A Writer’s Retreat

A Writer’s Retreat

If you are a writer and if you are very lucky, you have a support group. Sometimes it’s your family. Most of the time it isn’t. Your family may sort of give you free time. God bless you if you have a significant other who takes the kids so you can just write or maybe…

A Is For Acoustic Shadow

A Is For Acoustic Shadow

A while back I was going through the alphabet, exploring different tidbits related to the successive letters. I got off tracks with various things, but with a shiny new blog, let’s get back in the groove. A is for acoustic shadow. The First Battle of Manassas was fought on July 21, 1861 at Manassas Junction,…

Where Do You Get Ideas?

Where Do You Get Ideas?

People ask, “Where do you come up with your ideas?” We had this discussion on the LitForum not long ago and my answer there was, “Where don’t you get ideas?” I’m a people watcher. I watch not only appearances, but also mannerisms, clothing, speech. Interesting bits will trigger scenes. A man on twitter started following…

How To Adopt A Cat

How To Adopt A Cat

Instead of my normal stuff. I decided to write a PSA about how to adopt a cat and we all know you should if you can. If not a cat a dog. Or, in the case of our local shelter, two turtles. Support your local animal shelter. So there I was, thinking about getting a…

Keep Writing

Keep Writing

I’ve gotten out of the blogging habit, but new year, new house, hopefully new kitchen soon, new attitude. I bought a new trailer, new to me anyway, in November. It needed some work, but it was better than the one I had, much newer and larger. I would have room for a real live office….

A Meandering Mini Rant About Queries

A Meandering Mini Rant About Queries

As many of you may have noticed, I didn’t finish the A-Z challenge. I’m going to finish the topics I had chosen, but there may be some pauses along the way, such as today. My next post will be on J, which will be General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson. So much has been written about him…

I Is For Identification Tag

I Is For Identification Tag

I have in my desk drawer a set of dog tags Will gave me when he deployed. I wore them all the time he was gone. He had his own set he wore. During the Civil War, there was no standard identification system and many soldiers worried they would not be identified or their families…

H Is For Housewife

H Is For Housewife

This image from the Library of Congress titled, “War views. No. 1501, Camp life, Army of the Potomac – writing to friends at home” shows a soldier in the foreground doing some mending. This is a patriotic Confederate housewife with three different Confederate flags. Someone certainly put a lot of love into this one. The…

G is for Rose O’Neal Greenhow

G is for Rose O’Neal Greenhow

G is for Greenhow. I’m determined to catch up today. Rawr, go me. Rose O’Neale Greenhow is most likely the best-known spy of the Civil War, though I’m not sure the most effective. There was one who operated deep in the Washington machinery who regularly fed information to the south throughout the war. His true…

F Is For Fox And Geese And Other Civil War Games

F Is For Fox And Geese And Other Civil War Games

Well, let’s try this again. I opened up the file to finish it and it was gibberish as in completely unreadable. I have no idea what happened. F is for Fox and Geese. It was a board game played by adult and child alike during the Civil War. One marker was the fox. The others…