Researching Historical Fiction

‘Warm feelings of personal connection’

My last post about visiting the homes of famous (dead) writers got me thinking about an article published in the Washington Post nearly a year ago (Feb. 7, 2012, to be exact). In “Objects of Her Projection,” Philip Kennicott reviewed Annie Leibovitz's "Pilgrimage” exhibit at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. He called the exhibit “a… Continue reading ‘Warm feelings of personal connection’

Creativity and Productivity, Researching Historical Fiction, Women in the West

Louisa May Alcott’s running shoes

Louisa May Alcott The January 2013 issue of Writer’s Digest has an article by Joy Lanzendorfer called “If Walls Could Talk” about her visits to literary sites. (The article isn’t available online, but you can buy a copy of the issue here. The section “Write That Novel” had a lot of good articles, too.) I… Continue reading Louisa May Alcott’s running shoes


Fitzgerald and the art of the macro-edit

I’ve been reading Susan Bell’s “The Artful Edit: On the Practice of Editing Yourself.” She talks about ways to gain perspective on your writing project and then breaks the revision process into the Big Picture (macro-editing) and the Details (micro-editing). Micro-editing doesn’t scare me. It has been a big part of my day job for… Continue reading Fitzgerald and the art of the macro-edit

Researching Historical Fiction

When you can’t go to Bodie in person…

I recently stumbled on “Gold Rush Ghost Towns,” an episode in the History Channel’s Save Our History series hosted by Steve Thomas (of “This Old House” fame). It’s a fascinating mix of old photos and modern-day footage of the ghost towns of Bodie, Calif., and Bannack and Garnet in Montana. And it offers a treasure… Continue reading When you can’t go to Bodie in person…

Creativity and Productivity, Researching Historical Fiction, Writing/Rewriting

Why I’m blogging

My friend caught me with my nose in James L. Swanson’s "Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer" after I’d told him I’d finished reading it. When I explained that I was now reading the footnotes, he gave me a look that said he couldn’t imagine anything duller and suggested that blogging might help with… Continue reading Why I’m blogging