My Antietam Blog

  • Posted: Tuesday, May 28, 2013 - 9:08am


    W.M. Chase


    W.M. Chase

    In preparation for my talk later this month at the Smithsburg Historical Society, I have been delving into my old Western Maryland Railroad stereoviews. My talk is about Rare Images of Antietam, but there is enough of a tie, and there will be enough interest that I want to bring them out. Curiously, even the folks at the Western Maryland Railroad Museum, an amazingly well-researched facility in Union Bridge, have never seen any of the 1870-80 stereoviews of the WMRR! So i want to show them off and hear what they have to tell me about them.

    To that end I got out this Chase view of the Mechanicstown Bridge, the same view that Recher took. The hard part about this one, though, is dating it. It is on the same mount that Chase used for the Bloody lane view I have in my book that I dated 1866-67. But the line to Sabillasville was not completed until 1871, so, while this is a Chase, the photo was not taken by David Bachrach, who took many (if not all) of his early Antietam images between 1866-7.

    Maybe one of my new train buddies can date that engine for me. Interestingly, you can even see the engineer.

  • Posted: Sunday, May 26, 2013 - 9:46pm


    E.M. Recher

    Ever since I deduced that the flurry of rare images taken at Antietam that started in 1877 was due to photographers buying cameras to take pictures of tourists brought to Pen Mar by the Western Maryland Railroad, I have been walking the tracks over South Mountain trying to find where Recher took his WMR images. Most interesting is a large bridge over Owens Creek, just west of Thurmont. I have driven under it, my second time being today, but have not made it up on the tracks yet to take a modern image.

    Today, when I was choosing an image to toss on this post I noticed that a few said Mechanicstown Bridge. Could this be a different bridge? I did some research and discovered that during the Civil War, Thurmont was often called Mechanicstown by officers in their reports. Now, back in the day I read a lot of Gettysburg books, but do not remember it being referred to as anything other than Thurmont. The little town is spoken of a lot during Meade's advance to Gettysburg, but truth be told, slogging though the same story of his advance at the beginning of every single Gettysburg book is something that I came to consider tedious, so I could have easily missed the reference, my eyes glossing over...

    So, has anyone heard Thurmont being called Mechanicstown?

  • Posted: Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - 10:27pm

    I recently spent a really fun afternoon in the West Woods at Antietam with Nick Picerno and Tom Clemens at the request of Larry Freiheit, who is writing a biography of General Joseph King Fenno Mansfield. Larry isn't sure that I got it right in my book when I included the above image and stated that Mansfield spent night of September 15th at Nicodemus Mills, a few miles east of Keedysville. (The also book has a really cool letter in it about there night at the location.)

    Recently I had a chance to get back to reading Tom's latest volume of Carman's Maryland Campaign, and it mentions the slumber in question, so I thought I would quickly jot the notes down here, for the benefit of my memory as much as for Larry.

    On page 24 of Carman/Clemens (hereafter CC) it reads, "During the afternoon and night of the 15th McClellan's forces moved to the positions assigned to them...Mansfield's (Twelfth) Corps was at Nicodemus Mills or Springvale." Here is the great clue. There are a few Nicodemus houses on the old maps up near the town of Boonsboro. And the Twelfth Corps did come down off of Turner's Gap. But I imagine Mansfield probably turned down what is now Rt. 67 to the Old Sharpsburg Road in order to relieve congestion. But it is Springvale that dials us in.

    If you Google Springvale (! Case closed. I was nervous there for a minute.

    Postscript: On page 24 of CC, talking about the morning of September 16th, it reads, "During the forenoon the Twelfth Corps advanced from its bivouac near Nicodemus' Mill and massed in a field west of Keedysville..."

    Thoughts...? If anyone knows of his movements here, I would love to hear about it. I think Alpheus Williams probably wrote about this march.

  • Posted: Saturday, May 11, 2013 - 10:52pm

    Today I had the great privilege of appearing as George Alfred Townsend (GATH) at the dedication of three new museums up on South Mountain Battlefield. When I first arrived I found out that it had been arranged to have over a dozen of GATH's descendants in attendance. The first person I met was George Alfred Townsend IV. After spending the last month immersed in GATH's world, this was pretty intimidating. He was the nicest guy you would ever meet, but it was strangely unnerving.

