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Showing posts with label Among the Bravest of the Brave. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Among the Bravest of the Brave. Show all posts

Monday, October 3, 2011

The History Corner

Just a quick note here...Last week I won another Versatile Blog Award - this time from Marji Laine. Thank you Marji! I hope everyone will go over to her blog - Marji Laine Writer ~ Unravel the Mystery - and say hi. She has a beautiful blog, and I always leave feeling inspired.

Right now, I think we’ll just head over to the History Corner with my better half, Eric Huebner. His post this week is an interesting read. Hope you enjoy it!

Private Lars (Loree) with Frederick Douglass
Gettysburg, PA
Photo by Eric Huebner

The History Corner with Eric Huebner

As you may know, Loree and I are Civil War reenactors with the 9th Indiana Volunteers Company E. We were initially drawn to the regiment as they were from Northern Indiana, but as we learned more about the unit, their amazing record in battle made us truly admire these brave soldiers. In tribute to their service, Loree and I wrote an article titled Among the Bravest of the Brave, the Battle History of the 9th Indiana that was published last spring by the Indiana Historical Society. Of possibly more interest to this audience is the fact that author Ambrose Bierce was a member of the 9th Indiana.
Bierce witnessed terrible fighting during the Civil War and was shot in the head during the battle of Kennesaw Mountain, a bullet remaining lodged in his skull. He survived the ride back to a Federal hospital in Chattanooga on an open flat car in spite of the odds. When he returned home with his head wrapped in bandages, his relationship with his girlfriend ended badly, leaving him scarred emotionally and physically. These experiences set the tone for his writing career for which he became known as "Bitter Bierce."
Bierce wrote for several newspapers and he was one of the first columnists and editors for William Randolph Hearst. His other works ranged from short stories, many about the war or the macabre, to poems, and The Cynic's Word Book or The Devil's Dictionary. Examples from this piece are:
1. Alone, adj. In bad company
2. Bore, n.: A person who talks when you wish him to listen.
3. Politeness, n. The most acceptable hypocrisy
4. To be positive: To be mistaken at the top of one's voice
5. Year, n. A period of three hundred and sixty-five disappointments.
6. Lawyer, n. One skilled in circumvention of the law.
7. Bride, n. A woman with a fine prospect of happiness behind her.

Bierce's greatest work can be found in his short stories. The strange tale, Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge was possibly his best. A French film version of this story was shown as the final episode of The Twilight Zone and won first prize for Best Short Subject at the 1962 Cannes Film Festival. Author Kurt Vonnegut once stated that he considered Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge the greatest American short story and a work of flawless American genius."    

Be forwarned, his stories are not for the squeamish.

Here is a link to the text of that story: http://www.online-literature.com/bierce/175/
My personal favorite, however, is What I saw of Shiloh, the best, no holds barred description of a battle that I have ever read, better even than The Red Badge of Courage. This piece can be found at the same website. Please take a moment and read through a few of his pieces. I believe he was way ahead of his time.

Bierce's life ended in mystery. At the age of 71 he joined Pancho Villa's army and then disappeared without a trace. In 1989 there was a movie about this story titled Old Gringo with Ambrose Bierce played by Gregory Peck. Another movie came out in 2006 called Ambrose Bierce - Civil War Stories with Campbell Scott as Bierce.

Thanks for visiting the History Corner,


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Between you, me and the gatepost,

Friday, June 24, 2011

From Here To There - Among the Bravest of the Brave

Title page of our article in - Traces of Indiana and Midwestern History

Side note before I start this week's post ~ During this past week I've been tagged by two awesome authors ~ Jessica Patch and Brandi Boddie. Thank you, ladies! Next Friday I will post my "I've been tagged post." Watch out...you could be tagged next.

This past Monday, Eric and I finally received copies of the magazine that published our Civil War article, Among the Bravest of the Brave – The Battle History of the Ninth Indiana. The article was published in the Indiana Historical Society’s magazine, Traces of Indiana and Midwestern History. The article and artwork looks just beautiful! The ten page spread came out last week in the Spring 2011 issue of Traces. We were also pleasantly surprised to see the 9th Indiana Regiment featured on the front cover. Awesome!

Cover of Spring 2011 issue of Traces

This whole process is so exciting for both, Eric and I. It’s been a long road to our first major publication.
We started with a 4,600 word article we had written together nearly 18 months ago. We’ve been plugging away at several articles for the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.
In March of 2010, we queried the 9th Indiana article to the Indiana Historical Society. The article was perfect for their magazine. Traces is emphasizing Indiana during the Civil War over the next 4 years of the Sesquicentennial. About 10 days later we received an email from the accomplished senior editor that the IHS was accepting our article for publication. Of course, we were informed that the article would most likely appear in the magazine sometime in 2011. We were overjoyed to say the least. I felt like Joe March in the movie, Little Women – 1994 version, when she received word that her first story would be published in a magazine. “I’m an author!!”
After the initial acceptance, then came the waiting.
A year and nearly a month after acceptance, we got a hard copy of the article to look over and a contract to sign. As far as the article, we only noticed a few minor revisions. We were also told that the article would appear in the Spring  2011 – June issue. We signed the contract and were promptly paid for our work.
Just before Memorial Day Weekend, we received the proofs of the article with the artwork. That’s when we finally saw what the piece would look like. It was 10 full pages! After looking over the proofs, we made our final inspection and a few minor changes. (I think there was a period left off of a sentence) I felt like I was holding my own novel in my hands. I got the taste of what it would feel like to have one of my books published. I am extremely proud of our article and it has given me the bug to really buckle down and get finished with revisions on my books. Eric and I are also about to query another article to a national Civil War magazine as well as another Hoosier article to the IHS. We’ll see what happens.
I just wanted to share that milestone with you. As we write and query our novels, we must celebrate every publishing victory, large or small, on our journey. They range from completing a difficult chapter to writing an awesome query that sparks the interest of an agent…getting through tough revisions…selling a book…receiving a call from an agent…writing a blog post that gets you new followers…meeting your daily word count…starting a new book…finishing a 90,000 word manuscript…etc.
This week we did the dance of joy. I can't tell you how elated I am to see our names in print. It's a good feeling.

So what writing or publishing milestones, large or small, have you met lately?
I would love to hear from you.
Between you, me and the gatepost,

I also wanted to thank all of you for your thoughts and prayers for Lauren. I dedicated last week's post to her in hope that it would get the information out there. As of this post time, she still is missing. Please continue to keep her and her family in your thoughts and prayers. Thank you.