The Ruins

Feb. 23rd, 2014 07:46 pm
jesseszen: (Default)
Maybe that's not such a great working title. It will do for now. Have become inspired as of late to take up once again, my WWI story. It could be that the Centennial of the onset of the Great War is prompting this. Whatever the reason, even 100 years ago seems uncomfortably close. Battles where tens of thousands were lost at a time, whole landscapes destroyed and new, hideous ways to kill others were the fruits of this conflict.

A thing that strikes me by contrast is the means of communication available at the time. Radio was not generally available to the public and telegraphs were sent in code for the war effort. Civilians got their news from the front via newspaper or letters. This seems so indicative of such a different age. We lose patience if the car ahead of us in the drive through lingers at the service window. Our access to news is nearly instantaneous to the event.

Wish me luck with my book.

February 2014

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