I have been following a trail the past couple of years - sort of like a sojourn or spirit journey towards finding answers. For some reason got hooked on Yelawolf's song "Til it's Done" and it brought back the desire to create again. Need to follow the lead and read, play the video in the… Continue reading Tin Mans and Dorothy
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.
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.
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?