Greg’s Third Adventure in Time
The third book in my Adventures in Time series will be released in mid-November. This time Greg had companions during his time travel adventures, including Rose! He learns how and why he can time travel. Greg and Rose meet a couple of presidents, more Indians, and even the Pirate!
About two hours after noon, right as Dad and I approached the arena where the two-hour long re-enactment of a Boer War battle would soon take place, I spotted the Pirate. He had just purchased a ticket and was through the arena gate before we could make our way to the ticket counter. Dad purchased two box seat tickets for $1.00 each. That way we could wander around the box seat and general admission areas without attracting too much attention.
With no way to communicate if we split up, remember no cell phones or walkie talkies, we had to stick together. Once the battle re-enactment began, it became easier to move about, as most people took to their seats and enjoyed the show. It also became all but impossible to talk to one another over the battle noises.
In the Boer War, Dad said the British Army fought the Boers, a name for the Dutch settlers to South Africa, for control of that region. South African tribal natives including the Zulu and Swazi fought on both sides of the war, some with the British, some with the Dutch, and some against both European armies. About 600 men, most of them former soldiers who took part in the real war, created the Expositions’ battle scenes of loud, ear-shattering battle cries, heroic charges on horseback, vicious rifle volleys, fake death scenes, and even the famous ending of one of the real battles where the Boer General Christian de Wet escaped by riding his horse to a cliff and leaping 35 feet into a pool of water.
Now, just imagine trying to concentrate on looking for an eye-patch-wearing thief while all of that happens in a large arena right beside you. I found it somewhat distracting. So did Dad, and we kept stopping to watch the battle. It’s a miracle the Pirate didn’t escape! However, just as the battle ended, I saw him. There he stood, right above us in the grandstand not 20 feet away. I punched Dad on the arm to get his attention and pointed. Wrong move! The Pirate saw me. He didn’t know me, but he sure recognized Dad, because he took off in the opposite direction toward the African village exhibits. He jumped over seats, pushed people to the ground, and ran. Dad and I pursued him with a little more regard for the other visitors, but I must admit, a few people gave us angry looks as we pushed passed.
On 14 October, C.M. Huddleston accepted her Children’s Literary Classic’s Gold Medal for Greg’s First Adventure in Time. The awards ceremony was held in Las Vegas. More photos to follow!
Connie M. Huddleston
(Shown here with Craig Johnson author of the Longmire series)
As a child, Connie Huddleston loved history and dreamed about her future as an award-winning author. However, she got sidetracked and became an Army wife, a mother, an elementary school teacher, an archaeologist, and an historic preservation consultant, all before publishing her first book! Now in 2016, she has published six volumes, all dealing with her first passion (don’t tell her husband and children) — our nation’s past. She’s even won her first book award.
While two are written for children under the name, C.M. Huddleston, Connie’s other works are histories for adults on a variety of subjects. Currently she is researching and writing about President Theodore Roosevelt’s ancestors and finishing Greg's Third Adventure in Time! Time travel occupies much of her thoughts as there is so much to consider—like can dogs time travel?
She resides in a log cabin near Crab Orchard, Kentucky, with her husband, a retired Army officer, and an Australian Shepherd named Katie (who often time travels to far off meadows to chase deer). She enjoys the quiet of rural Kentucky, except when Katie barks at deer, turkeys, and of course, the UPS truck!