NEWEST STORY: Poem: “Tirza’s Lament” — See summary below.
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|Afterword (by JoaniePaiute)
Summary: A tribute to Bonanza World : much loved, gone too soon. Adam’s nightmare would indicate that all is lost. But Hoss has a different perspective…
|Counter-Point: Michael Rode the Butter Shore (by JoaniePaiute)
Inspired by sklamb’s “Not Without My Son.” The two stories included are a collaboration between JoaniePaiute and sklamb.
A double-vision exploration of the conclusion to “The Crucible,” prompted by Cheaux’s November 15 2013 Pinecone challenge. Although these stories can stand alone, they were written in close coordination and benefit from being read in sequence.
|Courage? (by JoaniePaiute)
Summary: A comic story inspired by a long-ago challenge at Bonanza World. Thanks to lminzer for her wonderful story “Shield,” which made me realize just how much Hoss protects Joe, and to sklamb for her thoughts on the Virtues.
|Dah-Gey: A Fable Told by Hop Sing (by JoaniePaiute)
Summary: An extremely silly response to a Chaps & Spurs challenge. Also partly inspired by the thread “Feminizing the Cartwrights.” Little-Little Joe is driving Adam crazy. Hop Sing has the solution : it’s story time!
|Dark Pink (by JoaniePaiute)
Summary: Home from college, Adam is feeling out of sorts. What dark secret haunts his dreams? Past and present collide as he and Hoss are faced with a life-and-death struggle in the desert. Originally posted on bonanzaworld.
|Don’t Let Him Kill Us (by JoaniePaiute)
Summary: A comedic prequel featuring 5-year-old Little Joe and introducing Tommy Coffee, Roy’s 7-year-old son. Oh, Hoss…why did you take your eyes off those two? Poor Adam…
|Nightshade (by JoaniePaiute)
Summary: Ten-year-old Joe is tired of Adam treating him like a…well, like a kid. Enter Nightshade, Adam’s powerful and temperamental horse. What follows involves not only Joe and Adam, but some new Paiute friends and a revelation about Roy’s past.
|Pa? You Listening? (by JoaniePaiute)
Summary: An intimate look at 5-year-old Adam’s thoughts on berry jam, Miss Inger, and what Pa should do about them both.
|Poem: “Tirza’s Lament” (by JoaniePaiute)
Summary: My response to the “Once Upon a Midnight Dreary” challenge of January 2017: a poem written in the Gothic style. I’m not sure Poe would approve of my attempt, but Tirza has always fascinated me, and she insisted on being part of this writing challenge.
|Prudence and the Frog (by JoaniePaiute)
Summary: What girl wouldn’t be distracted by Adam Cartwright’s presence in church? Shy, reserved Prudence Dane is no exception. Enter little Bobby, a baby frog, and…well, the devil makes her do it.
|Roll, Jenny, Roll (by JoaniePaiute)
Summary: A lively folk song provides the framework for a closer look at Ben Cartwright’s loves…including a brief crush he had as a 15-year-old.
|The Strangest of Christmases (by JoaniePaiute)
Summary: Written for the 2016 Bonanza Brand Advent Calendar.
|While Shepherds Watched (by JoaniePaiute)
Summary: “Real shepherds can be downright ornery,” Hoss tells his little brother, but 6-year-old Joe is determined to see for himself.