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.

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

The Venturers at many bookstores

The Venturers is now available at many bookstores, including,, Barnes and Noble, Borders, Booksamillion, and others.
I will be taking part in a signing session at Vimar Books, a local bookstore, on Saturday, September 24, 2005.
As well, I was featured recently in a edition of the local paper, The Stony Plain Reporter. It was a full page including a photo and mention of my several published books as well as information about my latest one.

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

This is the cover of my latest published historical novel. The Venturers is available from the publisher, Saga Books at

The Venturers is the story of Pierre and Francoise Marin, newly weds, who arrive at Port Royal, Acadia, New France as colonists to make a new life for them and their progeny.

Little do they realize the adventurers and dangers they will face in this New World.
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Tuesday, August 02, 2005


Hooray! Today I finished the first draft of my WIP. Now comes the hard work—editing, re-writing critically, and correcting all errors—spelling, grammar, syntax, vocabulary, and most of all, thematic, characterization, and plot.

Also the conflict has to be realistic, just as the solution has to be reasonable and within the realm of possibility.

Of course, I will set it aside for a while, a month or so before I begin that work. In the meantime, I will relax, but I will write something almost every day—short stories, articles, essays, and read, read, read, novels, short stories, articles, essays, and non-fiction books.

Today the last scene wrote better than I thought it would. When I finished, I was satisfied with it. Later, I may not be. The story ended with the major celebration that inaugurated the province, but with a surprise ending which I will not give away.