Just the blog, my website will remain here. See, while Weebly is a great host for websites, Blogger has much better blog features. Once I got over the learning curve when I started Shire Reviews (because the Blogger editor is COMPLETELY different from Weebly), I decided I liked Blogger much better for blogs. And I finally made the decision to switch this past week. It was work, Weebly doesn't have a handy little export blog feature as far as I can tell, so I got a lot of copy/paste practice, but every post is there. The comments are dated wrong, but they're there too. These pages should still exist, I didn't want to mess up any direct links from the past two years, but this is the last blog post I'll be putting up on Weebly. From now on, they'll be at:
The blog tab also redirects to it now, so it should be easy to find. I personally think the new blog is prettier than the old, so pop on over there and see what you think!
This has been a week. A crazy one, for sure. The main thing that happened, well, I'm not going to give any details because one: They aren't firmed up, and two: I'm not the sort of person who likes posting personal things on the internet. So suffice it to say that we want to move closer to church and music things and friends and stuff, and that has made this week super crazy, and, yeah. My church friends know what I'm talking about, and probably all my complaints about timing too.
So instead, let me show you a new love of mine:
I saw it yesterday for the first time, live on stage, and it was AMAZING! A few friends of mine were playing in the orchestra for it, and I went with some other friends to go see it. The acting was fantastic, the singing was amazing, the musicians were fabulous, the costumes were terrific...I knew little of the story before going to the play, so it was all new to me. I now have the movie on hold at the library because my family just has to see it. It was previews for the movie that first piqued my curiosity for Into the Woods, because I saw James Corden aka Craig in them. And I like Craig. He may be starting to look like his sofa, but he blew up the cybermen with love, so I think (I know) I really want to see him play the Baker. Because Into the Woods is fantabulous! What was interesting about this performance was that I found out behind the scenes stuff afterwards from my friends. Apparently they had a mishap with the hen that lays golden eggs, it fell over, but they covered so incredibly well, I wouldn't have known it wasn't supposed to happen that way if my friend hadn't said so.
In other news, since Creighton Hill is out with beta readers, my sister and I had a writing competition to see which of us could write the most words this past week. She beat me by 1,533 words, but since I wrote 7,589 words in the Cassie story with a sore arm and a cold, which equates to more than an eighth of the book, I'm happy. Except for the doing an extra day of dishes part. Because we had to have an actual incentive to write other than the glory of winning, right? But because I got some feedback on Creighton Hill and the cover reveal is over and recent developments have sort of increased the stress level for this publishing, I probably won't be able to focus on Cassie for a little while. And it might be interesting to note that my sister burst out laughing when she read the part where the main guy, Luke Winston, mentioned texting his copilot, Cassie, to tell her when he would need her back in the cockpit. See, I cast Bradley James as Luke on my Pinterest board, and I do have to admit it is rather funny to think of Prince/King Arthur texting. :)
And I've been watching Green Gables Fables. It's a modernized Anne of Green Gables video blog webseries, and my friend Katelyn assumes full blame for getting me and our friend Ashley addicted to it. Now, I'm not a big fan of modernizations as a general rule, and there are certainly things I don't like (like Diana living over an hour away rather than just across the Haunted Wood), but all in all, I like GGF a lot. They have the characters down pat, and I finally saw Gilbert a few days ago! The other night, GGF inspired me to revisit favorite moments in my L. M. Montgomerys, which includes certain chapters in Emily Climbs, and caused me to rediscover this gem of a description in Anne of the Island.
L. M. Montgomery has such a way with words. I'm envious, and now I want to go and read all the books in the house that she wrote just to soak in the loveliness.
And if you're wondering why I had a sore arm, I slipped on the mud and pinestraw a little over a week ago trying to push the lawn mower up the hill (it was off) and banged my arm on the handle, falling on it with pretty much my whole weight. Once the first pain wore off, it didn't really hurt much, but we think I hit a nerve because it made my arm tingly and weak for awhile. It's on the mend and our writing contest kept me from babying it, as I'm prone to do, so, even though it's a bit sore now, I should be able to play in my first orchestra concert a week from tonight.
Ta ta for now! Alons-y!
