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The First & Most Crucial Step to OWNING NaNoWriMo

The First & Most Crucial Step to OWNING NaNoWriMo

Originally posted on Kristen Lamb’s Blog:

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No Spawn left behind!

I love all of you, so it might be best to hear this from me. Sit down. We need to talk. Writers are….”different.” This might not be news to some of you, but I imagine others of you are in denial. I know I was for ages. We try SO HARD to be normal, but normal is just so, so, so…BORINGnormal.

Our “differentness” weirds normal…

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1864 September 24: Atlanta Occupied — “There was something soul-stirring in that one long, loud shout of victory”

1864 September 24: Atlanta Occupied — “There was something soul-stirring in that one long, loud shout of victory”

Originally posted on The Civil War and Northwest Wisconsin:

The following letter describes the Union entry into Atlanta and what they found.  It appeared in the September 24, 1864, issue of The Prescott Journal.

The 22nd Wisconsin Infantry included men from northwest Wisconsin, primarily in Company C but also scattered in other companies.  Unfortunately, we do not know who the letter-writer…

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The Roulette Farm, Antietam National Battlefield

The Roulette Farm, Antietam National Battlefield

Originally posted on Bull Runnings:

The below article was published in Civil War Times magazine back in 2010 as an installment of my In Harm’s Way/Collateral Damage column. Since the 152nd anniversary of the battle just passed, here’s the article as submitted (some changes were made to the final product.) See my photo gallery of the farmhere.

When he realized that the men streaming past his…

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The Three Major Inventions of Garfield’s Assassination

The Three Major Inventions of Garfield’s Assassination

Originally posted on Presidential History Blog:

The Industrial Age was at its height when Garfield was assassinated in 1881.  Inventive minds were at work!

The President Is Shot

The Baltimore and Potomac Railroad station in Washington, where Garfield was shot.

President James A. Garfield(1831-1881) was a robust, athletic man of forty-nine when an assassin pumped two bullets into him. One…

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1864 September 17: General Grant—“All we want now, to ensure the early restoration of the Union, is a determination on the part of the North, and unity of sentiment in the North”

1864 September 17: General Grant—“All we want now, to ensure the early restoration of the Union, is a determination on the part of the North, and unity of sentiment in the North”

Originally posted on The Civil War and Northwest Wisconsin:

The following article is from the September 17, 1864 issue of The Prescott Journal.  It also appeared in the The Polk County Press issue of September 17, 1864, under the heading of “Letter From Gen. Grant.”

GEN. GRANT’S VIEWS.

WASHINGTON, Sept. 8.

The following extract from a letter [telegram in the Journal] from Lieut. Gen. Grant [

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Want to Reach New Heights as a Writer? Learn to QUIT

Want to Reach New Heights as a Writer? Learn to QUIT

Originally posted on Kristen Lamb’s Blog:

Image vis Flickr Creative Commons, courtesy of Yuya Sekiguchi.

Image vis Flickr Creative Commons, courtesy of Yuya Sekiguchi.

NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month—November)is just around the corner. Many new writers take this as an opportunity to test if they can do this professional writing thing “fer realz.” Some of us dust off an old story and see if we can toss it in the crucible of peer pressure and…

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