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John André, A Representation of Major John André…going from the Vulture Sloop of War, aquatint, circa 1781. Although I grew up in the area I had never paid much attention to this part of American history. I therefore determined that, since I was once again in southern New York for…
I’ve written here before about the necessity — in my opinion — of making one’s villains well-rounded characters and not merely evil mustache-twirling sockpuppets. By which I mean granting them their virtues as well as their vices, and giving them friends as well as enemies, and generally treating them with a certain amount of respect […]
My annual editorial services springtime sale ends April 21. From now until Sunday midnight, all novel-length edits are 30% off. As always, you can purchase a gift certificate for a writer friend, or purchase one for yourself to be redeemed when your work-in-progress is ready for editing.
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Now Arnold to New York has gone, A-fighting for his King, And left poor Major André On the gallows for to swing. From the place where Major André came ashore to the place where he was hanged is just 22 … Continue reading
Event:Music Institute Chorale Concert Come Rain or Come Shine A Celebration of the Joys of Nature Featuring special guest Raúl Fernández, percussion Date: Sunday June 9 2019, 3:00 PM Location: Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Avenue, Evanston Contact: 847.905.1500 or www.musicinst.org/chorale Ticket Cost: $15 adults; $10 … Continue reading
From Miscellaneous Handkerchief Tricks That You Can Do : Including a fifteen minute act “The Silky Slicker” by George De Lawrence, published by Gerald Heaney, Berlin, Wisconsin, 1921. Pages 32-33. You absolutely cannot succeed in these modern days of “jazz” … Continue reading
From now through the 1st of January, two of our e-books are on sale over at Smashwords at a special promotional price: Free. They represent the two major genres in which we work: fantasy and science fiction. So, if you’ve … Continue reading
Tomorrow night (Saturday the 10th) I’ll be part of the “Live entertainment” at the Vermont Fantasy Masquerade Ball. Get dressed to the nines—mask and all—and join us for the Fantasy Masquerade Ball by Vermont Gatherings, held at the Champlain Valley Exposition! … Continue reading
Was Uncle Tom’s Cabin written by a feminine hand? No, it was written by Harriet Beecher’s toe. For years, pretty much all I knew about Uncle Tom’s Cabin, the novel, was that it existed. Important in the social history of … Continue reading
The sad fact is that people who don’t have medical insurance don’t get medical care. Today is the first day of the Affordable Care Act open enrollment program. Go sign up. Today. See also: Doing My Part for ACA Open … Continue reading
All too often these days we read or hear in the news, “[Name of politician] doubled down on his earlier remarks…” So what does it mean to “double down”? The term comes from the world of gambling, specifically from the … Continue reading
Benefit Concert for the relief efforts in Puerto Rico and Mexico Saturday, October 7 at 3:00 pm Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Avenue, Evanston, Illinois Suggested donations taken at the door: Adults $10, Children $5 Additional donations are appreciated. Cash … Continue reading