7 Best History Apps on iOS For writing Historical Novels

If you want to have more sense while you are exploring different historical parts while write a Historical Fiction. Here are 7 best history apps for iOS users.

There are so many who are passionate to explore the past. The advancement of technology provides opportunities for you to explore some of the great history occasions. These apps offer visual elements and interactive features that will give you more sense while you are exploring different historical parts. Here are 7 best history apps for iOS users:

Timeline World War II
Do you want to explore the events of World War II? Then this app should be installed on your iPad’s. Timeline World War II tells you all about the bloodiest conflicts in human history. It provides you with a dynamic interface that you can use to explore major events and take a deeper look into decisive battles of World War II. The app requires a space of 750mb and is available at meager prices of $9.99.

Today in History
This is really a cool app for students who need daily doses of juicy tidbits. Today in History gives an account of a specific day in the context of a particular timeline. It also provides a list of related words that you can click to know more about the historical value of the day. The app gives information from 100,000 events in a year which include birthdays, holidays and death anniversaries. This app is available for free for both iPad’s and iPhone users.

Virtual History Roma
Do you admire Roman Empire? If yes, then this app should be the next item on your iPhone menu. Virtual History Roma offers a 3D display of events and places of Romans. You can look into historical sites, weapons, and armors that were the symbolic representation of The Roman Empire. The simulation of Colossus and Roman Arena can install a thrill as if you are watching them in real-time.

Street Museum of Continuum
Street Museum of Continuum takes you to the street of London City. The app starts this journey from the ancient time when it was occupied by Romans. It takes you through the events of London city and illustrates its evolution with the passage of time. The app offers additional features for users who have a particular interest in History and Archaeology.

British Library App
British library books app gives an insight into historical manuscripts in the British Library. With this app, you can scan through 60,000 titles as well as 100 highlights about various artifacts found in British History. You can even utilize multimedia elements that include photos, videos, and recordings.

Barefoot World Atlas
Barefoot Atlas is an app that gives historical information about cities and locations. By using this app, history students can get all the facts about an ancient city or historical site. Barefoot Atlas integrates a plethora of multimedia features that makes history a more fun task than a tedious research activity. You can search ancient cities, tap on specific sites for information or even post comments.

Armchair Archaeologist

No archaeology app can beat this online tool. As its name suggests, armchair archaeologist app helps you locate places from your most favorite TV shows. It allows you to search locations based on their historical value. You can search from a list of era, museums, and monuments. Just tap a site and you will get all the facts. With this smart app, you can search for a specific era and all related sites. Armchair Archaeologist app features highlights from 160 sites and 52 museums. The good thing is that you can use it without an internet connection.

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Garret Jacob (@GarretJacobs3) is a recent college graduate, and has been blogging his way through school. He is well-known for his insightful thoughts on college and campus life.


Writing Exercises to develop proficiency in writing

Just like physical exercise, a writing exercise is most beneficial when it is consistent and fits your needs and your lifestyle.

“The grey cells, they still function—the order, the method—it is still there.” Hercule Poirot

I do writing exercises to develop my proficiency in writing.  These are exercises that I have created over the years.  I first developed and applied them in the classroom when I taught mathematics. I had the students do these exercises to help them better understand complex math concepts.

There is a description of each exercise, the physical exercised after which is it patterned, and the key cognitive strategy it addresses.

(Note: The names given to the exercise are also my own creation.)

Objects in a Bag

Connect a concept or story to a set of objects, such as a social compact, text structures, stages of faith, or Bloom’s taxonomy.

This is like a weight bearing exercise because it forces your brain to work against conventional thinking, which helps strengthen your framework.

Key Cognitive Strategy: Research

 Map of the Journey

Describe a process or an experience, such as teaching or writing, as a journey.

This is like a muscle strengthening exercise because it uses the writing process to understand real world phenomena.

Key Cognitive Strategy:  Problem Formulation

Mobius Trip

Participate in another perspective of a concept.

This is like a balance exercise because it develops the ability to see multiple sides of an issue.

Key Cognitive Strategy:  Precision and Accuracy

Sailing to Byzantium

Analyze observations of the world from another generation’s perspective.

This is like an aerobic exercise because it expands the capacity for sympathy and empathy.

Key Cognitive Strategy:  Communication

Writing to Prompt

Write a story based on R. A. F. T. (Role. Audience. Format. Topic.)

This is like a flexibility exercise because it stretches the creative vision and keeps vocabulary limber.

Key Cognitive Strategy:  Communication


 I love doing these exercises.  I try to do at least one exercise every day. Whenever I get stuck writing for my book, I set the book aside and do a writing exercise.  Often the exercise reveals what I was trying to say in my story.

