Monthly Archive: August, 2015

Ciamar a tha, Y’all? or Celts in America

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In January of this year, I began an exploration of family history through American Civil War short fiction based on family stories and research into things Scottish. As the final piece in the… Continue reading

The Seraglio, World of Women

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Sometimes research for a novel takes a fiction writer in unexpected directions. When a complicated plot point led me to place a character in the Ottoman Seraglio as a teacher I had to… Continue reading

The Yellow Slave Trade

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This season of Hell On Wheels showcases the plight of the Chinese workers who helped build the railroad. One of the workers is a woman who disguises herself as a man and subjects herself… Continue reading

Clearing the Highlands

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MY HEART’S IN THE HIGHLANDS Robert “Rabbie” Burns Farewell to the Highlands, farewell to the North, The birth-place of Valour, the country of Worth; Wherever I wander, wherever I rove, The hills of… Continue reading