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Fred Ruark
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Retired and focussing on survival and creativity
Retired and focussing on survival and creativity

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I've been to these places and now feel comfortable writing about them Millmount - Drogheda Creevelea Abbey - Dromahair  Parke's Castle - Leitrim

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Credentials
A while back I posted a question on this blog, asking, 'Why Not Me?' Well, since then, two important things have transpired.  #1, my DNA suggests that I am 38% Irish. #2, Marilyn and I spent a month in Ireland in 2016, and I validated many of the things in ...

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Progress Report
Looking at publishing options (particularly with publishers that welcome first-time authors who are unrepresented by an agent.  Some ask for a query in "Writers' Market 2016", but their websites say something different.  It's a crazy business.  Any publishe...

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Prologue to "The Saints Lost Their Way"
Prologue - Ireland - A Bit of History _________________________________________________________________________ Ireland has known little peace.  In truth, legend, and myth, it has been a land of battles, invasions, treachery and war for eons.  From the ti...

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Can a blog respond to CPR?  I'd like to breathe life into this seemingly dead document.  I'm inspired by Neolithic Irish art and Choctaw art.  I see representations of the 'circle of life'.  I have discovered many parallels between the two cultures.  Some h...

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The Ongoing Dilemma of Writing Historical Fiction
What's a writer to do?  There are things in history that I never learned in school.  Important things that I believe people should know about.  But they need another way to know, because these things never found their way into the history books; at least no...

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I Don't Get It
I know this is a little off message for what this blog is all about, but I feel the nee to say it. When I was in the work place (and I was for 50 years) I got paid for being on the job.  I didn't get paid for being somewhere else looking for another job.  S...

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Why not me?
Been off line for a while pondering many things.  One ponder was asking myself, 'What right do I have to write about Irish history?'  I've yet to travel to Ireland.  I am only somewhat confident that I even have Irish DNA in my bones.  Am I an intruder?  Wi...

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Irony or Vengence?
For the past 60 years or so, I've explored, studied and been ashamed of the injustices the white invaders of our continent, nay, our hemisphere have imposed on the indigenous cultures and civilizations they found here.  The history books mostly say, 'discov...

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The Challenge of Historical Fiction
When I opted to start writing about things of interest and a passion to explore, I was not aware of the impact that the research would have on me.  Having read other historical fiction works, I was both inspired and dismayed.  Talented authors wove the live...
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