Added PRIDE’S CHILDREN – Chapter 14, Scene 8

This week’s post is Chapter 14, Scene 9 (1.14.9).

Otto Bock WalkOn Reaction AFOs (ankle-foot-orthoses) are here and I’m picking them up tomorrow! I might walk again! ‘Tis biblical!

It is a little crazy – so I’m posting early because the next few days will be very packed. Sorry if I confuse anyone.

And here is this week’s quote (thanks, Quozio.com):

Additional beta readers welcome – contact me if you’d like to participate (and get to read things earlier). In the middle of Chapter 17 in the revision; Book 1 has 20 chapters: we’re in the final stretch, and the pace is accelerating.

Typo reports, etc., extremely welcome! You people aren’t working hard enough. Caught another one today, posting this – courtesy WordPress – one fewer to catch later.

PRIDE’S CHILDREN Table of Contents

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PRIDE’S CHILDREN, Chapter 14, Scene 9  [Andrew]


Copyright by Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt 2013-2014.

Added PRIDE’S CHILDREN – Chapter 14, Scene 8

This week’s post is Chapter 14, Scene 8 (1.14.8).

ETA: links corrected for Chapter 14, scene 8. Note to self: don’t post when you’re tired!

Otto Bock WalkOn Reaction AFOs (ankle-foot-orthoses) have either been ordered or are very close to being ordered – paperwork in progress!

Worked on Holly’s tiny house – need to put some pictures up. They’re working on the roof! I helped with a tiny bit of the siding – it took longer to work a piece of siding around a window frame than to nail on 10 pieces of siding. It is looking very house-like. It would have helped to have my AFOs already – I hate being unsteady and getting tired when standing.

And here is this week’s quote (thanks, Quozio.com):

Additional beta readers welcome – contact me if you’d like to participate (and get to read things earlier). In the middle of Chapter 17 in the revision; Book 1 has 20 chapters: we’re in the final stretch, and the pace is accelerating.

Typo reports, etc., extremely welcome! You people aren’t working hard enough. Caught one today, posting this – courtesy WordPress – one fewer to catch later.

PRIDE’S CHILDREN Table of Contents

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PRIDE’S CHILDREN, Chapter 14, Scene 8  [Bianca]


Copyright by Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt 2013-2014.

Added PRIDE’S CHILDREN – Chapter 14, Scene 7

This week’s post is Chapter 14, Scene 7 (1.14.7).

The rehab guy was right – the orthoses make it very much easier for me to walk; seeing my doctor Thursday to get them prescribed. Otto Bock WalkOn Reaction AFOs (ankle-foot-orthoses) – very high tech carbon fiber. Take some of the energy of walking, use it to push off. I strapped them on and felt like the guy in the Bible Jesus said, ‘Get up and walk,’ to. The rehab guy said ‘hiking’ – I’d be happy to walk comfortably around the block. Keep fingers crossed.

It is hot in NJ – but I have been weeding a bit – everything looks lovely. We got heavy rain tonight – so it’s all nicely watered. I love when it does that.

And here is this week’s quote (thanks, Quozio.com):

Additional beta readers welcome – contact me if you’d like to participate (and get to read things earlier). In the middle of Chapter 17 in the revision; Book 1 has 20 chapters: we’re in the final stretch, and the pace is accelerating.

Typo reports, etc., extremely welcome! You people aren’t working hard enough.

PRIDE’S CHILDREN Table of Contents

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PRIDE’S CHILDREN, Chapter 14, Scene 7  [Andrew]


Copyright by Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt 2013-2014.

Added PRIDE’S CHILDREN – Chapter 14, Scene 6

This week’s post is Chapter 14, Scene 6 (1.14.6).

Rehab guy had great stuff – I’ll blog about it when I get further along the path, so – hope!

Working, conceptually, with site changes – finding it a bit trickier than I expected, but that’s the perfectionist in me. I will stay here for now – I have no intention of doing anything to start other than straight Amazon – one thing at a time.

NJ is HOT – the chinchilla’s AC is working overtime – she hates the noise, and you can’t explain to a chinchilla.

Additional beta readers welcome – contact me if you’d like to participate (and get to read things earlier).

Typo reports, etc., extremely welcome! Thanks!

PRIDE’S CHILDREN Table of Contents

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PRIDE’S CHILDREN, Chapter 14, Scene 6  [Kary]


Copyright by Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt 2013-2014.

Pride’s Children: Great Website and Blog Redesign Project

If you are a new visitor, an occasional visitor, or one of my wonderful regulars, I crave your indulgence.

Why is my indulgence being craved? (craven?) now?

