Joan Hall Writes

stories about life and faith

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Everyone Needs Encouragment

I’m participating in Camp NaNoWriMo this month, hence my absence from the blog last week. This 30-day event is much like November’s NaNoWriMo except writers can set their own word count rather than the usual 50K. I’ve been steadily working on a novel. Most days things have run smoothly. Yet some days, I’ve hit snags. [...]

Where Is Dylan?

Welcome to this month’s edition of First Friday Fiction. As I explained in my Wednesday post, my WIP is a suspense story. Therefore, today’s fiction is a bit suspenseful and I hope a little humorous. Nestled within this post is a clue to a scene in my novel. (By the way, the novel is much [...]

The Stories

Long before I realized I wanted to be a writer, I loved stories. Before I learned to read, some of my favorite childhood memories are the times when my Mom would tell me a story. I’m not talking about fairy tells, although there were certainly some of those. I wanted to hear true life experiences [...]

When I Was Seventeen

When I was seventeen, shortly before my eighteenth birthday, I wrote a novel. I had never taken a creative writing class. Nobody had ever explained plot, structure, and outlining to me. Yet, I had a dream of becoming a writer. Looking back now, my protagonist had some character traits that may have caused readers to [...]

Are Cats Better Than Dogs?

I’ve written about them, but not for them. However, today my cats Tucker and Cruz are here to give a book review for Pooh Hodges and his new book, Cats Are Better Than Dogs. Pooh’s typist is my friend and fellow Tribe Writer, Pamela Hodges. You can connect with Pooh at his blog, The Cat [...]

Rails and Trails

It seemed fitting to hear distant sound of a train whistle the first time I stepped onto the path appropriately called The Railbed Trail.  Only a few days earlier, I had watched the movie Fried Green Tomatoes. I couldn’t help but think of  Evelyn’s first visit to Whistle Stop. Grass and leaves didn’t stir from [...]

Newfound Friend

The plane was almost full when Rachel Wagner boarded and took her seat beside the aisle. She preferred to sit by the window, but after the airline cancelled her earlier flight, was grateful to have a seat. It could be worse. At least I’m on the side of the plane with only two seats. I [...]

The Day I Tried To Pluck A Live Chicken

When I was a child, my parents raised chickens—mostly for the eggs, but some were for eating. When I was around five, I watched Mom and Dad kill and process chickens for the freezer. A few days later, I went outdoors to play. It was in the fall of the year and a bit cool [...]