Hearing With a Broken Ear—the sequel

Life has a way of making us stop and smile from time to time. Today was one of those days for me. I just learned that Miss Charlotte has started reading “Flying With a Broken Wing.” She has a bookmark to keep her place and she told me it’s the first book she’s read without pictures. Remarkably, she’d been reading since she was three (something I would never have believed possible had I not seen for myself.) Her mother tells me it will likely be a long while until she gets to the end of the book since she starts back at the beginning with each reading session. I was also told that a certain porcelain deer with a broken ear caused Miss Charlotte to declare “That’s Hearing with a Broken Ear.” Perhaps that will be the title of a sequel. You really have to love some of the things kids come up with.

This evening I picked up a copy of In the Company of Animals: Stories of Extraordinary Encounters,” an anthology of animal stories by writers from across Canada published by Nimbus Publishing. It was edited by Pam Chamberlain, the same editor I worked with when I wrote a piece for the Country Roads Anthology a few years back. Seeing my name in the acknowledgement of this book was kind of cool, not to mention knowing a few of the writers. I picked the book up at the local Coles and got a bit of a surprise when the young man swiped my Plum Rewards Card and declared, “Oh my God, your Laura Best!” I’ve got to be honest, I don’t often get that reaction, in fact I never do. It seemed a little surreal. I was just surprised that he recognized my name.

Fall is my busiest time and I don’t expect to have much time for myself until later in December. I’m still squeezing in some writing time most every day. I’d like to finally finish the novel I’m writing and get back to some earlier work..and who knows, “Hearing With a Broken Ear,” might beckon to me… I have a few craft events to go to in December and of course December means Christmas and Christmas means, well, a lot of work. I hope to get back into blogging more after the New Year. I’ve missed not checking in with my blogging friends. It seems as though I’m saying the same thing over and over. There’s never enough time. I just need to learn how to stretch out my days. Perhaps that’s something to work toward in the new year.

Just for fun because hey, I’m as silly as the next person, what title can you come up with for a sequel to “Flying With a Broken Wing?” I vote for “Running With a Broken Leg.”

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  1. I think it is so cool that Miss Charlotte is reading your book already. That is amazing and so special. We just moved to Spain so I’m not able to be as active in the blogging world right now either. After Christmas we will all be back to normal (ha ha) How about “Writing with a Broken Brain”

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  2. Yes, it is pretty cool. I recorded her reading the first snippet in August, but her voice is rather soft so I didn’t have it uploaded to Youtube. Maybe sometime. Your move is a brave one, Darlene. I wish you all the best. I couldn’t be happier for you. And I think ““Writing with a Broken Brain” sounds about right for some days. 😉

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  3. “Walking With Blistered Feet” because I got new boots and am walking for hours every day on the streets of Toronto. The TD Book Gala Thursday night was an amazing event! I’ll tell you all about it at the New Ross Fair…

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  4. Call me unimaginative but I’m much taken with, “Hearing With a Broken Ear…”
    My granddaughter was reading at four–she couldn’t wait–and I fell all over myself. Now almost eleven, she shrugs when I ask if she’s read anything interesting lately. Her nose is stuck in her iPad mini instead of a book. Sigh.

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  5. Judi

     /  November 8, 2014

    I don’t think you are as silly as they come, I think you are sillier. But then I have know you for quite a little while now. I have worked with you, talked a lot with you, travelled with you and confided in you, and a number of other things with you. I think Miss Charlotte is a vey smart little girl. She may become a writer just like you Grandmother. I have also told you that you were famous in the eyes of many people, now the guy in the book store proves it…Take care.xoxo

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    • Yes, we’ve known each other a looooong time. 😉 Don’t forget that we got locked out of your truck together. Not sure about this “famous” thing. I’m just me. 😀

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  6. Young readers are cool. How about “Singing with No Voice”.

    That’s really neat that the clerk recognised your name. As my kids would say, “Sweet!”

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    • I quite like, “Singing with No Voice.”
      Yes, I was very surprised to have my name recognized. Not sure what his reaction would have been had I been a famous writer, though. 😉 Nice to have you visit, Diane. I’ve missed you. I hope things have slowed down for you and we’ll see you around WordPress more often.

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  7. I always love getting your updates. Your life is full and busy and probably a little crazy, but that’s what keeps us young (at least, young at heart, right?). Our son had developed a pretty good reading vocabulary before he got to kindergarten, but his teacher complained it was a disadvantage because he was always bored in class. I think the problem was more hers than his! I’ll bet it’s a special delight to have Charlotte reading your book. As for a sequel’s title… I can’t outdo Diane’s! Love the idea of “Singing With No Voice”. 🙂 Glad you’re writing. Keep at it!

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  8. I really enjoyed your post. You inspire me to keep writing.

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  9. I like Diane’s “Singing with no voice”.

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  10. Hugh

     /  November 10, 2014

    Awesome to read that Miss Charlotte is reading your book and may have come up with the title of your next novel, Hearing With a Broken Ear—the sequel. I’d wait in line to purchase it. Loved “Flying with a Broken Wing.”

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    • Thanks for your kind words, Hugh. Let’s not forget, you’re a pretty fine writer yourself!

      Yes, Miss Charlotte is something else!

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  11. I think Miss Charlotte is destined for a literary life. It will be nice to follow along on her journey through your blog, Laura. And yes, you are Laura Best, author extraordiniare! I’m thrilled to know you.

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    • It will be interesting to see what the future holds in store for her, Joylene!
      I’m glad you’re thrilled to know me, because I feel the same way about you. Just waiting for the day when we finally meet. That will be cool. 😀

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  12. All I could come up with is Loving with a Broken Heart. That sounds pretty sad.

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