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Williamsburg woes, part deux…. (Encore)

It turns out I’m not done with the whole Colonial Williamsburg thing. In fact, I recall staying awake nights fretting about newly discovered details (new for me, anyway) concerning life in the 18th century as I worked on my Revolutionary … Continue reading

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How much is enough? (Encore)

I’m reminded of those uber-annoying commercials featuring lip-twisting matrons agonizing over the proper number of prunes needed to ensure regularity. Bleah! What caused me to dredge up such a memory? A trip to Colonial Williamsburg, of all places. With my … Continue reading

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Progress? (Encore)

I’m having trouble writing an exercise for one of my classes. The students need an example of really dreadful writing. It needs to be so bad that it borders on the horrific. We’re not talking scary here; we’re talking poorly … Continue reading

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Best Damned Squirrel Dog — Part Two

I posted the first half of an old favorite last week. If you missed it, you can catch up here. And now, I’m pleased to present the conclusion of “The Best Damned Squirrel Dog (Ever).” I’d love to hear what … Continue reading

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Best Damned Squirrel Dog (Ever)

Editing deadlines are looming; I’ll soon be teaching classes in multiple locations; I’m hip-deep in two new novels, and it’s time to post new material in my blog. Of course, none of this gets me any closer to the end … Continue reading

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St. Patrick or St. Magonus?

Ask just about anyone what holiday falls in March, and the answer will most likely be St. Patrick’s Day. There are others, notably Mardi Gras, followed by Ash Wednesday, International Women’s Day, and International Earth Day. We could also add … Continue reading

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Finding My Voice

Betty Smith has kindly consented to provide the fourth entry in this series about the experiences of newly published authors. A retired college professor, Betty came late to the craft of fiction writing. I’m pleased to say she made up … Continue reading

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Why we watch the Olympics

Some version of the Olympics are staged every two years, and I use the word “staged” in all its many shades of meaning. Just why do so many of us drop everything and focus our attention on athletics, even when, … Continue reading

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Details can make or break a story

Have you ever watched a movie where someone missed an obvious mistake? Maybe you saw a Roman soldier wearing a wristwatch in some sand and sandal epic, or there were high tension power lines on the horizon of a Civil … Continue reading

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Historical tidbits revisited

Q: What, exactly, is a historical tidbit, and if not used as a plot point, what good is it? A: It’s merely a history writer’s gold. If you click on the illustration to the left, you’ll see a larger version. … Continue reading

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