    Anyway, my little talk went well and afterwards I ate lunch with some of the other family members. It occurred to me that this was as close as they would ever get to meeting this ancestor of theirs and as we sat in the little Appalachian Trail dining spot, which was made of the exact rocks and timber that GATH's buildings would have been made of, and as I quizzed his young Great-Great-Great-Grandson about his soccer games and what he likes about school, I realized that this young man probably feels about me the exact way that he would feel about GATH had he been brought up for the day one hundred and twenty years ago. They were really nice folks and I feel honored to have been a part of this reunion.

    And then to cap it off, I realized tonight that I am the exact age that GATH was when he built the Correspondent's Arch. Good Night, GATH.

  • Posted: Sunday, March 3, 2013 - 8:19am

    Yesterday morning I took my usual Saturday walk along the old tracks of the Western Maryland Railroad. I have a bunch of old stereoviews taken along that line by E.M. Recher and B.W.T. Phreaner and have been trying to find where they were taken. Also, it is just simply beautiful on the run from my home in Smithsburg up to the top of South Mountain at Pen Mar. On this day I started up at Pen Mar and walked north. Lo and behold within a mile I found what I believe is a large cut in a view I have.

    I was going to post about that today, but on the way home I saw a woman standing in the street with an old photograph of Smithsburg. She was standing right outside the Smithsburg Historical Society so I stopped to chat with her and went inside to donate a copy of my book. As I had hoped, local historian John Jakes was in there and we had a really great chat. John is an interesting guy who owns a huge peach farm where Jeb Stuart's artillery had six guns during the Battle of Smithsburg. But that's a story for another day...or two.

    Anyway, he was showing me an old photo album that had been donated by the Bell family about a year ago, or should I say, since I had been back to see what photos they have. In this book was a photograph of E.C. Bell taking photographs up at the Devil's Race course, which is right off the tracks close to where I had just been walking. I was so excited that I grabbed a quick glare-filled photo with my phone and that is what you see here.

    When E.M. Recher died in 1887, Bell took over his photo studio for about a year. In fact, I recently bought a stereoview on a Recher mount with Bell's stamp on the back. As John Jakes told me, BelMar is the Bell family home and it sits right across the street from the Smithsburg Historical Society. This is a lot of fresh information to explore.

  • Posted: Monday, January 7, 2013 - 8:03pm

    One of my greatest hopes for my book would be that people would run with my research and find interesting facts about the people I mentioned in it. Hagerstown historian and Western Maryland Room stalwart Jeff Brown has done just that. He has found some great stuff about George Bucher Ayres, and I would like to share it with you here.

    Ayres had been around Hagerstown for a while when, in 1864, he opened a photo studio with B.W.T.'s father. The partnership only lasted a few months, when the pair sold out to B.W.T., who held the studio until 1907. As you will see, Ayres was a bit of a Renaissance Man, but he was probably best known for buying a photograph studio and finding, printing, and selling the above photograph.

    Jeff has found some interesting information about Ayres' early years in Hagerstown. We have been trying to find a photograph of the original train station ticket booth that was in Hagerstown during the Civil War. The Franklin Railroad, which started in Hagerstown and went north towards Chambersburg, had just sold out to the Cumberland Valley Railroad right before the war, but the details of why and when have evaded us. It turns out that Ayres is the connection. So, I will start transcribing the articles Jeff has found and we can watch the picture emerge.

  • Posted: Sunday, October 21, 2012 - 4:08pm

    I just made an exciting find. The building in Massachusetts where the 21st Massachusetts monument (that sits by Burnside Bridge) was made is being torn down. The sculptor's papers and photographs made it into my collection this week and I am very gratified and excited at the find. It even comes complete with O.T. Reilly graffiti, which is especially timely because I think I have decided to call my next book "Rare Images of Antietam Through the Eyes of O.T. Reilly."

    Anyway, when I was trying to date these new photographs, I got to thinking about the dates the monuments on the bridge were dedicated. The first monument on the bridge was put there in October 1887. For some reason the park, on their website, has it being dedicated in 1906. Well, they can't be perfect.

    The 21st MA monument was dedicated on Massachusetts Day in 1898, the same day as the Massachusetts State Monument was dedicated near the Cornfield. But the strange one is the 35th MA monument. All the sources I see simply say dedicated in 1898 with no date. John Shildt goes the farthest in his book Monuments at Antietam and says that it was probably dedicated on the same day, but does not give a cite.

