Happy December! 2020 has been full many interesting surprises, but today I'm excited to share a pleasant one! I hadn't expected to have a publication announcement this year. My second novel, Where Shall I Flee? is with beta readers who have already given me lots of things to think about. I hope to hit the… Continue reading A Christmas Gift from Me to You
Photo by Hert Niks on Unsplash November is speeding away, and the Clares are busy preparing for Christmas. Over the last years, friends and family who know my interest in the Second World War have gifted me with some interesting items and fantastic reads. I thought I'd share a few of them with you today, in case you… Continue reading Who Else Needs Some WWII Themed Christmas Gift Ideas?
A family heirloom: This banner was used by author Joy Neal Kidney's family during WWI, then repurposed by her grandmother who added two stars and used it during WWII. You can read about it in her excellent book Leora's Letters. Many thanks to Joy for allowing me to use this image! One hundred and two… Continue reading Stars of Blue and Gold
Photo courtesy of Alejandro Escamilla, unsplash.com. No, that's not my desk. I WISH my workspace was that neat. And that it had coffee… Sorry! Focusing on the blog… Today's the day—the day I let my second novel out of my grasp and pass it along to beta readers. I'll admit, while I'm excited to be… Continue reading Better Beta Readings
November's lurking just around the corner, cracking its knuckles and waiting to pounce. A little melodramatic? Maybe. But I can't help viewing the turning of the calendar page with some trepidation. Between school and home, September and October have gone by in a whirlwind— momming and teaching and correcting and cooking and driving and writing… Continue reading A NaNoWriffic November’s Ahead
In 1941, the United States entered the Second World War and the "war effort" became the job of the entire nation. From altered shopping choices on the homefront, to the call for volunteer plane spotters near the cost, to the military-themed songs on the radio, American life changed in countless ways. The role of American… Continue reading Avis D. Schorer’s A HALF ACRE OF HELL: A COMBAT NURSE IN WWII
2020 has done a great job of reminding me just how spoiled I am. (Maybe I should say "richly blessed with material goods." That sounds better.) I can't recall another time in my life when I wanted a staple item at the store (for instance, toilet paper) and was unable to find it. Those of… Continue reading Ration Books and Smart Shopping: Stretching U.S. Resources During WWII
Hello, Readers and Writers. This year has been full of twists and turns for our family— I imagine many of you could say the same! Plans changed, were adjusted, or were abandoned. 2020 looks very different from what we expected. However, the limitations of this year have come hand-in-hand with blessings. Our family has had… Continue reading Publishing Paths: A Visit from Fantasy Author J. Fries
Hello again, Readers and Writers! Today, A.M. Heath is visiting to share a bit of history, news on her new Christian historical romance, AND a giveaway! First, a bit of history. The WPA (and CCC) began during the Great Depression, extended into WWII, and left legacies that can still be seen today, in construction, monuments,… Continue reading Blog Tour: Author A.M. Heath’s New Book and The History of the WPA
Hello Readers, Writers, and Nature Lovers! Summer is winding to a close, and taking with it chances to explore the outdoors before school begins again. The Clare family decided to seize the sunshine last week and explore one of my favorite places in Washington—Mt. Rainier National Park. This isn't the first visit to Rainer that… Continue reading Marvelous Mountains and Marmots
Hello, Readers and Writers! Today, author and blogger Gail Johnson was kind enough to host me for an interview on her "Women of Faith and Fiction" spot on her blog. I hope you can stop by! -Anne Women of Faith and Fiction ~ Anne Clare — Gail Johnson I also read history books and first-hand… Continue reading Today I’m Out Visiting Gail Johnson’s Blog- Would You Like to Come Along?
This weekend marks the 75th Anniversary of V-J Day—the day the Allies celebrated victory over Japan, and the end of the Second World War. In spring of 2019, my family and I had a chance to visit Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and the ship where the treaties officially ending the war were signed. Today seemed a… Continue reading The Ship Where WW2 Ended: Exploring the USS Missouri
A Teacher's Challenge Where has summer gone? July is waning, and I've had to ease off on my writerly pursuits as another school year looms on the horizon. This summer has posed some new planning challenges—particularly figuring out just how teaching will look in the face of ongoing health concerns. While the possibility of being… Continue reading Hooking Reluctant Readers
Unlike much of western Washington, the town of Sequim (pronounced "Squim") isn't surrounded by thick evergreen forests. Perched on the northern edge of the Olympic Peninsula, near the forrested and mountainous Olympic National Park, Sequim itself is only 184' above sea level—if it weren't for the saltwater on the horizon and the occasional herd of… Continue reading A Stop on a Medal of Honor Highway
With all of the extra time my family's been spending at home this summer, I've become aware of how addicted I am to good music. Every day in my house has a soundtrack. Heavy cleaning days require something loud and peppy—one of the many 80's mixes on CD shelf will usually do (yes, I still… Continue reading Musical Interlude: Artie Shaw’s “Star Dust”
Hello again, Readers and Writers! I hope this finds you all well. Today, I'm just popping in to share some news—my debut novel, Whom Shall I Fear?, turns one year old tomorrow! To celebrate, I've reduced the paperback price to $9.99 until the end of June. https://www.amazon.com/Whom-Shall-Fear-Anne-Clare/dp/1072975106/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1593277722&sr=8-1 In other news, I've been hard at work,… Continue reading It’s My Book’s Birthday!
Today marks the 75th anniversary of "V-E Day," the day in Second World War history when the Allies celebrated Victory in Europe. In remembrance, I decided to simply share a few images of the celebrations that took place around the world. Some you may recognize from last year, others are new additions. "The first flyers… Continue reading Images from Victory in Europe Day
For the last fifteen years, my family has followed a regular pattern for this week--Holy Week. After the Palm Sunday singing and kids getting into shenanigans with the palm branches, we return to worship four days later, on Maundy Thursday evening. We celebrate Communion, remember Christ's betrayal, and prepare for Good Friday. Friday evening's solemn… Continue reading A Strange Easter
Welcome, Readers and Writers! I've been working hard on rounding out the characters in my second book this month, which led me back to this post from a while back. Sometimes the best teachers of good characterization are the vibrant characters we meet in other novels. I hope you enjoy my reaction to George Elliot's Middlemarch.… Continue reading George Elliot’s MIDDLEMARCH, and Keeping Readers Engaged for the Long Haul