing, however, too many people publish poorly edited books. Please, please, do yourself and your readers a favor and get someone who knows the language to read and edit for you. An author is usually too close to the work to see obvious mistakes. They see what is intended rather than what is actually there. Even “just a friend” can help you find usage mistakes, but one of your former teachers or another knowledgeable person would be better. I’m sure almost anyone can find a beta reader or two to make suggestions and corrections.
Lacking those resources, set your work aside for a couple of weeks and then read it, not with love in your eyes, but critically. This is difficult. After all the effort and time spent in creating it, you won’t want to be critical of your baby. But try to be.
Don’t be too hasty in publishing your book. Take the time for a couple of re-reads and edit, edit, edit. End up with a project you can be proud to publish.
A few mistakes may slip by and are not too distracting. We all make mistakes, even on the third or fourth re-read and edit.
So here’s my suggestion – Edit, revise, rewrite. Then edit, revise and rewrite again before publishing.
“Don’t annoy a writer. She may put you in a book and kill you — or not — there are fates worse than death.”
THE QUESTION: Is she writing about me?
THE ANSWER: Yep. But why worry IF you’ve treated me right?
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