    I want to put the story about this sculptor in my next book, the O.T. hook being that his photos were taken when O.T. had graffiti on the bridge (I know, a tenuous link, but if you don't like it, write you own dern book.) So I think I will try to solve this mystery. If anyone has any info I would love to hear it. It is not a big, compelling mystery, but maybe I can use the hunt as an excuse to go to Massachusetts and get my portrait taken by David Bachrach's grandson. I spoke to him on the phone while getting permission to use some images and he is not only a really nice guy but he had some very interesting things to say about the Civil War.

  • Posted: Tuesday, October 16, 2012 - 11:54pm

    The shipping company showed up a few days ago and dropped a ton and a half (literally) of books on my driveway. Sales have been brisk and the response has been positive. I am getting it into stores, working on an eBook version, ad booking more speaking engagements and book signings. But what project to do next?

    My first thought was that after I finished my book I would get a day or two to take a nap. That's not going to happen. The reality is that I want to get to work on another book. I have a design I like and a printer I like. I also have hundreds of rare Antietam photos that very few people have seen. So, a volume two would seem to be the logical choice.

    But I also have the rights to publish an unpublished manuscript of a surgeon who served a year on a hospital transport with Grant's army in the Overland Campaign. It reads like Forrest Gump meets Huck Finn. But it would have to be out by 2014 to take advantage of the 150th Anniversary. I'd also like to finish Virtual Antietam, which is going to take major programming time. There are also a few other irons I have in the fire that I can't talk about. So, what to do!?

  • Posted: Sunday, September 16, 2012 - 6:57am

    I sure do lead a blessed life. Here I am with my good friend Tom Clemens as we show off our new books, both of which made it to the Antietam bookshelves in time for the 150th Anniversary. I spoke on Friday and Tom speaks this morning at 10am.

    I know how much work it was to get my book here on time, so I can't even imagine how much effort Tom put in, as his is a scholarly tome of about 600 pages. I believe he spent the better part of the last twenty years culling through thousands of letter just so we can all study the Battle of Antietam without having to put in a similar effort. Thanks Tom!

    In addition to release dates, our books share some images from Ezra Carman's photo collection, scans of which we secured after a long drive across Pennsylvania in the snow. Ah, good times.

    Well, I have to get dressed and head back to Sharpsburg for some more book signing. See you there!?

  • Posted: Friday, September 7, 2012 - 6:44am

    I moved to Western Maryland about ten years ago in anticipation of the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War. Well, it's here and I am very excited.

    First, let me say that I am very impressed with how the community has stepped up with great events and accompanying ephemera. Stephen Bockmiller made a great map of Civil War Hagerstown and gave a wonderful tour of Rose Hill Cemetery a few months back in which I learned about a memorial podium to Reno Post #4, G.A.R. The reason I mention him, though, is that he was the brainchild of the exhibit at Washington County Museum of Fine Arts. Last night I went to one of the lectures in their series associated with the exhibit. It was Edie Wallace presenting “The Dignity of Free Men: The Story of Tolson’s Chapel.” I really learned a lot. But almost as fun was seeing a bunch of my friends who are doing events tied to the 150th.

    This event was the kickoff of a couple of crazy weeks for me. This morning at 10am the new museum at Antietam is having an opening. I was invited to attend because the new museum includes a case of my Antietam reunion ephemera. Right after that I jump in my car to drive to Kenosha for a talk Saturday morning. Then its right back to Maryland for a run of two weeks with at least one event a day.

    Also exciting is that so many new books are coming out. This week I expect t pick up Tom Clemens' new volume of the Carman manuscript, which is probably the one I am looking forward to the most. I hope to talk about that and others as the weeks progress, but right now I have to pack.

    BTW, the above photo is my son Henry taking me on a walk along Mumma's Cornfield.

  • Posted: Friday, August 24, 2012 - 1:30pm

    Man, I just stopped by the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts to check out their new Civil War exhibit. It is AWESOME! So much O.T. Reilly stuff that I am going crazy. Also a lot of things colelcted by Sharpsburg's Martha Ada Thomas, who somehow escaped my notice before. Ed Lewis, who works at the desk at the museum and who grew up in Sharpsburg, filled me in about Martha, who he knew when he was a young man. Apparently she is mentioned by Wilmer Mumma in his books. I'll have to check that out when I get home tonight. When you stop by the museum be sure to ask Ed for some stories. What a great day!

