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Opening Salvo 2.0

So, if you’ve been paying attention, you’ll notice that I’ve not posted anything here in quite a long time.  (Never mind how long.  What are you trying to do, embarrass me?)

I’ve had too many irons in the fire is what it boils down to.  Between work, family, and other writing commitments, I’ve let this blog slide.  When I started it, I envisioned most of the posts having to do with historical sites I’d visited or events I’d attended that related to the history and culture of the Southwest in general and Texas in particluar.  I wanted to do something other than simply summarize what I’d read somewhere.

I still want to do that.  But right not there are too many constraints on my time (and money) do a lot of traveling.  So I’m going to try something different.  I’m going to write about whatever interests me that would fall under the general umbrella of Texas and the Southwest.  While the main focus will be on the history, there will be other posts dealing culture, cuisine, and life in general.  And yes, I’m going to talk about events that I’ve read about in books or online.  But I promise I won’t simply rehash stuff.  I’ll put my own spin on it.

My goal is to post at least once a month, and no, this post doesn’t count for January.  There’ll be another post soon.  If there’s something anyone would like me to wrtie about, please let me know, either in the comments or via email.  I don’t promise to about everything that’s suggested, or to do so in a timely manner, but I’ll do my best.

Opening Salvo

colt paterson revolverHello, and welcome to Dispatches From the Lone Star Front. This blog will focus on the history of Texas and the Southwest. Posting will probably be irregular for a while. I’m going to try to visit most of the places I write about. Since my dayjob is in academia, that means certain times of the year will be more conducive to traveling than others.

This blog is basically a continuation of one I did a few years ago when I was on the blog team of Home of Heroics. The focus of that blog was heroes, whether real or fictional. I chose to write about Texas heroes. Unfortunately, the blog only lasted about a year. I liked blogging about history, and when I moved my book blogs off of Blogger and set up my own site, I decided to add a blog about history. I’ve expanded the scope beyond heroes to other aspects of history. I’m probably going to rerun some of those posts here.

I’m not going to limit myself to one time period, either. I’ll examine things that interest me from prehistory to current events. There are all sorts of interesting stories that haven’t made it into the Texas mythology. You never know what I’m going to come up with. So stick with me. It’s going to be fun.