Monday, January 9, 2012

birchthorn is alive!

I am just twenty dollars short of our chapter goal, I think the surge of initial excitement made the $300 mark so fast! I don't expect to reach that goal every time this swiftly, but as for today I would say you can expect a second chapter for certain, and soon!

I'll keep the story going long as readers are willing to support it, and I must admit, it is so much fun going home to characters and plot as much as it is to animals and the farm. Birchthorn is alive!

How do you picture the beast? What do you think it really is?
(I know and I'm not telling!)


Blogger Toronto Girl said...

I think it's a Newfoundland dog.

January 9, 2012 at 2:03 PM  
Blogger Mist said...

Toronto Girl, that is a great guess. :) The first time I ever saw a Newfie it was bounding through a farmer's field as I watched from the passing school bus. I thought for sure it was a bear!

I don't have a very clear picture of the beast in my head yet. It's more of an amorphous shadow creature than anything of substance.

January 9, 2012 at 2:28 PM  
Blogger Lee Ann said...

Ohh...that is a great idea - Newfies are huge!

Congrats Jenna :) This is so exciting!! Can't wait to read more!

January 9, 2012 at 2:59 PM  
Blogger bookkm said...

Is it a mountain lion? The description had a human quality to it but it was dark!

I, too, like Toronto girl's guess because it opens the chance that Birchthorn can be tamed. Whoa! I better donate. Where's this donate button?

January 9, 2012 at 3:56 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I'm hoping it's some sort of creature from long-forgotten lore. If it can practically bewitch an animal with its stare, it has to be something with some extra power or at least a great origination story behind it. Ooohhh, I'm excited. Love it so far Jenna! I can picture the lonely, cold, and eerie woods perfectly.

January 9, 2012 at 4:03 PM  
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January 9, 2012 at 4:04 PM  
Blogger Toronto Girl said...

I grew up on a farm and we had a Newfie. Someone once called the police because they thought he was a bear. We put a bright yellow collar on him so no one shot him. He was the best dog ever!

January 9, 2012 at 4:28 PM  
Blogger Mimi's Tapawingo said...

It would be fun to read your store in the vein of the beloved Miss Beatrice Potter - maybe about your beloved Lily George.

January 9, 2012 at 4:31 PM  
Blogger Cathy said...

I have been thinking of this story all day Jenna. I'm so glad I donated and will do so again.
We have a Saint Bernard and love big dogs.
I also love the idea of a Newfie!!
Bring on chapter 2, can't wait.
Thanks for doing this.

January 9, 2012 at 4:34 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

it's no doggie

January 9, 2012 at 4:35 PM  
Blogger KellyV (Kelly the Fifth) said...

Jenna - I love it! "It's no dog." Congrats on
getting close to Chapter 2. When I think what I pay for a hard cover book, a dollar every so often for a book with this much community spirit and with your talent is a bargain for sure.

January 9, 2012 at 4:51 PM  
Blogger karental said...

I just want it to be the creature of legend. I like that sort of thing. Humans really don't know everything about everything. Maybe something from Native beliefs.

I did enjoy the first chapter. Losing my job put a damper on my CAS $ support, but not on my enthusiasm for what you are doing. Thanks!

January 9, 2012 at 5:00 PM  
Blogger Goat Song said...

Donated! :D Can't wait to read the next part!

January 9, 2012 at 5:49 PM  
Blogger Meredith A said...

Self doubt

January 9, 2012 at 6:00 PM  
Blogger Kate said...

I like the idea above, that it's something like self doubt or fear itself. I mean but I keep thinking that our heroine should bring the horse and the flock into the house with her for the night because surely the beast can find her farm! I'm afraid that this is about as spookey as I can handle. I start looking out my own windows!!!

January 9, 2012 at 8:18 PM  
Blogger Firecracker Farm said...

Everyone knows that when you see large, hairy black creatures in the night it turns out to be Gibson! Ha!
I actually want it to be a crazed mountain man in a grizzly bear coat!

January 9, 2012 at 8:56 PM  
Blogger Lara said...

Right now I’m seeing a raven mocker or maybe something like the thunderbird but in big black bearish form. Maybe it will turn out to be a friendly griffin hiding out in upstate New York…or that crazed mountain man…I can’t wait to find out!

January 10, 2012 at 12:14 AM  
Blogger Sylvia said...

I want to say it's a black panther but it'll probably turn out to be a Maine Coon! lol

January 10, 2012 at 12:56 AM  
Blogger Patsy said...

It reminds me of the Beast of Essex. Lots of speculation about it. And if you are interested in Scottish folklore......hmmmmmm. Maybe.

January 10, 2012 at 9:47 AM  

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