Reasons to attend workshops
1) get realistic about your writing
2) clean out wordy words
3) discover dead spots
4) recognize amateurish writing
4) become familiar with genres
5) get ideas for your stories
6) meet writer types
When you miss the mark, get confused, or lose your muse, writers who care about your work will help you through those moments. Honest critiques will hurt sometimes. If it never hurts, the workshop's probably not a good one.
The actors enter hamlets
in their gaudy caravans
to the shrill sound of pipes and tabor.
In the village square
they juggle knives,
leap through hoops
walk on their hands
twirl in exotic dances,
recite bawdy poems,
and act in burlesque skits.
The traveling actors get into some hot spots, but not this hot.
Coming in 2022
Great for Halloween
Copyright Bonnie Stanard
Witches were real
In May, my zoom presentation to the St. Andrews Shepherd's Center previewed the setting of "Béjart's Caravan." Witches and demons were as real then as wifi is to us. If you were so unlucky as to be convicted of witchcraft...see picture below.
Much has been made of a priest who was burned at the stake, convicted of being a demon. He didn't have a chance at his trial, for the witches of Loudun testified against him.
my novel about a troupe
of roving actors
in the French provinces
The actors meet with religious fanatics, desperate maidens, greedy peasants, nefarious nobles, and the plague.
They are borderline rogues who have to scramble to avoid being driven asunder by the Catholic Church. Molière's body has a part to play in the plot.
Tenth Full Moon is 34 pages for ages 4-8
illustrated by Marlaena Shannon
A mysterious witch can live forever
as long as she remembers to call down the magic of the tenth full moon.
But on this October night,
a hex affects her cabbage,
the possum cooking on her stove
stinks up the kitchen.
She's forgetting the one night
she must remember.