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Filming #TheAuction – Short film with #TheBleakEmpire

This past weekend our little film family had some fun with students and making a project for an upcoming film festival. It was the first of us together working collaboratively as a group and so much enjoyment. Hopefully we can entice them back for our web-series Lucifer's Dead Lady Bug Files. Location in downtown Dallas… Continue reading Filming #TheAuction – Short film with #TheBleakEmpire

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#JorgeBaldor and Fannie C. Harris Youth Center/ Docu-Series with #TheBleakEmpire

Between studying for comp exams and research, writing, and publishing, sometimes I get to step out and do something totally different. Part of my spiritual journey this past year has been the acknowledgement that there are so many issues involving children that need attention. Who better to help than those who write for children? At… Continue reading #JorgeBaldor and Fannie C. Harris Youth Center/ Docu-Series with #TheBleakEmpire

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The Talisman

She was a lonely woman who lived on the highest mountain above the village.  Very few saw her, or spoke with her.  Some nights there were stories which men told at the tavern of seeing a figure standing out on the crumbling structures of metal and concrete, the form illuminated by the moon.  Her flowing… Continue reading The Talisman

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The Tinman’s Heart

Man: Why do you keep watching those videos? You can’t bring them back. Woman: They were so beautiful…I’ve got to try to save them. Man: How do you propose to do that little one? Woman: I’m going back in time. I like that one…he reminds me of the Tin Man – gotta find a heart.… Continue reading The Tinman’s Heart

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God’s favor isn’t always fair…

Today I ran across a great tune by Keith Urban, God whispered your name. It reminded me that even in all of our troubles, sometimes just a little miracle can pull us through the toughest times. God's favor isn't always fair. I heard this a year ago. It's been a part of my motto. Some… Continue reading God’s favor isn’t always fair…

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The History Manifesto and Big Data

Some interesting thoughts on digital methods in History and research.

Stumbling Through the Past

Book cover of The History Manifesto The History Manifesto by Jo Guldi and David Armitage, (Cambridge University Press, 2014).

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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Dreams: A Connection to the Cosmos

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

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Editing and Rewriting: profiling your characters.

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.