Blogging A-Z L Is For Latin

Watercolor by Grant at age 18 done while he was at West Point. Education was a interesting thing in antebellum America. Most children didn’t go to school past the eighth grade, but could and did enter college at young ages due to their advanced academics. Children in the fifth grade read at present day college…

A-Z Blogging–C Is For Crinoline

Crinolines were originally structured of stiffened petticoats made to hold out lady’s skirts. They became especially popular during the 19th century. The petticoat fabric was made of horsehair (crin) and cotton or linen. The hoop skirts came into fashion first as completely round and then more elongated to the back. I’ll do a more complete…

I Am Death

There is a conversation going on at Janet Reid’s blog that evolved into conversations about vampires.  The prevailing thought is vampires don’t sell. The market is saturated. I have always believed a great story written beautifully will find a home. So, to all the vampire writers out there, fly free. Regina is a character in…

Civil War Horses

Civil War Horses

War horses. It is a great, and tragic, fact that nearly as long as men have warred, they have done so with animals by their sides. For thousands of years, horses have carried men and women who loved them to war. Alexander the Great had his Bucephalus. The Lippizaners started out as war horses. Their…

Spies and Habits

South Carolina has seceded as well as Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, and Texas. War has not been declared, but on March 11, 1861 the Confederate Constitution replaced the provisional Confederated States Constitution. Lorena, my main character in The Rain Crow starts out the book on a ride into the forest to meet a man…