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.

About the Author

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.


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.


The nine months my son Chris and I spent in the house have forever changed our lives

Seven years ago, on a cold and snowy day in January, 2009, I stood in front of a group of mourners in a church to give the eulogy for my deceased friend, Paul Jaeger. Paul and I were close friends for over thirty years, throughout which we had shared our love of art, anthropology, history and more. What he didn’t share with me, however, were dark, family secrets that would be revealed to me as I fulfilled the responsibility as executor to clean out and sell his home.

The nine months my son Chris and I spent in the house have forever changed our lives, and what we experienced there became the subject of my debut book, Estate of Horror, A True Story of Haunting, Hatred and a Horrific Family Secret. Standing before the friends assembled at Paul’s memorial service, I couldn’t have imagined that I would now be an author, having fulfilled the promise to myself to tell my story of the incredible haunting and poltergeist experience we survived at the small, three-bedroom house that my friend had called home.

It was important to me to share my story publicly. My story is true but I’ve had to defend myself to skeptics who questioned that it was my imagination and that I made it all up. Believe me; I do not have that wild an imagination! It has been suggested by some skeptics that Chris faked the poltergeist activity presented on our videos on YouTube. Let me just say poltergeist activity is a very rare event. You would never believe that statement to be true with all the rampant “supernatural activity” that happens on today’s paranormal TV shows. I am not saying things don’t happen on those shows but remember these are primary entertainment venues and

they have to give the audience something “creepy” so they will tune in next week. When we recorded our paranormal events we did it for our own documentation at the time, never thinking they would later be reference in a book and then on a TV show, A Haunting. That was the furthest thing on our minds. We were more interested in surviving. So many people have had similar experiences like mine but they fear telling others because of the possible ridicule.

It’s not easy having me for a client, either. It is not every day that someone comes to you with a manuscript about a truly scary paranormal experience and you decide to take them on. Only then you realize what you got yourself into. That brave person is my agent Laurie Hawkins of Collage Literary. Over four years ago she read my manuscript for Estate of Horror, the work of a first-time author, and took a chance on me. Her hunch that my story would be read by many others paid off. In fact, my story became an episode for a national TV show. Not bad!

There have been “bumps in the night” along the way. Laurie has experienced some very strange occurrences at her home office while printing out my manuscript for Estate of Horror and now my sequel Dark Transference. She had ghostly experiences before she met me but things have only escalated. There has been poltergeist activity and sightings of a little girl at her home. Things have disappeared and then turned up in the strangest places. Computer files have evaporated on her desk-top and her printer has been known to spit out parts across the room!

We have found we have been deliberately thwarted in getting this second book out. It has been difficult for me to properly juxtaposition the last six years of the many supernatural incidents and to combine them in a coherent story compared to Estate of Horror’s time frame of only ten months. That is why there has been the delay in getting the sequel published. Citing these factors, it has not been an easy project for either Laurie or me. We both have dealt with serious personal health issues with parents over these last four years, too. She has faithfully edited me through each chapter to help me put together a book we are both proud of. Above all, I wrote Estate of Horror for the people who are not able or willing to write about their supernatural encounters and the heartbreak that they have suffered alone by keeping silent. I feel your pain.

I had never intended that I would be writing the sequel Dark Transference, now. I simply wanted to tell my incredible and true ghost story and be done with it. Unfortunately, that was wishful thinking. But although I live a paranormal life every day I choose the light always.

This post is contributed as Guest post by Anita Jo Intenzo

Being An Author; Building A Story

Some gauge their day based on a word count. Others outline their story, chapter by chapter before they begin the process of writing.

Almost every time I close my eyes, a story starts building in my mind. My husband says I have a vivid imagination, and he is right. I can make a mountain out of a molehill, or imagine a solution to a crazy situation. Imagination…you bet, and I love it because that is what gives me the ability to create. Last night I woke up at about eleven, after a couple of hours of peaceful snoozing, and a scene began unfolding in my mind. Unfortunately, I don’t have a video recorder, or even a word processor in my brain, because it was a great short story. I couldn’t write it down as fast as my mind was describing it, and now that I’ve slept longer the images are only a faded memory. That, my friends, is what it’s like to be a writer. One can only hope they are prepared to see it…build it…record it…then write it. If I wake in the night, I try to think about the project I have going on instead of letting new ones take over, that way I can jot down the few thoughts and not lose an entire idea because I fell back to sleep.

There are different styles used to build a story. I’m active on social media and what I hear other authors say about their process. Some gauge their day based on a word count. Others outline their story, chapter by chapter before they begin the process of writing. I’ve used both of these processes. Though I wouldn’t put my process of outlining a story in the category of “outline” — it was, to its right, a layout of the story I intended to create. As for word count, the only time I worried about it was when I was writing a 50,000-word novel in a month for a contest of sorts.

My natural process is to see the beginning and start writing. As the story continues, I watch the characters within each scene and move through it as they do. Usually, this goes on for about ten chapters. Then I stop because I need to watch the end happen…yes, the end of the story. Once that is written, I can start filling in the middle. For me, because I can see the end, watching it play out is so much more fun.

