Books, Publishing, Short Fiction, Storytelling, Uncategorized, Writer's Life, Writing, Writing Inspiration, Writing Tips

Guest Post by JPC Allen: How to Write a 10,000-word Short Story in Two Weeks and Not Lose Your Mind

Today, I'd like to welcome author JPC Allen!  I greatly enjoyed her first published short story, "Debt to Pay," a part of the anthology From the Lake to the River. It was filled with fascinating characters and lots of good suspense and mystery. Her second, "A Rose from the Ashes" has just been published- but… Continue reading Guest Post by JPC Allen: How to Write a 10,000-word Short Story in Two Weeks and Not Lose Your Mind

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

November’s “NaNoWriMo” Challenge, and Why I’m Likely Going to be Wearing a Silly Costume in December

It's November, and that means it's time for NaNoWriMo! This tongue-twisting acronym stands for "National Novel Writing Month." Every November, authors around the world challenge themselves to complete a novel (or at least 50,000 words of one!) in 30 days. This is my second year participating in the challenge, because naturally, with a new, extra-busy… Continue reading November’s “NaNoWriMo” Challenge, and Why I’m Likely Going to be Wearing a Silly Costume in December

History Class, Uncategorized, World War 2

The Battle of Midway Part III: The Sinking of The Yorktown

With the release of Hollywood's newest take on a Second World War battle- succinctly titled Midway- only a week away, it's high time for me to finish my little series on the history of the Battle of Midway. I also need to decide if I should start looking for a babysitter to see it in… Continue reading The Battle of Midway Part III: The Sinking of The Yorktown

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

Musical Interlude: “Lili Marlene”

It has been common for armies in history to adopt songs as their own- almost as "theme songs" for their particular group or war. War songs range in tone and topic from the American Civil War's "Battle Hymn of the Republic", to "Over There"-George M. Cohan's rally cry to American troops, to Britain's WWI "It's… Continue reading Musical Interlude: “Lili Marlene”

Film, History Class, Uncategorized, World War 2

The Battle Of Midway Part II: The U.S. Aircraft Carriers Enter the Battle

As Hollywood prepares to launch Midway,  its newest big screen portrayal of a World War II battle, I've been reading up on the battle's history. (Hollywood's timing proved very convenient for me, as the Battle of Midway was the next topic I intended to cover anyway- considerate of the movie producers, wasn't it? While real… Continue reading The Battle Of Midway Part II: The U.S. Aircraft Carriers Enter the Battle