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I'm Deborah. I'm a writer, currently seeking representation/publication for my YA Fantasy Fractured Princess

I love to play Final Fantasy games and Shattered Pixel Dungeon. I also enjoy the many ins and outs of music (I'm a chorus geek).

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

IWSG: O ! say can you see

Hello! And happy early 4th of July from the Insecure Writer's Support Group, led by the awesome Alex J. Cavanaugh!

I really don't have much to say today, but I thought I'd provide some inspiration based on a letter to the editor in my newspaper a couple of weeks ago. The man started by complaining about the way some people embellish "The Star Spangled Banner", then went on to tell the history of it, which I didn't know, so I ignored his little complaint. lol

Francis Scott Key had gone to negotiate the release of war prisoners (War of 1812) and in ended being held himself, due to becoming aware of the British intent to attack Baltimore. So, he was in prison during the bombardment at Fort Henry September 13-14th. From his cell, he was able to see the American Flag still standing in the morning.

Inspired, he wrote "Defence of Fort McHenry", which was later titled "The Star Spangled Banner" and put to the tune of "To Anacreon in Heaven". It became so popular that by 1931, Congress made it the United States' national anthem!

And something I just learned: there are 3 other stanzas! So, here is one of the surviving copies of "Defence of Fort McHenry" for your enjoyment. Have a Happy Independence Day! May we all one day write something that is remembered for generations to come. :)


  1. How totally cool! I never knew any of that. Wow! Happy 4th, indeed!

    ~ New follower and Alex's #3 minion of the month, Nancy

  2. Yes, it's a much longer song than most people realize. Fitting time to learn about it since it's Independence Day.

  3. I knew that it was longer than usual, due to some research stuff I did to find awesome quotes for my novel :)

  4. Wow, I never knew this before, either. Interesting!

  5. I think I knew once before that there was more to it, because some parts seemed familiar, but it was still cool!

  6. Well, I'll be! I never knew there were three additional stanzas. Thank you so much for teaching me something new today!!


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