Welcome to my Bedroom Closet (Laurel Anne Hill)

The official readings and musings of Laurel Anne Hill (author and former underground storage tank operator), as recorded in her wonderfully-cluttered bedroom closet. Visit her website at http://www.laurelannehill.com.

The Podcasts

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Today, my guest of honor is a photograph of the San Francisco Polytechnic High School cornerstone, which dedicated Polytechnic alumni are working to return to where the school once stood.

Included in this podcast is a reading of a short story by Marianne Eichenbaum: "I am the Polytechnic High School Cornerstone and this is my journey."  The music used in the podcast is the Our Director march, composed by Frederick Ellsworth Bigelow in 1892 and recorded by the Victor Military Band in 1911.  The recording was furnished by the Library of Congress and is being used for this podcast project with the permission of Sony Music.  Thank you!

For more information about donating to the Polytechnic Cornerstone Project, go to:  http://www.perennialparrot.com.

 

Warm wishes,

Laurel Anne Hill (Author of "Heroes Arise")
http://www.laurelannehill.com

Direct download: Polytechnic_High_School_Cornerstone_Project_Podcast.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:00 AM

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One hundred thirty-seven years ago, my Mexican great-grandfather, Emigdio Medina, composed a schottische, entitled El Tecolote.  The Owl.  I discovered the sheet music in an online library listing in 2010.  A long-forgotten song?  Might no one have heard the piece for over 100 years?

I asked my dear sister-in-law, Martha, to play El Tecolote on her piano for me to record.  She suffers from Alzheimer's, but has not forgotten her music.

Lost music.  Lost memory.  Together both were found, at least for a while.  Ah, the magic and harmony of two musician's talents, even if one has left this world and the other slowly slips away.

For those who may be interested, the WorldCat listing for the sheet music is as follows: http://www.worldcat.org/title/tecolote-the-owl-schottische/oclc/146589970&referer=brief_results

"The Overland Monthly," Vol. 15, August, 1875, No. 2, page 208, listed "El Tecolote" as new music received.

Please enjoy this bit of Mexican culture from yesteryear's San Francisco.  The song was played and recorded totally impromptu.  Please forgive the occasional faltering and errors.

 

Warm Wishes,

Laurel Anne Hill  (http://www.laurelannehill.com)

Direct download: El_Tecolote___Lost_Music___Lost_Memory.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:36 AM

Welcome to my hearth on Walpurgisnacht 2012.

On this night, I prepare the story assignments for the 2012 Wicked Women Writers Challenge sponsored by HorrorAddicts.net.  Who will be "Most Wicked 2012?"  The process starts now.

Warm and Wicked Wishes,

Laurel Anne Hill (Most Wicked 2011)
http://www.laurelannehill.com 

Direct download: Walpurgisnacht_and_2012_WWW_Challenge.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:33 PM

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Okay, I know what my website claims.  Laurel Anne Hill crafts stories with inspirational premises, right?  Worthiness is rewarded, right?  Yet many of my short stories these days lurk in shadows of the horror genre.  In fact, Horror Addicts (http://www.horroraddicts.net) named me “Most Wicked 2011″ for my entry, Flight of Destiny, in their Wicked Women Writers Challenge.  How can a gal who believes in worthiness be most wicked?

Worthiness has its reward.  Unworthiness does, too.

But wait, I’ve been known to inflict horror upon my characters who try to live decent lives, even let some of them lose their battles against evil.  How do I reconcile that disparity with my website statements?

Bad things happen to good people every day.  They misread situations.  They miscalculate their own abilities.  Sometimes, through no fault of their own, they end up in the wrong place at the wrong time.  Encounters with “the dark” forces characters to find strength within their weaknesses or else succumb.

In other words, the power of love, honor, faith and duty really can surmount daunting obstacles and transform lives.  But sometimes such power fails, leaving characters to fend for themselves whatever way they can.

Flight of Destiny stirs steampunk, infidelity, jealously, and a radioactive poison into a delicious hot-pot of horror.  I hope you enjoy my story, which lasts approximately 33 minutes.

Warm wishes,

Laurel Anne Hill
(Author of HEROES ARISE)
http://www.laurelannehill.com

Direct download: Flight_of_Destiny_Laurel_Anne_Hill.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:17 AM

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In this thirteen-minute podcast, I share my experiences as I sought information about the "Mine Kafon," a wind-powered device for potential use in clearing hidden, unexploded land mines.  The Mine Kafon, created by Massoud Hassani, recently won a London Design Museum Award nomination.  Final winners will be announced in April 2012.  Hassani was born in Afghanistan, which currently has over ten million hidden, unexploded land mines.

For more information about the Mine Kafon, visit Hassani's blog site, http://minekafon.blogspot.com.  For additional information about other land mine clearance technologies in recent years, go to the links posted on http://www.mindsclearinglandmines.org.

Warm wishes,

Laurel Anne Hill  (Author of "Heroes Arise")
http://www.laurelannehill.com

 

Direct download: Landmine_Clearance_Technology_Rolls_Along.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:18 AM

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Ever ponder whether your novel, short story or nonfiction piece would be accepted for publication?  Or if your next project at work would shine or flop?  Well, enlightenment is available.  All you have to do is ask "Doctor Fortune."

Listen to my ten-minute podcast to learn the details.

Warm wishes,

Laurel Anne Hill  (Author of "Heroes Arise")
http://www.laurelannehill.com 

Direct download: Ask_Doctor_Fortune.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:57 AM

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Today's true story, "A Fair Trade," is a tale of two sisters -- a story of Christmas and Life.  "A Fair Trade" celebrates the experiences I have shared with my older sister, Kathleen.  In 2007, "A Fair Trade" appeared in the Contra Costa Times.