  • Posted: Friday, August 17, 2012 - 9:09am

    There sure are a lot of events scheduled for the upcoming anniversary of events from the Maryland Campaign of 1862. What you might not know is that there are a bunch of great things going on up on the mountain - South Mountain, that is:

    Hope to see you there.

  • Posted: Thursday, August 16, 2012 - 8:01pm

    Very exciting times. The folks at Antietam are upgrading their museum in time for the anniversary, and today I got to see how they are presenting some reunion items that I have loaned them for the exhibit. They did an incredible job! I am so thrilled. They really have some stunning items in there. It is scheduled to be open next month. Good job, folks!

  • Posted: Saturday, August 11, 2012 - 10:33pm

    This month's issue of Civil War Times features a driving tour of sorts through my favorite sites of the Maryland Campaign. It was a real blast putting this together with the great folks at CWT.

  • Posted: Friday, August 3, 2012 - 6:45am

    Rare Images of Antietam book coverI am here to announce that my new book, Rare Images of Antietam, will be ready for the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Antietam. I am scheduled for a talk at the battlefield at 1pm on Friday, September 14th and a book signing at 1pm on Saturday September 15th.

    The book is 152 pages with seventy featured images and hundreds of supporting images. I'd love to tell you more about it but I only have a week to get this book to bed. Thanks so much for all of the interest.

  • Posted: Tuesday, July 24, 2012 - 12:05pm

    Well, it has been an exciting summer. I have been working away on my book and have done a lot of tours as well. There have been a lot of great new Antietam books and I have been trying to keep up on them. But for the most part, it has been about finishing my book, Rare Images of Antietam and the Photographers Who Took Them.

    But as usual, I was trying to finish up the last big section that needed to be designed, the East Woods, and I called the preeminent 10th Maine historian, Nick Picerno, to see if he had any clues about some photographs John Gould had taken back in 1889. Long story short, between the two of us we figured out that the originals were down at Duke University. So, with just weeks to go before my book goes to the printer, Nick and I were off to North Carolina to sift through 3,500 documents in search of information.

    We found the original images and they are amazing. Four of them have made it into the book and I am thrilled beyond words. I am also grateful that I did not find them a month AFTER I went to the printer. We also found verbose descriptions of over two dozen images Gould took in 1891, but did not find the originals. Oh, well, have to leave some meat on the bones.

  • Posted: Sunday, May 27, 2012 - 10:29pm

    Last spring I had the pleasure of giving Tony Horwitz a tour of Antietam. Now, I love his book 'Confederates in the Attic', but the kicker is that so do many of the people in my extended family. In fact, most of the women in my life could care less about the Civil War, but have read that book and think of it as a favorite.

    So, it was fun to have them share my excitement about my 'brush with greatness.' I had actually been booked to give Paul Giamatti a tour so that he could bone up on his role as Longstreet in an upcoming movie, but he dropped out of the project and the tour never happened. So when the Tony tour came around, everyone was happy that I had a new story to tell, the one about the time I met Madonna getting kind of old, and all...

    I just got my copy of the article in the mail and reading it reminded me of when I used to play guitar on other peoples' records and I would get a copy in the mail. I was always nervous to hear what they had done with my work - if they would use the correct take and if they would mix the guitar correctly. But now, as then, I am pleasantly surprised. Tony is a great writer and the photographs made for the article are stunning.

    But the best part of the whole experience, besides perhaps having slightly impressed my mother-in-law, was the lunch I had with Tony when he gave me some great advice. At the time I was still going to release my rare Antietam images book as a huge opus. I showed him a draft with 600 images and told him it would not be out in time for the anniversary. "Steve,' Tony said (please note with awe that we are on a first name basis...) "pick your dozen best images and get something out for the 150th. Just do it." Well, how could I ignore his advice. I mean, he did pick up the tab for lunch.

  • Posted: Friday, March 23, 2012 - 8:41pm

    John Schildt gave his wonderful Antietam Hospitals talk at the Hagerstown Civil War Round table last night. I get giddy before I hear John speak because he is one of those rare storytellers who really takes you back in time. He did not disappoint.

