Here is where I will be collecting and collating what I consider some of the “best of the best” websites in subjects of interest to me. I hope they will be helpful to you as well.
I was a professor of History and Geography until I retired, so those two subjects are of special interest to me. Within History, the area I’ve worked in most has been World War II, especially the American Homefront. I am currently writing a novel set in this time period — the story of a woman war worker and her medic husband. I plan to publish excerpts from the novel, as yet untitled, during the coming months.
A few weeks ago I received a real surprise when I returned home from visiting my daughter in Ocean Sprngs, MS. I had a message from Janie at the Center for Writing Excellence. My short story, “Doggone It! I’ve Been Had!” had placed third in the latest CWE Fiction in Five contest! My first recognition, outside the academic world at least. It felt pretty good. I had great fun writing the story. It is stretching me, entering contests and competitions — because I can’t just write about what I want to write about. No, I have to take an arbitrary prompt and turn it into something worth putting out there in the real world.
I was so excited that I thought that story should be the very first link I place on my blog. And so, here it is:
I hope you enjoy it.
For those of you old enough to remember The Art Linkletter Show, you may recall with fondness, as I do, his Kids Say the Darnedest Things. In my favorite episode ever, Mr. Linkletter had kids acting out fairy tales. This gorgeous little girl was playing Cinderella to his Handsome Prince. When the clock began to strike midnight, she jumped and said, “I have to go!” He said something along the lines of “Oh, you can’t go yet. We’ve just found each other.” The clock kept beating out the twelve strokes to midnight. And she knew what would happen at midnight. She tried to get up and run away, but he kept holding her hands and begging her to stay. She was just about beside herself. Finally, just before the last “bong,” she looked deep into his eyes and said, “I have to go now! I’ll be back tomorrow.”
And so will I. At least, that’s the plan. Take care!