They Have a Story Link-Up | September Edition

It's already time for the September edition of They Have a Story! I got a couple great entries in August which makes me excited to see what ya'll are going to do with this one. Thank you to those who sent in picture ideas! This month's picture was submitted by Charity Smith.


What is They Have a Story? It's a monthly historical fiction link up hosted by yours truly. Once a month I'll post a historical picture. Your job (and mine ... I'm totally doing this!) is to write a short story inspired by it. It can be as short or as long as you like. Have fun with it! Post the monthly picture, your story, and blog button on your blog, then link up. Let’s see how many different stories we can get from the same picture!


Taking Dictation

Aren't you surprised that this post has nothing to do with WWII?! This is a record or something.

Happy writing!

-Emily


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  1. That looks like it might be a Mort Kunstler painting. Do you know what the painting is called or who the artist is?

    I'm definitely excited to read this month's entries!

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    1. I'm not sure who painted it ... sorry! I'm looking forward to reading the entries, too! =) Thanks for commenting!

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    2. It is Mort Kunstler painting. I did not know that it was until my grandfather read the story I posted on my blog and said that the painting was painted by a friend of his, Mort Kunstler. So, yes, it's a Mort Kunstler painting.

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  2. I have mine done! http://stlseeds.blogspot.com/2015/09/writing-challenge.html

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  3. This is a good one! I agree with Hanne-col, it does look like a Mort Kunstler painting. I think I'm going to give the link-up a try...

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    1. Yay!! I'm looking forward to reading your entry! =)

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    2. Update: yes, it is a Mort Kunstler painting, and there's a real story behind it: http://artsculture.blog.ajc.com/2015/04/15/an-artistic-salute-to-female-civil-war-militia-that-saved-lagrange/

      And I've linked up now!

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    3. Elisabeth, thanks for finding the real story. After reading the Kunstler link, my dad and I read an article on Col. LaGrange. It turns out he was a good guy. He was wounded and spent some time in a Confederate hospital. Whether that influenced him or not, I cannot say, but he was known for looking out for civilians and prisoners as he campaigned through the South. Too bad I already wrote my story because this gives me even more ideas!

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  4. Here's my *very short* story:

    Dust filled the air as the Union colonel and his regiment of cavalrymen when pounding down the road of a small southern town. "Sir," said his aid, "I see a plantation up ahead. Shall we stop and search for provisions? I'm sure whoever's still living here won't put up much of a fight." The colonel nodded his head without saying a word. His mouth was dry from the heat and dust. As they neared the plantation, he saw was looked to be a group of women standing out front. Surely this was no welcoming party, but what could they be up to? Shortly, he saw the glint of rifles in their hands, and realized that these women meant to defend the plantation. "This could be harder than we thought", he said to his aid. However, upon reaching the front gate of the plantation, the colonel saw something that boggled his mind. One woman, standing out front of the group, looked confused and dazed, and had an unnatural gleam in her eye. Strangest of all, she was wearing a ball gown in the middle of the day, and her hair was most impractically styled in flowing ringlets! Only a mad woman would wear her finery in the afternoon when she was mostly like doing hard labor. "Boys," the colonel shouted, "We've got trouble up ahead! A group of women with rifles, and the leader looks half daft! A group of angry women is bad enough, and a group of angry women with rifles is even worse. But an angry, half-mad woman with a rifle beats all!" - THE END

    I'm sorry, Emily, I couldn't resist! =) That's my historical-authenticity-reenactor side coming out! But, I DO really love this link up; it's neat getting to read all the different stories inspired by one picture!

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