Confusing Words from Hole ...

Do you need to keep from stepping in a hole or in a whole?  Would a pair of jeans be holey, holly, holy, or wholly?  Do you live in a home or in a hone?  Is an enemy hostel or hostile? hole, whole There are many different definitions for this word, but basically, a hole is an opening. Deidre was jogging along at a good pace when her foot slipped into a hole in the road, and she twisted her ankle. Whole...

Ellis Island

Ellis Island is known by everyone in America.  Ask them what it is, and they will tell you that it is the island in New York were immigrants came through.  They are correct, and yet they are so wrong.  Ellis Island has been so much more than just a portal for immigrants.  It has been vital during several wars and political actions.  It has played a huge role in American history beyond that of welcoming...

Marketing Your Book Starts...

Marketing has to be done very strategically. Ask any successful author. They’ll tell you that it is not done with a wing and a prayer. An author has to start marketing their book before they have finished writing it. Yes, I know that sounds strange and ridiculous, but success rides on this fact. You cannot wait until you snag a publisher or you are ready to self-publish it. You have to do it yourself...

Abolitionists

One of the largest hammers that smashed away slavery in the United States was the hard and brave work of the abolitionist.  It was through their determination and loud voice that the “peculiar institution” called slavery met its downfall.  They shouted till no one could deny their cry and the subject had to be met head on. The abolitionist cannot be defined in a simple sentence.  Yes, they were the ones...

What Writers Can Learn fro...

Don Quixote is at times referred to as the first modern European novel.  It has been translated into almost every major language.  This makes it one of the most widely distributed books, second only to the Bible. Many years ago when I was in school, I read Don Quixote.  I remember the story being about some was crazy guy that charged toward a windmill with a sword.  I honestly don’t remember much else...

Book Review Etiquette R...

If you want people to be polite and not irritate you in asking for a review of their book, you really should have a review policy in place on your website. It makes is so much easier for everyone as all the expectations are laid out for the author and for yourself as a reviewer. You don’t have to go back and forth with them explaining what you need and want. It’s all laid out in the review policy. What is...

First Continental Congress

In 1774 the thirteen English colonies in America stood up in indignation.  They were screaming to their homeland to listen to their cries and let their words have weight.  England went beyond ignoring them.  They began to implement various taxes that were meant to hit the upstart colonies where it hurt the most, the pocket book and their pride.  The colonies reacted by having a little fun at a party in...

Memories of Parkstein

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