I hope you enjoy my presentation, which lasts approximately 9-1/2 minutes.

Warm wishes this holiday season,

Laurel Anne Hill (http://www.laurelannehill.com)

Direct download: A_Fair_Trade.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:58 AM

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Here's Chapter 25, the final one in HEROES ARISE.

HEROES ARISE is a parable about breaking the cycle of vengeance, about reaching into our own personal darkness and finding the light of reason.  I've set HEROES ARISE in the world of Thard.  HEROES ARISE is an adventure and love story, suitable for ages 9 - 90, and also is available through Amazon and Barnes and Noble, in hard cover, trade paper and as an ebook. 

Jean M. Auel was kind enough to provide the following endorsement for HEROES ARISE.

Heroes Arise by Laurel Anne Hill is a surprisingly exciting and moving story that gripped my attention from the first word and wouldn't let me put it down. This author's first work shows a strong talent and a remarkable future. — Jean M. Auel, author of The Clan of the Cave Bear

I hope you enjoy my story,

Warm wishes,
Laurel Anne Hill  (http://www.laurelannehill.com)

Direct download: Heroes_Arise_Chapter_25.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:20 AM

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Here's Chapter 24 of HEROES ARISE:  A Different Price.   Gundack prepares for the bridal tea ceremony with Eutoebi.  But something appears wrong.

HEROES ARISE is a parable about breaking the cycle of vengeance, about reaching into our own personal darkness and finding the light of reason.  I've set HEROES ARISE in the world of Thard.  HEROES ARISE is an adventure and love story, suitable for ages 9 - 90, and also is available through Amazon and Barnes and Noble, in hard cover, trade paper and as an ebook. 

Jean M. Auel was kind enough to provide the following endorsement for HEROES ARISE.

Heroes Arise by Laurel Anne Hill is a surprisingly exciting and moving story that gripped my attention from the first word and wouldn't let me put it down. This author's first work shows a strong talent and a remarkable future. — Jean M. Auel, author of The Clan of the Cave Bear

I hope you enjoy my story,

Warm wishes,
Laurel Anne Hill  (http://www.laurelannehill.com)

Direct download: Heroes_Arise_Chapter_24.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:50 PM

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Here are Chapters 22 & 23 of HEROES ARISE:  Shadows on the Dunes and Desire Was Enough.   Gundack travels toward his home encampment to marry Eutoebi.  Does trouble head in the same direction?

HEROES ARISE is a parable about breaking the cycle of vengeance, about reaching into our own personal darkness and finding the light of reason.  I've set HEROES ARISE in the world of Thard.  HEROES ARISE is an adventure and love story, suitable for ages 9 - 90, and also is available through Amazon and Barnes and Noble, in hard cover, trade paper and as an ebook. 

Jean M. Auel was kind enough to provide the following endorsement for HEROES ARISE.

Heroes Arise by Laurel Anne Hill is a surprisingly exciting and moving story that gripped my attention from the first word and wouldn't let me put it down. This author's first work shows a strong talent and a remarkable future. — Jean M. Auel, author of The Clan of the Cave Bear

I hope you enjoy my story,

Warm wishes,
Laurel Anne Hill  (http://www.laurelannehill.com)

Direct download: Heroes_Arise_Chapter_22_and_23.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:00 AM

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Here's Chapter 21 of HEROES ARISE:  Vengeance Swallows the Land.   Gundack faces both death and life in the Cave of Spirit Echoes.

HEROES ARISE is a parable about breaking the cycle of vengeance, about reaching into our own personal darkness and finding the light of reason.  I've set HEROES ARISE in the world of Thard.  HEROES ARISE is an adventure and love story, suitable for ages 9 - 90, and also is available through Amazon and Barnes and Noble, in hard cover, trade paper and as an ebook. 

Jean M. Auel was kind enough to provide the following endorsement for HEROES ARISE.

Heroes Arise by Laurel Anne Hill is a surprisingly exciting and moving story that gripped my attention from the first word and wouldn't let me put it down. This author's first work shows a strong talent and a remarkable future. — Jean M. Auel, author of The Clan of the Cave Bear

I hope you enjoy my story,

Warm wishes,
Laurel Anne Hill  (http://www.laurelannehill.com)

Direct download: Heroes_Arise_Chapter_21.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:47 PM

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Here's Chapter 20 of HEROES ARISE:  Where is Honor?  Gundack finds a surprise in the entry chamber to the Cave of Spirit Echoes.

HEROES ARISE is a parable about breaking the cycle of vengeance, about reaching into our own personal darkness and finding the light of reason.  I've set HEROES ARISE in the world of Thard.  HEROES ARISE is an adventure and love story, suitable for ages 9 - 90, and also is available through Amazon and Barnes and Noble, in hard cover, trade paper and as an ebook. 

Jean M. Auel was kind enough to provide the following endorsement for HEROES ARISE.

Heroes Arise by Laurel Anne Hill is a surprisingly exciting and moving story that gripped my attention from the first word and wouldn't let me put it down. This author's first work shows a strong talent and a remarkable future. — Jean M. Auel, author of The Clan of the Cave Bear

I hope you enjoy my story,

Warm wishes,
Laurel Anne Hill  (http://www.laurelannehill.com)

Direct download: Heroes_Arise_Chapter_20.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:18 AM

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Here's Chapter 19 of HEROES ARISE:  Pulses of Fear.  Gundack continues his climb up the Mountain of the Dead.

HEROES ARISE is a parable about breaking the cycle of vengeance, about reaching into our own personal darkness and finding the light of reason.  I've set HEROES ARISE in the world of Thard.  HEROES ARISE is an adventure and love story, suitable for ages 9 - 90, and also is available through Amazon and Barnes and Noble, in hard cover, trade paper and as an ebook. 

