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

Welcome to my bedroom closet.

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
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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)

Direct download: Walpurgisnacht_and_2012_WWW_Challenge.mp3
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Welcome to my bedroom closet.

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)

Direct download: Flight_of_Destiny_Laurel_Anne_Hill.mp3
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Welcome to my bedroom closet.

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")


Direct download: Landmine_Clearance_Technology_Rolls_Along.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:18am EDT

Welcome to my bedroom closet.

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")

Direct download: Ask_Doctor_Fortune.mp3
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