Tracy S. Morris

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I Am Not Making This Up: The Multiple “First” Thanksgivings

We all know the story of the first American Thanksgiving, when in 1598, the Spanish under Juan de Oñate reached the Rio Grande and held a party because: Yay! We survived crossing a desert with no water!

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FenCon Is Coming!

One of my favorite conventions of the year, FenCon is coming. My schedule, however, is here. Friday: 3:00 Invasion Of The Podcast People 4:00 Return Of Son Of Super – Hero 10:00 Yard Dog Press Roadshow Saturday 10:00 FenCon Squares (yee Haw!) 1:00 autographs 1:30 Reading Sunday 11:00 – female Fighters and armor See you […]

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When Pirates Make Arrrrt.

The last weekend of July, awesome hubby took me to Crystal Bridges (my local art museum) for one of their special Chihuly weekends. Dale Chihuly (who looks a little like a pirate), is an internationally famous American glass artist. If you go into the Bellagio in Las Vegas and look at the ceiling with the […]

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I Am Not Making This Up: That Time Indiana Jones and The Black Panther Were Hippo Farmers

Although everyone fears shark attacks, hippos are statistically more dangerous. Yet in the early 20th century, there was a movement to populate the swamps of Louisiana with hippos that could be used to feed American Citizens. A movement spurred on by Indiana Jones and The Black Panther.

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I am not making this up: France creates it’s own monster. Jeanne de Clisson, Lioness of Brittany

If I asked you to name a lady pirate, you might mention Mary Reed or Anne Bonay. And while they get their fair share of attention, my favorite pirate (or Privateer in this case) lived long before the golden age of piracy.

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I’m Not Making This Up: The Search For Blackbeard’s Head

Once upon a time, an infamous pirate was beheaded. Centuries later, his head purportedly turned up in all sorts of interesting places.

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I Am Not Making This Up: Coins As Propaganda

All through history, I’ve read accounts of rulers and wannabe rulers who minted their own coins.  But I rarely stopped to think of the reasons why beyond assuming it was some kind of prestige thing.  But when I wrote my article on Joanna La Loca (Joan the Mad, in English), it struck me that both […]

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Archon Con Report

The last weekend of September/first weekend of October I went to Archon in St. Louis.  This was the first time I attended Archon in about 15 years.  It usually falls on my birthday weekend, so I have to make the choice of either going to Archon, or letting my family spoil me.  The struggle is […]

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My Archon Schedule

I’ll be at Archon 40 in St. Louis this weekend. This is my last planned appearance of the year.    My schedule is as follows: Friday  1:00 world building (I’m Moderating!) 4:00 author reading  7:00 the ethics of superpowers   8:00 Original Marvel TV (Moderating again!) 9:00 Yard Dog Press Traveling Roadshow   Saturday 12:00 Our […]

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I’ll be at Glichcon this weekend

So Glichcon is this weekend in Springdale, and I’ll be in attendance. My scheduled panels are: 1:00 Saturday – story storm 2:00 Saturday – dos and fonts of panting and plotting But Glichcon tends to have a very open paneling system in that I’m allowed to sit in on any other panel I want.  So […]

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