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
It has been an exciting week for us here in Green Isle land. The series has been added to the GMTA Publishing family, all nine books, and the contract was signed and delivered yesterday. (Six books in Legends of Green Isle and three others, which will feature a prequel story of Green Isle's beginnings.) Our wonderful… Continue reading The Next Chapter…
Well the first year of graduate studies are completed. I have discovered quite a few things about graduate school. I will list my top ten as follows: 1. Having the department head as your Historiography professor the first semester is scary, especially when he looks at you during seminar with a look that says: "Why… Continue reading Reflections of a Graduate Student – Year One.
As I begin the task of constructing my Master's Thesis, I have found myself occupied with the search for World War I primary documents. I was happy to find a collection of 88 letters and assorted other materials from Ohio. Waiting to get them in the mail is hard: I'm impatient sometimes. Putting together the… Continue reading Searching for Primary Documents – The obsession with World War I
When I was younger, I dreamt. Not of dolls, or teaparties, but of dragons and fairies. Wistfully, my body has changed. I grew and aged, but the dreams of my childhood never changed. My old friends still talk to me in the darkness of the night.
If anyone told me twenty years ago that I would be attending graduate school in my late forties, and at Clemson University, I probably would have looked at them strange. Higher education is something you must be committed too, and ten or fifteen years ago, I didn't understand that kind of commitment. It's taken me… Continue reading The ending to the first semester of Graduate School.
When I was creating the series of Legends of Green Isle, one of the biggest obstacles I came across was naming characters. I didn't want them to sound silly. (I could see them frowning at times when I posed a name that was reminiscent of a comic book hero). Fantasy characters like my dragons, elves,… Continue reading Help! How do I Name my Characters in a Young Adult Fantasy Story?
If there is one thing I could suggest to people who want to be great writers, I would say, "feel your characters' emotions." Everyone can tell a good joke, but there are just some people who are better at it than others. It's usually the individuals who are able to convey emotion along with their words… Continue reading Feeling your characters’ emotions: Writing a great Young Adult story.