Month: May 2017

Writing Prompt #1: “That’s the park.”

The writers group I participate in starts out every meeting with a writing prompt exercise. Someone grabs a random book from the shelves of the library where we meet and picks out a page.  The first sentence of the page becomes our writing prompt and we have five minutes to come up with something. Every now and then, I actually come up with something coherent, so I’m happy to share it.

Today’s writing prompt is the sentence, “That’s the park.”

The Lowdown

I like history and I like writing. I use a teddy bear Stalin as my avatar because that pretty much describes my blogging: an absurdist wrench thrown into the serious machinery of history. I also like tortured analogies.

I called this blog “Histories Unfolding” because it’s not just about the standard narrative of history. This is about history in books and books in history. Here’s a guide to the different categories and features.


Historical: This blog is going to indulge in my love of all things history and write about that, with an emphasis on books with historical content and books that have been around long enough to be history.

The Process: I decided to tackle the managerial and marketing aspects of my self-publishing venture like a project implementation in my day job. Learn from my experiences and many, many mistakes here.

Fiction: I’ll occasionally put up some flash fiction, writing morsels that fit into blog posts. Short stories and sample chapters from my novels will also fall under this category.

Regular Features

The Reading List: A collection of book recommendations tied together with a specific theme, with a particular emphasis on relatively obscure books from history.

Screen to Screen: A comparison of adaptations from book to TV/movie/video game or vice versa.

Setting Type: Applying Histories Unfolding personality tests to fictional characters and books themselves.