Jean M. Auel was kind enough to provide the following endorsement for HEROES ARISE.

Heroes Arise by Laurel Anne Hill is a surprisingly exciting and moving story that gripped my attention from the first word and wouldn't let me put it down. This author's first work shows a strong talent and a remarkable future. — Jean M. Auel, author of The Clan of the Cave Bear

I hope you enjoy my story,

Warm wishes,
Laurel Anne Hill  (http://www.laurelannehill.com)

Direct download: Heroes_Arise_Chapter_19.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:23 PM

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Here's Chapters 17 & 18 of HEROES ARISE:  Combined Honor and Like a Web Threader.  In Chapter 16, Gundack, Rheemar and Sem had encountered poisonous insects on the Mountain of the Dead.  Will the creatures sting them as they sleep?

HEROES ARISE is a parable about breaking the cycle of vengeance, about reaching into our own personal darkness and finding the light of reason.  I've set HEROES ARISE in the world of Thard.  HEROES ARISE is an adventure and love story, suitable for ages 9 - 90, and also is available through Amazon and Barnes and Noble, in hard cover, trade paper and as an ebook. 

Jean M. Auel was kind enough to provide the following endorsement for HEROES ARISE.

Heroes Arise by Laurel Anne Hill is a surprisingly exciting and moving story that gripped my attention from the first word and wouldn't let me put it down. This author's first work shows a strong talent and a remarkable future. — Jean M. Auel, author of The Clan of the Cave Bear

I hope you enjoy my story,

Warm wishes,
Laurel Anne Hill  (http://www.laurelannehill.com)

Direct download: Heroes_Arise_Chapter_17_and_18.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:35 AM

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Here's Chapter 16 of HEROES ARISE:  A Deadly Work of Beauty.  In Chapter 15, Gundack, Rheemar and Sem--all exhausted--found shelter for the night on the Mountain of the Dead.  Then Rheemar had a vision showing Tarr alive and present on that mountain.  How could Tarr still live?

HEROES ARISE is a parable about breaking the cycle of vengeance, about reaching into our own personal darkness and finding the light of reason.  I've set HEROES ARISE in the world of Thard.  HEROES ARISE is an adventure and love story, suitable for ages 9 - 90, and also is available through Amazon and Barnes and Noble, in hard cover, trade paper and as an ebook. 

Jean M. Auel was kind enough to provide the following endorsement for HEROES ARISE.

Heroes Arise by Laurel Anne Hill is a surprisingly exciting and moving story that gripped my attention from the first word and wouldn't let me put it down. This author's first work shows a strong talent and a remarkable future. — Jean M. Auel, author of The Clan of the Cave Bear

I hope you enjoy my story,

Warm wishes,
Laurel Anne Hill  (http://www.laurelannehill.com)

Direct download: Heroes_Arise_Chapter_16.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:00 PM

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Here's Chapter 15 of HEROES ARISE:  On This Mountain.  In Chapters 13 and 14, Gundack learned Rheemar had once visited The Mountain of the Dead with a member of Tarr's inner circle.  Where does Rheemar's loyalty lie?  And now, to make matters worse, the wounds inflicted upon Gundack by Tarr's krens make climbing the mountain a difficult and exhausting  task.

HEROES ARISE is a parable about breaking the cycle of vengeance, about reaching into our own personal darkness and finding the light of reason.  I've set HEROES ARISE in the world of Thard.  HEROES ARISE is an adventure and love story, suitable for ages 9 - 90, and also is available through Amazon and Barnes and Noble, in hard cover, trade paper and as an ebook. 

Jean M. Auel was kind enough to provide the following endorsement for HEROES ARISE.

Heroes Arise by Laurel Anne Hill is a surprisingly exciting and moving story that gripped my attention from the first word and wouldn't let me put it down. This author's first work shows a strong talent and a remarkable future. — Jean M. Auel, author of The Clan of the Cave Bear

I hope you enjoy my story,

Warm wishes,
Laurel Anne Hill  (http://www.laurelannehill.com)

Direct download: Heroes_Arise_Chapter_15.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:00 PM

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Here's Chapters 13 and 14 of HEROES ARISE:  "A Damaged Section of Line" and "A Bride Would Have Cost Less."  In Chapters 11 and 12, Gundack and the human, Rheemar, obtained supplies and began their trek to the Mountain of the Dead.  But Rheemar has had some secret dealings with mountain krens.  Is Rheemar a traitor awaiting an opportunity to harm Gundack?

HEROES ARISE is a parable about breaking the cycle of vengeance, about reaching into our own personal darkness and finding the light of reason.  I've set HEROES ARISE in the world of Thard.  HEROES ARISE is an adventure and love story, suitable for ages 9 - 90, and also is available through Amazon and Barnes and Noble, in hard cover, trade paper and as an ebook. 

Jean M. Auel was kind enough to provide the following endorsement for HEROES ARISE.

Heroes Arise by Laurel Anne Hill is a surprisingly exciting and moving story that gripped my attention from the first word and wouldn't let me put it down. This author's first work shows a strong talent and a remarkable future. — Jean M. Auel, author of The Clan of the Cave Bear

I hope you enjoy my story,

Warm wishes,
Laurel Anne Hill  (http://www.laurelannehill.com)

Direct download: Heroes_Arise_Chapter_13_and_14.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:28 PM

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Here's Chapters 11 and 12 of HEROES ARISE:  Wrinkled Kettlefruit and Inner Pressure.  In Chapter 10, Rheemar had confirmed that the bracelet in the ashes of the burned merchant encampment belonged to his kidnapped sister.  Tarr had cut off her hand to obtain the piece of jewelry.  Is she alive or dead?

