Assumptions and Apologies Part 5 (Conclusion)

This is the conclusion of a 5-part fan fiction short story based on the characters of author Susan K. Marlow’s Circle C Adventures and Circle C Milestones. This story details the courtship of Chad Carter and Ellianna Coulter. Enjoy!

The children filed into the schoolroom, dressed in their best.  Ellie tried to push the butterflies in her stomach to one side, but they kept rising up into her throat.  She tapped the ruler on her desk. “Please be seated.”  The students sat in the front row and stared at their teacher.

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Assumptions and Apologies Part 4

This is the fourth of a 5-part fan fiction short story based on the characters of author Susan K. Marlow’s Circle C Adventures and Circle C Milestones. This story details the courtship of Chad Carter and Ellianna Coulter. Enjoy!

That Sunday, Ellie didn’t go out to the ranch.  The boarding house was still and dreary.  Ellie graded final exam papers and organized the upcoming Exhibition, but her heart wasn’t in it.  Her argument with Chad weighed heavily on her heart. How would it end?

All week, she washed clothes, cleaned her room, and thought.  Maybe she hadn’t been understanding.  Under all his rough exterior, Chad was kind.  The memory of her harsh words snapped back at her jeeringly.  What a fool she was.  She had done exactly what she had accused him of.  Instead of asking nicely, she had tossed around orders and told him what to do; acted like she knew everything.  No wonder Chad responded the way he did. 

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Assumptions and Apologies Part 3

This is the third of a 5-part fan fiction short story based on the characters of author Susan K. Marlow’s Circle C Adventures and Circle C Milestones. This story details the courtship of Chad Carter and Ellianna Coulter. Enjoy!

When Ellie came down for supper, she met Chad in the dinning room.  He nodded a greeting and sat down at the table.  Ellie glanced at him out of the corner of her eye, but didn’t receive a response.  Her heart skipped a beat. And not in a good way.  Chad’s face was clouded and grim.  Ellie felt a little scared.  What if he didn’t forgive her?  Could she really live in Fresno if Chad ended their courtship?

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Assumptions and Apologies Part 2

This is the second of a 5-part fan fiction short story based on the characters of author Susan K. Marlow’s Circle C Adventures and Circle C Milestones. This story details the courtship of Chad Carter and Ellianna Coulter. Enjoy!

It was nearing half past five when she finally trotted into the yard of the Circle C Ranch.  Ranch hands smiled in recognition and one came to take her horse. 

“Thank you.”  Ellie said politely.

The hand grinned.  “The boss is out in the south pasture…if that’s who you’ve come to see.”  He finished slyly.

Ellie blushed, but calmly raised an eyebrow.  “Is he?  Well, I might ride out on Magic in a moment, but I’d like to speak to Elizabeth first.”

She glided up to the house leaving the ranch hand chuckling.

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Book Review: ‘On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness’: The Wingfeather Saga book 1

I came into this book without any intention of finding it to my liking. I mean, really, ‘On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness’? Come on, how cheesy can you get? Of course it’s the ‘sea of darkness’, you already said it was the ‘dark sea’! So without further ado, let’s see what changed my mind!

My Rating: Four and a half stars

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Assumptions and Apologies Part 1

This is the first of a 5-part fan fiction short story based on the characters of author Susan K. Marlow’s Circle C Adventures and Circle C Milestones. This story is set between Mrs. Marlow’s ‘The Last Ride’ and ‘Courageous Love’ and details the courtship of Chad Carter and Ellianna Coulter. Enjoy!

San Joaquin Valley, California, Early May, 1885

Ellianna Coulter rapped her ruler on the desk.  “Attention!”  Her tone softened slightly as she continued.  “I know you are all impatient.  Finish your work, and then I have a surprise for you.”  The students of the Fresno Grammar School hushed and bent over their desks.  Miss Coulter was loved by all her pupils, although she kept order with a firm hand.  Beth Morgan caught her teacher’s eye and smiled.  Ellie smiled with her eyes, then directed them to the little girl’s slate.  Beth took the hint and scratched away at her spelling lesson with a worn slate pencil.

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Sneak Peek at ‘The Congressman’s Daughter’

Here’s a sneak peek at the Prologue of ‘The Congressman’s Daughter’! Enjoy!

Sixteen year-old Jane Grant held the dummy firmly as her father’s blows landed on target again and again.  The smack of his fists echoed in the martial arts studio.  Finally the instructor called for a halt.

“Well done, James.  You’re improving.  You haven’t quite caught up with Jane here,” the Sensei winked at her mischievously, “but you’re improving.”

Mr. Grant laughed between breaths as he panted from exertion.  “Thanks, Jack, I’m flattered.”

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Book Review of Emma By Jane Austen

I dug out an old book report on Emma that I had done, and thought it would make a good book review, with a few tweaks and a new summary.

My Rating: Five Stars

My Summary: ‘Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever, and rich, with a comfortable home and happy disposition, seemed to unite some of the best blessings of existence; and had lived nearly twenty-one years in the world with very little to distress or vex her…’

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A Random Thought On Writing and Self-reflection

Is self-reflection a good thing?  I don’t understand myself, will thinking about it help, or foster a form of selfishness and depression?  Shouldn’t I just think about the Lord and let all the rest of me fall into place?  But how can I write if I don’t understand the human nature?  And who better to examine than myself?  Or is this in itself an example of human nature?  What is the balance?

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Knitted Cowl

Knitted Cowl 2

Materials:

1 ball of Cotton Fair fine yarn (I used slate gray) 317 yd.

A pair of size 7 circular needles

14” cable

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