Category Archives: Vaughn’s Posts

The Republic of Madawaska

Vaughn Hardacker here: If only all wars could be like the Aroostook War, a boundary dispute fought mostly with fists rather than cannon. The conflict featured a battle broken up by a bear, an arrest over a homemade flag and soldiers … Continue reading

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Elderly Banking

Vaughn C. Hardacker here: Have you ever had to contact your bank? What a pain in the keester! However, I plan on hiring the author of the letter below to deal with mine from now on! Shown below, is an … Continue reading

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The Hero’s Journey (conclusion)

Vaughn Hardacker here. In my last couple of blog posts, I discussed the 17 steps of Campbell’s Monomyth and how they can develop into that vital thing that we call plot (also known as a story). In this post, I will … Continue reading

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The Hero’s Journey (continued)

In last month’s blog, I discussed the first part of Joseph Campbell’s Monomyth Model. I discussed the first of the three parts, (Act 1 which should be about 25% of the story) which Campbell labeled Departure. The second part he … Continue reading

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THE HERO WITH A THOUSAND FACES

Vaughn Hardacker here: I’m a pantser. I try to be a plotter but can’t seem to get through the process. Lately, I’ve been researching not for a new novel but into the craft itself. Enter Joseph Campbell. I came across his … Continue reading

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“Lizzie Borden Took An Axe…”

Vaughn Hardacker here: Do you have a famous or infamous ancestor in your family tree? A few years back, I set out to do my family’s genealogy. I had always told people that the only thing that kept my family … Continue reading

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At Last! A Style Manual For Fiction Writers!!!

Vaughn Hardacker here: Are you in a quandary trying to find a gift for the writer in your life? Have you given thought to a style manual? When I became serious about writing I was told that two books were … Continue reading

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Many of Us Didn’t Almost Serve

Vaughn C. Hardacker here:  What is it about veterans that make non-vets say:  “I almost joined…”?  I can’t count the times people have said this to me.  When my daughter’s first father-in-law learned that I was a Marine vet and … Continue reading

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It’s Fall In The County

Vaughn C. Hardacker here: Earlier this month my partner Jane and I decided to fire up the ATV and embark on our annual Leaf Peep Excursion into the north Maine woods.  I would like to say that this years experience was … Continue reading

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I’m Back

Vaughn Hardacker here: As many of you know, it’s been a while since I’ve blogged. Truthfully, it’s been a long time since I’ve done any serious writing. We’ve all known that this past year and a half have been tough … Continue reading

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