HEROES ARISE is a parable about breaking the cycle of vengeance, about reaching into our own personal darkness and finding the light of reason.  I've set HEROES ARISE in the world of Thard.  HEROES ARISE is an adventure and love story, suitable for ages 9 - 90, and also is available through Amazon and Barnes and Noble, in hard cover, trade paper and as an ebook. 

Jean M. Auel was kind enough to provide the following endorsement for HEROES ARISE.

Heroes Arise by Laurel Anne Hill is a surprisingly exciting and moving story that gripped my attention from the first word and wouldn't let me put it down. This author's first work shows a strong talent and a remarkable future. — Jean M. Auel, author of The Clan of the Cave Bear

I hope you enjoy my story,

Warm wishes,
Laurel Anne Hill  (http://www.laurelannehill.com)

Direct download: Heroes_Arise_Chapters_11_and_12.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:08 PM

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Here's Chapter 10 of HEROES ARISE:  Part Kren.  In Chapter 9, Gundack found a mysterious bracelet in the ashes of the burned merchant encampment.  Did the jewelry belong to Rheemar's kidnapped sister?  Now Gundack will have to reveal the disturbing news to Rheemar, his human ally.

HEROES ARISE is a parable about breaking the cycle of vengeance, about reaching into our own personal darkness and finding the light of reason.  I've set HEROES ARISE in the world of Thard.  HEROES ARISE is an adventure and love story, suitable for ages 9 - 90, and also is available through Amazon and Barnes and Noble, in hard cover, trade paper and as an ebook. 

Jean M. Auel was kind enough to provide the following endorsement for HEROES ARISE.

Heroes Arise by Laurel Anne Hill is a surprisingly exciting and moving story that gripped my attention from the first word and wouldn't let me put it down. This author's first work shows a strong talent and a remarkable future. — Jean M. Auel, author of The Clan of the Cave Bear

I hope you enjoy my story,

Warm wishes,
Laurel Anne Hill  (
http://www.laurelannehill.com)

Direct download: Heroes_Arise_Chapter_10.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:24 PM

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Here's Chapter 9 of HEROES ARISE:  Morning Prayer.  HEROES ARISE is a parable about breaking the cycle of vengeance, about reaching into our own personal darkness and finding the light of reason.  I've set HEROES ARISE in the world of Thard.  HEROES ARISE is an adventure and love story, suitable for ages 9 - 90, and also is available through Amazon and Barnes and Noble, in hard cover, trade paper and as an ebook. 

Jean M. Auel was kind enough to provide the following endorsement for HEROES ARISE.

Heroes Arise by Laurel Anne Hill is a surprisingly exciting and moving story that gripped my attention from the first word and wouldn't let me put it down. This author's first work shows a strong talent and a remarkable future. — Jean M. Auel, author of The Clan of the Cave Bear

I hope you enjoy my story,

Warm wishes,
Laurel Anne Hill  (http://www.laurelannehill.com)

Direct download: Heroes_Arise_Chapter_9.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:00 PM

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Here's Chapter 8 of HEROES ARISE:  A Moaning Wind.  HEROES ARISE is a parable about breaking the cycle of vengeance, about reaching into our own personal darkness and finding the light of reason.  I've set HEROES ARISE in the world of Thard.  HEROES ARISE is an adventure and love story, suitable for ages 9 - 90, and also is available through Amazon and Barnes and Noble, in hard cover, trade paper and as an ebook. 

Jean M. Auel was kind enough to provide the following endorsement for HEROES ARISE.

Heroes Arise by Laurel Anne Hill is a surprisingly exciting and moving story that gripped my attention from the first word and wouldn't let me put it down. This author's first work shows a strong talent and a remarkable future. — Jean M. Auel, author of The Clan of the Cave Bear

I hope you enjoy my story,

Warm wishes,
Laurel Anne Hill  (
http://www.laurelannehill.com)

Direct download: Heroes_Arise_Chapter_8.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:00 PM

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Here's Chapter 7 of HEROES ARISE: A Dark Secret Festers.  HEROES ARISE is a parable about breaking the cycle of vengeance, about reaching into our own personal darkness and finding the light of reason.  I've set HEROES ARISE in the world of Thard.  HEROES ARISE is an adventure and love story, suitable for ages 9 - 90, and also is available through Amazon and Barnes and Noble, in hard cover, trade paper and as an ebook. 

Jean M. Auel was kind enough to provide the following endorsement for HEROES ARISE.

Heroes Arise by Laurel Anne Hill is a surprisingly exciting and moving story that gripped my attention from the first word and wouldn't let me put it down. This author's first work shows a strong talent and a remarkable future. — Jean M. Auel, author of The Clan of the Cave Bear

I hope you enjoy my story,

Warm wishes,
Laurel Anne Hill  (
http://www.laurelannehill.com)

Direct download: Heroes_Arise_Chapter_7.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:00 PM

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Here's Chapter 6 of HEROES ARISE: Last Moment Alive.  HEROES ARISE is a parable about breaking the cycle of vengeance, about reaching into our own personal darkness and finding the light of reason.  I've set HEROES ARISE in the world of Thard.  HEROES ARISE is an adventure and love story, suitable for ages 9 - 90, and also is available through Amazon and Barnes and Noble, in hard cover, trade paper and as an ebook. 

Jean M. Auel was kind enough to provide the following endorsement for HEROES ARISE.

