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Irish immigration and railroads in the 19th century

Wakes, Voyages, and Locomotives

The following post is inspired by Amy Johnson Crow‘s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge, a 2018 program of writing prompts related to genealogy and investigating family history. The theme for this week’s post is “Longevity.” When Thomas Pidgeon entered the Louisville & Nashville Railroad’s yard office, he must have been quite a sight. The yard master, I imagine, would’ve shook his head, puffed a dismissive cloud from a cigar full of Kentucky tobacco, and wondered who’d just strolled in off the street. Now,...

Four ways to write authentic dialogue, creative nonfiction, fiction, writing process
From pantser to plotter, pantser, plotting, writing process, writing life, character development, martha alderson, the plot whisperer, turning points

From Pantser to Plotter

When I sat down for my first writing session of 2018, I came with all the enthusiasm inherent with a new year. I figured I could pick up where I left off 10 days earlier, when I shut down all manuscript work in favor of the Christmas holiday. An all-too-familiar panic, however, set in rather quickly. Every time I’ve gone to write a draft of my creative nonfiction novel, I manage to navigate deep into the story, but eventually, I...

What you’re truly seeing in an old photograph

The following post is inspired by Amy Johnson Crow‘s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge, a 2018 program of writing prompts related to genealogy and investigating family history.  Place an aged sepia-toned photograph on the tabletop, and it’s a nice momento from the past, the beaming youthful face of a grandmother you knew. Fit context around that photograph, and suddenly you have something all together different, something that’s more curious, speaking out to you about what you’re truly seeing. Below is my favorite image...