Have you ever rode the rails?

Have you ever rode a long journey on a train? It’s a blast. My love for the train goes way back to my grandpa who had been an engineer for the Milwaukee Road and drove the Hiawatha from Minneapolis to Chicago and points beyond. My dad loved the train. He brought me twice to Chicago … Continue reading Have you ever rode the rails?

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Some Thoughts on History

Post by Doris McCraw I'm in the midst of writing a novel due to be released in January. I'm also writing a paper for the library districts history symposium. Additionally, I'm thinking of taking the nanowrimo challenge this November.  So you may wonder why I chose 'Some Thoughts on History' as the subject of this … Continue reading Some Thoughts on History

Do you remember Annie Oakley? by Barbara Schlichting

Annie Oakley (born Phoebe Ann Mosey; August 13, 1860 – November 3, 1926) was an American sharpshooter and exhibition shooter. Annie Oakley was born Phoebe Ann (Annie) Mosey on August 13, 1860, in a cabin less than two miles (3.2 km) northwest of Woodland, now Willowdell, in Darke County, Ohio, a rural western border county of Ohio.  Her birthplace log cabin site is … Continue reading Do you remember Annie Oakley? by Barbara Schlichting

Pah! Too many characters?

This post is by Nancy Jardine. Yesterday I posted a question on two of my Facebook places where I appealed to those who are readers. I asked them: “What would you consider to be the maximum amount of main characters you'd be comfortable with in a historical adventure novel?”  (NB I pronounce the ‘h’ so … Continue reading Pah! Too many characters?

Re-Creation

Post (c) by Doris McCraw/Angela Raines What is it about the New Year that has us all making plans for what we will accomplish in the months to come? Is it the idea of starting over? Probably. I would submit that we should treat each day as a start over. A re-creation if you will. … Continue reading Re-Creation

History of Dolls by Barbara Schlichting

Since my A First Ladies Mystery series is set in a dollhouse, I thought it’d be interesting to learn the history of dolls. Doll origins date to the beginning of time. Women passed their dolls down to their daughters as toys. In ancient times, they were considered part of religious rites and ceremonies. Greek literature … Continue reading History of Dolls by Barbara Schlichting