A few months ago, I was unsuccessfully trying to write a back cover blurb for my book.  I decided to treat it as a writing exercise; I pretended I was writing to a prompt.  It worked!  I managed to write an acceptable summary for The Book of Rhino.

I highly recommend doing some sort of writing exercise—one that works best for you. Just like physical exercise, a writing exercise is most beneficial when it is consistent and fits your needs and your lifestyle.

Contributed as Guest Post by S. M. Hart (author)

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Introduction to Perfect Freedom

Who do you think is your worst enemy? Is it someone who you didn’t vote for? Is it someone who makes fun of what you hold so dear? Or, is it someone who insults your race, gender or sexuality?

Nobody wants to fail. Going through life, however, each of us discover that no one is exempt from failure. I’ve succeeded, I’ve failed. I’ve reached my biggest dreams, only to have everything taken away from me. I’ve made this video as a gift to the world, hoping that there will be people out there who will find it relevant to them, to help them understand that success, failure — none of it matters, everything is impermanent, and meditation helps you to understand this. A friend once said that the suffering I’ve been through was enough to keep most people in depression or drive them to much worse. Funny how sometimes it takes someone else to point out what should be very obvious to you — that you’ve been doing something right for yourself. And for me, this has been meditation. And right now, I’m just happy and free, so take a look at how it’s done.

A stutterer finding a voice

Mind you, writing has its challenges. They’re just refreshingly different.

I’m a writer, but not a notepad writer. It probably seems like a strange quirk, but I took most comfortably to the keyboard. What helped me take strongly to an artificial communication method? Since about age four, or farther back than I can remember, I haven’t been able to talk without a stutter, so that’s how deep it goes. I have a better time sharing my feelings using an electronic product than using my voice, unless you can get me to be really calm in quiet company. Also, my handwriting never got that smooth.

I came into writing for the uninterrupted expression of what’s going on in my oft-dissociating mind. If I try to speak it to you, it’s rarely a matter of not knowing what I want to say, and almost always a matter of being physically blocked from saying it. There’s a certain sanctuary here, a relief. That relief is found in the process of writing, but not often the written product.

Mind you, writing has its challenges. They’re just refreshingly different. I can honestly feel like with self-awareness, reflection, and effort, those challenges might be mitigated or overcome. When you know what it’s like to have a disruption in your life that’s always there, and might be made worse by self-awareness, reflection, and misdirected effort, you might learn to better appreciate those pursuits where effort pays off.

All because I wanted to help….

I created a list of the most frequently asked questions and added them to the handout materials for the class.

I love being an author, I really do but more than being an author I love being a publisher. Asking me to write about my life story is a little surreal because I didn’t plan to be a writer or a publisher. I did however have a desire to help people. It just so happens that I found my niche in helping people to meet their aspirations and become published authors.

It all started when I taught grant writing classes for nonprofit organizations. The students’ questions were pivotal to understanding the class. So, I created a list of the most frequently asked questions and added them to the handout materials for the class. As time passed the little booklet of handouts that I distributed changed from a few handouts and a few questions to a full size manual with information and resources. The game changer came when someone asked if they could purchase copies of the manual to give to their employees so that they could learn to write grants as well.

Within six months Grant Me The Money! The Practical Guide To Successful Grant Writing Practice was released as a self-published book. It was a very popular book and as I traveled around the country teaching grant writing; the book became a significant part of the course as the workbook and resource guide. Several copies were sold for distribution as gifts and resources for colleagues, peers and friends.

That was just the start. As the momentum for the book increased so did my desire to learn the publishing industry. This was due to the fact that my book was a self-published book and it was very difficult getting it in as a holding in the book stores. I was told that it was an excellent product but because it did not have a publisher and imprint the best that it could and would do was to be sold via the internet or direct sale.

It didn’t take me long to figure out that I was not the only one that faced this challenge and I knew that if I wanted to break the barriers and stigma of a self-published author something had to change. Needless to say, I learned the book industry thoroughly, created a publishing company (Crystal Spirit Publishing, Inc.) and the two interest that I now had and enjoyed, publishing and helping people were joined together as one.

When I started as a publisher it was to give my works legitimacy. However; I started to receive request from aspiring writers from all over the world asking for assistance and for me to share my knowledge and experience of the book industry so that they too could fulfill their aspirations and dreams. It was then that I decided to expand the focus from my works and invite the works of others for publishing consideration.

Now ten years, seven books and five authors later my focus and objective to help aspiring authors is still the same but with more intensity. The only difference now is the level of experience has increased of course, the geographical boundaries have expanded, that little booklet that started it all is now in its 3rd Edition and I have authored two additional books as well.

I love being an author as I stated from the beginning but I love being a publisher even more.

Grant Me The Money! The Practical Guide To Successful Grant Writing Practice 3rd Ed. can be purchased at http://www.crystalspiritinc.com/bookstore.html