    Before the talk he asked me if I knew where O.T. Reilly's childhood Keedysville home was. I told him that when I only had a few clues, some from his grand-daughter and some from old newspapers. I remembered that in 1933 he wrote a whole biopic in the Shepherdstown Register. I told John I would check it out and see what I could find.

    The best part of this biopic is the reason he wrote it. In 1933 the National Park Service took over the Antietam Battlefield Site. One of the first things they did was try to get the townspeople were giving tours to take a test. Well, O.T., "the eye-witness guide" had been giving tours for almost 60 years and was not about to let that happen. So, he took his case to the paper. He already wrote a weekly column, so he decided to use this venue to let people know exactly who he was and tell them about his amazing experiences as a child at the time of the Battle of Antietam.

    I will be transcribing his biopic over the next few weeks. But it all started with this.

  • Posted: Sunday, March 18, 2012 - 9:27am

    Last week I had the privilege to accompany Ted Alexander to the National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg where he was the special guest of the Harrisburg Civil War Round Table's book club. One of the perks of the trip was that we had been invited to spend some time in their vaults before the event. Wow.

    The curator had already laid out some insanely cool Antietam artifacts that he was going to have out on a table during the event (talk about service) including an original Lincoln letter to Little Mac ("What's the news from the front?"); a beautiful letter from a soldier describing the battle (which I will be using in my book); and a tiny photo album with the entire Gardner death series. I also found a framed bullet from South Mountain with a note from the Yankee that took it off a dead Rebel in the vaults which was also put on the table.

    But I was really there to see what Antietam images they had. Long story short, the most interesting to me was a glass plate negative of an image that appears in Scribners Magazine in 1903. It says that it a photograph of the Bloody Lane, but it has never looked to me like it.

    The most glaring problem is the fence line on the left. If the camera is standing with the tower to its back, the fence on the left would be Virginia Worm. If the image is flipped horizontally, the fence on the right was a post fence by the 1870s, but it would have rails, not boards.

    But with the mountains in the distance, the camera is looking East and would be up by the curve below the 130th PA monument. At that spot, I don't think there was ever a post and rail on the left, and again, if the image was flipped, the post and rail that was on the right for a while had rails, not boards.

    And if this is looking East, what is that building on the horizon to the left? There is no building there and I don't think there ever was. There is a big tree where Richardson was putting a battery when he was wounded...but no building.

    So, Bloody Lane? I'm not buying it.


  • Posted: Sunday, March 4, 2012 - 9:14pm

    This just gets better and better. One of the Tipton glass plate negatives that I got from the huge collection I wrote about yesterday was an unpublished view of Tipton's studio on the south side of Chambersburg Street. I scanned it last night to put in my book and upon closer examination I noticed a huge war-log standing in the front door. It is kind of hard to see, but clear enough to see two large cannon balls stuck into the trunk of the tree. Wow, that is really cool.

    I first thought that it might be the one they have in Gettysburg's Union Drummer Boy, but I checked their web site and no go. Then I spoke to Antietam relic collector Scott Hann and he recommended that I look in Michale O'Donnell's Civil War Relics book, which just happened to be on my night stand. Bingo! It was in there!

    It is a war-log from the Wilderness Battlefield later acquired by George D. Rosensteel from Tipton. Really incredible. I also note in the photo that Tipton's address was 20 Chambersburg Street, and not 22 Chambersburg Street as is stated in Tipton's biography.

    Sorry, but no photo It will be in my book.

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  • Posted: Saturday, March 3, 2012 - 2:08pm

    I am really having an amazing year. I got a call Wednesday night from a guy who asked, "Is this the Tipton expert?" I had to laugh to myself. It depends who I am with. If I am with Tim Smith then, no. But Tim was not there, so...Anyway, I told him "I know a little bit about Tipton" and wondered why he was asking. It turns out he had just bought at auction eight boxes of glass plate negatives from Tipton's old studio and was trying to find out what they were worth. Yow! We figured out that he lives ten minutes from me and I jumped in the car.

    He drives trucks for a living and goes to auctions for fun. He bought these boxes of negatives without any idea what they were. Unbelievable. We spent five hours going through everything and I was having the time of my life. It was a real glimpse into how Tipton worked. There were glass plates of every size and dozens of the original boxes. Lots of film negatives. Supplies to make glass slides. You name it.