It's here! Finally you can see the cover to Creighton Hill! And I've decided not to be mean and make you scroll down forever to see it because I'm just nice that way...or maybe I just didn't want to think of extra stuff to say.
And the official description:
“No one can mysteriously disappear leaving no trace. It isn’t realistic.”
“You’re right, Emily,” her grandfather said thoughtfully. “It isn’t realistic. However, a good many things happen in this world that are not realistic, things supernatural.”
Emily, Allan, Jill, Joey, and Anna have grown up on their grandfather’s tales of ancestors who mysteriously disappeared from Creighton Hill, the plantation home that has been in their family for centuries. When Grampa’s death forces them to move into Creighton Hill, the truth about the supposed disappearances is the first thing on their minds. Allan, Jill, Joey, and Anna’s, that is. As for Emily, why must they keep at their supernatural hogwash?
Could it be that their family really does just have an unusual history of early deaths? Most people seem to think so. But Grampa’s research has uncovered something different.
When mysterious writing matching descriptions found in ancient accounts begins appearing to the children, they know something’s up. They must find out what really happened to their ancestors, and work together to discover the reason behind the mysterious writings.
Creighton Hill is the first book of the Time Captives trilogy, a tale of faith, family, fantasy, and a fight for truth and freedom.
So, what do you think? Excited to read it? I'm planning on a June 8th release date. It's coming up fast! But you can go ahead and add it to Goodreads now. Just use the handy little button below.
This cover reveal is super duper special because I have a bunch of fantastically amazing friends posting the cover on their blogs today as well. Some of them even took the time to interview me about things from writing to cover design. Make sure you visit their blogs! They are amazing!
I had seen the 777 Challenge going around blogs and thought it looked fun, but hadn't been tagged. So when Kendra Ardnek left an open invitation, I decided to consider myself tagged. What it is is that you go to the seventh page of your work in progress, go seven lines down and share the next seven lines. I didn't want to pick between the two rough drafts I'm working on, so I'll do one from each. The first is from a nameless story going by Storyless Storyboard Story.
“Good,” said Jared.
“I have full confidence in you,” Kira assured him.
Kira stepped out onto the tower. Joel stood against the parapet, a sniper rifle beside him, keeping a sharp lookout from the top of the tower. She gave him little opportunity to serve as her personal bodyguard, thus he had many other guard duties at the palace of Hanover.
Kira is the main girl in the story, Jared is her brother, and Joel is the main guy, Kira's bodyguard. Kira's father is the king of the country of Hanover, obviously making her a princess. It takes place in a sci-fi-ish fantasy world, and has stuff to do with bionic microchipping and kidnapping and stuff.
The other snippet is from the equally nameless outer space dystopian familiarly known as The Cassie Story.
her shoulder, and burped William. Then she settled him back down to finish the bottle.
"Soon I'll have to go away," she continued. "I'll really miss times like this." William seemed to be drifting off to sleep. Cassie burped him a final time, but was reluctant to place him in his crib. The babies were held so seldom. He needed it. She gently kissed his forehead and continued to cuddle him. She felt a sudden prick
In this part, Cassie is helping out with the infants in the Base where she grew up. Kids basically grow up in a very standardized boarding school type thing where parents don't exist and they are trained to be a part of Society and not to question anything. It's very interesting. I have a little more about both of these stories on my WIPs page.
I don't know who has or hasn't been tagged and I don't know who I would tag anyway, so I'll just do the same as Kendra and leave an open invitation instead of tagging seven people. If you're a writer and you see this, you can consider yourself tagged.
And bonus bit of information: The cover reveal for Creighton Hill is next Monday!! Stay tuned!
I've moved my blog over to Blogger. You can find all the same content you can here plus much more at www.morganhuneke.blogspot.com
I am a 19 year old home-school graduate and a Christian children's book author. I'm involved in politics, and I play the violin. I make a lot of my own clothes and I love taking care of children. I generally blog about my books, but I also have an indefinitely running series on my favorite fictional characters. My friends' very awesome books seem to pop up around here quite often. I rarely post reviews here anymore, but my sisters and I regularly review books and movies at ShireReviews.blogspot.com I hope you enjoy your time here on my blog!