Marketing and Branding, Uncategorized, Writer's Life, Writing, Writing Tips

10 Bitesize Marketing Ideas: a Guest Post by Ari Meghlen

Hello Readers and Writers! Marketing is one of those pesky things that keeps intruding into writers' lives. How to do it? And where? And do you really have to? I recently had the opportunity to talk with author, blogger, and host of "The Merry Writer" podcast, Ari Meghlen (more on that conversation later!) and it… Continue reading 10 Bitesize Marketing Ideas: a Guest Post by Ari Meghlen

History Class, Uncategorized, World War 2

A Sticky Situation

Image courtesy of the Imperial War Museum under their Non-Commercial license. © IWM NA 24123 Sometimes history reads like fiction. This photo first came to my attention in Richard Doherty's "Eighth Army in Italy: 1943-45"1 and I finally found it in the Imperial War Museum's archives. Original wartime caption: This Sherman tank, during a night… Continue reading A Sticky Situation

History Class, Uncategorized, World War 2

Through the Rivers and Over the Mountains: The Italian Campaign in WWII Part III

“Tanks of an Armored regiment are debarking from an LST [US 77] in Anzio harbor [Italy] and added strength to the U.S. Fifth Army [VI Corps] forces on the beachhead (WWII Signal Corps Photograph Collection)” Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons While temperatures in my region of the U.S. are spiking to unusual highs, it's time to… Continue reading Through the Rivers and Over the Mountains: The Italian Campaign in WWII Part III

Film, Storytelling, Uncategorized, World War I, Writer's Life, Writing Inspiration

“The Big Parade,” a Silent Story

After a hectic end of the school year and a couple of weeks absorbed in final book edits (hopefully final, anyway, though I keep having dreams that I've forgotten something) the new blog post I had in mind is taking a back seat to some much needed family time. Instead, I thought I'd revisit this… Continue reading “The Big Parade,” a Silent Story

Deepest Fears, Publishing, Uncategorized, World War 2, Writer's Life, Writing

The Five Stages of Emotionally Preparing to Release a New Book Into the Wild

Photo by energepic.com on Pexels.com Hello again, Readers and Writers! My 2020-2021 school year, also known as "Teaching in Covid-World: Take Two" is all wrapped up. Summer break has started, and in good Pacific Northwest fashion it's been drizzling fitfully and will probably continue to do so until July 5th. Ah well. Who needs sunshine?… Continue reading The Five Stages of Emotionally Preparing to Release a New Book Into the Wild

Books, Family History, History Class, Memorials, Uncategorized, World War 2

Memorial Day and Adam Makos’s VOICES OF THE PACIFIC

Photo courtesy of Andrew Pons on unsplash.com First published May 28, 2018. This seemed like a fitting post to share this weekend. Wishing you all the best, -Anne Monday is Memorial Day, the day the U.S. sets aside to remember those who've given their lives in service to their country. Growing up, I spent a… Continue reading Memorial Day and Adam Makos’s VOICES OF THE PACIFIC

Life, Memorials, Motherhood, Uncategorized

To Those Who Wait

I'm losing another friend. Not 'forever' lost—not to anger or angst or illness. And really, this goodbye isn't about me, though I am sad about it. No, it's that time in friendship when the orders come in, and the people I've just started to really come to know are sent off, to serve their country… Continue reading To Those Who Wait

Books, Uncategorized, World War 2

A Read Along and a Sale

Hello Readers and Writers- For those of you who, like me, live life dictated by the school year's calendar, a summer break is in sight! I love teaching, but friends, I am looking forward to it. Besides being a break from endless rounds of correcting papers and the morning scramble of getting my three children… Continue reading A Read Along and a Sale

History Class, Life, Photos, Travel, Uncategorized

Exploring the Quinault Rainforest

One view of Merriman Falls, located on the south shore of Lake Quinault Spring has reached the Pacific Northwest. The year-round shadows of Washington's evergreens are interspersed with fresh spouting leaves of maples and clusters of blooming rhododendron. The cold drizzle has started to turn to...well, warmer drizzle. It's time to venture outdoors! After searching… Continue reading Exploring the Quinault Rainforest

Motherhood, Uncategorized, Writer's Life, Writing, Writing Inspiration, Writing Tips

Fictional Babies Never Spit Up

I first published this on The Naptime Author in August of 2018. My kids are older, and the messes...well, they don't include diapers anymore at least. My current manuscript includes some children and this "dusted-off" post made me smile. I hope you enjoy it, too, Readers! -Anne *** Ah, details. There's nothing like a detail that's… Continue reading Fictional Babies Never Spit Up

