The 100th Anniversary of Armistice Day

  I normally mark Remembrance Day each year, but this year is special. World War I, the Great War, was not the deadliest war in history. It wanted wasn’t even the second most deadliest. In a list of total casualties, World War I comes eighth! So why is so much fuss made about World War

Day of the Dead

"Halloween" just slides off the tongue.  When you read the word or hear it, you think kids, silly costumes, pumpkins and candy.  Or, if you have my addiction, you think, "candy, candy, candy, candy, candy...!" The word Halloween, though, is a shortened form of "All Hallows' Eve".  That is, the evening before All Hallows' Day...or,

A High-Stress Marathon, Even For Me.

I honestly didn't think I'd manage to pull this off. A few weeks ago, it was brought to my attention that November 11 this year is the one hundredth anniversary of Armistice Day -- known as Remembrance Day by many western countries. As a history nut, I was appalled I had nearly missed this significant

i have seen the writing on the wall… (2018 Edition)

I am immersed in significant historical dates this week.  Later in the week or next week I will be talking about a project based upon another historical event which consumed nearly a week of my time and *nothing* else got done while I finished it...but it was so worth the headaches and sleep deprivation. The

2018-10-02T08:06:35+00:00Wednesday, October 3, 2018|Categories: Historical Stuff, My Life|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

A Gargoyle of a Different Nature…

I love paisley patterns. Paisley fabric is out of fashion these days, but in Victorian times it was hugely popular. The teardrop shape with the curl at the top originated in Persia. However, textile manufacturers in the Victorian era adopted the pattern. The most popular garments using the paisley patten were shawls, called Kashmir shawls,

2018-09-02T11:35:15+00:00Wednesday, September 5, 2018|Categories: Historical Stuff|Tags: , , , |

The More Things Change…

  The Romans fought a lot of wars, including a particularly grisly series of wars called the Punic Wars, against Carthage, in North Africa. One of the more famous series of engagements was against the Germanic tribes, who took nearly a decade to be ground down into the dirt.  (If you have watched the movie

The Good Story, the Bad Story and My Story – Revisited.

I first posted this in November 2015, but there has been some changes since then!  Notes on the way through... There were two major influences that drove me as I wrote Heart of Vengeance, one of them positive, the other horribly negative…but I’ll get to that one in a minute. The positive one was an

2018-08-17T15:58:58+00:00Saturday, August 18, 2018|Categories: Historical Romance, Historical Stuff, My Books, Upcoming Events|Tags: , |