One of the biggest challenges of writing historical fiction is keeping it "historical." Since all of my current stories are set in the 30s and 40s, I'm required to know all sorts of minutia, from skirt lengths to cigarette brands to how to simulate silk stockings when there are none to be had. Research takes… Continue reading Three Questions To Ask When Choosing Your Research Sources
Greetings, fans of history and of amazing mustaches! Now I know, this particular post from the United States' National Archives' blog isn't in my usual era, focusing on photos from the late 1800s, rather than the 1930's or 40's. But, "Facial Hair Friday?" How could I not share it? I can't be the only one who has… Continue reading Facial Hair Friday Returns! — Pieces of History
Can it be? WordPress has just informed me that it's officially my one-year blog-iversary! In honor of the occasion, I've baked a celebratory apple pie for all of us! Pie?Unfortunately, they haven't yet come up with an app whereby I can deliver pie to all of you via this site. Someday... Not to worry. My… Continue reading One Year
Tomorrow is Memorial Day, the day the U.S. sets aside to remember those who've given their lives in service to their country. Growing up, I spent a portion of each Memorial Day bumping slowly along winding cemetery roads. If we were visiting Minnesota's north woods, we'd also visit Great-Grandpa's graveside, tidying around his and Great-Grandma's… Continue reading Memorial Day and Adam Makos’ VOICES OF THE PACIFIC
Greetings all! With end-of-the-school-year grades to figure, field trips to drive for, and kids' plays to attend, (on top of the normal tasks involved in LIFE,) about the only thing I'm "In the Mood" for is a nap! However, I wanted to share a little musical interlude with you, something peppy enough that maybe it'll… Continue reading Musical Interlude: Glenn Miller’s “In The Mood”
“I was given a manuscript to read, but it was so bad I sent it back/deleted it immediately.” “A friend asked me to read their writing. I tried, but I couldn’t think of anything nice to say, so I just gave it back and said I didn’t have the time.” “I wrote my first novel… Continue reading What If My Writing Stinks, and I Don’t Know It?
Sun! The Sun has returned! I've mentioned before that finding family adventures is a challenge during the Pacific Northwest's interminable rainy season. When the sun comes back, everything changes. It takes a little adjusting, as pale, waterlogged people exit their houses, blinking and cringing in the glare. (A radio station once told me that Seattle… Continue reading Exploring Point No Point