Famous People of the Old West, Researching Historical Fiction

Annie Oakley: Little Sure Shot in action

While we’re on the subject of Annie Oakley and her shooting prowess, PBS’ American Experience did an excellent show on her a few years back. Here’s the transcript. Sitting Bull nicknamed her Little Sure Shot (Watanya Cicilla), and she was incredibly accurate, only missing when it was part of her act. She would shoot glass… Continue reading Annie Oakley: Little Sure Shot in action

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

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