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Will They Make It in Time?

Mike Braddock, a former hotshot, has settled into a quiet life in Pine Creek. He meets Annie Keener, a writer, new to Pine Creek. As their relationship develops, trouble brews. One innocent morning, Braddock’s best friend Jim Dunlap receives a call that will change their lives. A man named Spider, hell-bent on revenge, tells Jim that he and his boys are coming to town to exact their revenge. The pastoral town of Pine Creek is put on alert based on the threats of a vicious Alabama motorcycle gang. Once in Pine Creek, Spider and his crew kidnap Annie and take her up White Thunder Mountain.

Spider then hatches a devious plan: set the mountain on fire. To save Annie, Leonard Laughing Bear, the local medicine man, must unleash the Great Thunderbird, the guardian Spirit that lives on White Thunder Mountain. Meanwhile, Braddock, Jim, fire crews, and rescue teams must find a way up the burning mountain to save Annie, the mountain, and the innocent residents of Pine Creek.
 

A little romance, some suspense, plenty of action, and the help of Native American spirits come together to create a gripping tale of good overcoming evil.

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Jack-of-Many-Trades

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There’s an old saying: “Jack of all trades, master of none.” It’s been on my mind frequently as of late. I use the word ‘many’ in the title since I am not a Jack-of-ALL-trades but rather a person of many talents who has not bothered to master any of my talents. I’m a dabbler; I like to dip my toes in here and there, testing different waters and enjoying different experiences to enrich myself and my life. Or so I’ve told myself over the years. Perhaps I’m just unwilling to go the distance in one area – no, that would be boring. Maybe it’s why writing (still) appeals to me. I can test different waters again and again without it feeling repetitious. There’s so much to explore in both fiction and nonfiction realms. Unlike Hollywood, which seems to be running out of (good and original) ideas, the people who live the stories will continue to have stories to tell. And write.

Even when feeling lost (as I am this week, for some reason), we are still living our stories, they are around us and in us. We must draw from our well of jack-of-many-trades when our stories need help. I’m having a crisis of confidence this week so I’m having difficulty drawing from other areas of my life to get busy writing beyond this blog (which I avoided for over a week). I’m also avoiding a crucial re-write of segments of one of my fiction novels; to be honest, I feel like I’ve failed the story by getting those segments wrong. As a dabbler, it’s sometimes difficult for me to fully invest the time and energy and focus because I’m convinced I need to be elsewhere in my life. Truth is, I’m avoiding the one thing I want most – to finish the novel and publish it. Not sure why.

The down side of being a jack-of-all-trades is that boredom sets in quickly; we are fast learners who get what we need from a situation/job/story/etc., then move on. We tend to have multiple things on our plate (job/s, hobbies, etc.) so our attention is often drawn away from where we need to be in our stories. At the moment, I do have some more important tasks at hand but I add more tasks rather than go back to finish what remains incomplete. Aspects of the novel ramble about in my mind yet I avoid updating the manuscript.

The upside of a jack-of-all-trades is we can draw from many corners of our lives because we have experienced life spherically – in all directions. We can use our ‘dabbling’ as a force that pulls pieces of a story together like the many colors of yarn that weave a beautiful tapestry or rug.

I’m trying to find a way to use what I have learned as a jack-of-all-trades in my stories and in my life. Are you?

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