Beyond the Pale: The First of Many Letters/ excerpt from “The Charman Chronicles: Letters from Home” book 2 in the series by Lisa Noble.


As is the way with nature, the fog pressed in on Frankie’s window and the invisible world beyond called out to her. And, like the full moon tide, she imagined her thoughts being swept out to sea washing up on the shores of a foreign land. Gazing outside, she sighed wistfully and began to write the first of many letters.

Dear Corporal Culpepper,

I know that you are are en route to via Thailand But I hope that you will enjoy finding my letter when you arrive back at the Saigon Hospital. I envy your adventure; I’d love to travel to Asia and see all the orchids, tigers, monkeys and parrots. I want to hear all about Asia!

Today it is foggy, on a foggy day looking out to sea, I imagine that I could be anywhere in the world. As I write to you with this beautiful silver pen, my words, thoughts and good will venture across the ocean to foreign lands. I feel like part of myself travels as well, imprinted on this page…



About lisasstories2013

Lisa Noble is a published writer and artist. Her stories, poems and art work have appeared in the following: Poet's West Journal, The Sound, Sage Woman, The Beltane Papers, Mixed Metaphors by the Seattle Art Museum, Voices of Choice, 33 Angel Times, Metro's Paint me a Poem: as part of Metro's 1999 Poetry on Buses Lisa's poem: "Low on the North West Food Chain: was featured on several Metro Buses. Since 2006 Lisa has been a regular contributor to We'Moon publications. Lisa is a graduate of the Institute of Children's Literature and is the author of the 3-part Charman Chronicles series. Book one: "The Charman Chronicles: The Book of Fire" Is available on in book and Kindle form. (See Frieda Cramer's book review on the Kindle display!) Lisa's motto is: Support Literacy, Read to a Kid" thus the theme of this blog which will feature her favorite children's stories. Lisa has also self published two chapbooks and is the creator of the "Halfway to Babylon" project slated to come out in 2014. Lisa has shown her art work in group and solo exhibitions. Most recently being a part of the "Artful Henna" exhibition at the Art Not Terminal Gallery curated by Kree Arvanitas and Jeannie Lewis. View Lisa's work on her on-line shop: and on this blog.

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