Sunday, September 8, 2013

My 200th Post

This is my 200th post! Wow! Too bad it has to be full of bad news.

Well . . . my computer fried so I've been off line and will continue to be off line until I get everything up and running again. So, don't be looking for any new stories for quite some time. This has been a very, very bad last week. I don't like Windows 8 on the new computer, and I have a mess in my email and files. I've lost a bunch of Email folders but hope to get them back. In other words, I need some fan stories to tide us all over for a while. Oh, but wait! You all are working on CONTEST stories so have no time to whip up little fan stories, right?

p.s. I need to have some kind of giveaway or something, as I see I'm almost to 100,000 page hits!!!
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38 comments:

  1. I have an old cake catastrophe story that I was just going to trash, but I could send it in. I'm not going to use it for the competition.

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    1. That would be great. Ira-Grace just sent me a story too, via the contact form. :-)

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  2. If you ever want to post one of the stories that I have on my blog (even if they aren't Circle C stories) just let me know!
    So sorry about your computer! That's got to be so hard! I hope everything gets recovered and fixed and settles down very soon.

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  3. 200 posts! Quite an achievement! Thank you so much for keeping up this blog over the years :)

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  4. Does Justin have a horse, and if soo, does it have a name?

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    1. I think I'll make a post out of this question . . .

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  5. A few questions
    Did the carters have a phone, that they could like call the police on and were the police awake waiting for calls?
    And just checking, but they had mosquitoes in the mountains right?
    I might write another fan story, but no promises! And for the entry forms, can my sisters and i send in our forms together like in the same envelope or do they have to be different?

    Rishona

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    1. No phones . . . it's 1880 in the middle of nowhere. LOL
      No police in the town of fresno. Only in the big cities, like San Francisco.
      yes, mosquitoes are everywhere in CA.

      Yes, you can send your entry forms in together. :-)

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    2. What about Russ whats-his-last-name? And the "deputy" Hayes? Or are they considered sheriff and deputy, but not "police"? Just wondering :)

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    3. Yes, Russ Tate and Deputy Hayes are the sheriff and deputy. They are not "police." I'm not sure why they call them differently, but sheriffs are usually involved with the county and police within the city limits. I don't think Frenso was an incorporated city in 1880. They don't have a mayor until later. I think. It's been awhile since I've done the research.

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    4. Okay! That makes sense now.

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    5. So lets say the carters had some bad guys at their ranch. WHere would they get help, like the had a jail in frenso right? So would they have to like go ride up to town to get the sheriff?
      It takes about an hour to get to the town right? (on horse back)

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    6. I'm thinking the Carters would "take care" of the bad guys themselves. Right or wrong, this is the wild West and with town being a whole hour away, I doubt they'd take the trouble to try and find a sheriff.

      Yes, they would have to ride to town to get the sheriff involved. :-) Feel free to let them do that. Don't worry too much about every little thing being "just right." :-)

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  6. I'm typing the story out for my seven year old sister, and I had a question. Is it okay for me to ask her prompting questions? For example: she said: Taffy gets lost and I asked her: how does Taffy get lost?
    Question 2 what year was Andi born?
    Thanks!

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    1. By all means, Audrey! I love how you are helping your sister become a better writer! Prompting questions are fine! :-)

      Andi was born in 1868

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    2. If Andi was born in 1868, and the Civil war ended in 1863, Did Justin, Chad, Kate, Mitch, and/or Melinda grow-up during the Civil war?

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    3. Yep. They're kids so they didn't fight in the War, and actually the Goldtown Adventures take place during the Civil War (1864), and Chad visits Goldtown in Tunnel of Gold.

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  7. Well Justin is sixteen years older than Andi, so he would be eleven during 1863. Chad would ten.

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    1. Nice work, Audrey. You really know the characters. I fudged a bit in Tunnel of Gold (1864) and made Chad 12 to match Jem's age, but I figured he could have just had a birthday. LOL

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  8. Hey Mrs. M,
    What is the name of the font that you use when you are implying that the character is thinking something.

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    1. Just click "italic" for whatever font you are using.

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  9. HI!
    About the story writing contest, do we need to give reference sheets? With the websites, books, etc. we may use to get the stories historically accurate?
    God bless!
    I think I will be beginning my stories soon.
    Ira-Grace

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    1. No, you don't have to have any reference sheets. Just make up a fun story to read. it doesn't matter if it's really THAT accurate. Just keep the time period the same (don't go to the moon or do a time travel story, LOL). But don't worry about being so accurate that you lose the fun!

      Hey, sometimes I can't even remember to keep consistency. :-)

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  10. Will you read all teh stories that are sent in Mrs. M?

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    1. oops, I meant all THE stories.

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  11. Mrs. M,
    I have a friend who likes to read the stories I write. I was wondering if my story would still be original if I emailed it to her. She will Not be entering the contest, and I would tell her that she couldn't give me any comments besides " I liked it" or "I didn't like it. If its not allowed, I could always send it to her after the competition. :-)

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    1. You go right ahead and share with your friends, Audrey! And goodness! If she sees something that doesn't read right, it's fine to let her give you comments. That's called "critiquing." :-)

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  12. Yippeee! One story is written! Now it has to be edited.Has anyone already sent their story in?

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    1. have sent in the entry forms and I have one all written that I'm editing but haven't sent any in yet!;)

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    2. I have received an entry form (not yours yet, Jesseca), but no stories yet. But the contest doesn't "officially" start until Monday anyway. :-)

      You all do know you can SCAN and email the entry forms, right???

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    3. I mailed both mine on Monday so you should get it soon!

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  13. Are you going to be able to post something on Saturday?

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  14. Do you e-mail the entry form with or without the story?

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    1. Either way works. If you scan it and send electronically, you might as well send it with the story. If you are mailing the entry form by snail mail (you can't mail the story), then send it any time.

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Let Andi know what you think!