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As a curious observer of life, I blog on writing, marketing, my prairie - anything that interests me in the moment. I like to have conversations with readers, so don’t hesitate to leave a comment. I'll respond.

What connects the short stories in a collection?

By Carol / 10 June 2014 / 8 Comments

As I delve into the art of short story writing, I’m also looking at how authors make the stories in a collection cohesive. S.R. Mallery wove together the stories in her book Sewing Can Be…

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Is there serendipity in my geraniums?

By Carol / 19 May 2014 / 4 Comments

My gardens tend toward shade plants with one exception, a pot that sits on the one consistently sunny point of our deck. That pot is planted with geraniums. Always geraniums. They like sun. They’re easy.…

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A tale of two cemeteries

By Carol / 16 May 2014 / 4 Comments

Every grave holds a story. That’s one of the reasons I’m drawn to cemeteries. So many lives. So many stories. Yet we know so little. Only tiny bits of information. Names that may suggest country…

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Bears, turkeys, deer & butterflies

By Carol / 14 May 2014 / 2 Comments

Great Smoky Mountains make “amazing” an overused word My friends told us to keep our eyes peeled for wildlife as we drove along the Cades Cove loop in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. We…

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Song of Australia – Stephen Crabbe historical fiction author interview

By Carol / 06 May 2014 / 2 Comments

Life on the Australian home front during World War One.  The World War One centenary has many authors writing stories to illustrate that time. As I’ve been writing about life in the Midwest United States…

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Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory – Clint Goodwin author interview

By Carol / 29 April 2014 / 0 Comments

Veteran of modern wars channels his military experience through U.S. Civil War Horse and historical fiction I met Clint Goodwin, Commander, US Navy-Reserve Retired, through LinkedIn. The concept for his new book: Mine Eyes Have…

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Historical fiction – Short stories & novels

By Carol / 22 April 2014 / 6 Comments

Three books of historical fiction reached the top of my TBR stack this month. Sewing Can Be Dangerous and Other Small Threads by S. L. Mallery is an engaging collection of short stories spanning events…

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Incredible Women in Historical Fiction

By Carol / 17 April 2014 / 14 Comments

As Alex Myers wrote his book Revolutionary, the story of a woman who disguised herself as a man to fight for the Continental army during the Revolutionary war, he found himself wondering what women his…

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Go Away Home – Book Cover & Release Date

By Carol / 02 April 2014 / 22 Comments

World War One-era historical fiction on track for July launch. It’s been a long journey writing my first novel – somewhere in the four to five-year range – but I’m excited to tell you the…

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The Art of War – The Art of Loving

By Carol / 26 February 2014 / 6 Comments

Movies, reading & walking across Iowa uncover surprising connections. Art and history, love and war intersect as I continue my virtual trek across Iowa. There can’t be many who haven’t heard about the movie Monuments…

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