Heroes Arise by Laurel Anne Hill is a surprisingly exciting and moving story that gripped my attention from the first word and wouldn't let me put it down. This author's first work shows a strong talent and a remarkable future. — Jean M. Auel, author of The Clan of the Cave Bear

I hope you enjoy my story,

Warm wishes,
Laurel Anne Hill(http://www.laurelannehill.com)

Direct download: Heroes_Arise_Chapter_6.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:08 AM

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Here's Chapter 5 of HEROES ARISE: Prepare to Die.  HEROES ARISE is a parable about breaking the cycle of vengeance, about reaching into our own personal darkness and finding the light of reason.  I've set HEROES ARISE in the world of Thard.  HEROES ARISE is an adventure and love story, suitable for ages 9 - 90, and also is available through Amazon and Barnes and Noble, in hard cover, trade paper and as an ebook. 

Jean M. Auel was kind enough to provide the following endorsement for HEROES ARISE.

Heroes Arise by Laurel Anne Hill is a surprisingly exciting and moving story that gripped my attention from the first word and wouldn't let me put it down. This author's first work shows a strong talent and a remarkable future. — Jean M. Auel, author of The Clan of the Cave Bear

I hope you enjoy my story,

Warm wishes,
Laurel Anne Hill  (
http://www.laurelannehill.com)

Direct download: Heroes_Arise_Chapter_5.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:00 AM

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Here's Chapter 4 of HEROES ARISE: An Appropriate Greeting.  HEROES ARISE is a parable about breaking the cycle of vengeance, about reaching into our own personal darkness and finding the light of reason.  I've set HEROES ARISE in the world of Thard.  HEROES ARISE is an adventure and love story, suitable for ages 9 - 90, and also is available through Amazon and Barnes and Noble, in hard cover, trade paper and as an ebook. 

Jean M. Auel was kind enough to provide the following endorsement for HEROES ARISE.

Heroes Arise by Laurel Anne Hill is a surprisingly exciting and moving story that gripped my attention from the first word and wouldn't let me put it down. This author's first work shows a strong talent and a remarkable future. — Jean M. Auel, author of The Clan of the Cave Bear

I hope you enjoy my story,

Warm wishes,
Laurel Anne Hill  (http://www.laurelannehill.com)

Direct download: Heroes_Arise_Chapter_4.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:04 PM

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Here's Chapter 3 of HEROES ARISE: As Though the Air Burned.  HEROES ARISE is a parable about breaking the cycle of vengeance, about reaching into our own personal darkness and finding the light of reason.  I've set HEROES ARISE in the world of Thard.  HEROES ARISE is an adventure and love story, suitable for ages 9 - 90, and also is available through Amazon and Barnes and Noble, in hard cover, trade paper and as an ebook. 

Jean M. Auel was kind enough to provide the following endorsement for HEROES ARISE.

Heroes Arise by Laurel Anne Hill is a surprisingly exciting and moving story that gripped my attention from the first word and wouldn't let me put it down. This author's first work shows a strong talent and a remarkable future. — Jean M. Auel, author of The Clan of the Cave Bear

I hope you enjoy my story,

Warm wishes,
Laurel Anne Hill  (
http://www.laurelannehill.com)

Direct download: Heroes_Arise_Chapter_3.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:22 AM

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Here's Chapter 2 of HEROES ARISE: A Stirred Pot of Trouble.  HEROES ARISE is a parable about breaking the cycle of vengeance, about reaching into our own personal darkness and finding the light of reason.  I've set HEROES ARISE in the world of Thard.  HEROES ARISE is an adventure and love story, suitable for ages 9 - 90, and also is available through Amazon and Barnes and Noble, in hard cover, trade paper and as an ebook. 

Jean M. Auel was kind enough to provide the following endorsement for HEROES ARISE.

Heroes Arise by Laurel Anne Hill is a surprisingly exciting and moving story that gripped my attention from the first word and wouldn't let me put it down. This author's first work shows a strong talent and a remarkable future. — Jean M. Auel, author of The Clan of the Cave Bear

I hope you enjoy my story,

Warm wishes,
Laurel Anne Hill  (
http://www.laurelannehill.com)

Direct download: Heroes_Arise_Chapter_2.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:12 PM

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I'm finally doing it, recording my award-winning novel, HEROES ARISE, chapter by chapter.  HEROES ARISE is a parable about breaking the cycle of vengeance, about reaching into our own personal darkness and finding the light of reason.  I've set HEROES ARISE in the world of Thard.  HEROES ARISE is an adventure and love story, suitable for ages 9 - 90, and also is available through Amazon and Barnes and Noble, in hard cover, trade paper and as an ebook. 

Jean M. Auel was kind enough to provide the following endorsement for HEROES ARISE.

Heroes Arise by Laurel Anne Hill is a surprisingly exciting and moving story that gripped my attention from the first word and wouldn't let me put it down. This author's first work shows a strong talent and a remarkable future. — Jean M. Auel, author of The Clan of the Cave Bear

I hope you enjoy my story,

Warm wishes,
Laurel Anne Hill  (
http://www.laurelannehill.com)

Direct download: HeroesAriseChapterOne.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:38 PM

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Today, I'm reading "The Capturing," my 44-minute fantasy short story set in the biotechnology industry in the San Francisco Bay Area.  A scary event at a real biotech company twenty years ago inspired my writing of this tale.

Please note that my main character in "The Capturing" does use some profanity.

I hope you enjoy my story.

Warm wishes,

Laurel Anne Hill (Author of "Heroes Arise")
http://www.laurelannehill.com 

 

Direct download: The_Capturing_Final.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:53 AM

Welcome to my bedroom closet.

When the earthquake hit Haiti last January, that country's history of poor government was largely responsible for the extent of the devastation and inability to deal with the aftermath.  Lax building codes were only one ingredient in the stew.  My podcast, "Haiti:  A Patient with Hope," provides an update about current recovery efforts in Haiti, and some insight as to why progress has been so slow.

