Can You Break My Code?

I couldn’t just be a ‘normal’ 14-year-old. 😉 Don’t worry, this page isn’t what you have to decode.

Finally! I’ve been wanting to do this for months but one thing or another has kept me from it. Here it is at last!

Back in the day…

…I created a code so no one could read my super secret teenage thoughts. This is one of the pages and pages of my “code diary.”

At first I was going to simply post the above image and have you all try to crack it. But after getting several opinions, it was unanimous that this was too hard by itself. It’s difficult to see the word breaks, and it IS a lot of letters to decode. I’d probably only attract nerdy nutters like myself. While I LOVE nerdy nutters, I want this to be fun for everyone.

So instead…

Your mission…

…should you choose to accept it: decode the following Thanksgiving themed phrase.


Each symbol represents a letter of the alphabet. As you can see, I gave you the vowels. 🙂

Email your entry to me at shea_ford@yahoo.com by November 29th. I will select a random winner to be announced on November 30th.

Your prize…

…an Amazon copy of The Stone of Kings!

Why is this kind of contest related to the story? I’m sure the Irish druids had a much different set of symbols on the rare occasions when they wrote things down. But when Bresal communicates with Taichleach via magic symbols in stones, these were the symbols that I visualized.

Just go with it. 😉

Wait…there’s more!

I have a big announcement to make on the 30th, so be sure to look for that when you stop in to see if you’re my winner! 😀

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Being Thankful

Thanks… Not just once a year… Image attributed to Gary Halvorson, Oregon State Archives via Wikimedia Commons.

I’ve run the gamet on emotions these past two weeks.

Relaxing on vacation, ahead of the game preping my blog for NaNo, sorrow on the passing of Grannie, joy of seeing family and friends from out of town, elation on signing the contract for The Stone of Kings, and finally, stress for falling behind on my blog prep.

Whew! I’m exhausted already!

For those who don’t know, I’ll be participating in The Write Shadow’s blogging contest next month while I’m furiously writing my next book. I’ll be publishing a pre-written post from an assigned topic everyday. I hope you enjoy them. 😀

But I got to thinking, that I won’t be doing a Thanksgiving post because of the contest. Grannie loved Thanksgiving, not because it fell around the time of her birthday, but because she was proudly a direct descendent of William White who came over on the Mayflower. In honor of Grannie, I’ll post what I’m thankful for today.

So let’s carve the turkey and savor the cranberry sauce a month early. Share with me what you are thankful for! C’mon! It’s an awesome thing to be thankful any time of the year. 😀

I’m thankful for the comfort of family and friends. I’m thankful for inspiration and successes. I’m thankful that I have the ability and freedom to write the stories that are in my head. I’m thankful that my stresses are minor compared to other’s, and that I have the means and the mindset to improve myself in the craft of writing.

Of course, there are many more things for which I am thankful, but for the sake of this post, I’ve listed only what is relevant to my blog.

Your turn! Tell us what you’re most thankful for. It’ll at least be good practice for the actual holiday!