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Billie Hinton lives on a small horse farm in North Carolina with her human family, two horses, a painted pony, two miniature donkeys, four fanciful felines, and a fluffy Corgi.

She sees magic happen every single day.

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Billie Hinton What I hope are final edits for The Girl Who Was Never Not Broken. These are mostly structural changes and the kind of work I can most easily do on…moreWhat I hope are final edits for The Girl Who Was Never Not Broken. These are mostly structural changes and the kind of work I can most easily do on retreat, away from the daily workings of the little farm I live on. My goal is to get this done in early spring so the novel can go out on query and see what response it gets. I also have a short story out on submission as well as an essay, and another short story nearly ready to go. (less)
Billie Hinton I was writer-in-residence at a center for the arts which was reputed to be haunted. A number of writers who had previously stayed there had…moreI was writer-in-residence at a center for the arts which was reputed to be haunted. A number of writers who had previously stayed there had experiences so scary they chose to leave and not to return. Unbeknownst to me, I had chosen the "ghost" room to stay in and was busy unpacking my car. I realized when I brought up the first load and was sweaty from summer heat and hauling my stuff up a flight of stairs that I had forgotten my hair bands. I went down for the second load and when I came back to the room there was a blue hairband on the dresser that perfectly matched the blue and white striped shirt I had on. I had mentioned the lack of hair bands to no one - in fact I was the only writer there! Did the ghost take care of me that day? I think so, but I guess I'll never really know. (less)
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March was as busy as the month of February was - the barn roof, adjoining shelter, and cupola was started and finished. Having a construction crew on the farm was challenging but worth it. It's been a slow early spring for writing but hopefully April will shift this pattern!
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“What I know: every relationship is its own place, a country you live in for awhile and then you leave.”
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“it was about men, the kind who caused women to fall. I did not ascribe any intentions to these men. They were like the weather, they didn't have a mind. They merely drenched you or struck you like lightning and moved on, mindless as blizzards. Or they were like rocks, a line of sharp slippery rocks with jagged edges. You could walk with care along between the rocks, picking your steps, and if you slipped you'd fall and cut yourself, but it was no use blaming the rocks.
That must be what was meant by fallen women. Fallen women were women who had fallen onto men and hurt themselves. There was some suggestion of downward motion, against one's will and not with the will of anyone else. Fallen women were not pulled-down women or pushed women, merely fallen. Of course there was Eve and the Fall; but there was nothing about falling in that story, which was only about eating, like most children's stories.”
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“Nothing is random, nor will anything ever be, whether a long string of perfectly blue days that begin and end in golden dimness, the most seemingly chaotic political acts, the rise of a great city, the crystalline structure of a gem that has never seen the light, the distributions of fortune, what time the milkman gets up, the position of the electron, or the occurrence of one astonishing frigid winter after another. Even electrons, supposedly the paragons of unpredictability, are tame and obsequious little creatures that rush around at the speed of light, going precisely where they are supposed to go. They make faint whistling sounds that when apprehended in varying combinations are as pleasant as the wind flying through a forest, and they do exactly as they are told. Of this, one is certain.

And yet, there is a wonderful anarchy, in that the milkman chooses when to arise, the rat picks the tunnel into which he will dive when the subway comes rushing down the track from Borough Hall, and the snowflake will fall as it will. How can this be? If nothing is random, and everything is predetermined, how can there be free will? The answer to that is simple. Nothing is predetermined, it is determined, or was determined, or will be determined. No matter, it all happened at once, in less than an instant, and time was invented because we cannot comprehend in one glance the enormous and detailed canvas that we have been given - so we track it, in linear fashion piece by piece. Time however can be easily overcome; not by chasing the light, but by standing back far enough to see it all at once. The universe is still and complete. Everything that ever was is; everything that ever will be is - and so on, in all possible combinations. Though in perceiving it we image that it is in motion, and unfinished, it is quite finished and quite astonishingly beautiful. In the end, or rather, as things really are, any event, no matter how small, is intimately and sensibly tied to all others. All rivers run full to the sea; those who are apart are brought together; the lost ones are redeemed; the dead come back to life; the perfectly blue days that have begun and ended in golden dimness continue, immobile and accessible; and, when all is perceived in such a way as to obviate time, justice becomes apparent not as something that will be, but something that is.”
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Billie Hinton It's going well, Zoe - the slow part for me these days is finding the time to get things up in e-format. I have two lined up waiting for that and then I can focus on the book in progress. :)


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Zoë Sharp Hi Billie. Thanks so much for Friending me here and I do hope you'll take a look at my books if you have the chance. How's the writing going with you?

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