Research Rant

I pride myself on making my novels as factually accurate as possible (though sometimes I know the facts but end up switching them around a bit to better suit the story). Towards that end, I recently read Empire of Shadows, which covers the early exploration of Yellowstone (before it became a National Park). Not because […]


Funny how things come together from vastly different sources when God is trying to get a point across to you. This morning, in response to a friend’s post on Facebook, I went looking for the “Make Good Art” comic I’d seen a while back. Which of course led me to Neil Gaiman’s amazing 2012 keynote […]

Thoughts on Costuming (or The Writer Also Sews)

I’ve recently gotten very involved in costuming. I’ve always enjoyed making costumes, but now I’m actually being paid for my work. Yay! So, being the research addict that I am, I’ve been bouncing about the Internet reading costuming blogs and whatnot. I was over at Historical Sewing and read an article on the biggest mistakes […]

Books I Was Forced to Read.

I was reading over at The Bookwyrm’s Hoard and she mentioned skipping this coming week’s Top Ten Tuesday, with the topic of Books I Was Forced to Read. My mind immediately began to make a list: I laughingly commented that I would do it for her and quickly wrote down my Top Ten. Then I […]

She Writes … And Plays with Dolls Too (Part 2)

In my previous post I said I’d go through a doll-making from beginning to end. Here’s how I do it šŸ™‚ First I start with a simple one-piece doll pattern. I drafted it myself (as I’d like to sell these someday, I wanted to make sure I wasn’t using anybody else’s pattern) and cut it […]

She Writes … and Plays with Dolls Too (Part 1)

So I’ve been taking a semi-forced break from writing recently. Not because I wanted to, but because my characters haven’t been talking to me, the plot has several holes large enough to run a herd of cattle through, and I need to sit down and read several books for research purposes, but haven’t had the […]

On the Pecos Trail, Part III (Maybe?)

It’s taken me a while to get to writing this portion of the trail because I keep hoping for a breakthrough, but as yet have not had one. One of the problems with following the Pecos/Goodnight/Goodnight-Loving Trail through Colorado is that there were several trails used over the years. In 1867, when Oliver Loving pushed […]

An Author Needs Thick Skin.

I just got home from an ultra-long drive (12+ hours from Vermont this morning) and am physically and emotionally exhausted. I really needed a pick-me-up. But the first thing I was greeted by on Amazon was not 1 but 3 awful book reviews. They were all from the same person, who admitted she hadn’t even […]

On the Pecos Trail, Part II

The original Goodnight-Loving Trail basically ended in Fort Sumner. There they sold a portion of the herd to the Army garrison for an extremely high price (The Army needed meat to feed the Apache and Navajo Indians who were imprisoned there). Then, while Oliver Loving continued up into Colorado with the remainder of the cattle […]

Back Home Again: Research trip for the Goodnight-Loving trail complete

Got back in last night. 15 days. 15 states.Ā  5,242 miles. Give me a few days to catch my breath, and then I’ll be back to mostly-regular postings šŸ™‚ In the meantime, here is a summary of the trip posts.Ā  Enjoy! First Day on the Trail Days 2 and 3 – Dallas, TX The anatomy […]