"Roundheads and Ramblings"
Welcome to Katzenhaus Books, where we tell - the stories behind the history.
RSS Follow Become a Fan

Delivered by FeedBurner


Recent Posts

Every Author Needs a Dead Mule
As a Writer, You Must Know Your Audience
Five More Commandments from Elmore Leonard
Some Blog Posts Never Grow Old
The K.I.S.S. Principle

Categories

A new contest
Abolition
absurdity
academic myopia
Almost Free
Amazon
ancestors
Announcement
apocalypse
Applications and software
Appomattox
Arnulf of Lisieux
art of speaking
attracting readers
audience
audio books
Author Central
Author Gifts
author's Plea
awards
baseball
basketball
Battle of Port Royal
Battles
biographical
blind artists
blockade
blog chain
Book Club Guides
Book Design
Book Launch
book stores
book trailer
bookstores
Boxed Set
bright ideas
Building a platform
Business plan
Busy-ness
butterflies
Career choices
cats
cemetery research
Census
challenges
characterization
Characters
Charleston
children
children's books
choosing a publisher
Choosing a Title
Christmas Past
Civil War
commercials
Computer Hacks
Confederates
Conferences
Connections
constitutional amendments
construction
Contract labor
cotton
Countdown Sale
Countdown to Launch
Cover Designs
Cover images
cutting and pasting
Cyber Monday
daily drama
daily events
Dead Mules
depression
diversions
dogs
Do-Overs
DRM
earthquake
e-book pricing
e-books
editing
elevator speech
elmore leonard
Elves and Holidays
Emancipation
England
English class
evidence
excerpt
exclusivity
Exercise
Expertise
Facebook
fact and fiction
failures
fame and fortune
family affairs
Favorites
Fear of Failure
Fish
flood waters
food delights
Formatting
Fort Pulaski
Free Days
freebies
Friendship
Frogmore
garden
gardens
genealogy
Getting organized
ghost stories
Giveaway
Goals
good business
good news
grammar cops
gratitude
gripes
grocery shopping
guest blogs
Gullah
Harriet Tubman
Hiatus
Historical background
Historical Fiction
historical puzzlers
historical thinking
history lessons
Holidays
home office
hope and kindness
horses
hurricanes
identifying your audience
imagination
indie authors
Inspiration
inspirations
internet
internet history
intruders
ISBN
Kalamazoo
karma
Kindle
Kindle links
Kindle rankings
Kindle Serials
kings
Klout
Ku Klux Klan
Lack of co-ordination
landmarks
language
Laughs
launch dates
Laura Towne
Layouts
legal matters
lending library
Lessons learned
lessons unlearned
libraries
literary genres
local news
love story
making choices
Marketing
Matchbooks
medicine
medieval-isms
Meet the Characters
Memorial Day
memories
Milestones
military matters
mind-mapping
Misfis
Monthly Musings
name recognition
NaNoWriMo
Nellie Chase
New Blog
New Book
New England
New Research
New Year
newsletters
nonfiction
non-profits
nostalgia
Nurses
oddities
odds and ends
olympics
opening lines
outrage
Papacy
parties
Penn Center
photographs
picture book
Pinterest
Pinterest and copyrights
Pirates
planning ahead
plot
point of view
polite society
politics
powerful women
Predictions
pre-orders
press release
previews
pricing
Principles
procrastination
productivity
Profiles
Progress Report
Promotions
proofs
pros and cons
publishing
publishing companies
publishing ploys
publishing rights
pure sentimentality
puzzlements
quiz
rain
random thoughts
RBOC
read an ebook
readership
recipes
Reconstruction
Relaxation
research
Resolutions
reviews
road trip
rough draft
Roundhead Reports
royalties
rules
SALE
Sales
scams
schedules
Scoop It
ScoopIt
seasons
Secessionville
second edition
Second Mouse
self-publishing
settings
Shiloh
Short Stories
Silliness
slander
Slavery
small world
Smile of the Day
snow, living in the south
social media
software
software disasters
South Carolina
Speechless!
sports
Spring
story arc
Substitutes
Success
summer
Taking a Break
Taxes
Thank You
the difficulties of blogging
The Gideonites
Theme
Tongue-in-cheek
Traditions
trailer
Travelog
trilogies
trolls
Tweet
Twitter
Upcoming Events
using commas
Vacation
vacation photos
Valentine
video
Visitor
vocabulary
Volunteering
voting
warnings
weather
weather trauma
website
word counts
Word-of-Mouth
Words
Words of Warning
Writer Beware!
Writer's Block
Writing Advice
Writing as Career
writing process

Archives

April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010

powered by

"Roundheads and Ramblings"

Vacation

A Break in the Action

It's time for me to quit messing around on the computer and go pack a suitcase. I'm off in the morning for a brief trip to Charleston with a couple of friends. But somehow I find getting ready difficult. {Probably because the last time I was getting ready to do this, I ended up in a nightmare of ambulance rides and hospital stays. )

Anyhow, I'll only be gone for a few days, and I'm hoping the cats won't notice.  They usually love having the catsitter around instead of me because she plays with them and never makes them get off the keyboard. They get to eat more, too!

I'm not going to try any blog posts while I'm gone because I only want to carry my phone and an iPad mini.  Even library note-taking will be limited to one small moleskin notebook.  I'll try, however, to get some new and interesting pictures.

Charleston friends, where is the life-size statue of Wade Hampton?  Is it right there on Meeting Street? He's featured in the book I'm working on, so would like to get a shot of him.

Hold the fort while I'm gone. Tell your friends to read "Damned Yankee" in preparation for a late fall release, and we'll chat next week.