    I knew instantly who should buy this lot. If it were Antietam I would have gone for it, but this collection should be in Gettysburg, I thought. I chose a few plates for myself and got on the phone to a friend who bought the lot sight unseen. Almost as much fun as looking through the negatives was driving to Gettysburg the next night and seeing my friend's face as we unpacked the boxes.

    The image above is one I got from the collection. It was marked "Antietam" on the box, but it says "Artistic" on the slide so it may have been misplaced. I don't know where this is. Does anyone have an idea?

    BTW, the clarity of the scanned original glass negative is insane, non!?

  • Posted: Sunday, January 22, 2012 - 8:19am

    I recently found a beautiful photograph, taken in the 1890s, of the farmstead of Simon Morrison on what is today Antietam Battlefield. This image is what that location looks like today. I would love to hear about anything related to this man who, until recently, was not even on my radar.

    This, for me, is the most fun thing about historical research. I have walked past Morrison's place a million times. I have even read a bit about it. For some reason, though, it never caught my imagination. Then I found this very rare, very detailed look at his farm, taken over 100 years ago. Boom, I'm hooked. I feel a real connection, having the opportunity to look right back in time at his home. It is also exciting to know that once this photo goes in my book, it may allow other folks who have not seen this images, since it is unpublished, to have a similar experience.

  • Posted: Monday, January 16, 2012 - 8:37pm

    A few years back I had the pleasure of making the acquaintance of O.T. Reilly's grand-daughter, Missy. She spent a lot of her childhood with 'Pop' Reilly and has a million great stories. Recently I drove past her home and saw that it was for sale. Fearing the worst, I called her son and found out that she is fine but has moved into assisted living. Phew.

    I went to visit her today and want to let her many friends know that she is doing well. As often happens she is not all that clear on the present but still remembers her times with O.T. and recounted some of the old memories. We spoke about how marvelous it was that she grew up around this interesting man who would garden and sweep yet maintain a crisp white shirt.

    If any of her friends wish to come along next time i go or wish to go on their own, please contact me directly and I can get you set up.

  • Posted: Monday, January 16, 2012 - 8:54pm

    I stopped by the Antietam VC today just to see what was going on. John Hoptak, South Mountain author and expert, was holding down the fort. Never one to pass up a chance to pick the brain of an Antietam authority, I asked John what he thought of the Berks County Historical Society. He said he thought it was a great place with lots of wonderful holdings.

    I explained that I was researching a particular soldier from the 128th PA who had taken photos of the battlefield in the 1880s. Much to my surprise, John opened a book he had on the counter and pulled out two copy photographs. Pointing to one of them he exclaimed "That's your guy." I could not believe it. It was spectacular to be looking into the face of this photographer I had been studying for a few years. It was also mind-boggling that John just happened to have his photograph at the ready.

    We had a good laugh and as a thank-you I shared some of what I knew about this soldier. John also suggested where I might look to find out some more. It just goes to show ya, it never hurts to ask!

  • Posted: Sunday, January 15, 2012 - 11:28am

    Well, it looks like Jim Rosebrock is off and running with the Antietam Battlefield Guides. He has been in charge just a few months and there has already been a new batch of candidates taking the test. I wish the new folks the best of luck. Interestingly, the written test is usually the 'easy' part. Now they candidates have to prove that they can apply their knowledge. Here are my top ten tips:

    1. Don't talk about anything you can't see.
    2. Try to create an emotional connection between your guest and things you talk about.
    3. Don't mention someone's name unless you will be mentioning them again.
    4. If you insist on mentioning someone by name just once, share a great tidbit about their life (see Ed Bearrs "Fields of Honor")
    5. A story has a beginning, a middle, and an end...hopefully.
    6. Listen. Talk a little. Listen....(meaning: know when to shut up.) See above.
    7. Have a point of view. Express it with humility and in context.
    8. Speaking of context, start every new location with context, eg. time of day, troops locations.
    9. Speaking of Hitchcock: “The essential fact is to get real suspense you must let the audience have information." Tell the end of the story and then tell the story. Constant reminders of this looming danger will build suspense.
    10. But not too much info. Keep it simple. As Hitchcock says, “what is drama, after all, but life with the dull bits cut out…”

    Feel free to ignore my advice and/or give me some. But most of all, relax and have fun.