History Class, Uncategorized, World War 2

The USS Lexington: Aircraft Carrier AND Temporary Power Plant

"USS Lexington (CV-2) supplying power to the city of Tacoma, Washington between December 1929 and January 1930" Image Courtesy of the Naval History and Heritage Command While this site generally focuses on the period of the Second World War, in my current research books I encountered one of the ships that I'd written about before—the… Continue reading The USS Lexington: Aircraft Carrier AND Temporary Power Plant

History Class, Life, Uncategorized, World War 2, Writer's Life

A Strange Easter

Photo by Alena Koval on Pexels.com This post was first shared for Easter 2020. While things have eased up somewhat here after a year of "Covid world," I felt like it was still fitting. All the best and Easter Blessings -Anne *** For the last fifteen years, my family has followed a regular pattern for… Continue reading A Strange Easter

History Class, Uncategorized, World War 2

Getting a Foothold: The Italian Campaign in WWII Part II

“Tanks of an Armored regiment are debarking from an LST [US 77] in Anzio harbor [Italy] and added strength to the U.S. Fifth Army [VI Corps] forces on the beachead (WWII Signal Corps Photograph Collection)” Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons Hello Readers! Happy first day of Spring! Time has flown. Between finishing the third quarter of… Continue reading Getting a Foothold: The Italian Campaign in WWII Part II

History Class, Uncategorized, World War 2

Guest Post by Mike Biles: The Ultra Enigma of Bletchley Park (Part II)

  Hello again Readers, Writers and Lovers of History! I've reached an exciting personal milestone—my second novel, "Where Shall I Flee?" is off to the editor, and I've started lining things up with my cover designer! I'm looking forward to getting the text back into my hands to work through editorial notes, but sending it off… Continue reading Guest Post by Mike Biles: The Ultra Enigma of Bletchley Park (Part II)

Uncategorized, Writer's Life, Writing, Writing Inspiration, Writing Tips

Guest Post by JPC Allen: Winter Weather as Writing Inspiration

Author and blogger JPC Allen shares writing prompts and tips on her blog JPC Allen Writes. Today she's visiting to share some wintery inspiration. Happy reading and writing! -Anne Image courtesy of TORSPOMEDIA via Unsplash.com The weather is a villain any writer can use. It’s better than a human one because it doesn’t require a… Continue reading Guest Post by JPC Allen: Winter Weather as Writing Inspiration

History Class, Uncategorized, World War 2

Guest Post by Mike Biles: The Ultra Enigma of Bletchley Park (Part 1)

Today I'm pleased to revisit this post from author and blogger Mike Biles. In 2019, he graciously provided two posts on the fascinating history of Bletchley Park, the headquarters of WWII code breakers. Since many of you have joined me since then, he's allowed me to give them another run. I hope you enjoy reading about… Continue reading Guest Post by Mike Biles: The Ultra Enigma of Bletchley Park (Part 1)

Uncategorized, Writer's Life, Writing, Writing Tips

I’m Guest Posting Today

Author JPC Allen asked me over to her blog for an interview today. Her theme this month has been "romance, love, and friendship"— stop by for my authorly thoughts. 🙂 -Anne Author Interview with Anne Clare — JPC Allen Writes JPC Allen invites you to join the adventure of writing with tips, prompts, and inspiration… Continue reading I’m Guest Posting Today

History Class, Teaching Writing, Uncategorized, World War 2, Writer's Life, Writing, Writing Tips

Three Questions To Ask When Choosing Your Research Sources

Hello Readers and Writers! Today, I'm revisiting and refreshing a post from 3 years ago. In a period where news stories diverge widely depending on where they come from and even Facebook (that authoritative pinnacle of reliable information) is busy "fact-checking,"  exploring the reliability of sources isn't just for writers—though it's still awfully important for us! I… Continue reading Three Questions To Ask When Choosing Your Research Sources

History Class, Uncategorized, World War 2, Writing

It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time: The Italian Campaign in WWII Part 1

"Tanks of an Armored regiment are debarking from an LST [US 77] in Anzio harbor [Italy] and added strength to the U.S. Fifth Army [VI Corps] forces on the beachead (WWII Signal Corps Photograph Collection)" Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons Yesterday marked the 77th anniversary of Operation Shingle, the Allied landings on the beaches of… Continue reading It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time: The Italian Campaign in WWII Part 1

