Tonight is a Full Moon, the Storm Moon.  (storm in Kentucky is becoming a normal night, sigh) As Snoopy would say, it will be a dark and stormy night.

The Cherokees call it Windy Moon, Anuyi, ᎠᏄᏱ, so they agree. Figures dressed as Kanati, ᎧᎾᏘ, the Cherokee first man/hunter, help restart town-council sacred fires.


Today is the equinox—night and day are equal. Some also call it Ostara, Pagan Easter. Ostara was a dawn goddess associated with Freya, a fertility goddess. Maidens dressed in white, decorated eggs, bunnies, and pastries like hot-cross buns are important. Am I concerned with religion? No, just having fun. I don’t fret the details. After all, the Devil is in the details. (and that is another story but I quit)


I have had several books published in English, one bilingual Cherokee book, and now, Eighth Mask has been translated into Turkish. (I do not speak Turkish, so a computer translated the title)

Kurbanın Adını Söyle, Say the Victim’s Name

By Charles Suddeth. Translator: Gozdem Damla Pehlivanli

Publisher: Olimpos Yayinlari (May 15, 2018) Turkish paperback

ISBN-10: 605206370X  ISBN-13: 978-6052063705


Bir ritüel dansı sırasında işlenen cinayet yüzünden Kuzey Karolina’daki Cherokee bölgesi halkı suçlu duruma düşer. Şerif Yardımcısı Charlie Yuchalla da bu şüpheliler listesine dâhil olmasına rağmen gerçek suçlunun izini sürmekte kararlıdır. Yuchalla, Cherokee Ucube Dansları’ndaki maskeli katilin gerçek kimliğini bulmaya çalışırken kendisini daha önce tanık olunmamış doğaüstü olayların, eski çağlardan rahiplerin ve bir takım gizemli olayların ortasında bulur. Zamanı ve mekânı nedeniyle tamamen gizemli olan bir cinayetin ortasında kalan Şerif Yardımcısı Yuchalla çok geç olmadan masumiyetini kanıtlamak zorundadır!



It has been said that Saint Patrick’ Day was placed on the 17th of March to replace the Pagan holiday known as Ostara, i.e. Pagan Easter. It celebrates the rebirth of nature & the balance of the universe—the Spring Equinox.

Saint Patrick drove the snakes from Ireland—snake is a Pagan symbol. He drove the pagans out of Ireland. Then there are leprechauns—not exactly biblical creatures.

Anyway you look at it, enjoy St. Pat’s Day. (if you come across a leprechaun, tell ‘em Chuck sent you)

Happy St. Pat’s day to ye!

I salute my great-great-great grandmother, Nancy Hinkle. She emigrated from Ireland to Kentucky and married my great-great-great grandfather, Jared Suddeth 200 years ago. The Suddeths came from a line of Celtic peoples, Scotland and Cornwall especially. She spent most of her life on a farm near Vienna Indiana in Scott County.


In 1601, the Onate Expedition of Spanish Conquistadors tried to conquer a Wichita Indian town, Etzanoa, which the Spanish called the Great Settlement. The Spanish counted 2,000 homes—about 20,000 people—possibly the largest town in North America. The Spanish left, and the town remained until about 1700, probably a victim of diseases such as smallpox and cholera brought by Europeans. The towns of the Great Plains vanished by 1700, likely all because of disease. Etzanoa is located beside the Walnut River in present-day Arkansas City, Kansas.


By 1700, Great Plains was empty of people, allowing the prairie and the herds of buffalo to flourish. Spanish expeditions lost so many horses, that herds of wild horses lived there. Around 1700, the Sioux (Lakota, Dakota, Nakota) were pushed out of the Great Lakes by Ojibwa armed with French guns. The Sioux captured horses and fled to the prairies to hunt buffalo.

The stereotype of the buffalo-hunting Indian was born. Fodder for writers like me.

[photos are of Etzanoa]

Fresh off the press!

Music Boxes
By Tonja Drecker

“I only desire your talent…”
Twelve-year-old Lindsey McKay’s biggest dream is to be a famous ballerina. But after moving to New York, she ends up at the Community Center with a teacher who’s a burly bear in tights.
When she meets Madame Destinée, the teacher of a top dance school who offers her classes for free, Lindsey can’t believe her luck. In exchange, she must perform in the school’s exclusive midnight shows, ones sure to make her a star. But something’s not right…
One by one, the other dancers disappear. Each time they do, a music box with a figurine just like the missing ballerina joins Madame Destinée’s growing collection. If Lindsey doesn’t discover the truth about the dance school, she might end up a tiny figurine herself.

“A powerful story with a compelling, mystical tale of adventure. 5 stars” – Readers’ Favorite
Release date – March 5, 2019
$12.95, 6×9 trade paperback, 158 pages
Juvenile Fiction – Girls & Women – Fantasy & Magic Performing Arts/Dance
Print ISBN 9781939844569 / eBook ISBN9781939844576
$3.99 EBook available in all formats

Tonja Drecker is a writer, blogger, children’s book reviewer and freelance translator. After spending years in Germany exploring forgotten castles, she currently resides in the Ozarks with her family of six. When she’s not tending her chickens and cows, she’s discovering new adventures, nibbling chocolate and sipping a cup of tea.
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