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Brief insights into my writing world.
I started my blog in June 2016, intending to have a place to get my stories in the hands of readers. I started with one follower -- my wife. Seven years later, I am creeping toward 500 followers. My readership has more than doubled since natural disaster took our home from us. I post a daily quote in addition to short stories, vignettes, and updates on our rebuilding project.

You can find my Tavern Tales at: https://jjshaun.com/

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September 21, 2023 at 3:41pm
September 21, 2023 at 3:41pm
We have visible progress on the house.

Read the full blog and check out the pictures at: http://jjshaun.com/2023/09/17/rebuilding-the-dream-pt-151/
September 10, 2023 at 7:06pm
September 10, 2023 at 7:06pm
The house has been sitting on the foundation for sixty-three days. Tomorrow, Mr. Sub-Contractor will begin installing the basement windows and siding.

Read the full blog and check out pictures at: http://jjshaun.com/2023/09/10/rebuilding-the-dream-pt-150/
July 24, 2023 at 1:35am
July 24, 2023 at 1:35am
Earlier this week, we met with Mr. Sub-Contractor to discuss stairs, windows, siding, decks, and the basement door. Our original idea was to have a wrap-around deck, but with the cost of materials right now, that won’t happen.

Read the full post here: https://jjshaun.com/2023/07/23/rebuilding-the-dream-pt-145/
July 16, 2023 at 11:25am
July 16, 2023 at 11:25am
Our new house is finally in place. That does not mean it went off without a hitch, however. We had plenty of excitement on house-moving day.

Read the full post (complete with pictures) here: https://jjshaun.com/2023/07/16/rebuilding-the-dream-pt-144/
July 9, 2023 at 11:20pm
July 9, 2023 at 11:20pm
And so it began, 990 days after we lost our home. Finally. Despite the rainy forecast, the company decided that now is the time to move our house.

Read the full post here: https://jjshaun.com/2023/07/09/rebuilding-the-dream-pt-143/
July 3, 2023 at 11:18am
July 3, 2023 at 11:18am
The word of the week is anticipation. I received a phone call from one of our community members letting me know the schedule for the upcoming house move.

Read the full post here: https://jjshaun.com/2023/07/02/rebuilding-the-dream-pt-142/
June 26, 2023 at 10:16pm
June 26, 2023 at 10:16pm
Last week, First Reader commented I wrote a nice weather report. She isn’t wrong since that’s been our biggest hold up since October. I did a little research on the copious amounts of rainfall this spring and discovered that the city received over twelve inches of rain in May and June. Keep in mind that this area typically gets around four-and-a-half inches during that same time frame in an average year. I’d say we’re far ahead of the average right now. No wonder we don’t have our house yet.

Read the full post here: https://jjshaun.com/2023/06/25/rebuilding-the-dream-pt-141/
June 7, 2023 at 5:02pm
June 7, 2023 at 5:02pm
Yesterday, WordPress congratulated me for seven years of blogging. My first post was a brief statement about my site, Tavern Tales, being under construction. Almost two weeks later, I added another post—this time with more of an introduction to me as a writer, and my original intentions for my blog.

Read the full post here: http://jjshaun.com/2023/06/06/happy-blogiversary-to-me/
June 4, 2023 at 12:45pm
June 4, 2023 at 12:45pm
This week saw more progress on our house.

The framing crew was up at the property on Tuesday, but ran into a few mechanics problems with a couple of their trucks. First, the young fellow who came last week to measure for materials neglected to tell his crew about our driveway's steepness and condition. So, the truck that delivered the materials did not have trailer brakes. That, and one pickup arrived onsite with a pinhole in the radiator hose. Consequently, the job didn’t get started until Wednesday.

Read the full post at: http://jjshaun.com/2023/06/04/rebuilding-the-dream-pt-138/
May 15, 2023 at 12:53am
May 15, 2023 at 12:53am
Mr. Sub-Contractor contacted me on Wednesday morning with pictures of snow patches covering the ground where the slab was to be poured. Temperatures were hovering near freezing.

Read the full post at: http://jjshaun.com/2023/05/14/rebuilding-the-dream-pt-135/

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