I hope you find my essay informative.

Warm regards,

Laurel Anne Hill (Author of "Heroes Arise") http://www.laurelannehill.com

Direct download: Haiti_A_Patient_With_Hope.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:18 PM

Welcome to my bedroom closet.

Ever wonder why some people gain weight easily and others don't?  According to some scientific studies, the bacteria living in our guts could play a role.  My essay, "My Bacteria are to Blame," takes a light-hearted look at bacteria and body weight.

Please enjoy a piece of chocolate while you listen.

Warm regards,

Laurel Anne Hill  (Author of "Heroes Arise") http://www.laurelannehill.com

Direct download: My_Bacteria_are_to_Blame.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:07 PM

Welcome to my bedroom closet.

Are you a fan of the ocean?  Have you ever enjoyed--or wanted to experience--wading in ocean shallows, exploring tide pools, riding a wave, and/or SCUBA diving beneath the surface?  Do you love the sound of seagulls or the smell of ocean breezes?  If so, this podcast, "My Ocean Companion" (approximately ten minutes long) is for you.

"My Ocean Companion" relates a few of my many SCUBA diving adventures and describes the ache in my heart when I could no longer engage in that exhilarating sport.

Enjoy!

Laurel Anne Hill
Author of "Heroes Arise"
http://www.laurelannehill.com

 

Direct download: My_Ocean_Companion.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:46 AM

Welcome to my bedroom closet.

Have you ever done research in the U.S. Library of Congress (LOC) or wondered what it might be like?  Have you ever given up your research attempt because you got lost in the LOC tunnel system or ran out of time?  Whether you answer these questions with a "yes" or a "no," you'll probably enjoy my light-hearted description of my foray to the Library of Congress in 2005.

My true story lasts approximately 10-1/2 minutes and is titled "Road to the River: Research and Rescue in the Library of Congress."

Enjoy!

Laurel Anne Hill, Author of "Heroes Arise," http://www.laurelannehill.com

Direct download: Research_And_Rescue.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:36 AM

Welcome to my bedroom closet.

Are you retiring?  Are you concerned your mind will turn into mush after you leave your job?  If so, "A Quantum Leap into Retirement" (a grandmother's view of grandchildren and quantum computers) is for you.  I may have retired two years ago, but I'm still computing. 

Laurel Anne Hill

(Author of "Heroes Arise")

http://www.laurelannehill.com

Direct download: Quantum_Leap_Into_Retirement.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:33 AM

Welcome to my bedroom closet!

Which way do you turn your bed pillows when you make your bed?  Do the pillowcase openings face inward toward the middle of the bed?  Outward toward the room?  To the left?  Or is placement totally random?  And might pillowcase placement enhance inspiration to write?

"The Case of the Pillowcase Openings" is my personal true story about such matters.  If you have a comment to contribute, please do so via the contact section of my website: http://www.laurelannehill.com.  I'll post the comments on this libsyn site myself.  (This reduces clutter from spam comments.)

Warm wishes,

Laurel Anne Hill  (Author and Former Underground Storage Tank Operator)

p.s.  Check out the "Rum and Runestones" pirates and magic anthology, now available online at Barnes and Noble and Amazon.  "Rum and Runestones" (edited by Valerie Griswold-Ford) contains "Thar Be Magic," one of my short stories.

Direct download: CaseofThePillowcaseOpenings.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:47 PM

Welcome to my bedroom closet!  In 2002, my husband and I spent the month of November in Paris.  Our dream vacation.  I was still recovering from a severe illness when I attended worship services at St. Sulpice, a church nearby our rented apartment.  I experienced more than I had anticipated that Sunday morning, and "Crescendo," relates my true, inspirational (and award-winning) story. 

None of the music in my podcast came from the grand organ at St. Sulpice, but such music can be found through Google.  The introduction and closing music I used was graciously provided by Looperman at http://www.looperman.com. 

Warm regards,

Laurel Anne Hill (Author of "Heroes Arise")

http://www.laurelannehill.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Direct download: Crescendo_at_St._Sulpice_in_Paris.mp3.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:20 AM

Welcome to my bedroom closet.

Have you ever noticed a patch of ground where nothing ever seems to grow?  My two teen characters, Howie and Frank, encounter such a place in my creepy new short story, "The Grave of Mario Bandini."  The inspiration for "The Grave of Mario Bandini" came from my friends Donna and Jon.  When I was eleven or twelve years old, my friend Donna speculated that a patch of wet earth (where nothing grew) near the local mortuary was really quicksand.  In 2009,  Jon Cory (author of "A Plague of Scoundrels") suggested I write a short story about a patch of soil where nothing grows.  I recalled what Donna had told me many years ago.

If you enjoy "The Grave of Mario Bandini," you may also like "Wings of Revenge," my non-typical vampire short story.  Go to http://www.horroraddicts.net, episode #33 podcast in January 2010.  Please note that "Wings of Revenge" and "The Grave of Mario Bandini" contain some profanity. 

Happy listening.

Laurel Anne Hill, author of "Heroes Arise" (http://www.laurelannehill.com)

    

Direct download: TheGraveOfMarioBandini.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:46 AM

Welcome to my bedroom closet.

How many of you recall the San Francisco of yesterday and the importance of wearing gloves downtown?  For a dose of San Francisco nostalgia, please listen to my personal true story, Gloved for all Reasons.    Gloved for all Reasons relates my life-long relationship with that basic accessory.

And don't forget to visit my website if you haven't done so lately: http://www.laurelannehill.com.

