Life has been busy lately! Just yesterday I was blessed to be able to show a mother from my church how to make bread. She has a daughter with so many food allergies it's a challenge every day coming up with anything for her to eat. Most bread has either some form of corn, soy, or a grain which she can't eat, so the brave mother is learning to make bread which she can eat. We had lots of fun all morning, and she went home with a couple of kinds of bread for her family to try. I'm so glad I do not have a full-time constricting job to keep me from doing random ministries like that! Food allergies are more scary than I used to think, too. After talking with the mother of a daughter with a frightening amount of them, I can now be more sympathetic when I meet people (and their families) who have them.
Now for the news. Are you ready? I would like to give more people a chance to read last year's NaNoWriMo novel, Brecken's Quest (or The Un-monstering) Unfortunately I am still slightly paranoid that some stranger might find my few brilliant paragraphs, and steal them, which would be tragic if I ever re-wrote it enough to try to publish it. But if I know you in real life, or have shown yourself to me to be a genuine person, then I will share my story with you.
So, if you want to read, or re-read, a wild adventure of a brother and sister searching for the lost King, encountering monsters of all shapes and sizes, friends winged and friends many-toothed, secret passages and magic gifts, loads of corniness and wonderful moments, and a young, rediculous, happy, encouraging bard named Melod - then please let me know! My email is rael.henson[at]gmail.com, only insert @ where it goes... there, do you think that will confuse the Dread Monsters of Spam? I'll risk it for the sake of my readers. ;-) Or if I already have your email, just comment!
Or if, perhaps, you don't care to re-read my old tale, but would like to follow my new one as I write it (beginning in 16 days!), let me know that, too! It's energizing to write for a live audience, and (if you don't want to steal my marvelous *cough* tale) I would love to have you aboard.
This year, it is going to be a wild ride. (I'm also much busier - it will be challenging to write/edit four hours for work while I have about 1600 words of a novel to pound out afterward every day! Should be interesting. Can I do it?) This tale will involve some old characters (Melod will be back, of course), outlaws, a lost and unlikely treasure, a cook whose ingredients are never right, a servant girl who sees more than people suspect, a young man who's eyes are being open but must pretend to still be blind, and an enslaved nation of people desperately in need of hope and light and truth. Surprises await reader and writer both! Would you like to join me?