Yesterday, I wrote a post about Vikings in the Mississippi River. I got the link from a reader, and in my word-addled haze of revising, I didn’t even check the source or determine whether it was legitimate. I just wrote a story and hit ‘Schedule’ because I was fried.

The Viking article came from an Israeli version of The Onion. Only it isn’t called The Onion.

If you read The Onion, like I sometimes do, you savor the manufactured stories and delicious satire. This news outlet didn’t look Onion-like to me. I thought it was real news.

Please forgive me for spreading garbage on the internet, Dear Reader. Offline, I have a book that’s almost ready. I’ve taken a manuscript from embryo to edited final draft in three months. My beta readers have stepped up their game. My editor is a saint. My publisher says, “ARCs October 1.”

Offline writing is eclipsing my online life. I want to be a writer who blogs to interact with readers. Yet, I’m mostly known as a blogger who’s written a book. I’m grappling with how to change that, because I don’t want this site to get the dregs.

For now, I’m headed back to Charleston this weekend.

The British are coming.

Kate Shrewsday and her family are invading for three glorious days. She’s already anticipating it on her site. I hope you’ll tune in this weekend and follow our stories.

I promise they won’t include Vikings. Well, hers might. But if she slips a Viking in, the story will be true.

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TODAY’S MERIWETHER LEWIS BIRTHDAY MONTH TRIVIA QUESTION:

WHO TRAINED MERIWETHER LEWIS IN MEDICINE?

Yesterday’s Meriwether Lewis Birthday Month Trivia Question: WHAT FAVORITE WORD OF MERIWETHER LEWIS’ WAS INCLUDED IN YESTERDAY’S POST TITLE?

Merry used the word ‘neighborhood’ a lot in his expedition journals. Every bend in the Missouri brought the Corps of Discovery to a new neighborhood, and he noted the differences in them. The grass in this neighborhood……..The water in this neighborhood……..The bears in this neighborhood……..

I adapted some of Meriwether Lewis’ actual language to build his voice. The word ‘neighborhood’ is sprinkled throughout Merry’s narration in To Live Forever.

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To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis is just $2.99 on Kindle during August in celebration of Meriwether Lewis’ Birthday Month.

Click here to read an excerpt.

Or click below to buy it.

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To check out the entire Meriwether Lewis Birthday Month Series, follow the links below:

Lewis and Clark: Screwing Their Way Across a Continent
Lewis and Clark and Sex Bombs
Who Was Meriwether Lewis Godfather?
If Meriwether Lewis Had Lived to be 80
Lewis and Clark and Old Blue Eyes
The Lion Will Lie Down With the Lamb
My Natchez Trace Walk Featured in We Proceeded On
Dead People Follow Me And They Talk To Me
Is Suicide the Final Arbiter of a Life. For Robin Williams. And Meriwether Lewis.
WordPress Is Killing Me
Fate’s Fickle Fingering
Happy Birthday Meriwether Lewis
I Just Can’t Come
Guardians of the Neighborhood
Did the Vikings Walk the Natchez Trace?

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