Thank you,

Laurel Anne Hill

(Laurel Anne Hill is the author of "Heroes Arise," a novel about breaking the cycle of vengeance, about reaching into one's own personal darkness to find the light of reason.)

Direct download: GlovedForAllReasonsFinal.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:18 AM

Welcome to my bedroom closet!

In 2004, KQED-FM (NPR, San Francisco) broadcast "A Handful of Band-Aids," my perspective on the plight of homeless families in Contra Costa County, California.  I had written "A Handful of Band-Aids" in the latter part of 2003.  Today I'm posting a slightly longer version of the piece used by KQED-FM.  In this podcast, I also include information about the Winter Nights Rotating Family Shelter, a worthy nonprofit organization operating in Contra Costa County.  Winter Nights is a project of the Social Justice Alliance of the Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County.

Needless to say, I'm a supporter of Winter Nights.  In fact, I used the debut of my science fiction/fantasy novel, "Heroes Arise," to raise funds for the Winter Nights Family Shelter.

For more information about the Winter Nights Shelter program, go to http://cccwinternights.org.

For more information about me or my novel, "Heroes Arise," please visit my website at http://www.laurelannehill.com.

Warm wishes,

Laurel Anne Hill (Author of "Heroes Arise") 

Direct download: HandfulOfBandAidsFinal.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:22 AM

Welcome to my bedroom closet!

What do I do when I crave a festive dinner but finances and dietary restrictions keep me at home?  First of all, I consult the "oracle of the refrigerator" and use my imagination.

Two Happy Hearts: Savoring an Anniversary Dinner relates the true story of my 34th wedding anniversary.  My husband had recently undergone cardiac bypass surgery and, thus, major lifestyle changes.  We both had retired and the economy had tanked.  Our anniversary had fallen on a Monday when many local restaurants were closed.  I took the old fashioned solution and cooked a fancy, "heart-healthy" dinner myself.  Listen to my story (14 minutes) to see how things turned out.

Cook heart-healthy to keep hearts happy!

Laurel Anne Hill (Author of Heroes Arise)

http://www.laurelannehill.com

Direct download: TwoHappyHeartsFinal.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:35 AM

Welcome to my bedroom closet!  Here's the concluding part of my three-part series:  How to write a holiday letter that people will love to read.

Today's podcast addresses the issue of writing holiday letters during difficult times.  I hope you find the presentation both entertaining and useful.

My next podcast will be posted during the first week of 2010.  Until then, happy holidays and please tell others about my bedroom closet.  And don't forget to visit my newly-designed website at http://www.laurelannehill.com

Warm wishes,

Laurel Anne Hill (Author of "Heroes Arise)

 

Direct download: HolidayLetterThreeFinal.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:03 AM

Welcome to my bedroom closet!  Today, I'm posting Part Two of my latest presentation: Writing a Holiday Letter.

I've been writing creative Christmas letters for at least 30 years.  Here's my advice on how to write a holiday letter that your friends and family will love to read.

And if you're looking for ideas for Christmas gifts, please consider my novel, "Heroes Arise," a book suitable for readers from age 9 to 90.  "Heroes Arise" is available in hard cover, trade paperback and as an e-book for Kindle.  For more information about "Heroes Arise," visit my website at http://www.laurelannehill.com.

Direct download: HolidayLetterTwoFinal.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:43 AM

Welcome to my bedroom closet!  Today, I'm posting Part One of my latest presentation: Writing a Holiday Letter.

I've been writing creative Christmas letters for at least 30 years.  Here's my advice on how to write a holiday letter that your friends and family will love to read.

And if you're looking for ideas for Christmas gifts, please consider my novel, "Heroes Arise," a book suitable for readers from age 9 to 90.  For more information about "Heroes Arise," visit my website at http://www.laurelannehill.com.

 

 

Direct download: HolidayLetterOneFinal.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:31 AM

Welcome to my bedroom closet!  Today, I'm reading the 21-minute conclusion to my short story and fantasy, "An Incomprehensible Force."

Sorcery toments Olga and has murdered her husband.  To survive black magic, she must return an enchanted, stolen brooch to its rightful owner, somewhere in France.  But who is the rightful owner?

Now an unknown man follows Olga through the streets of Paris at night.  Does he want the magic brooch?  What might he do to obtain it?  She fears for her life and enters the Paris sewer system to hide.

I hope you enjoy my story.  For more about my writing, including my award-winning novel, "Heroes Arise," visit my website at http://www.laurelannehill.com.

 

Direct download: AnIncomprehensibleForcePartThreeFinal.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:50 PM

Welcome to my bedroom closet.  Today, I'm reading part two of my short story, "An Incomprehensible Force."

Sorcery toments Olga and has murdered her husband.  To survive black magic, Olga must return a stolen brooch to its rightful owner, somewhere in France.  But who owns the brooch?  Sorting out clues from her past, Olga arrives in Paris, only to encounter a terror she had never anticipated.

I'm posting Part 2 of "An Incomprehensible Force" (approximately 23-1/2 minutes long) to iTunes.  For more about my other writing, including my award-winning novel, "Heroes Arise," please visit my website at http://www.laurelannehill.com

Direct download: AnIncomprehensibleForcePartTwoFinal.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:31 PM

Welcome to my bedroom closet.  Today, I'm starting a new tale.

Mysterious deaths.  A stolen brooch.  A woman tormented by sorcery.  A seemingly harmless Russian fairy tale.  Add them together, sprinkle in a bit of Paris and the result becomes "An Incomprehensible Force," a short story and fantasy.

