Category: Inspiration

Unidentified Young Woman

Isn’t she lovely? She’s so elegant in the feathered hat and fur muff. Based on her clothing, I’m guessing the portrait was taken in the 1890s/1900s. I found her in the Flickr collection of the Texas State Library and Archives,…

Airship Accomplishments

In April 1900, Henri Deutsch de la Meurthe issued a challenge to the world’s aeronauts: 100,000 francs to anyone who could fly from the Parc d’Aerostation of the Aero Club at Saint-Cloud to the Eiffel Tower and back (a distance…

Remembering My Dad

 John E. Wax May 18, 1945 – April 30, 2015   Tomorrow is the one year anniversary of my Dad’s death. He died at home, under hospice care, after a lengthy battle with lung cancer. I was standing beside him…

Natural Disasters

I have a strange fascination with natural disasters: fires, floods, earthquakes, hurricanes; random natural events that we mere mortals have no control over.  Back in July 2003, I had my first article published in a national magazine, Lighthouse Digest. (I was so…

Besides Bond

As moviegoers flock to theaters to see the latest James Bond offering, Spectre, it’s timely to remember the Ian Fleming’s other literary contribution. In 1964 his children’s book, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was published. The book has a decidedly strong steampunk undertone, though…

Finding Connections

Research can be addictive, especially if you’re easily distracted (as I frequently am.) One fact leads to another fact and before you know it, you’ve slid down the rabbit hole into some alternate universe. You are no longer focused on…

The Joy of Completion

Yesterday I submitted the final chapter and sidebar pieces on Frontiers of Healing: A History of Medicine in Oklahoma County. I have a great sense of accomplishment, mixed with relief. I started the project more than 15 months ago and…

My Writing Process Blog Tour

When Brandi Barnett asked me if I’d be interested in blogging about my writing process, I thought, “that’s no sweat – I write all the time.” Of course that statement isn’t completely true. I do a lot of other things besides…