Category Archives: History

Don’t Crush That Writer! (Hand Me the Duct Tape) – One

At a recent science fiction convention, I was on a panel about critique groups. We started by sharing horror stories. I had the singular honor of having the most horrific in the room. I once mentored a group of writers … Continue reading

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Truth and Fiction

Though he’s talking about a television show, David Simon has interesting observations about how much truth and fiction  overlap. When I saw that link, the first thing it reminded me of was reading a biography of Jennie Churchill,  and realizing … Continue reading

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War on the Water: Red River by P. G. Nagle


Marie Hawkland: A Louisiana belle, mistress of a thousand slaves Nat Wheat: a Union Navy carpenter who dreams of piloting his own gunboat Jamie Russell: a Confederate captain, fighting a running battle with the Yankees through swamps and bayous Their … Continue reading

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After a recent medium-ish quake, I decided it was time for another shakedown on Things. I stripped out a bunch of clothes I knew I would never wear, and pulled out a couple hundred books I knew I would never … Continue reading

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TRAINS: Promising Me New Worlds

Vintage Diesel Engine from the Chicago, South Side and South Bend Line.

Cat Kimbriel thought long and hard about applying for an Amtrak Writer’s Residency, and even wrote this piece for it. But she drew the line at asking her sisters (one who had been in utero,) her mother, and her deceased father to sign off on the piece. Instead, she confesses to you that she may have been born a storyteller one dark night as she looked out a Pullman sleeper car train window and discovered America. Continue reading

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Trains: Writing on a Train? Yes, please!


I love trains, and always have. When I was a kid, growing up in Huron, Ohio, I lived maybe half a mile from the New York Central main line (now Amtrak’s) between New York and Chicago. Sometimes we would get … Continue reading

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The Custom of the Country*

Recently I watched Ernst Lubitsch’s charming romance, The Shop around the Corner, starring James Stewart and Margaret Sullavan. Made in 1940. In this time of endless remakes, the latest and most successful iteration of which was You’ve Got Mail. The … Continue reading

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The more they stay the same!

          In 1740, Lord Chesterfield wrote regular letters to his son in Latin, French, as well as English. Many have heard of his famous letters, but alas, few have read them. I say alas, because I … Continue reading

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I Sing of a Maiden


The Horseblog is taking a winter break today. it will be back in the new year, with more horse stories and rants and reflections and odd bits of equine lore. In the meantime, here is a gift for the season: … Continue reading

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WWW Wednesday 12/18

WWW Wednesday. This meme is from shouldbereading. To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions… • What are you currently reading? • What did you recently finish reading? • What do you think you’ll read next? • What … Continue reading

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