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Sep. 11th, 2013 | 01:50 pm

I've been wanting a horse all my life. Since I was three years old, all I ever wanted for Christmas or birthday was a horse. Every birthday candle I blew out, every evening star I wished on, every wishbone, every penny in a fountain, it was always a horse. When I was eleven I was promised one and it was held over my head for four years.  "Do this, be that, be perfect, and maybe we'll consider you worthy of having a horse." At fifteen I realized I was never going to get one, and was left with the conviction that it was because I didn't deserve one. A few years ago I took riding lessons, but had questionable instructors and had to quit when the fees were suddenly doubled. I mucked stalls for a friend but never got to ride. Two years ago I put my house on the market in hopes of being able to buy a cheaper property out in the county where I could have a horse, but couldn't make the money work out.
    Today I found a stable that would let me have a lease horse in exchange for stable work.
    I'm like, "You mean, you'll let me muck stalls, sweep up, feed and groom horses, AND you're going to let me pretend I own one of them? COOL!" The horse she's letting me have is a pedigreed quarter horse mare. Four years old, roan-colored, not very tall. Racing stock, but she doesn't like to run so she ended up a pet.
    I'm in shock. After fifty-four years I'm finally going to be a horsey person.Pepper01small

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New Grandson

Jun. 29th, 2013 | 01:08 pm


Charles Travis Young

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Creative People

Feb. 10th, 2013 | 09:20 am
mood: crankycranky

Most people understand that there is a difference between people who are creative and those who are not. Those who are not often wish they were able to think up wonderful things so they might be lauded as geniuses and artists. Those of us who do think creatively know it’s not really like that. I look at people who have stable lives and who are able to keep the imagination from wandering  all over where the boogeyman lurks, and wish for that sort of peace. I would trade all my so-called talents for one marketable skill.

But I’m not here to whine about my ADD. I want to talk about our church’s music minister, who was let go this week for reasons unknown to me. Bill worked for us for nearly twenty years, hired originally as our organist, then as our music minister when the woman in that job left. He is a local professional musician, which in Nashville means quite a lot. The day in 1994 he first played for the choir at practice, he gave us an improvisational rendition of Amazing Grace that was so sublime it made that tired old tune seem fresh. When he was done, I knelt, genuflected, and cried, “We’re not worthy! We’re not worthy!” And it was true. He had a special talent none of us had ever seen in that church, and I believe we will never see again.

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History Geek Newsletter

Nov. 1st, 2012 | 10:31 am

The History Geek Newsletter has just gone out. Anyone who would like to receive updates on my books can sign up at http://www.julianneardianlee.com/newsletter.html. It's been an interesting month.


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Master Chef

Oct. 27th, 2012 | 11:14 am

A couple of weeks ago I went to a cattle call. Here's what happened.


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Free Short Story

Oct. 10th, 2012 | 06:40 am

Culture Control was my first fiction publication, back in 1994. First published in "Cosmic Unicorn," it's a post-apocalypse science fiction story, about the resiliance of the artistic spirit. It's free, and available in Kindle and Nook format on Bookview Cafe. Download now.

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New Book Out

Oct. 2nd, 2012 | 10:39 pm

interloper at glencoeToday is the release of my second book o Book View Cafe, Interloper at Glencoe. It's one of two books that sold in Germany, and this is the first English edition. It's about Nick Mouline, a rational, thinking man who one day acquires a fascinating old book that brings him a dream of a beautiful woman and an adventure of long ago. He finds himself in Glencoe, Scotland, in 1692, just before the massacre that nearly wiped those tiny villages from the map. It's a story of bravery, love, and redemption.

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Aug. 16th, 2012 | 09:24 am

It's time to join the twenty-first century and begin sending out a newsletter. With so many books of different genres, available in various formats, it's the only way to keep track of them. The opt-in page is at http://www.julianneardianlee.com/newsletter. This member list will never be sold or used for anything other than this newsletter.

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From Bookview Cafe

Aug. 16th, 2012 | 09:15 am

Sartor by Sherwood SmithSartor (Fantasy)
by Sherwood Smith
$4.99      ISBN:  978-1-61138-192-4

In this sequel to The Spy Princess, Lilah, newly made a princess, teams up with Atan, the hidden princess of the oldest country in the world, Sartor. The girls set out to free Sartor from a century of enchantment.

Capture, escape, a forest beyond time, ancient beings, civilizations secreted in caves, and a deadly enemy await the girls. Atan knows that if she survives, the challenges facing a fifteen-year-old queen are only beginning.

Sherwood Smith was a teacher for twenty years, working with children from second grade to high school, teaching history, literature, drama, and dance. She writes science fiction and fantasy for adults and young readers. Her most popular book, Crown Duel, is currently in its 16th printing. The ebook edition available here at Book View Café contains extra material not available in the print edition. Though she is known primarily as a fantasy writer, Sherwood and fellow BVC member Dave Trowbridge have collaborated on Exordium, a five-volume space opera.


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"Kindred Spirits" review

May. 19th, 2012 | 07:48 am

This is nice. Not a rave, but not a poke in the eye with a sharp stick, either.


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