Editing my own short story, and trying to figure out what I meant when I typed: He had very little time to finish his self-appointed task anyway. Why would I use the word ‘anyway’ in this situation, it doesn’t make any sense for the character or the scene! Read it once, read it twice, and… Read More Dear Dyslexia, quit already.
Filling the bathtub from the pump is time consuming and back-breaking. From the well, even worse. In 1864, where did water come from? Did Civil War Yankees have tap-water at home, or not? Yes, but finding this information was ridiculously time consuming. *grumble* TOO much time for something that might be just a paragraph or… Read More Civil War Philadelphia: Baths?
The Story of an Hour, by Kate Chopin – a perennial favorite. My own perennial favorite: Commelina communis, or the Asiatic Dayflower. Happily, Student has most excellent ideas to write about – we will work together to tidy up the grammar so the ideas get the most excellent grade they deserve. “The Story on… Read More Abandon All Commas, Ye Who Enter Here
Writing a classroom scene. “Next week, on Wednesday, our class will go down to the meadow at the riverside to pick flowers and braid wreathes to give our families and friends. Remember to where clothing that are fit to kneel in the dirt, as that is wear the flowers grow.” Penny’s classmates giggled, and so… Read More Where, wear? There, their.
It took three weeks to write this bit, because when good writing means seeing the world through my protagonists eyes, and this chapter is going to hurt. A lot. Snippet: Penny felt her muscles tighten up. Her jaw clenched so tight that her teeth hurt. Her mouth went dry, and she couldn’t ask any of… Read More Painful scenes are hard to write
Rewriting Takes Place AFTER Writing Hurray, the story has hit its very first “my story is awful” milestone! I know they’re going to come up, but these moments still manage to surprise me. Every time. It’s like it never happened before. So happy, not happy. Is the middle of chapter 7 early enough to decide… Read More Lucky Penny Milestone
Fort Sumter, the battle that started the Civil War. Who started the fight, and why? And where is that fort, anyhow? Where is Fort Sumter? An island fortress with cannons overlooking Charleston Harbor – a place where two rivers meet the Atlantic Ocean. Excellent for shipping = Excellent for blocking shipping. When did Fort Sumter… Read More Fort Sumter: Who attacked Who?