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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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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/
May 7, 2023 at 2:39pm
May 7, 2023 at 2:39pm
Imagine our surprise when all meetings with Mr. Contractor fell through this week. All is not lost, though. He hired a reliable sub-contractor who will get the job done.

Read the full post at: http://jjshaun.com/2023/05/07/rebuilding-the-dream-pt-134/
May 1, 2023 at 12:58am
May 1, 2023 at 12:58am
Theoretically, Mr. Contractor will be on the property tomorrow to get some additional measurements before getting started on the rest of our building. Theoretically. I’ll believe it when I see it.

Read the full blog post at: http://jjshaun.com/2023/04/30/rebuilding-the-dream-pt-133/
April 23, 2023 at 11:56am
April 23, 2023 at 11:56am
It’s getting harder to update the same ol’ post every week, but here we go: No progress on our house—still.

Read the full blog post at: http://jjshaun.com/2023/04/23/rebuilding-the-dream-pt-132/
April 21, 2023 at 1:01am
April 21, 2023 at 1:01am
It seems Mother Nature can’t quite make up her mind. Last Friday, it snowed most of the day, and we got a few inches of the wet, heavy white stuff. Most of it had melted by Saturday afternoon as the daytime temperatures warmed up once more.

Read the entire post at: http://jjshaun.com/2023/04/20/warmth-at-last/
April 18, 2023 at 11:49am
April 18, 2023 at 11:49am
Two-an-a-half years ago, my wife and I lost our home to wildfire. I've been blogging about our rebuilding journey ever since. Here is my latest update on our progress.
We woke up to snow yesterday morning. Again. Of course, by the afternoon, it was gone again. Welcome to Springtime in the Rockies, my friends.

Read the entire post at: http://jjshaun.com/2023/04/16/rebuilding-the-dream-pt-131/
April 13, 2023 at 8:02pm
April 13, 2023 at 8:02pm
The group left Suncall early in the afternoon. They made their first camp at the spot where they agreed to meet Geordo. The man had moved on to Irewick, according to his message marker.

Read the full story here: http://jjshaun.com/2023/04/12/the-road-to-irewick/
April 9, 2023 at 12:38pm
April 9, 2023 at 12:38pm
Nine-hundred and four days ago, I lost my home to wildfire. Here is my continuing story of recovery from that disaster.

April 2, 2023 at 12:08pm
April 2, 2023 at 12:08pm
Two weeks ago, we were looking at having a dry access road by this time. Mother Nature, apparently, had other plans. Winter wants to hang on tight, and spring keeps pushing back. Consequently, our weather pattern is on a roller coaster. Also, being downstream from California puts us in line for the crap left after the storms dump on them.

Read the full post at: https://jjshaun.com/2023/04/02/rebuilding-the-dream-pt-129/
March 30, 2023 at 6:41pm
March 30, 2023 at 6:41pm
Yesterday, I updated my external blog with a memorial to the friends and family lost so far this year.


The beginning of 2023 has had plenty of bittersweet memories, and it’s only March.

Late last month, I heard from a young lady I used to babysit. Her dad passed away. Her dad and my dad were the best of friends when I was growing up. We’d lived in our little town on our dead-end road for maybe a year when the family moved in down the street from us.

Read the entire post at http://jjshaun.com/2023/03/30/in-honor-of-lost-family-and-friends/

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