Some great moments, and some reeeeeeeallllly awkward moments.
Chapters 15-18 Book 5 “Salem” here!
With school finishing this month, I’ve not had as much time to record as I hoped. I have BIG dreams for the summer, which means I’m completing underestimating how much time I’ll have during my 9 weeks of summer break . . .
Here are a few more chapters which I love, love, love.
Chapters 7-14 HERE! (Sorry I forgot to update this earlier)
Have I really not updated for a month?! Sheesh, I’m sorry! Subscribe to my YouTube channel and you won’t miss updates in the future, when I get distracted or neglectful.
Chapters 3-6 of Book 5: “SALEM” here!
I spent a few vacations in Yellowstone National Park imagining how these chapters could go. Don’t worry, I never left the boardwalk.
But there are also many trails without boardwalk that allows one the option of testing a few practical theories . . .
Book 5 Audiobook has begun! “Salem”
Here are the first two chapters, a little delayed because even though I live in a tropical area now, my bronchitis still thinks it needs to visit me each year. (Maybe Arizona will be the only place where I don’t cough up a lung?)
SALEM–Safety Assured leaving East of Medicetti picks up immediately where Book 4 leaves off, with Perrin and Mahrree trusting random people who show up in the middle of the night, and Peto thinking his parents are desperate, cowardly, and meek for going along with their plan.
Naturally, the teenager knows he’s going to save the day.
But we all know this isn’t that kind of book series.
Book 4 is DONE! Chapters 34-38 “Falcon in the Barn” here!
Oh, how I love these final chapters! So much is finally explained and revealed. So much fun!
Also, I put together a sad little blooper reel, to demonstrate just how poorly I read my own stuff.
On to Book 5, as soon as I finish grading about 100 papers from my 10th graders. Sigh.
Chapters 30, 31, 32, 33 of “Falcon in the Barn” book 4 here!
These are the chapters that fill me with such anxiety! It’s silly, but even though I KNOW what’s coming and how it’s going to play out, I STILL feel worry for everyone involved.
(Who knows–maybe in my sleep I rewrote the chapters and they have different endings now. I’m never quite sure . . .)
Mahrree opens her mouth and everything changes. Or doesn’t . . .
(This is also why I rarely open my mouth. I’ve learned the hard way from Mahrree.)
Only five more chapters to the end of this book.
Chapters 27, 28, and 29 of Book 4 “Falcon in the Barn” here!
The plot is starting to ramp up here, getting to the good/scary/cringey parts where you realize you’ve been running straight toward a wall and it’s not about to move . . .
When I wrote, and now read, these chapters I fluctuated between wishing I were so brave, and wincing because I knew what was coming. As a teacher, I point out “dramatic irony” to my students: when the audience knows something the characters don’t. It creates tension for the audience, but I hadn’t realized how much anxiety it could create for the writer!
A few times I had yelled at the laptop, “Don’t do it! You don’t know what’s coming!”
Then I thought, “Well, if it doesn’t happen, the plot goes nowhere. It HAS to happen. Write it!”
And then I thought, “Maybe it’s time to call a therapist. I’m yelling at my laptop far too often.”
And then I threw in some “reverse dramatic irony” (yeah, it’s a thing because I say it is) where my characters know something the audience doesn’t, so I feel it balances it out. (I never did call a therapist. I rather enjoy my psychosis.)
Chapters 24, 25, and 26 of Book 4 “Falcon in the Barn” are here!
“Mal noticed it frequently took Administrators some time to realize that taxes—their income—actually came from real, everyday people. As senseless and bothersome as they usually were, the government really did need its citizenry.”
There will come a time when all will be corrected. But before that we’ve got a lot of insanity to wade through first.
We’ll make it.
It’ll be ok . . . eventually.
“I can handle anything temporarily. And it’s all temporary.”