As a science center director in a former life, my job was to show our audiences how science works, not simply to tell them. The Aha! moments made the experience real for the thousands of kids, adults, and young adults that visited. When they left, there was a good chance they would remember the scientific concept behind the hands-on exhibit.
Writing is much the same. Writers need that Aha! encounter to grow and nourish their ideas into a final piece of work. That’s what this blog is all about. It’s about MY “minds-on” adventure with words — one I enjoy sharing with readers. Whether it’s about the research aspect, the craft of writing itself, or the emotional roller coaster of putting myself out there in the public eye . . . my blog is me. Pure and simple.
I welcome your thoughts and hope you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoy writing them.
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When it started, World War I was predicted to last only a few weeks. (The same was true of the Civil War, by the way.) Instead, by December of 1914, WWI had already claimed nearly a million lives. In fact, over fifteen million died in a war that dragged on for four...read more
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From TIME EXPOSURE: Did you know. . . ? . . . that many believe John Wilkes Booth was not the leader of the Lincoln assassination plot, and not just a zealot who acted on personal beliefs. Rather, he was a pawn in a larger conspiracy and was, perhaps, hired by an...read more
From The Triangle Murders: Did you know that the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire of March 25, 1911 was for ninety years the deadliest workplace disaster in New York history? 146 people were killed in the fire, 140 identified victims, 6 unidentified. A year before...read more