I’m getting very close to the end of my real (secret and nefarious) purpose for this blog/site: inducing you to try (if you haven’t already drunk the Koolaid) Pride’s Children, in the hopes that you will find it – and my other fiction offerings – something you simply can’t do without. This eventually means Continue reading

Added PRIDE’S CHILDREN – Chapter 14, Scene 5

This week’s post is Chapter 14, Scene 5 (1.14.5).

Sad to say, the  external stimulation device for the calf muscles – and walking – didn’t work. At all. Am pouting. Praying to your favorite deities didn’t work. Sigh – I went in with a positive attitude, so it wasn’t me. We have an appointment with a rehab guy next week – he seemed very positive. Crossing fingers and praying again.

Writing is back on track – I have to stay ahead of you people! There were some knots to work out – they are worked out.

It is getting hot in NJ – the last bike ride was not a long one due to the oppressive nature of Mother Nature, but I still love my mobility.

And here is this week’s quote (thanks, Quozio.com):

Additional beta readers welcome – contact me if you’d like to participate (and get to read things earlier).

Typo reports, etc., extremely welcome! Thanks!

PRIDE’S CHILDREN Table of Contents

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PRIDE’S CHILDREN, Chapter 14, Scene 5  [Andrew]


Copyright by Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt 2013-2014.

Holly’s Tiny House Dragonflys has siding

Email from Holly with pic:

Got most of one side done. Working on the other. Ordered roof today.
How are you doing? I’m back in school this week and already feeling over whelmed. But this is per usual.

Outside. Beautiful afternoon. A bit warm but having a beer.

Hope all is well.

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I stopped by on my bike today, and there it was – the siding is going on, bottom to top, on the far side, too. Nothing looks like a real American house until it has siding.

The inside bamboo walls are going nicely, too – and the loft is done.

I want one – you?

Spring story: a writing challenge

This was the challenge:

In 250 words or less, describe a Spring setting

But here’s the catch–you can’t use traditional Spring words or images. No flowers, no bright green, no new growth. Look for the unusual and personal way your character would describe the setting they’re in.

The result was… interesting.

Rather than lose these forever, I will throw them out to make a reader go hmmm and wonder about the way my brain works:

The rains came early that year – and stayed long. The river rose almost to the level of the 1936 flood, and hung there for days, taking with it the beginnings of the crops, seeds that hadn’t but set out the tenderest of rootlets: they were no match for the onslaught, were washed away in wide swaths. Blossoms that had started to open were knocked off their branches by a careless hand. We had no beauty that year. I don’t know how the birds made it, sitting waterlogged on bare trees. Their food must have been impossible to find, insects pounded by the driving rain as much as we were. Continue reading

Added PRIDE’S CHILDREN – Chapter 14, Scene 4

This week’s post is Chapter 14, Scene 4 (1.14.4).

Tomorrow is a big day: checking out an external stimulation device, normally used for people with foot drop (stroke-related, some childhood problems, trauma), but which can be used to make the gastrocnemius muscles at the back of the calf fire – we’ll see. If it doesn’t work right away, that will be a problem – but the evaluators are specialists who do this all the time, and it is in their company’s interests to be good at determining possible success quickly. Pray to your favorite deities for me.

Went to dinner and the theater Saturday – nice – good friends. I was kind of wiped Sunday and today, but c’est la vie – and maybe, after tomorrow, I’ll get back to actual writing. I’m still sitting there, every morning for the time I’ve promised myself, at the computer, writing. That’s good enough for now.

I’m giving you all a break – these are shorter scenes. I make up for it by having more of them – trying a different effect. Let me know what you think.

Additional beta readers welcome – contact me if you’d like to participate (and get to read things earlier).

Typo reports extremely welcome! Thanks!

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PRIDE’S CHILDREN, Chapter 14, Scene 4  [Bianca]


Copyright by Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt 2013-2014.

Bridging time gaps: 4 ways to switch pov character

WHO ARE YOU?  The writer chooses the point of view.  The writer becomes the character. - Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt

How to write – from a writer unpublished in novel form

Another one of my ‘how to write’ posts which resulted when I had a problem, and solved it by writing it out – for myself, and for anyone else who might write like I do. Admitedly there are – and should be – few people in the category of ‘control freaks with CFS trying to write long complicated novels.’

It doesn’t matter.

I have come along to someone’s blog when I became aware of them, read a post from 2008, and been delighted because it was just what I needed. I’m not promising you delight, mind you – just the things which tickle my fancy (good) or keep me from writing fiction today (bad).

How to switch characters in multiple pov – identify the gap

‘BEING THIS CHARACTER’ – so I can write a scene in a new point of view (pov) – includes accounting for any time since the last time I was this character. Continue reading