Here we are in March and I have not posted one new article in the fresh new year. Boo-hoo, now I feel really bad. Bad, J.G. To appease that guilt that has been gnawing away at my conscience please allow me to say a few words in my defense. I have not been neglectful of writing altogether!
Last October I received news that I would finally be “in print”. My biography of the Titanic’s original second officer, David Blair, had been accepted by the Titanic Historical Society and would be published in an upcoming edition of their quarterly journal. Because Blair didn’t actually sail after being slated from the maiden voyage he doesn’t get too much attention. Although in 2012 most of you likely heard about a man and the controversy surrounding him concerning a certain set of keys taken from Titanic. Yeah…that was Blair. However, since what most of us know about Blair and his Titanic experience has been rehashed A LOT I chose not to focus on that aspect of his life so instead you have an article that deals mostly with his early career, followed by his World War I service and then on to his swashbuckling adventures. It has been very rewarding experience writing Missing the Iceberg. Truth be told when first embarking on the months and months of research I didn’t really have an inkling of where it was going.
In addition to that, the digital magazine, HistoryIsNow, published an article – written by moi – about yet another sailor named David Porter. An Audacious Voyage recounts the adventures of Porter and the USS Essex during the War of 1812.
As for a real blog post, well…Currently I am trying to get together a post about three sets of history guests you would rather not invite to dinner. This is being done in collaboration with Nicole of Tiaras and Trianon. It has been in the works since January 2013 so I imagine she’s pretty sick of my promises of “Oh, yeah, I can get that together some time this month/later this week/blah-blah-blah” (yeah, it’s gotten pretty ridiculous. Bad, bad, J. G.). But since posting here has come to somewhat of a standstill it should actually come to fruition…soon. It will happen (it better). So in an effort to give the needed push in that direction I have set a deadline for April 30, in which case, if I still do not have that post written and ready for publishing you are all free to bombard Map of Time with shame-on-you comments.
Thanks to everyone who continues to read MoT and a hearty welcome aboard to all you new subscribers!