Richard Mansel

Writer, Preacher, Historian and Bookworm

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Interesting Reading for History Buffs


As a student of history, I want to share some stories that I find interesting. Hope you enjoy them. You’ll find articles about Archaeology, the Civil War, World Wars One and Two, Naval history and English history.

1. A photographic history of President Abraham Lincoln.

2. A letter from a soldier in World War One was recently found and delivered 98 years after it was written. 

3. Archaeologists discover the remains of 21 Germans preserved in World War One shelter

4. The Confederate sub, the H.L. Hunley, became the first sub to sink an enemy ship.

5. A photographic gallery of the Gettysburg battlefield in winter.

6. Coffee Houses in 17th Century England

7. The Declaration of Independence Desk Created by Thomas Jefferson

8. The USS Essex Sails Around Cape Horn and into History

9. A 13th Century map of England and Scotland

10. The Death of the Apache Warrior, Geronimo 

11. The Mausoleum of Roman Emperor Augustus 

12. The Riddle of Aztec Dog Burials

13. Archaeologists in South Carolina race to uncover a Civil War Prison

14. Red Cross Workers were Suspected of being spies by Germans in Second World War

15. What did ancient Brits eat? 

16. Roman era school found in Egypt

17. How big were Ptolemy’s African War Elephants? 

Reading Room Links


I have a Facebook page called Richard’s Reading Room where we discuss books, reading, writing, history and whatever else I find interesting to share with members of the site. The one rule we have is that you must not be rude or use profanity.

From time to time, I want to share some of the links with you here at my website. I hope you find them interesting. You can also add me at Scoop-It and Twitter as well.

5 Creative Cures for Writer’s Block from Psychology Today

My article on Writer’s Block

How to Visualize a Story

Interactive map for Civil War battlefields and casualties

The first “Divergent” trailer on Book Riot

Hear Virginia Woolf’s voice as she discusses the craft of writing

“The Gallic War” by Julius Caesar

A poignant letter received by Margaret Mitchell a day after her Mother passed away

A curious list from 1898 of the best novels ever written

Herodotus the Homer of European Prose

Sherlock Holmes films on YouTube

How Sherlock Changed the World

If Books Ruled the World

7 Things You Didn’t Know About Albert Camus

Gorgeous Libraries

24 Quotes to help you write more

9 Beloved Books that we almost not published

The Fascinating History of the Dystopian Novel

Free Books for Bible Students

Book Tunnel

As a lover of books and learning, I crave knowledge gained from reading. If I can get those books for free, all the better.

Here are some resources that I have discovered where bookworms can find free books to download and study, so the hard work of these authors can bear fruit.

Knowledge is a great blessing, and when that information can be used to glorify God, it’s the best of all rewards (Ephesians 3:20-21).

“Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God” (Romans 10:17, NKJV). 

However, we must always use discernment when we step out of Scripture into the books of men. The authors may be famous, knowledgeable and sincere, yet completely wrong on doctrine.

I pray that these books will be used for good and that the Lord will be blessed, and souls will be saved, as a result.

This list is by no means exhaustive but a great place to start building a powerful library.

Bradley Cobb has compiled a page of useful books.

A Monster List of Books on Google

Classic Bible Commentaries


Long list of Books

Online Commentaries

The Christian Researcher 

NT Gateway

The Informed Writer

The agony of the Male Novelist

Barbour sells Heartsong Inspirational Novels to Harlequin

How to use an outline while you write your first draft

Three Tips to Consistent Tone

The Geyser 5 Step Approach to Revision

How to Create a Plot Outline

Read more…

The Informed Writer 9/26/10

The Informed Writer [formerly Writer's Thoughts]  contain links, tips and quotes for writers. We cover the art of writing, publishing and social media. Thanks for visiting my blog.

Eleven Questions for Crafting a Pitch For Your Novel

How to Make Your Point Without  Being Preachy

Five  Secrets To  Help You  Write Like a Pro

Introducing Your  Characters

The Power of the First 250 Words in Your Novel

In  Defense of  Telling [Not Showing]

Novelists Rebel Against Trend of Present Tense Writing

Comment on Other Blogs To Bring  Traffic to  Your Blog

Building Suspense

Elmore  Leonard’s Rules of  Writing

Time Management Tips for Busy Writers

The Informed Writer 9/17/10

The Informed Writer [formerly Writer's Thoughts]  contain links, tips and quotes for writers. We cover the art of writing, publishing and social media. Thanks for visiting my blog.

Ten Twitter Safety Tips

How to Master Twitter

Word Games

Dialogue Should be Brief

Five Tips to Strengthen Your Scenes

Ten Ways to Improve Your Romance Novel

Story Structures

How to Write Compelling Blog Posts

Twitter Can Make You a Better Editor

How to Fail At Social Media

Improve  Your Narrative Drive

39 Social Media Tools

Tips to Increase Productivity

Writer’s Guide to Twitter

Write a Better About Page

Should You Publicize Rejections?

Shoot Adverbs on  Sight

Writing Good Online Book Reviews

“The secret of it all, is to write in the gush, the throb, the flood, of the moment – to put things down without deliberation – without worrying about their style – without waiting for a fit time or place. I always worked that way. I took the first scrap of paper, the first doorstep, the first desk, and wrote – wrote, wrote…By writing at the instant the very heartbeat of life is caught. [WALT WHITMAN].

“Writing is a solitary occupation. Family, friends, and society are the natural enemies of the writer. He must be alone, uninterrupted, and slightly savage if he is to sustain and complete an undertaking.” [JESSAMYN WEST]

Twitter Links 8/9/10

Twitter: The Ultimate Guide

Retweets dramatically improves  Twitter Influence

Twitter Mapping Tools

Cleaning Up Your Twitter Account

Twelve Vital  Rules in Twitter Networking

An Analysis of MarketMeTweet

How to Get Your Tweets Read

The Average Twitter User

The Twitter Glossary

How to Get Started with Twitter

Twitter Grader – How are you doing?

14o Twitter Marketing Tips

Finding Influential People on Twitter

Create a Poll for Twitter

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Twitter Links

Twitter Unveils Who to Follow Feature

Twitter changes everything in the business, advertising world

Ten ways to use Twitter for marketing

Ten ways to increase your Twitter followers

How to get more Twitter followers

Twitter Applications

How to Be Worth Following

Benefits of Twitter for Bloggers

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