I first read the Hobbit and LOTR Ballatnine Special Silver Jubilee Editions.  So those are my favorite for sentimental reasons.  I want to get a copy of these too, though.


Writers, be featured in the weekly Sojourner Mountain #WW Author Snapshot

Posted this late yesterday, but I want to make sure it gets exposure. I appreciate the the responses received so far!

One of the features here at Sojourner Mountain that I really enjoy is the Author Snapshot.  It’s a brief highlight of new writers (published or not yet published) and what she or he is currently working on. So Sojourner Mountain gets fresh content, and I get to meet some awesome writers.  You get some additional exposure, plus you’re helping build a supportive new writer’s community.  Everybody wins.

You can see previously featured Snapshots here. The rest of the article is here, including how to participate, HERE.



Twelve Views – One World  // The interview

Featuring – Molly Jensen


-Please, be so kind to introduce yourself in a few short sentences.

Hello, my name is Molly and I live in the small town of Amherst, Wisconsin. I have a weakness for a good book, can’t resist sweets, and love music. I’m also very excited to be part of this project.

-When did you start taking photos?

I had pretend cameras when I was little, and then I graduated to the plastic Barbie camera when I was about 8 years old. I have many memories of my dad’s “big camera” with “the long thing that changes” (the lens) and I always wanted to just hold it. It wasn’t until a couple years ago when my dad upgraded from film to digital that I started stealing his camera and seriously feeding my photographic eye.

-Do you consider yourself a professional photographer or do you take photos just for fun?

I take photos for fun. My friend’s parents did give me some money for taking my friend’s senior pictures. (I told them not to bother.) But being paid once doesn’t make me professional.

-Speaking of photography. What’s your favorite genre or style? (Black and White, Portraits, Nature, …)

This is tough. I like black and white because it gives the photo a very crisp look. I like sepia because it puts off a warm feeling. I don’t think I’m very good at portraits, but I love how much you can capture about a person in a portrait. For my own photos, I like keeping them on the natural end of the spectrum, versus over editing them.

-How did you hear about our project and why did you decide to participate?

I saw a post for TVOW before the first edition started, and I was fascinated by the idea, so I followed it. Then while reading the interviews for the second edition, I could relate to all of the photographers responses to the questions. So I finally got the nerve to contact Frank about participating in a future edition and when he responded saying I could participate, I was over-joyed.

-Do you believe in the expression “A picture is worth 1,000 words”? If so, why do you believe it’s true?

I believe the expression, but I don’t believe every person has the same 1,000 words. Pictures can evoke different emotions for different people, so the 1,000 words won’t be the same if the people feel differently about a photo.

-Do you think that a person must possess talent to capture emotion and expression in a picture?

Maybe not to capture it, but finding it is where the talent comes in. Some people don’t have the patience to wait around for a baby to crack a smile or a dog to perk its ears. Some people move too fast to see the frown on their sibling’s face or the curiosity in their friend’s eye. To be able to be patient and slow down, that’s where the talent comes in.

-What do you enjoy most about photography?

The sound of the shutter. Hah. I love the sound of the shutter. That, and it has a way of relaxing me. I could come home from a stressful day of school, pick up my camera, and snap a few pictures of random objects around my house, and I would feel so much better than I had when I’d come home. It has been a great release for me this last year, and I like that at the end of the day I have something I can show people and say, “This is how I kept my sanity this year.”

 -What attracts your eye when scouting for photo subjects?

One of my friends observed that I take pictures of things that normal people take for granted. So, I suppose the little things attract my eye. For example, these pens by my computer could be a good photo. I once organized the magnets on my fridge for half an hour to get the right shot. I’ve even taken photos of my cell phone.

-Last but not least, Do you want to say something to the TVOW/photography community?

I cannot express how excited and happy I am to be part of this project. The photos that people in this project have posted have been inspiring. I’m blessed to have this opportunity to get my photography out there, and I hope people enjoy my photos as much as I’ve enjoyed taking them. 


Find Molly’s work here:



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One of the features here at Sojourner Mountain that I really enjoy is the Author Snapshot.  It’s a brief highlight of new writers (published or not yet published) and what she or he is currently working on. So Sojourner Mountain gets fresh content, and I get to meet some awesome writers.  You get some additional exposure, plus you get to meet other writers in your same genre.  Everybody wins!

You can see previously featured Snapshots here.

If you’re interested, please drop by Sojourner Mountain. On the left hand side are both “Ask” and “Submit Comments” buttons.  Click on either, and leave me the following information:

Twitter handle:
Blog site (if different):
Any other site you’d like to highlight (like Facebook):
WIP Title:
WIP Genre:
WIP Description (1-2 paragraphs):
How long you’ve worked on your WIP, and when you expect to finish:

NEW: If you’d like to include an image as well (like a draft book cover, or your author picture) you can submit it as well. You’ll need to do this through the “Submit Comments” button, and insert the picture.

Note, if you’ve already been featured in an Author Snapshot, I’d love to feature you again – especially if you’ve made progress toward completing your WIP.  Highlighting the successes of new writers is a central theme of Sojourner Mountain!

Hope to hear from you soon!


All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.

J.R.R. Tolkien (via wordpainting)
I will always reblog Tolkien on this blog.


In case I haven’t said it enough, my latest WIP is a fantasy novel called SHADOWS AND BONES.  I’m now far enough along with it that the story is beginning to take on its own personality.  The characters are beginning to have their own opinions, and the world the story is set in is demanding more history to knit everything together.  Which is great.  With my first novel I realized that it was going to be a completed work when my characters wouldn’t do whatever I wanted them to…their personalities had developed to the point that I had to accommodate them as much as they did me. I’m just about to that point now with some of my characters in SAB. 

It was during a recent writing session that an idea for a side story flickered to life.  Then I thought that this idea wasn’t so much a side story as it was an entire story on its own.  But I wasn’t convinced it was an entire novel’s worth of a story.  A tale to be told, yes, but not a novel.  So a short story maybe?

As I worked on it, I came to the conclusion that what I think I have here with this related story is a novella.  So I created a new project in Scrivener and started throwing down notes.  To my delight I found that I was laying down a tale that works out great as a sort of prelude to the events in SAB.  A character in SAB, who plays only a supporting (but critical) role, will be the primary character in this new novella, which I’m tentatively calling THE PRNCE OF GRAVES.

Right now the trick is that now I have two WIPs.  My goal has always been to release SHADOWS AND BONES by December, but I see now that while the draft should be finished, the editing will not be completed.  So now I plan on finishing THE PRNCE OF GRAVES  By the end of October, with a release some time in November.  That will give readers an introduction to the world that these stories play out in, if they’re interested.  But you won’t have to read PRINCE to understand SAB.  I expect to release SAB no later than February, if I have my way.

More to come.  I hope to have a sample of PRINCE out in a week or two.  Until then, happy writing.