In truth, it all started while I was looking into a snow globe, picturing a young woman sitting in an old tree swing. Her feet were dangling in the air just above a rippling little creek that edged a dense, darkened forest. I wondered what she must be thinking, what her life was really like. She had such a sense of calm about her—happiness, peace, serenity.
Dear fellow writers: I need you! As I write this, I think about the WWI posters featuring Uncle Sam pointing a finger. I need you! Well...I need you if you write a certain genre. legendsofgreenisle.com is branching out and adding a new feature - An Author Spotlight page for those who write YA/Adult: Fantasy, Epic… Continue reading Looking for New Authors to Spotlight
Dear World...what has become of us? Who do we claim to be? Are we compassionate, tolerant Or do we chose the word war with too much ease? Dear World...where is love? Who are our brothers and sisters, Lovers and friends? It seems world... That we recognize none, tolerate none, love none. Dear World... Agony arises … Continue reading Dear World…
Its been awhile since I've written on my blog. I think life was getting in the way of being able to divest time in 'free' writing. I'm sure you are probably asking what I mean by that. When you are a graduate student, there is never time to write freely. Your computer is only allowed… Continue reading Some days are better than others….
Some interesting thoughts on digital methods in History and research.
In my last post I reviewed the provocative book, The History Manifesto. Written by history academics Jo Guldi (Brown University) and David Armitage (Harvard), it is a call to historians to turn their work towards investigating long periods of history (the longue-durée) in order to address the big issues affecting humanity such as inequality and climate change. I set aside one chapter in that review for special attention. In this post I consider chapter four, ‘Big questions, big data’.
There are many ways that technology can be used by the historian The ‘Big Data’ chapter in The History Manifesto discusses the use of topic modelling tools to highlight the type of language most often used and the topics most widely discussed in the past. Guldi and Armitage also recognise the potential for digital tools to uncover…
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I've always paid attention to my dreams. They are like motion movies, in color and sometimes very action packed. Two dreams are what gave me the outline and story concept for the Legends of Green Isle Series. They have also given me insight into problems, and in some instances a brief glance into possible future… Continue reading Dreams: A Connection to the Cosmos
Writing and editing seems to be a never ending cycle of creation and destruction. I say it this way because when I first wrote "The Forgotten Spell," the first book of the series, it was over six years ago. Since then I've completed undergraduate work and am now in graduate studies at Clemson University, and my writing… Continue reading Editing and Rewriting: profiling your characters.
Today I haven't been feeling well, so I've had the heating pad, pencil and notebook, and research in bed with me today. My Master's Thesis deals in part with Mitchell Reid's book, "The Vacant Chair," and how hand-written letters become a replacement for that vacant chair within the domestic sphere. One of my readings today… Continue reading The Last Letter: A Reflection on a Soldier’s Letter from WWI