The Witness Trees of The American Civil War

History. What a fantastic tribute to the heartbreak, devastation, and healing of and from the wars of our great land. Many thanks to the photographer, and also to alk3r for sharing. Reblogged from https://alk3r.wordpress.com

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Across the United States there are hundreds and thousands of trees that have stood around for many centuries and bore witness to the history in that area. Some of these trees were present during key events in American history like the Civil War battles. Historians call these trees “witness trees”.

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Fearless In The Midst of The Storm

The song lyrics read: “When you’re up against a struggle that shatters all your dreams, and your hopes have been cruelly crushed. . .Praise the Lord.” This post is the testimony of someone who is going through pain unimaginable to most of us, and she is finding her strength and her peace in the Lord Jesus Christ. Reblogged from https://kristeennicolegillooly.wordpress.com

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It seems like this year has been storm after another for me, and the one thing that always remains is pain. And sickness. And more pain. And more sickness. It’s enough to tire a person out.

I have talked about my struggles with chronic pain this year but then I fell silent. I’ve been quiet for quite some time for a very good reason. I was diagnosed with pneumonia in June, and still getting over it.

Coughing for three straight months will challenge anyone. Coughing to the point of vomiting and breathlessness is another thing entirely. I really thought I had whooping cough. I just couldn’t see how I could still have pneumonia after antibiotics and 2 rounds of prednisone.

I should say that I was quite surprised to learn I was so sick in the first place. I was weaning off all of my medications, something I knew God would call…

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Write Better Books – Storytelling: Filtered or Unfiltered?

#Writing. Great advice about keeping the reader in mind, and not being intrusive in your writing. Reblogged from https://danalatorre.ccom

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You get a note from a critique partner or editor friend that says, “Cut this filter.”

And you are like, Huh? What?

What’s a filter?

Filters are stuff you write that takes us out of the Main Character’s head for a nanosecond. Usually they aren’t needed. You don’t say to yourself, “I notice it’s raining.” It just rains.

EXAMPLE:

When I came out of the store, I noticed it was raining.

OR

When I came out of the store, the rain was coming down in sheets.

“I noticed” is the filter. We – the readers – are “I.” We notice whatever the MC notices, feels what she feels, etc. Saying I noticed in a story is like narrating to yourself in real life. Vagrants on New York City street corners do that, not your character.

I saw

I felt

I noticed

Your story is more reader-centric and…

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A Hundred Tiny Threads by Judith Barrow

I love historical ficiton and this sounds like a page-turner that will keep the reader up until the wee hours, until eyes won’t stay open. Reblogged from https://lindasbookbag.com

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I feel as if I’ve known Judith Barrow, author of A Hundred Tiny Threads, for ever as she has been such a supporter of Linda’s Book Bag since I started blogging. I was thrilled to interview Judith about her Pattern trilogy to which A Hundred Tiny Threads is the prequel. You can read that interview here. Consequently I’m delighted that I have finally been able to read one of Judith’s books and be part of the launch clebrations for A Hundred Tiny Threads with my review today.

A Hundred Tiny Threads was published on 17th August 2017 by Honno Press and is available for purchase here and directly from Honno.

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It’s 1911 and Winifred Duffy is a determined young woman eager for new experiences, for a life beyond the grocer’s shop counter ruled over by her domineering mother.

The scars of Bill Howarth’s…

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