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Jack Woodville London’s French Letters series has been praised for its meticulous historical research and ability to capture the language, attitudes, and moral culture of their setting in prose described by reviewers as “beautiful, but not pretentious.”
French Letters: Engaged in War is the second volume in the French Letters trilogy. The companion to French Letters: Virginia’s War, it is the story of Will Hastings, an army doctor caught up in the D-Day landings in Normandy and the drive to capture St. Lo, France.
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Among the rows and rows of graves and amidst the linden trees of the Meuse-Argonne American Military Cemetery the cool breezes of eastern France gently suggest the lines from Horace that ‘It is sweet and right to die for one’s … Continue reading
© Jack Woodville London i. Courage “You men stand at ease.” Colonel Henderson looked at his notepad, scribbled something, then looked back up at the pilot and door gunner standing in front of him in the LZ command post. “You say … Continue reading
It’s spring. Roses are blooming, the irises and Copper Canyon daisies are filling out and sending musky little scents through the study window. Junebug is crawling around the garden stalking some pitiful creature. My nightstand runneth over. In … Continue reading
© 2015 Jack Woodville London “That’s no good,” he said. “You have to stretch the ITB to open up the adductor magnus and gastrocnemius. They’re key to glycogen replacement.” He demonstrated, then smiled knowingly while I tried to follow. “And … Continue reading
The New Year has arrived with all its baggage. Chill winds. Clouds low on the horizon. Garden flowers pleading to be pruned. Junebug demanding to be let out, then back in, then back out. But winter is not all grim … Continue reading
A town in Denmark under German occupation put itself at grave risk to honor and respect the sacrifice of Airman Melvin Callaway and, when the war ended, to find his family.
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Apart from grammar, there are few steadfast rules for writing books. Some of the most revered works tell the ending on page one, use unconventional structures such as three line paragraphs or one paragraph chapters, or employ run-on sentences that … Continue reading
You have the story in your head. You’ve overcome the time / space conundrum so that you’re alone with your word processor at your kitchen table or, better yet, in your study. Now, all that’s left is to get started … Continue reading
“What I find hard about writing,” Nora Ephron said, “is the writing.” There’s a difference between writing and typing. Writers produce. Typists reproduce. Okay, that’s a bit harsh. Writers believe that a story worth telling is worth telling well. Writers … Continue reading