Episode 65 – The Newbie Writer’s Podcast
Guest: Jeane Sloane
Nov 2/3 Guest Jeane Sloane. Who writes about women in WWII, and at the tender age of about 65, has sky dived just so she could write about it in her book.
She Flew Bombers
From the Factories to the Bases During World War II
A funny, sad and heroic historical fiction about heroine Violet Willey and her colleagues who join the experimental civil service organization, the Women Airforce Service Pilots. All the escapades from meeting the Soviet Night Witches to brushes with death and sabotage are based on fact. These daring young women fight against gender discrimination as they portray a vital role for a nation in crisis.
She Built Ships
During World War II
What do the Port Chicago explosion, Tuskegee Airmen, Japanese American internment, the first child care center, women welders and riveters all have in common? With meticulous research on WWII era, Jean Slone weaves an intricate story of cruelty, compassion and love. The courage of women welders who built ships while their husbands were at war is depicted so well that the characters come to life.
A tender romance is threaded throughout the book and we agonize with the heroine as she brings it to its inevitable conclusion. Between the fascinating and sometimes Larger than life sympathetic characters, this historical fiction is a page-turner to the very end.
Write down a memory from your grandparents. Did they have a story they told and re-told? And your initial reaction was “not the story about Grandpa and the bear again”. This time, remember that old story and write it down. See what happens from there. I know, maybe nothing.
Word of the Week:
A problem for web-building spiders is how to stop their prey from escaping once it has blundered into the web. Some spiders spin threads that are sticky and so hold it fast. Others spin a tangled mass of finer threads, which has voids in it just the right size to trap insects’ legs (it looks much like the other sort to the naked eye, though rather woolly).
The individual strands are made in the cribellum, an oval plate of chitin with many tiny tubes in it that lies in front of the spinnerets that generate the silk. Spiders of this type are said to be cribellate and the presence of a cribellum is a useful way to group species (those without one are said to be ecribellate).
The origin is the Latin cribrum, “sieve”, which is also the source of cribriform, another adjective used in anatomy and botany, “having numerous small holes; sievelike”, and the obsolete verb percribrate, “to sift; pass through a sieve”. (It’s also thought to be the origin of garble.)
Weird Pronunciations….. Shopping Mall.
From Michael Pinksy:
“You say to yourself, how can I correct something that hasn’t happened yet? Well, the answer is simple, you learn through experience to correct it.” Um, if it hasn’t happened, I haven’t experienced it. So how can I learn to correct it? And how would I even know it was going to be a mistake if — oh, my head hurts.
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