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Top 10 Resources
January, 2008

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Top 10: History
Inspiration from the past
By  Char Milbrett

History is a funny creature. Do some people iron their shoelaces? I don't know what makes me think about things like this. I think it's because my great grandmother said that some rich family she knew in Duluth, used to pull the ribbons off packages, iron them, and then reuse them on future wrappings to other people.

Have you ever considered what the history books would say if your family wrote them? Right now, most are written with only certain people mentioned, and only certain moments in history recalled.
What determines value in history?

To assist you in determining what really matters from the past, here are the top 10 resources related to historical:
Historical Writing
The basics of researching, writing, and submitting historical articles, columns, and manuscripts.
Writers’ resources, and links upon links to use for writing.
Historical Research and Writing
Electronic database for historical research, writing resources, manuals, and guides.
Recording Our History: Writers and Artists
An interesting perspective on writing history in Virginia.
History Computerization Project
A comprehensive history database.

Historical Fiction on Red Inkworks
Writing your historical document with accurate facts.
Bowdoin College Writing Guide
Reading, writing, and researching for history.
Historical Research for Fiction Writers
Learning how to use historical resources.
Historical Fiction Network
Links to sites related to historical fiction.
Using the Internet as a Resource
Historical research, writing links, and tutorials.

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Writer’s Block
The path to inspiration starts
Upon the trails we’ve known;
Each writer’s block is not a rock,
But just a stepping stone.

Poetry Is Not
Penned to the page
Waiting for us to admire.
It is only a lonely thought
Caught by tears on fire.

Silent Echoes
A quiet rhyme upon a page
Is what a poet gives;
Some gentle words whispered in trust
To see if memory lives.

Bard From Deadlines
What makes a poem finally work
Is not the time it takes;
It’s how the poet used the muse
To prophet from mistakes.

Be Mused
The art and craft of poetry
Are not so far apart;
The craft comes from the cunning,
The rest comes from the heart.

Fine Vintage
Don’t plant your poem on the page
As though you’re hanging drapes;
It’s shape and flow should come and grow
Like wild summer grapes.

Getting It Write
Writers write what they know best,
Their passions, fears, and dreams;
Writers rarely write about
What other call their “themes.”

Double Vision
A writer’s life is paradox,
It’s more than what it seems;
We write of our reality,
The one inside our dreams.

The echo of a promise,
The thunder of a sigh,
The music of a memory,
A child asking why.

Letter Perfect
Twenty six symbols arranged on a page
Can send a soul to heaven or torment it with rage,
Can free a fragile world or hold it in its net--
The power and the magic of the mighty alphabet.

The Write of Passage
The jump from writing just for fun
To getting paid for it
Begins when you first realize
You know you’ll never quit.

It is not the magic of his wings
That sets us free from our bond.
It is the muse within ourselves
That lets our words lift us beyond.

Photo Poet
Consider your mind the darkroom,
Consider your life the lens,
Consider your eye the camera
On whose focus the poem depends.

Rising Moon
A poem is a rising moon
Shining on the sea,
An afterglow of all we know,
Of all we hope to be.

Star Light
Writing a poem,
Reaching a star,
In making good art
We find who we are.

Spider Web
A poem is a spider web
Spun with words of wonder,
Woven lace held in place
By whispers made of thunder.

The final draft upon the screen,
At last my poem’s through;
A verse of only four short lines--
I rewrote twenty-two!

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