(Lisa and Will: I'm hoping my South Carolina venture turns out to be less exciting than yours has been, but I also know it's not going to be as sweet and beautiful. )

Temporarily Unplugged -- Gone Fishin'


For the next several weeks, I'm unplugging this blog. The Katzenhaus website will remain functional, and I'll post any new developments there. I'll still be bouncing around Facebook and Twitter, and LinkedIn, and Pinterest. But for now, I'm taking a break from blogging. When I return, it may be with a whole new approach and a new project to which a blog can contribute. But for now, thanks for reading. Check out the rest of the website, and let's continue our conversations elsewhere.


Keep Calm and Move South

Today is full of last-minute chores -- arranging matters for the cat-sitter -- and packing -- and re-packing. But I've found a new slogan to keep me focused on the job at hand.  It reminds me that I'm headed for a few blissful days in some of my favorite towns -- where people are gracious, the weather is soft and warm, the houses are gorgeous, and the food is innovative and delicious. 

Here's a "heads up" for my South Carolina followers -- those lucky folks who live where I only get to visit.  After a couple of nights pretending we are guests of the Vanderbilts in Asheville, we head to Charleston, where we'll have two days to wander the Market, eat at FIG (Food Is Good), and maybe visit a wonderful plantation or two, like Middleton Place.

On Wednesday, we head to Bluffton, just outside of Hilton Head, where a local women's club has invited me to a tour and luncheon in an 1850s mansion -- along with the chance to talk to their Book Club members who read The Road to Frogmore and introduce them to Damned Yankee.

The next day we move to Beaufort, which many of you will recognize from reading Beyond All Price and the other books in that South Carolina series.  On Thursday afternoon I'll be talking about the new book, Damned Yankee, at the Beaufort County Library.  We'll also be talking about the difference between history and historical fiction and how the two tend to collide and stir themselves together. 

 I have a few designs on the local National Cemetery, the burial grounds for both Union and Confederate soldiers.  And on Friday, I'm scheduled to visit book outlets on St. Helena Island -- the wonderful store called "What's In Store" and the Museum Bookstore at the Penn Center. But after that, our plans are vague. Beaufort is one of those places seems to invites visitors to poke around.  No matter where you happen to look, there is bound to be something fascinating.

This trip is part "Book Tour" and part "Research Trip," although at this stage, I'm not sure what I might end up researching.  I'm just ready to let South Carolina wash over me again and set my mind to wandering. If you happen to be at any of the same places, wave and say "Hi." South Carolina makes friends out of strangers.




Too Much Happening! No Time to Sort Thoughts.

This is a crazy time of year --always has been.  For all those years I spent in a classroom, I knew that May would be consumed with finals and grading and farewells, and graduations.  And now that I' supposedly safely "retired," I thought my schedule would slow down.  Apparently not! I'm in such a habit of forging ahead that once the weather turns to lovely spring, I simply stretch my days to match the lengthening sunlight.  The result? Blogging -- that contemplative bit of self-indulgence in my life -- suffers.

So what's been happening? Well, on April 27th, we sent the last of our conventioneers home, cleaned out the hotel rooms we had been using, and headed home ourselves -- to a whole list of things we had to catch up upon. About all I can do here is whip them into some sort of RBOC list.


  • Top of the list: I launched Damned Yankee on May 1st and have been having fun ever since watching sales numbers and promoting the book to everyone I talk to.  (So far, it seems to be working.)
  • May 2nd -- an end-of-the-year party for my old history department and a celebration of a dear friend's retirement.
  • May 3rd--"Sight Night"--a celebration and awards banquet sponsored by the World Cataract Association.
  • May 5th -- my birthday, capped by a gift of the new small Laptop Air computer (which I just can't stop playing with because it's so cute!) and an indulgent dinner at my favorite Italian restaurant.
  • May 6th -- An "After Hours" cocktail party at our local bank sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce for chamber members.
  • Today, May 7th-the official formal retirement party at the college for same dear friend.
 
And from here? Well, we leave on Friday for a ten-day vacation combined with a couple of great book events in South Carolina.  More
on those later.  For now, I need to finish whipping the house into shape for the cat-sitter, and start making packing lists.

If This Is Tuesday, I Must Be In . . . . .

We have a couple of crazy weeks coming up -- no, make that three weeks of crazy. Among our scheduled activities are a meet-up with an internet friend, a learning forum with Lions from all over North America, a convention of writers who also have connections to the military, and a reunion of Tennessee Lions who have held high offices in the state. Oh, and I must not forget visiting local markets along the way to pick up early Ohio apples, the new crop of southern sweet potatoes, and the last of the Ripley tomatoes.

It's times like these that make me very grateful for our cat-sitter.  Without her, we would be facing one of two scenarios. (1) We could leave the five cats alone with self-feeders and come home to absolute destruction. (I tried that exactly once, with just two cats, and came home to discover they had taken down all of the curtains and piled them in the middle of the floor.) (2) We could take all five to the nearest boarding facility and then take out a second mortgage to pay their bill. (It would be cheaper to get them a couple of hotel rooms!) I suppose some would say we should just put them outside and let them catch mice, but I wouldn't relish coming home to scrape cat carcasses off the street.

So a cat-sitter, it is.  The cats are  happier, and so am I.  Our sitter is infinitely patient with our schedules, even when I tell her things like "We don't need you Monday night  but we'll be leaving again on Wednesday" or "We'll leave the full garbage can at the curb on Tuesday, but you'll have to bring it in by Wednesday morning."

I'll try to post once in a while,  whenever we're home for a day or two, or whenever I can get a reliable internet connection and enough time to pound out a blog. The bad news is that you should not count on anything like a regular blog schedule until sometime in October. The good news is that when we're back for good (and "good" is a relative term, since I also have a book tour scheduled for November), I should be ready with an announcement of the official releases of the second edition of "Left by the Side of the Road."