Posted in Writing Challenges

A Christmas Miracle (by Sierra Girl)

Summary: On a crisp, white Christmas Day, ten-year old Little Joe startles his pa and brothers when he asks too many questions and loses his faith in miracles. It takes the help of some unlikely friends to help him believe again.

Rated: K+
Word Count: 5,007

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Posted in Chaps and Spurs Spooky / Supernatural Writing Challenges

Dead Moon Rising (by Sierra Girl)

Summary:  On the night of a black moon, the three Cartwright brothers venture out for what should be a night of fun, merriment, and pretty girls. But when the moon’s shadow faces the earth, it’s never wise to leave the sanctuary of a warm home. For the youngest Cartwright, the night turns into a terrifying experience beyond his wildest imaginings. And one that only a trusted friend can help him overcome.

Rated:   T  (7,217 words)

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The Englishman and His Wayward Horse (by Sierra Girl)

Summary: It should have been a routine cattle drive. But what with Hop Sing announcing it was doomed from the start, and then the arrival of an Englishman and his eccentric horse, the cattle drive was to be anything but.

Rated: K+
Word Count: 7750

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Posted in Action/Adventure Drama

The Protector (by Sierra Girl)

Summary:  After six years away, Adam is on his way home. But events conspire against him to delay his long anticipated return, and he finds himself up to his eyes in a plight that threatens both his life and those around him. With his father and brothers one step behind, will they be able to reach him in time to bring him home to the Ponderosa.

Rated: T    (49,558 words)

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Wagon Tracks (by Sierra Girl)

Summary: Written for the 2018 Advent Calendar, based on the quilting prompt, Wagon Tracks. St. Nick delivers four very unusual gifts from the heart.

Rating: G 3,735 words

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The Friendship Game (by Sierra Girl)

Summary:  It’s tough being a 14-year old boy, but it’s especially hard when you have little brothers, a friend you’re eager to impress and the added complication of those creatures from another planet…girls!  Will Adam survive his first forays with the opposite sex in one piece, and still have a friend at the end of it?

Written for the 2018 Ponderosa Paddlewheel Poker Tournament. 

Rated:   K+ 13,535 words

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Posted in Drama Hurt/Comfort

The Cabin in the Woods (by Sierra Girl)

Summary: Nothing stays the same, no matter how much we believe we want it to. For a lonely homesteader, life in her remote forest cabin was to be changed forever with the arrival of a riderless horse, a wounded Cartwright and a trigger-happy gunman.

Rated: T    (24,151 words)

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Posted in Humor Writing Challenges

Shepherds (by Sierra Girl)

This image was created for the 2017 Advent Calendar – Day 10

Summary:  Christmas greetings.

Rating:  G   (30 words)

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Posted in Drama Hurt/Comfort

Out of the Darkness (by Sierra Girl)

Summary:  The murder of a friend, and the ensuing trial, lead an exhausted Adam to confront deeply buried fears and long-held guilt about events in his past. Will he come out the other side unscathed and able to face up to his father?

Rating: T   Word Count: 23,980 words

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Posted in Drama Prequel Writing Challenges

Sunrise (by Sierra Girl)

Summary:   When Adam, Hoss and Little Joe sneak out in the early hours for Adam’s last childhood adventure, their father’s reaction is not what they expect.   A prequel set in the months before Adam leaves for college.

Rating: K   Word Count: 3,527

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