Monthly Archives: October 2015

Tykes of Terror: Halloween in Chicago during the 1920s

How to describe Halloween in Chicago during the 1920s? Two words: property damage! “‘Police 1313’ and ‘Fire 1313’ were shouted at telephone operators hundreds of times by citizens with reports of depredations small or large,” said an anonymous Chicago Tribune reporter … Continue reading

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Wine Bricks Revisited: Interview for Grape Collective

Hey everyone! Last month I was interviewed via email by Nikolaus Hines, a freelance writer and fellow WordPress blogger who was putting together an article on wine bricks. He contacted me because of this post on wine bricks I wrote … Continue reading

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Looking for a “New” Woman? Try this Blog Post Series!

Interested in woman’s changing roles during the 1920s? Then check out my friend Sarah’s series on the “New Woman” over at her blog, The Old Shelter. Her first post in her new series describes the rise of the “New Woman” … Continue reading

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CWC 2015 Lecture Notes: Michael Raleigh on Character and Dialogue

And now for something completely different! I know this isn’t really a writing blog per se, but I promised I’d share some of the lecture notes I made during the Chicago Writer’s Conference this year. Hopefully the fiction writers who … Continue reading

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C is for Cocktail Guest Post: Prohibition Cocktail Recipes by Dan McCarthy

Seems I’m not the only one who enjoys Prohibition cocktails! 🙂 Freelance writer Dan McCarthy has been known to knock back a drink or two–and today he’s going to share his awesome cocktail knowledge with all of you! He’s been … Continue reading

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