Charles Web Journal

My blog is intended to show how I construct and write a historical novel. It will be a journal of my daily writing activity, as I write a new historical novel.

Location: Evansburg, Alberta, Canada

I am a retired school teacher with a B. Ed in English literature a B.A. in History. After a long career as a teacher of English and history, I now write historical novels based on Canadian history.

Thursday, July 28, 2005

The Election

I’m getting closer to the end of my novel. Today Edmonton was incorporated as a city to the satisfaction of Daniel. His dream of Edmonton becoming more important that Calgary is getting nearer fulfillment.

Geraldine is worried about Ed Shepherd and his threat to kill Daniel. Daniel believes that any harm from Shepherd is unlikely although he still believes that Shepherd is responsible for the accidents and vandalism that happened to the company equipment.

Frank Oliver won the election, defeating Richard Secord, the Conservative candidate. This is another reason why Geraldine believes that Daniel is in danger and should be on his guard.

Daniel is more concerned about the possible change of the territories to provincial status that to him is the best thing that can happen.

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

A fight

Today I got back at writing a scene for the final chapter, chapter 14. Although I knew the circumstance in which Daniel found himself, I wasn’t sure how the scene would transpire, so I let the characters decide that.

It is federal Election Day November 3. 1904 and Frank Oliver, Liberal is running against Richard Secord, Conservative. Daniel is supporting Oliver while Ed Shepherd is supporting Secord. In those days, although the secret ballot has been implemented, there is still a great deal of intimidation and threats, even to the point of fights.

That’s exactly what happened at the polling booth. Shepherd tries to intimidate Daniel and they end up fighting, a regular fistfight, until it is stopped by the men assembled to cast their vote.

The scene, for the most part, wrote itself.

Sunday, July 24, 2005

The Venturers

My latest historical novel is now available through the publisher Saga Books of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Presently it is only available through the publisher site
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The Venturers is the story of Pierre and Francoise Marin who come to Acadia, New France as colonists to make a new life for themselves and their progeny.
Little do they realized the hardships, the conflicts, and the crises that face them. This is the story of how that deal with these.

Friday, July 22, 2005

The final chapter

Today I started the final chapter of the novel I’m currently working on. Somehow, I feel that this chapter is anticlimactic although Daniel has not overcome his main adversary throughout, Edward Shepherd.

The chapter ends with the official founding of the Province of Alberta; although Daniel and Edward do not agree on how this should come about, both are in favor of it happening. I’ve titled the chapter The Winner, and I always like my stories to end in a positive way with my protagonist triumphant.

What about the protagonist? In this case Edward Shepherd. If Daniel is a winner, then Edward must be the loser. I’m not sure how that will happen or even if it will happen. Somehow I feel that it must happen.

Maybe I’ll let my characters decide that. They usually do.

Thursday, July 21, 2005


Today I finished Chapter 13, The Politician. Daniel decides to run for Edmonton town council. To his surprise Ed Shepherd, his nemesis and competition in business as well as politically. Although Daniel has many supporters in town so does Shepherd.

The surprise is that neither is elected to council.

Although Daniel is disappointed, he is not overwhelmed by his defeat. He accepts it graciously.

That brings me to the final chapter, the showdown between Shepherd and Daniel. Because Daniel is sure that Shepherd is responsible for the troubles at Beauregarde and Martin Freighting, he, so far is unable to prove anything.

Now the conflict is over the possibility of Edmonton becoming a city and the Territory of Athabaska becoming a province.

The battleground is set.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Back to work

I’m back working on my WIP. Unknown culprits who have destroyed their wagons, slashed their harness, and poisoned their horses are harassing Daniel and his father-in-law. As a result, business has been affected because they have been unable to do some of the work that they contracted.

Finally, Daniel decided to stand guard during the night. One night he captures the town drunk, Whisky Jack, attempting to saw the reach pole on one of the wagons. He brings him to court where he tries to extract information about who is behind the incidents.

Surprisingly, Whisky Jack testifies that Daniel hire him to commit these acts and to blame them on Ed Shepherd who Daniel believes his responsible for the rash of accidents and vandalism.

That’s where the situation rests at this moment.

Saturday, July 16, 2005

New Books

Hi Folks,

I’ve been away for several days, sort of vacationing. I expect to get back at my WIP on Monday. In the meantime, I’m assessing and reorganizing my office.

As well, I have two books about to be released. One is a historical novel, The Venturers, that is the first of a series based on a French Canadian family that arrived in New France in 1670. It is the story of Pierre and Françoise Marin, newly weds, who come to Port Royal, Acadia as settlers to make a new life for themselves and their expected children. Saga Books of Calgary, Alberta, Canada will publish it. I don’t yet have a release date, but it will be soon as the editing has been done and the cover is almost completed.

The second is a contemporary romance, Inheritance of Love using the name Mary Ellen Simpson. It is the story of Leila Brannion, and Irish colleen of Cork, Ireland, who inherits from her grandfather a cattle farm in Alberta with the condition that she must come to Canada and operate the farm for at least five years in order to complete her inheritance. This will soon be published by Publish America. Again, I do not yet have the launch date, but all the proofs have been corrected and returned. The cover is also ready, so it should be soon.

As you can see, I’ve been quite busy with checking proofs and approving covers, etc., but I should be back into routine—barring visitors, etc. on vacation, etc.

Thursday, July 07, 2005

Monday, July 04, 2005


I was hoping to finish the first draft of my current WIP before the end of June, but circumstances have made it impossible, what with the beginning of summer and the vacation period. As a result, may visitors and events have interposed to make that impossible.

I’m still working on chapter 13, which is the one before the last. Presently, Daniel is becoming involved in the political scene in Edmonton, and again he and Edward Shepherd come into conflict. Edmonton is a growing town, vibrant and progressive, but it and Calgary vie for top spot in the North West Territories that consists of four districts: Assiniboia, Saskatchewan, Alberta and Athabaska. Regina is the main city of Assiniboia; Prince Albert, that of Saskatchewan, Calgary, of Alberta, and Edmonton of Athabaska.

Daniel, of course, wants Edmonton to be the main city of the Territories although it has not yet received that status.

That’s where the story is at now.