Thursday, December 12, 2013

Every Charm Has a Story Y'all!

Let's talk charms, okay? This past summer a bunch of writers got together, for the love of writing, thanks to Sally Odgers. She's the sweet angel who brought us all together to do this project. Can you imagine what happens when writers write for the sheer absolute fun of it (and they are not worried about time constraints, will the editor/agent love my baby)? The stories are so well done. Sally is an amazing person/editor/all around sweetheart.I love being associated with my pals, Theresa Milstein, Mia Milstein (Theresa's daughter and quite a writer in her own right) Sharon Mayhew, Lenny Lee (Yay Lenny!), Susanna Hill, Cheryl Secomb,  illustration by Ellen Injerd (Cheryl's daughter),and Clarike Bowman-Jahn.

PREMISE:
Imogen, Ashton, Joshua and Hannah,  aged five, eight, eleven and thirteen, find a china crock in the attic of a house being renovated as a boutique hotel. Since the crock has no identifiable owners, they open it. Inside is a hoard of metal charms.

I chose the cowboy boots charm. Each of these charms has an associated story or poem, which will be written by contributing authors. The charms come in a wide variety of anything from anchors to dinosaurs, elephants, hats, shoes, roses, clocks and so on. Each contributor received a charm by post or email, and the charm inspired a story or poem.

The stories stand alone, each having its own characters, theme, setting and period. The four children above do NOT appear in the stories. Neither does the attic setting.
The linking text joins them so each story will address something of interest to one of the bracket-story children.


These anthologies are filled with the stories, poems, and illustrations of authors you know. The anthologies together make a fantasy novel but each can stand on their own. They are beautiful. You have to order through the contributors. I'll be glad to order for you at cost + shipping. You'll be glad you did.

Just shoot me an email. They make great Christmas presents. :-)

Sharon Mayhew is having a giveaway for volume 2.


19 comments:

  1. YaY, you got your post up! I barely got mine up, so don't feel bad.

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  2. Just saw this on Teresa's site - very cool!

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  3. Thanks for the shout out, Robyn. I haven't gotten mine yet and haven't written a post about it and now I'm going on bloggy break.

    Thanks for talking about it. Would love it if some one read my stories. I think it's a shame one has to order through the author. Makes it more difficult, don't you think? I even hate to say anything bad about it because it was such fun to write knowing they were done with you guys in there. And Sally was an angel. A perfect angel. :)

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  4. I have Volume 2 - and I want your autograph!!! :) I can't wait to read it...I just need for Santa to bring me those extra hours I keep begging for.

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  5. hi miss robyn! for sure this was a fun project. it was lots more fun for me because it was a togetherness project. i loved writing my poem but even more i loved doing something special with my blogger friends. its so cool for the mother d andaughter writers being in the same anthology. i would of liked to do that with my mom.
    ...hugs from lenny

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  6. Great post! It really was a lot of fun being a part of this project.

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  7. I want to read these stories, Robyn! I hopped over to your friends place and entered the giveaway :) love & hugs!!!

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  8. What a great idea. Congrats on being published. And awesome that you did it with Sharon, Theresa, and Lenny.

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  9. Sounds like an interesting project and fun idea for a writing prompt.

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  10. These sound fabulous and I love the story behind the stories! I can't wait to check these out. Congrats and best of luck! :)
    ~Jess

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  11. Well of course you chose the cowboy boots one! I'd be surprised if you didn't, amigo! :) Hugs to you, sweet friend!

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  12. Hi Robyn .. so great to read about - and I've asked Sharon for my copies .. but will be thrilled to read these stories .. and know they're from my friends on the net ..

    It'll be fun having the two children participate too .. the wise man Lenny and then Theresa's daughter, Mia .. and I see others ...

    Have fun - wonderful project .. and enjoy this pre Christmas week - hope all is well .. I'll be emailing at some stage! Cheers Hilary

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  13. Hi, Robyn. I hope you will stop by to accept the award I've nominated you for.

    http://susannedrazic.blogspot.com/2013/12/the-award-nominees-are.html

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  14. I saw this on Theresa's blog and love the idea of these.

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  15. These sound like really amazing stories! I want to read these.

    www.modernworld4.blogspot.com

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