Saturday, February 25, 2006

Back in Business

My new blog seems to be working, but it is still somehow associated with my earlier blog. This blog is not confined to writing a historical novel, but with all the different kinds of writing that I do.
Recently I've been writing short articles about writing, particularly the mechanics of writing: grammar, punctuation, spelling, style, syntax, and vocabulary.
I find that many writers have a poor command of the simplest part of writing; that is to compose a proper sentence. Some compose with run on sentences; others use too many fragments; still other do not know the difference between a principal clause and a subordinate one.
Of course, the use of the comma is another problem area.
I do recommend that every writer obtain a copy of Strunk and White's The Elements of Style as well as a good Handbook of Current English.
You must know the rules before you can break them.

Saturday, February 18, 2006

Ami McKay's The Birthhouse

Ami Mckay, a fellow Canadian writer, has just launched her novel, The Birthhouse. Although I have not yet read it, I'm sure it will be a great read as it already has great reviews.
Congratulations, Ami, and great success with your novel. I know it will win many awards as well as have great sales.
For more information got to Ami's website.

I've just finished reading another great novel by a friend of mine, Murray W. Nabors; his book is Stepping of the End of the World, the story of a group of people in a wagon train on their way to Oregon following the Oregon Trail in 1845. Murray has created a realistic account of life on the trail with its hazards and dangers, as well as its joys and its beauty. His characters are unforgettable, but very real with strenghts and weaknesses common to all humans. I recommend it as a good read for anyone interested in history as Murray has researched his subject well. It is available at and many other bookstores.

Presently, I'm working on another historical novel based on the history of the Province of Alberta, Canada that just celebrated its hundredth anniversary.
The working title is The Drifter after the protagonist, Albert Provincial, who drifts from place to place and time to time as he witnesses the historical events of the young province from 1905 to 1925.
Along the way he meets many individuals, some historic, others fictional, but all relevant to the history of the province.

Friday, February 17, 2006

My new blog

This is my new blog as I could not access my previous blog in order to post. I hope I don't have the same problem with this one.
My name is Charlie and I'm a writer; my main writing is Canadian historical novels, most based on French Canadian history.
I have several published and I am working on several more that I hope to have published soon.
My latest novel is The Venturers, the story of a young couple who come to Port Royal, Acadia, New France in 1670 as settlers when the area is returned to France from the English.
Their lives are filled with adventure, intrigue, dangers, and other hazards as they work to build a new home in a hostile world.