There is the occasional “writer’s block”…not fun one bit. The characters wait patiently for me to pick up where I left off…not willing to move on without me. They already know how the next scene will play out, but want me to drive. So, after whatever is holding me up disappears, my fingers begin to fly over the keyboard at lightning speed again…whew.

Now that you have an overview of my style, I hope you will look deep inside yourself and let possibilities or ideas you have surface.

Guest post By Author CJ Vermote

You Mean Little Old Me? 14 Secrets of Writing Revealed

One lesson coming home to me more clearly every day is the importance of developing and nurturing a strong support system of other writers, to learn from their vast pool of experience and knowledge.

It’s pretty exciting to hear myself say, “I’m an author!” while I hand someone my business card. Can it actually be true? Who gave me such an illustrious title, anyway? Maybe it happened once I printed the cards; in any event it crept up on me. But I like it, it’s new, and it’s fun. I think.

I began writing for pure recreation, and to fill my retirement. It should still be fun!

Now, however, the question has been raised about a writer’s responsibilities, and that has sent my brain into a sort of frenzied overdrive. And dimly, as if emerging through the mist on the edge of a forest, some sobering facts are coming into focus. I do take my writing seriously, and I do take responsibility for what I write! I admit that came as a revelation of sorts, and to describe those duties and obligations throws me another challenge, but it’s one that I wish to embark upon, even if only for my own satisfaction.

One lesson coming home to me more clearly every day is the importance of developing and nurturing a strong support system of other writers, to learn from their vast pool of experience and knowledge. I’ve found a real gold mine in RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB. This group, often seen in social media as #RRBC, has the largest membership, most impressive management and varied activities of any similar groups or organizations I’ve come across to date. This is the website where you can sign up: Click Here

As for the responsibilities of authors, the FIRST thought that springs to mind is that a writer must capture the reader’s interest from the first sentence, or at least the first page. SECONDLY, the plot needs to develop with enough speed to stay fascinating, but not so quickly as to lose a poor hapless reader’s grasp of what is happening.

THIRD item, and none of this is necessarily in order of importance, every book has to be believable. That applies even to the wildest fantasy; your readers must be able to feel the possibility of the tale actually happening, somewhere, sometime.

Number FOUR any story with a semblance of normal human existence, whether it be romance or thriller, is better if supported by real facts, even in passing. If you are in London get some fog in there, Big Ben bonging the hour, or taxis.

Also, so FIFTH condition if you’re still counting, would be characters who seem alive, feel real, and have sensible conversations that sound spontaneous and natural. And since reading is a form of entertainment, the added ingredients to present a full picture can include humour, satire, sarcasm, irony and a whole palette of analogies, descriptions, colour and pathos of every kind. Thus we have reached the SIXTH item for our list of responsibilities: paint the picture, tell the story, and never, never let it be a recitation of events that are as dull as dishwater.

SEVEN: If one is writing non-fiction, there is a monumental burden of responsibility. Hours beyond hours of intense digging for truth, facts, or opinions, and then listing a comprehensive bibliography all become necessary if a reader is going to take it seriously. In many cases, writers of non-fiction are very highly educated in the special field they may be writing about, another form of responsibility accepted and acted upon. Non-fiction will never by my forte. I’m far too lazy!

How responsible do I, as a writer of children’s books, have to be? I can’t profess to making a conscious or conscientious choice, but I feel I’ve balanced some nature facts with the whimsy of a child’s imagination (EIGHT). The Wise Old Owl being a mentor and friend to Shelby is one digression. Out there in nature that Owl would simply eat Shelby up for a tidy snack between meals. To defend this far-fetched relationship I argue poetic license (NINE). Where would the fun be without some ideas that defy Mother Nature? Also by portraying such a kindly-uncle figure I hope to reinforce in children the value of seeking and following the good advice and loving support offered by friends, family and teachers (TEN).

I do feel it’s important to include at least one unfriendly confrontation (ELEVEN), so I created a mean crow who bullies Shelby and nearly knocks him off a pole, at a crucial time during a rush for safety while crossing a road. Life isn’t all peaches and cream as Shelby may have hoped.

Another point of responsibility is to have the story take off and arch toward a finale (TWELVE). This happens in each story in my first book, ‘The Complete Adventures of SHELBY F. SQUIRREL and Friends’, a series of separate tales. But at the same time, during the 24 stories there is a larger arch that pulls us along, following Shelby as he stumbles and trips his way through 2 years of learning experiences that leave him considerably more grown up than in Chapter One, ‘SHELBY’S FLYING LESSON’. In my second book, ‘The Great FOREST CAPER’, the arch builds all the way through to a finale in the last chapter.

I would be hugely remiss to omit mention of correct spelling, proper grammar, and precise punctuation. Dreary as it may seem, that’s what makes a good book readable. Oops, THIRTEEN.

Oh, and by the way, this long (and I hope not-too-boring) list is really based on my experiences as a reader. The duties and/or responsibilities required for any job are seldom observed or analyzed by the worker, but are always clear as crystal to the boss and the customers. Maybe we should call this one FOURTEEN for good luck!

Eleanor Lawrie, Sept 27, 2016

This post is contributed by Author Eleanor Lawrie (@eleanorlawrie1)