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"Jefferson’s Masterpiece" Progresses to Layout and Design Stage

The appendix for Jefferson’s Masterpiece has been edited and is now ready.



I am still trying to find a descriptive title for the appendix. I have one…

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Added by Dennis A. Parker on August 2, 2010 at 6:37am — No Comments

Final Week of Preparing Appendix for "Jefferson’s Masterpiece"

Last week I concluded the preparation of the appendix by compiling significance facts about the Declaration of Independence.



In an 1819 letter to Samuel Adams Wells, Thomas Jefferson wrote, “The Declaration of Independence ... [is the] declaratory charter of our rights, and of the rights of man.”…



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Added by Dennis A. Parker on July 5, 2010 at 5:35am — No Comments

Fourth Week of Preparing Appendix for "Jefferson’s Masterpiece"

“And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.” With this pledge, fifty-six men unhesitatingly signed the Declaration of Independence.



They were immediately branded…

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Added by Dennis A. Parker on June 28, 2010 at 5:10am — No Comments

Third Week of Preparing Appendix for "Jefferson’s Masterpiece"

As I worked last week on Thomas Jefferson’s biographical sketch for the appendix of Jefferson’s Masterpiece, I learned some facts about his life that I didn’t know. Most everyone can recite Jefferson’s major accomplishments – author of the Declaration of…

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Added by Dennis A. Parker on June 21, 2010 at 10:01am — No Comments

Editing "Jefferson’s Masterpiece" Continues

Last week was very productive. I spent most of the week editing Jefferson’s Masterpiece. One afternoon I visited an independent bookstore in a nearby town. I also spent time with a friend looking at new locations where I might be able to sell Nick & Sadie.



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Added by Dennis A. Parker on May 24, 2010 at 5:07am — No Comments

First Week of Editing "Jefferson’s Masterpiece"

I enjoy editing.



As expected, I was not able to complete the first full edit of Jefferson’s Masterpiece…

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Added by Dennis A. Parker on May 3, 2010 at 5:37am — No Comments

Final Week of Writing "Jefferson’s Masterpiece"

Hurrah! The first draft of Jefferson’s Masterpiece is finished. It’s a good feeling.… Continue

Added by Dennis A. Parker on April 26, 2010 at 10:16am — No Comments

Eighth Week of Writing “Jefferson’s Masterpiece”

The historical fiction story of Jefferson writing the Declaration of Independence – Jefferson’s Masterpiece – is almost finished. All I have left to write is what took place on August 2, 1776, the iconic day the delegates signed the…

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Added by Dennis A. Parker on April 19, 2010 at 5:57am — No Comments

Seventh Week of Writing "Jefferson's Masterpiece"

Thursday, July 4, 1776, promised to be a pretty day in Philadelphia with temperatures in the mid-seventies and a slight breeze from the North. Inside the Pennsylvania State House, however, it would be much hotter. The temperature would rise inside the closed meeting room, plus, emotions would run high due to the controversial subjects that would be…

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Added by Dennis A. Parker on April 12, 2010 at 5:28am — No Comments

Sixth Week of Writing "Jefferson’s Masterpiece"

My writing assignment for last week was more difficult than I expected – writing about the activities of July 2 and July 3, 1776, in the Second Continental Congress. These were the days when the Virginia Resolution was adopted that granted independence to the thirteen colonies, and when the delegates began a line-by-line evaluation of the declaration statement that Thomas Jefferson wrote.



My objective, as it has been…

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Added by Dennis A. Parker on April 5, 2010 at 4:00am — 1 Comment

Fifth Week of Writing "Jefferson’s Masterpiece"

In addition to providing historical information about what happened on the three days I wrote about last week, I also provided some insights into Thomas Jefferson and the peripheral events that were taking place in the Second Continental Congress. As you will see, Congress did not spend all of its time dealing with lofty questions of how to conduct a war with a ragtag army of farmers and tradesmen or how to achieve independence from Great Britain. The congressmen spent time…

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Added by Dennis A. Parker on March 27, 2010 at 8:26am — No Comments

Fourth Week of Writing "Jefferson’s Masterpiece"

During the three days I wrote about last week, Jefferson showed his draft of the declaration to three of his fellow committee members. They had requested to see it before it was submitted to Congress. I also provided information about a developing military situation in South Carolina that the members of Congress learned about on June 27.…



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Added by Dennis A. Parker on March 22, 2010 at 10:53am — No Comments

Third Week of Writing "Jefferson's Masterpiece"

This was a challenging week of writing. My goal was to create three “fill-in days” (see February 22nd Blog) in order to advance the story of Jefferson writing the Declaration of Independence. These days gave me the opportunity to share information about Jefferson and how he worked. They also gave me the opportunity to describe some “outside” events that were important to Jefferson and to the independence…

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Added by Dennis A. Parker on March 15, 2010 at 4:30am — No Comments

Good Progress Made 2nd Week of Writing "Jefferson's Masterpiece"

The second week of writing Jefferson’s Masterpiece went very well. I was able to accomplish more than I had expected. The story will cover 22 days. However, I was able to complete four days in just one week. My goal is to finish three days a week. It…

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Added by Dennis A. Parker on March 8, 2010 at 5:25am — No Comments

The Writing of "Jefferson’s Masterpiece" has begun

Retyping the unpublished Thomas Jefferson Writes the Declaration of Independence, written in 1972 for children, was a good exercise. Even though I’ve read the story several times over the past two months, I was able to get a better look at every aspect…

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Added by Dennis A. Parker on March 2, 2010 at 4:38am — No Comments

Book Outline Provides Direction for "Jefferson’s Masterpiece"

Developing the outline for Jefferson’s Masterpiece was easier than I had expected. The fact that I had taken care to prepare and organize the notes I made during the research process and to categorize the resource material – sometimes under multiple…

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Added by Dennis A. Parker on February 22, 2010 at 3:38pm — No Comments

Research Provides Foundation for Children's Historical Fiction

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Added by Dennis A. Parker on February 16, 2010 at 10:02am — No Comments

Research is Key to Writing Children’s Historical Fiction

Writing an historical fiction story for children (8-12 year olds) about the events and people involved in writing the Declaration of Independence should be based on sound…

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Added by Dennis A. Parker on February 8, 2010 at 11:46am — No Comments

Let's Write a Children's Book

I invite you to join me on a journey – a journey that will hopefully lead to the publication of a historically-based book for children about Thomas Jefferson writing the Declaration of Independence. My objective is to write a story that children will enjoy reading and will learn from, as well as provide them with information that will enhance their understanding and appreciation of the Declaration of Independence.



Like most trips, I know the destination and the route, but I don’t… Continue

Added by Dennis A. Parker on February 2, 2010 at 12:25pm — No Comments

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