Category Archives: research

WHAT I LEARNED (PART 2)

Last week I shared half a dozen things I learned while researching the story series Big Sky Country. The second book—Montana Cowboy Family—is out this month. Today, I want to share another half dozen things I learned. 1. The area … Continue reading

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WHAT I LEARNED

Seeing as this is the first day of 2017 I suppose I should say something about what I learned in 2016, but frankly, I’m ready to forget about the old year and move forward in the new. That said, I … Continue reading

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READING FOR RESEARCH

I am reading a book about travels on the Santa Fe Trail. (My copy is from the library and is plain brown.) Often  research involves ploughing through dry text. But not so in this book. The writer has a way … Continue reading

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WHAT DID THEY PLAY WITH?

My stories often have children in them so I am often challenged to find toys for them. I’ve visited countless museums and have thousands of pictures taken at them but if one were to judge the abundance of toys (or … Continue reading

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PASSPORT MEMORIES

It’s time to renew my passport. I have gone so many places with the current one (though not as many as I’d like). It’s probably no surprise that one of my favorite things about travel is visiting museums and I … Continue reading

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GUESS WHAT I’M DONG!

It’s August. The garden is at its peak which means… beans, peas and raspberries to pick. (that’s 5 gal. of beans.) A new book has arrived. It never gets old to get these boxes of my book. This is the … Continue reading

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HOW TO RESEARCH

Writing historicals can require a lot of research. For fun, I thought I’d list a few ways I research. 1. Get books from the library. Thank goodness for search tools and interlibrary loans. I especially like getting books written for … Continue reading

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TEN REASONS

I didn’t blog last week. And I have good reason. I will present ten of them. 1. I spent 7 hours on a plane to Maui and then 6 hours stuck in traffic as the only road over the mountains … Continue reading

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INSTALLMENT THREE OF 5OTH BOOK CELEBRATION

I fully intended to stick to my goal of posting 10 lists of 5 things to honor the number 50. But when I started this list, I couldn’t confine it to just 5 so for this week, here is a … Continue reading

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SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS

Last night I attended a musical play put on by the local high school.   This is the picture presented on the website of the Performing Arts Center. Set in 1850 Oregon Territory, I knew I must attend this performance. … Continue reading

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