“Tippecanoe, the Time Machine, and Tyler Too”

With another sudden burst of light, Tyler and the ghastly apparatus disappeared.

The time machine flashed into existence in the midst of the Battle of Tippecanoe, directly between William Henry Harrison and Tenskwatawa. Those present on the battlefield that morning were absolutely wonderstruck.

None other than John Tyler stepped from the contraption.

“Harrison! Stop this! You’ll end up in the White House and last only 31 days!”

With another sudden burst of light, Tyler and the ghastly apparatus disappeared.

Both the American soldiers and Native American warriors remained paralyzed with bewilderment.

Harrison finally regathered his determination and logic.

“Tenskwatawa!” he cried. “Sorcerer and prophet! Such magic is powerless against the United States!”

William Henry Harrison

Author: joshuajscully

That’s my picture up there. I’m not totally sure why I look so angry. I may be thinking about how much I hated the Crypt Keeper as a child. I grew up faithfully watching reruns of The Twilight Zone and Tales from the Crypt. Unfortunately, I missed the boat in terms of writing for either of those programs. I do consider both to have been wildly influential when I think back to my earliest thoughts about becoming an author and I’m grateful my parents let me watch those shows as a kid (although there were probably some nights early in my childhood my mother wished she hadn’t let me watch those shows). If you’re familiar with either program, then you know what genres are my focus. I thoroughly enjoy science fiction, suspense, the twist ending, and some horror or supernatural elements as well. Honestly, when I was a kid the Crypt Keeper scared the hell out of me. As an adult, I’ve really learned to embrace the puns. Historical fiction is a favorite of mine as well, and the root of that is shared with my profession. I am an educator by trade, and I teach American History. I consider some of the best writing I’ve ever done to be within the realm of historical fiction and I really enjoy saturating my mind in the research end of those projects. I would make the argument that storytelling is in my blood. Even my sister mulled, very briefly (about 45 minutes), launching a career as a screenwriter! My last name is one of those Irish (and, apparently, formally Manx) ones with a wonderfully researched history -“the story-teller’s descendant”. On of the first day of school each year, I do share that “my name is Mr. Scully, and that rhymes with Kelly”, just so I do not hear the myriad of mispronunciations on the first day. Several years ago, I started a blog similar to this one to highlight my middle years as a teacher. If that aspect of my life is of any interest to you at all, you can still find that blog online. During my summers, I really have time to pursue my writing projects and this blog will highlight some of that work. My first attempts to sit down and write extensively occurred when I was 15, but only a few years ago did I make setting time aside to write a priority. I’ve also benefited wildly over the years from many willing readers among my family and friends. The direction and feedback from those individuals has been invaluable. Outside the world of the written word, I am an educator, basketball coach, lecturer, and (very, very occasionally) a landscaper. I have only ever known Western Pennsylvania as my home. Although I love a good novel, I am absolutely unable to resist the power of the short story. The latter is really what I hope to be remembered for one day.

7 thoughts on ““Tippecanoe, the Time Machine, and Tyler Too””

  1. I am strangely intrigued! Who is this John Tyler? o.o I love the vivid imaginary of the battlefield, time machine and the shocked faces. And he ends up “predicting” the future. I def would read this if you continue it. Historical fiction. Yays!!~

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    1. Thanks for reading! John Tyler was William Henry Harrison’s vice president. Harrison only lasted 31 days as President before dying of illness and that promoted Tyler to the presidency. Harrison’s campaign slogan was: “Tippecanoe and Tyler too” (haha).

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      1. Ohhh Now I get it. haha that’s actually kind of funny, him popping up like that! Did you major in History or is it just a hobby of yours? I may seem a bit dumb when it comes to history. I forget too many things haha

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      2. haha! I do teach American. That’s actually all I teach now. I did previously teach geography, world history, and economics. But last year everything switched to American history only.

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      3. You sound like, ten times smarter than me xD I could learn something reading your work! Are you teaching high school? I had a college prof that majored in History and he was by far the coolest and made me feel like I was actually learning and using my brain. I had forgotten what it felt like to actually critically think and challenge ourselves philosophically. (There I go rambling)


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