The Wild, Wild West

"Four men straddled the road, barring our way. They wore scarves that covered their faces except for their eyes; they carried what looked like long sticks. I shook, trying to clear my head of confusion. Four horses, tied to a nearby tree, whinnied anxiously. Then I realized that the men were carrying rifles, not sticks, and the rifles were pointed at the carriage." Pages 176-177, … [Read more...]

Yellowstone In 1904

"This is nothing. Just wait! You and your pa heading out on the Tour today?" "No." I stared over the milky-white terraces, avoiding his eyes, plucking at my gloves. Whatever the Tour was, it would cost money. Which apparently we had none of. I sighed. "What is the Tour, anyway?" "It's a tour through the entire Park. You'll see it all, all the geysers, hot springs - with any luck, animals, … [Read more...]

Social Norms of 1904: A FAITHFUL Reflection

Mary's ball had been the last debut of the season, held on an August night that began so hot and still, even the flies seemed drunk with stupor...Lightning flickered on the far horizon, echoing the tiny lights strung from branch to branch in the gardens outside. Page 27, FAITHFUL My previous post discussed the fashion and food of 1904. Another fun aspect of researching historical fiction is … [Read more...]

Fashion & Food in 1904

One gown hung from the door of my wardrobe. Black and white, with lace at the throat, and tight through the waist, where a crushed satin belt was a slash of scarlet. Page 27, FAITHFUL. One of the fun things (for me) about writing historical fiction is researching food and fashion of the time. Of course I want my character's behavior to accurately reflect what she wore and what she ate (how did … [Read more...]