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Welcome to Seeking North!

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Seeking North is a fun new sandbox Lynn Abbey found floating around on her ceiling one night. She graciously invited us to join, and now we’re extending the invite to you. We get to run characters. You get to kibitz and see a story develop from the roughest of rough drafts to maybe, someday, . . . → Read More: Our Story Thus Far

What Can You Do? - Part 4

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by Lynn Abbey

copyright©2012 Lynn Abbey

(At long last — very long last — we get to the end of what I optimistically would be a “quick” and “short” addition to the story-so-far —- Lynn)

Deke knew the answer to that question, even if he wouldn’t allow the words to form inside his head . . . → Read More: What Can You Do? – Part 4

What Can You Do? - Part 3

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Half-past thirteen, the best Deke could manage as proof of adulthood was a keen sense of honor. He’d given his word to forgive Nilsa and he was determined to keep it, even though he wasn’t exactly sure what he had forgiven her for. It wasn’t as if she was doing anything different. He . . . → Read More: What Can You Do? – Part 3

What Can You Do? — Part 2

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That was that: Dad was Dad, Deke was thirteen, and there were just the two of them so he did what Dad said to do, which, all things considered, wasn’t turning out so bad.

The view from Challenger’s saddle was better than the view from the driver’s bench or any window in . . . → Read More: What Can You Do? — Part 2

What Can You Do? -- Part One

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by Lynn Abbey © 2011

Earlier, mid-winter

Saints and prophets, it was cold.

The whole point of rolling south for the winter was to avoid the cold and, usually, it worked.  They’d roll into ’Nolia or Menbamgil in late fall, stay put for a few months, then roll north behind the storm fronts that . . . → Read More: What Can You Do? — Part One

Skinners: Part Three

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This should be it from me for the month:

Mule skinner: I couldn’t explain it better: “A muleskinner is a professional mule driver whose sole purpose was to keep the mules moving. The term “skinner” is slang for someone who might “skin” or outsmart a mule”  (more).

Skinners: Part Three

by Jane Fancher

copyright©2011 . . . → Read More: Skinners: Part Three

Skinners: Part Two

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Mule skinner: I couldn’t explain it better: “A muleskinner is a professional mule driver whose sole purpose was to keep the mules moving. The term “skinner” is slang for someone who might “skin” or outsmart a mule”  (more).

Skinners: Part II

It was dark now. Really dark. Moonless, thank the gods, though a lack . . . → Read More: Skinners: Part Two

If you want to read Seeking North offline...

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Since Seeking North is something of a Closed Circle project and Closed Circle is an electronic publishing venture, we’ve been looking into ways to make our collaboration more e-reader friendly.

We have (that is to say, Jane has) gotten pretty good at converting stable manuscripts to various e-reader formats, but Seeking North isn’t stable.  . . . → Read More: If you want to read Seeking North offline…

Skinners: Part One

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Mule skinner: I couldn’t explain it better: “A muleskinner is a professional mule driver whose sole purpose was to keep the mules moving. The term “skinner” is slang for someone who might “skin” or outsmart a mule”  (more).

Fine black silk hung limp and strangely heavy . . . → Read More: Skinners: Part One

Before the Beginning

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It’s a little early, perhaps, but there’ve been some questions and comments that lead me to think it might be worthwhile to reveal where and how Seeking North was born.  What follows is the email I sent to Jane and Carolyn the morning after we decided we wanted to have some fun…

Seeking North

. . . → Read More: Before the Beginning

Better late than April...

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Okay…my section was supposed to introduce my characters and the world and it was supposed to be up by January 1st.

Frankly, I haven’t been doing so good with deadlines lately.  I’m wrestling with my dead-tree publishers among other things and writing had started to feel like punishment.  The whole idea behind Seeking North . . . → Read More: Better late than April…