History Class, Uncategorized, World War 2

Guam — Pacific Paratrooper

The WWII story of the island of Guam is fascinating, but not well known. It's a good thing we have people like GP Cox who share stories like these! I hope you'll head over to his blog "Pacific Paratrooper" to check out the full post—it's well worth the read. Guam In a lot of Pacific… Continue reading Guam — Pacific Paratrooper

Books, Family History, History Class, Life, Photos, Uncategorized, World War 2, Writer's Life

Preserving a Piece of History

"Troops of the US Army 2nd Infantry Division march up the bluff at the E-1 draw in the Easy Red sector of Omaha Beach, Normandy, France on D+1, June 7, 1944. They are going past the German bunker, Widerstandsnest 65 (WN 65), that defended the route up the Ruquet Valley to Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer." US Army Signal Corps, Public domain, via… Continue reading Preserving a Piece of History

History Class, Music, Uncategorized, World War 2, World War I

Musical Interlude: “I’ll Be Home for Christmas”

"Bing Crosby, stage, screen and radio star, sings to Allied troops at the opening of the London stage door canteen in Piccadilly, London, England." Pearson, August 31, 1944. 111-SC-193249.Source: NARA World War II Photos - ARC Identifier: 531210 Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons Every year, the day after Thanksgiving brings changes in the Clare household. First the… Continue reading Musical Interlude: “I’ll Be Home for Christmas”

Life, Teaching Writing, Uncategorized, Writer's Life, Writing

“NaNoWriffic” May Have Been An Exaggeration

Now that December's halfway over, I suppose I can take a minute to stop chasing down students for missing homework (all this teacher wants for Christmas is a nice, tidy gradebook!) and give an update on my November Nanowrimo goals. Update may not be the best word—it's more of a confession. For those who are… Continue reading “NaNoWriffic” May Have Been An Exaggeration

Books, Uncategorized, World War 2, Writer's Life

Blog Tour: BENEATH A STARLESS SKY by Tessa Harris

Well, Readers, I am not certain how we can be this far into December already! As much as I wouldn't mind moving past 2020, there's too much to do before the end. I still need to finish some writing projects—my NaNoWriMo recap, a piece on a bit of WWII history linked to a beloved Christmas… Continue reading Blog Tour: BENEATH A STARLESS SKY by Tessa Harris

Books, Publishing, Short Fiction, Uncategorized, World War 2, Writing

A Christmas Gift from Me to You

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

Books, Uncategorized, World War 2

Who Else Needs Some WWII Themed Christmas Gift Ideas?

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?

History Class, Memorials, Uncategorized, World War 2, World War I

Stars of Blue and Gold

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

Beta Reading, Uncategorized, Writer's Life, Writing, Writing Tips

Better Beta Readings

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

Short Fiction, Teaching, Teaching Writing, Uncategorized, Writer's Life, Writing

A NaNoWriffic November’s Ahead

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

Books, History Class, Uncategorized, World War 2

Avis D. Schorer’s A HALF ACRE OF HELL: A COMBAT NURSE IN WWII

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

Cooking, History Class, Life, Uncategorized, World War 2

Ration Books and Smart Shopping: Stretching U.S. Resources During 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

Books, Publishing, Uncategorized, Writer's Life, Writing, Writing Inspiration, Writing Tips

Publishing Paths: A Visit from Fantasy Author J. Fries

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

Books, History Class, Photos, Publishing, Uncategorized

Blog Tour: Author A.M. Heath’s New Book and The History of the WPA

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

Life, Poetry, Travel, Uncategorized, Writing Inspiration

Marvelous Mountains and Marmots

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

Uncategorized, World War 2, Writer's Life, Writing, Writing Inspiration, Writing Tips

Today I’m Out Visiting Gail Johnson’s Blog- Would You Like to Come Along?

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?

History Class, Photos, Travel, Uncategorized, World War 2

The Ship Where WW2 Ended: Exploring the USS Missouri

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

Books, Life, Storytelling, Teaching, Uncategorized, Writer's Life, Writing Tips

Hooking Reluctant Readers

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

History Class, Memorials, Motherhood, Travel, Uncategorized

A Stop on a Medal of Honor Highway

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

History Class, Music, Uncategorized, World War 2

Musical Interlude: Artie Shaw’s “Star Dust”

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”

Books, Marketing and Branding, Uncategorized, World War 2, Writer's Life, Writing, Writing Inspiration

It’s My Book’s Birthday!

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!

History Class, Photos, Uncategorized, World War 2

Images from Victory in Europe Day

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

History Class, Photos, Uncategorized, World War 2, Writer's Life

A Strange Easter

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