Part one of "An Incomprehensible Force" (approximately 23 minutes long) is now available for free on iTunes.  For more information about me or my award-winning novel, "Heroes Arise," please visit my website at http://www.laurelannehill.com

Direct download: AnIncomprehensibleForceFinal.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:47 PM

Happy Halloween and welcome to my bedroom closet!  My guest of honor this week is the fat black spider on my ceiling.  Please listen to this podcast, a reading adapted from Chapter 16 of my novel, "Heroes Arise."  Let's hear three cheers for web-threaders:  12-legged, elongated spiders with an IQ and an attitude.

Have a safe Halloween.  To learn more about "Heroes Arise" or to leave a comment, visit my website at http://www.laurelannehill.com.

 

Direct download: HalloweenWebThreadersFinal.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:46 PM

Welcome to my bedroom closet!  A year ago, I had a Halloween experience in the middle of October.  Did I see my mom's ghost or were store-bought mushrooms to blame?  Listen to my podcast, then you be the judge.  Email your comments to laurelannehill@gmail.com, or leave a message on my website: http://www.laurelannehill.com.

Happy Halloween,

Laurel Anne Hill (author of "Heroes Arise")

Direct download: ghost_of_a_mushroom_final.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:35 AM

Welcome to my bedroom closet!  All three episodes of my award-winning short story, "Reaching for Rainbows," now may be found on my podcast site (http://www.laurelannehill.libsyn.com).  Each episode is approximately 9 - 10 minutes long.  "Reaching for Rainbows" is the story of a ten-year-old girl coping with homelessness, a school assignment about Martin Luther King and the narrow line between reality and imagination.  No need to wait for Martin Luther King Day to listen to "Reaching for Rainbows."

For more information about my compelling fiction and nonfiction, including my award-winning novel, "Heroes Arise," please visit my website at http://www.laurelannehill.com.

Warm wishes,

Laurel Anne Hill

Direct download: ReachingforRainbowsPartThreeFinalOne.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:58 PM

Welcome to my bedroom closet!  All three episodes of my award-winning short story, "Reaching for Rainbows" now are posted on my podcast site (http://www.laurelannehill.libsyn.com).  Each episode is approximately 9-10 minutes long.  "Reaching for Rainbows" is the story of a ten-year-old girl coping with homelessness, a school assignment about Martin Luther King and the narrow line between reality and imagination.  No need to wait for Martin Luther King Day to listen to "Reaching for Rainbows."

For more information about my compelling fiction and nonfiction, including my award-winning novel, "Heroes Arise," please visit my website at http://www.laurelannehill.com

Warm wishes,

Laurel Anne Hill

Direct download: ReachingforRainbowsPartTwoFinal2.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:47 PM

Welcome to my bedroom closet!  All three episodes of my award-winning short story,"Reaching for Rainbows," now are posted on my podcast site (http://www.laurelannehill.libsyn.com).  Each episode is approximately 9-10 minutes long.  "Reaching for Rainbows" is the story of a ten-year-old girl coping with homelessness, a school assignment about Martin Luther King, and the narrow line between reality and imagination.  No need to wait for Martin Luther King Day to listen to "Reaching for Rainbows."

For more information about my compelling fiction and creative nonfiction, including my award-winning novel, "Heroes Arise," please visit my website at http://www.laurelannehill.com

Warm wishes,

Laurel Anne Hill

Direct download: ReachingForRainbowsPartOne.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:31 PM

Welcome to my bedroom closet!  This podcast compares the writing in two of my short stories, "Eternal Poetry" (Nth Zine, 2005) and "Real Vampires Don't Snore." (Calliope, 1997 & 2008).  Listen to this short podcast to find out some of the ways I've learned to improve my fiction and narrative nonfiction.

For more about my writing, including my award-winning novel, "Heroes Arise," visit my website at http://www.laurelannehill.com.  "Heroes Arise" now is available for Kindle.

Thank you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Direct download: StoryComparisonVampiresFinal.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:07 PM

Hello and welcome to my bedroom closet.  Get ready for "Real Vampires Don't Snore," my award-winning short story first published in 1997 by Calliope Magazine and recently re-released by Calliope due to popular demand.  My sense of humor itched when I wrote "Real Vampires Don't Snore."  Being a mother of a teen, I had to scratch that itch and laugh.

Please note that my next podcast will involve my comparison of "Real Vampires Don't Snore" with my other vampire coming of age story, "Eternal Poetry."  My writing changed between 1997 and 2005.  I'd like to tell you how and why.

If you enjoy this story, please subscribe to all my podcasts via iTunes.  And visit my website http://www.laurelannehill.com to learn about my other works, including my award-winning novel, Heroes Arise (KOMENAR Publishing, 2007).

Thank you!

 

Direct download: RealVampiresDontSnoreFinal.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:25 AM

Welcome to my bedroom closet!  Today, I'm reading the conclusion of my short story, "Eternal Poetry," a vampire romance and coming of age tale published by Nth Zine (Online Exclusives) in 2005. 

If you enjoy my podcast, please go to iTunes and subscribe for free.  Search on "Laurel Anne Hill" to find my iTunes page.  And check out my website at http://www.laurelannehill.com to learn more about my other stories, including my award-winning book, "Heroes Arise."

Direct download: EternalPoetryPartTwoFinal.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:06 AM

Welcome to my bedroom closet!  Today, I'm reading Part One of my short story, "Eternal Poetry," a vampire romance and coming of age tale published by Nth Zine (Online Exclusives) in 2005.

If you enjoy my podcast, please go to iTunes and subscribe for free.  (Search on "Laurel Anne Hill" to find my iTunes page.)  And check out my website at http://www.laurelannehill.com, to learn more about my other stories, including my award-winning book, "Heroes Arise."

Direct download: EternalPoetryPartOneFinalVersion.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:37 PM