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Establishing a Writing Routine: My Best Tips

Establishing a writing routine can be a challenge for many newer writers.  There’s plenty of advice out there on how to establish a routine, so I decided to compile a list of the strategies that worked for me. Make Writing a Priority:  If being published is your goal, then you must make writing a priority.  […]

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In My Home Library: World War I in 100 Objects

I first read World War I in 100 Objects by Pete Doyle while I researching and writing my WWI trilogy.  The book was a gift from my husband who felt it might be helpful for my research. As the title indicates, Doyle examines 100 objects that tell the story of the Great War.  Each object […]

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5 Things I Learned While Writing A Tale of Two Nations

If you’ve been studying a subject for as long as I have, you may think there isn’t anything left to discover. I’ve been studying World War I and how it changed the lives of ordinary people since I was a teenager. When I embarked on writing A Tale of Two Nations: Canada. U.S. and WW1, […]

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5 Things I Discovered While Writing Enterprising Women

Starting your own business is one of the most empowering things you’ll ever do, especially if you’re a woman.  Entrepreneurs often talk only about their successes, but the truth is every business struggles in its first several years and half of all businesses fail within the first five years. This struggle, and the contrast between […]

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Vera Brittain: World War One Cost Her Every Man She Loved

Vera Brittain was born December 29, 1893, in Newcastle-under-Lyme, England. She is best known for her 1933 memoir Testament to Youth which talks about her wartime experiences.  Brittain also was a pacifist who wrote poetry and 28 other books. Brittain was born into a wealthy family that moved twice during her childhood. Her brother Edward was […]

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The Housewife’s Helper: Isabella Beeton’s Book of Household Management

Do you recognize the name Isabella Beeton? No worries if you don’t. Beeton is not very well known today, but in the 19th century she was a housewife’s best friend. Beeton authored a guidebook entitled The Book of Household Management Comprising information for the Mistress, Housekeeper, Cook, Kitchen-Maid, Butler, Footman, Coachman, Valet, Upper and Under […]

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Devil in the White City

I was excited to see that Erik Larson’s book Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America is in development to be made into a motion picture starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Larson’s book reads like a novel but is, in reality, a nonfiction piece. Every event that occurs in the […]

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How the Other Half Lives

Once upon a time in America, a large number of people lived in abject poverty, out of sight and out of mind. Photojournalist Jacob Riis’s 1890 book How the Other Half Lives: Studies among the Tenements of New York revealed this hidden community to the affluent and middle class. His book was an expose on tenement living, […]

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Welcome to the Jungle

The Jungle might very well be the most influential novel you probably don’t know. Written by Upton Sinclair in 1906, the novel was intended to show the horrible conditions in America’s slums. Instead, Sinclair exposed the unsanitary conditions in meatpacking plants. The novel first appeared as a serial (a common occurrence in the 19th century) in […]

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