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A short story turns into a medieval mystery

The following started as a short story in 1994. It went through four major revisions as a short story and none of them satisfied me.

A few weeks back I decided to redo the story based on everything I’m learning. Behold, a similar while completely different story emerged.

Far from complete, it seems to be taking on novella if not novel proportions. This rewrite is pretty much a rough outline, a scene by scene rendition waiting for more scenes to take place. I’ll create the connecting sections, et cetera, as I progress. I would like to know what you think, though, so please do comment.


The witch’s hand climbed the black oak’s trunk like a strangely shaped, five-legged insect, the fingers finding purchase in the bark’s crevasses. Cartilage, sinews, and ligaments trailed from the wrist where Eric’s axe severed it from the witch herself, her hold on Julia weakened by the sudden rain.

Now the hand turned to stone where raindrops struck it, freezing it forever to the oak’s trunk, forever separate from the witch hiding in the oak’s bole.

Julia stood at the top of the rise slapping at her sleeves as if walking into a spider’s web, as if beating out still burning embers, her face white and her breathe panting, staring into the hollow, to the witch imprisoned in the oak, imprisoned by gently falling rain.

Eric spun her to face him, the witch’s blood already blackening on his axe, on his sleeves, his hands. “Julia! We have to go. Now! Julia!”

She spit at the witch. “What can she do now?” She outstretched her hands and glared at him. “The rain!”

“I have cursed us both, you fool. She’ll not rest until that hand has killed us both and it will take more than my axe to finish her. Get back to the village with me before the sun clears the skies. This is for Father Baillott and the men to deal with, not us.”

He grabbed her rain soaked arm and pulled her after him.

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Gary Guinn – Murderous Colleges and Professorial Sleuths

Holmes&Watson go to college and Excursions on Literary Waterways

Gary GuinnHello all and welcome to our continuing series of author interviews. Today’s guest is retired English professor and campus assassin Gary Guinn.

Okay, he’s not a campus assassin but campus murders are much on his mind as he develops his Lam Series of books about Professor Lam Corso.

Ever notice how many academics who become authors murder people on campuses? Probably because it’s easier than flunking people. Or dealing with campus administrations. Or department heads.

I’d like everyone to stand up and give Gary Guinn a big round of applause for taking part in our exciting adventure.

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Oct 2018 Author Interview Plunge Schedule

Murder on Campus, Nasty CEOs and Other Dystopias coming in October

Yo! Here we are with the Oct 2018 Author Interview Plunges. We’re looking at month 10 and the close of the interview season.

We have two plunges in October. We start with professors teaching murder at college and all sorts of scifi and fantasy nastiness.

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Sept 2018 Author Interview Plunge Schedule

Deep Space Superhero Hairdressing Christian Erotic Celtic Gothic Murder Mysteries…yeah, I think I got ’em all

Yo! Here we are with the Sept 2018 Author Interview Plunges. Hard to believe it’s been nine months.

Yeah, I’m ready to give birth.

September plunges range from deep space science fiction to christian erotica fantasy to hairdressing jury selections to superhero inspired Celtic gothics.

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Joseph Lewis – Teens, Drugs and Gangs, O’ My!

You don’t want to be in this man’s detention

Joseph LewisHello all and welcome to our continuing series of author interviews.

Today’s guest is thriller author and high school principal Joseph Lewis and if that combination doesn’t make you wonder about today’s high schools, nothing will.

I’d like everyone to stand up and give Joseph Lewis a big round of applause for taking part in our exciting adventure.
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