Prairie Times: September 2019

A couple posts ago, I mentioned I would have an article published in Prairie Times.

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I originally wrote it as a Femnista contribution, and it will appear there too. However, the latest issue of Prairie Times has been released and what do you know – my article made the front page?!?!?! Imagine my surprise! It is primarily about The Gliders during WWII, though I do mention my grandfather and a little of his story. My only regret is that neither my Dad or my aunt lived to see their Daddy appear on the front page of a periodical.

Anyway, I hope you’ll consider checking it out.

Until next time!

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Seven Questions Book Tag

Answering the questions from Charity’s Place’s post. I’m going to be super lazy though and not post any questions of my own.

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What was your favorite series as a child?
I loved R. L. Stein’s Goosebumps. It’s been over twenty years since I’ve read them and I can no longer remember the plots, but I was obsessed with the series.

 

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What classic book do you feel most obligated to read?
“David Copperfield,” by Charles Dickens. Everyone says it’s his best novel. But Dickens’ style drives me batty.

 

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If you could run away with any fictional character, who would it be?
Probably Mr. Darcy. Of course, Colin Firth may influence that answer.

 

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What is your true opinion of Agatha Christie?
I think she’s an intriguing individual/writer, but I’ve never been able to get into any of her books. I’d love to find out exactly what happened to her in the days she went missing and all of England was freaking out. Apparently it was some kind of break down after the death of her mother and her husband asking for a divorce, and she entered into a fugue state, but there are so many unanswered questions about that period.

 

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What’s the last book you read that made you see red?
One that infuriated me, and continues to infuriate me, is a Christian novel called “Fancy Pants,” by Cathy Marie Hake. No offense to the author, I’m sure she’s a lovely person in real life, but her book enraged me. It was purportedly a historical romance, but the “hero” was a bad mix of toxic masculinity and warped evangelism. I was praying the heroine would head for the hills…unfortunately she married the piece of crap. As you can see, I still have strong feelings about this book.

 

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What book would you most like to see turned into an ACCURATE movie?
I’d like to see a new, updated version of “The Tenant of Wildfell Hall,” by Anne Bronte. There is one from 1996, which I love, but I want another. One of the first feminist novels, it is overshadowed by “Jane Eyre,” and “Wuthering Heights.” We have like fifty versions of “Jane Eyre,” and “Wuthering Heights,” and many of them are great but instead of making another (and I’m sure in the next ten years, they will) I wanted “The Tenant of Wildfall Hall,” to shine.

 

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If you could recommend any book, what would it be?
“To Kill a Mockingbird,” by Harper Lee. It’s life changing. Nothing in modern literature can compare. It is the bible of fiction.

 

 

 

August Updates

August has been a busy month for me. I had two pieces of writing accepted for publication. It had been over a year since I had anything accepted for publication and I always get frazzled during those lulls.

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The first accepted was “Edge of Darkness,” which I promoted in another post. And here I am, promoting it again. The plan is to annoy everyone into buying this little short story of mine. Just Kidding!!!!! It is only .99 cents and that’s not too pricey. CLICK HERE to buy it!

The second was an article I originally had written as my contribution to Femnista. The subject was WWII, and I chose to write about The Gliders. My grandfather served in WWII and was involved with the gliders. Ironically, before I wrote the article, I dreamt of my grandfather. In the dream, I was visiting him at the nursing home, spending time with him. I believe that dream, in a sense, influenced me in the writing of the article. It gave it a more personal touch. Anyway, the article went on to be accepted for Prairie Times. I will let you know when it will be available to read, both on Femnista and Prairie Times. It’s extraordinary; it will be the first article I have ever had in print. I’ve published personal essays and short fictional pieces, but never an article. I’m excited.

My last update is that I finished the first draft of WIP 2018/2019. While I was glad to finally complete it, I felt it was lacking. It’s a first draft, so its bound to be awful. Thankfully, after some reflection, I know what to do in draft 2 to improve on it. Because of the changes, I am energized for it. Based primarily in the 1920s, it is a family saga, which also details the second rise of the KKK in Indiana. Below is an image I found, that reminds me of my heroine. This is prior to her bobbing her hair. 😉

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Can’t wait to see what September has in store for me!

Have a wonderful Labor Day Weekend!

Tikkun Olam

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A couple of weeks ago, I visited the C.A.N.D.L.E.S. Museum. This was the third time I had been there since Eva Mozes Kor, the museum’s founder, passed away. I was able to have a nice tour and take pictures (the previous two times I went, I couldn’t).

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Much has changed since I was last there in March 2016. Not only has there been renovation, a memorial to Eva, in the back there is now a room reminiscent of a small movie theater which features an Eva hologram that you can question.

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You can feel a change in the museum’s atmosphere. Their fearless leader is gone, but her memory and message lives on. One of the phrases I have picked up at the C.A.N.D.L.E.S. Museum long ago is Tikkun Olam. It means, “repair the world.” The idea is that we must do our part to make the world a better place, with our beliefs, our actions, our love, our forgiveness. We bear a responsibility for what goes on around us. We must take care to not let history repeat itself.

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Tikkun Olam – I think that is the best way we can preserve Eva and her memory. And save the world.

New Short Story Published!

Yippee!!! I had another story accepted for publication! To purchase it to read on an e-reader, click here!

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Daphne has spent ten years in a sanitarium, subjected to all the wonders that psychology and medicine had to offer for mental health in the 1940’s. Finally free, her father takes her home, where she hopes that she can forget the past and move on with a new, quiet life. 

However, she begins to see the ghost of her mother who leads her to investigate the truth behind her mother’s death. Is it real? Is it an illusion? What really happened to her mother all those years ago, and who would want to keep things quiet?

Find out in Edge of Darkness.