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,…

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…

E is for Enfield Rifle

E is for Enfield Rifle

Well, real life and a book nearing completion got in the way, but I’m going to try to get back on track if I can. I’m not sure I can finish as the book beckons and it’s taking priority. At the beginning of the Civil War, the south was woefully unprepared. The governor of Louisiana…

C is for Camilla

C is for Camilla

You thought I forgot, didn’t you? Oh, no, mon ami. Surprisingly enough, the English had been keeping a close eye on American shipbuilders for a while. In the mid-1850’s they were particularly scouting out two designers named James and George Steers of the  George Steers and Co. There was a traditional design to yachts called…

A is For Angel’s Glow

A is For Angel’s Glow

Gen. Johnston                                                  Gen. Wallace It was a year into the Civil War. Sumter had been fired on April 12, 1861, the first major battle at Manassas had culminated in an astonishing and undignified rout of Union forces. If anyone was under the still under the assumption it was going to be a ninety-day unpleasantly, those…

A-Z Theme

A-Z Theme

Well, I’m doing it again. I’m going to do the A-Z Challenge. Last time I wrote a blog post each day and didn’t even know until that day what I was going to write. This time I’m at least going to be a little more prepared. So, here’s the theme and those of you who…

Opium Beds and Butterflies

Opium Beds and Butterflies

In an interview with On The Road, Diana Gabaldon touches on “kernels” in writing. This is where you have some little bit of something that triggers and image or thought in your writing and you build a scene around it. Listen to the interview, it’s well worth it. I’ve run into several of those while…