The Gettysburg Address

I am working on my fourth book in the Impending Love series which begins at the Battle of Gettysburg.  One of my characters is killed at Culp’s Hill and another is wounded in the cemetery.  The words are as powerful today as they were in
1863.

downloadFour score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate — we can not consecrate — we can not hallow — this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
Abraham Lincoln
November 19, 1863

Logan Pierce on women drivers

Logan Pierce meets the clumsy and dangerous Jem Collins when she nearly runs him over with her buggy in “Impending Love and Death” the second book in the Impending Love series published by The Wild Rose Press.  Buy a copy of “Impending Love and War” at http://goo.gl/CFQBd1 and read it before book two is released Nov. 18, 2015.

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“I arrived on the train.”

She stared at his dirty clothes.  “In the livestock car?”

The woman was oblivious to her role in his dishevelment, but he was a diplomat.  He changed his tone to astonishment.  “Can you believe someone nearly ran me over in the middle of the street?  A reckless driver behind a black gelding with three white stockings.”  His hand brushed the dust from his clothes, allowing her time to comprehend his implication.

She looked at her horse, a perfect match for his description.  “I didn’t see anyone in the street.”

“I was the fellow hugging the ground.”  He put his hat on.  “Now if you’ll excuse me, I have business to take care of before someone else makes an attempt on my life.”

19th century wisdom

_MG_3559“When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hold on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.” – Harriet Beecher Stowe

“Discourage litigation.  Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can.  As a peacemaker a lawyer has a superior opportunity of being a good man.  There will still be business enough.”  – Abraham Lincoln

“There is no freedom on earth or in any star for those who deny freedom to others.” – Elbert Hubbard, 1859-1915

“Everyone is a moon and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody.” – Mark Twain

 

Prejudice

Prejudices, it is well known, are most difficult to eradicate from the heart whose soil has never been loosened or fertilized by education; they grow there, firm as weeds among stones.

Charlotte Bronte, 1816-1855

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I have always thought that all men should be free; but if any should be slaves, it should be first those who desire it for themselves, and secondly those who desire it for others.  Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.

Abraham Lincoln, 1809-1865 Address to an Indiana Regimen on March 17, 1865

How long will our love last?

TO A LADY ASKING HIM HOW LONG HE WOULD LOVER HER
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To say how long our love will last;

It may be we within this hour

May lose those joys we now do taste:

The Blessed, that immortal be,

From change in love are only free.

 

Then since we mortal lovers are,

Ask not  how long our love will last;

But while it does, let us take care

Each minute be with pleasure passed:

Were it not madness to deny

To live because we’re sure to die?

George Etherege, 1635-1691

 

Why write a book?

_MG_4313Writing a book is an adventure. To begin with, it is a toy and an amusement. Then it becomes a mistress, then it becomes a master, then it becomes a tyrant. The last phase is that just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster, and fling him to the public.

Sir Winston Churchill, 1874-1965

 

That is a good book, it seems to me, which is opened with expectation and closed with profit.

Louisa M. Alcott, 1832-1888

 

When I am dead, I hope it may be said: “His sins were scarlet, but his books were read.”

Hilaire Belloc

 

A little library, growing larger every year, is an honorable part of a man’s possessions. A library is not a luxury. It is one of the necessities of a full life.

Henry Ward Beecher, 1813-1887

Historical fiction is not reality

“There are three rules for writing a novel.  Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.” – W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

“The best part of the fiction in many novels is the notice that the characters are purely imaginary.” – Franklin P. Adams (1881-1960)

“Very few things happen at the right time and the rest do not happen at all.  The conscientious historian will correct these defects.” – Herodotus (484-425 B.C.)

“If you can’t annoy somebody, there is little point in writing.” – Kingsley Amis

You want to be a professional writer?

_MG_4082“In Ireland, a writer is looked upon as a failed conversationalist.” – unkown

“Writing is a profession in which you have to keep proving your talent to people who have none.” – Jules Renard (1864-1910)

“The only reason for being a professional writer is that you can’t help it.” – Leo Rosten

“A blank page is God’s way of showing you how hard it is to be God.” – unkown