Word by Word

Creating myself one word at a time.

Having just finished Deanna Raybourn’s A Curious Beginning, it was interesting to listen to this book. While both tales are about the Victorian period, women who don’t conform and murder most foul, the books have very different paces and atmosphere. Raybourn’s was a rollicking adventure with quick Gilmore Girls-like dialogue. Thomas’ A Study in Scarlet …

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One of the reasons I love historical fiction is how it sheds light and reality on our ancestors—that’s if it’s done the right way. We spend so much time thinking about the “good old days.” People have always been nuanced, imperfect and life has never been white and black.   In the novel Hanging Mary …

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City of Jasmine

It was one of those books where you let out a pleasant sigh at the end. Or maybe you’re panting from the non-stop action. Can a book’s ending ever give you both? If it can, then “City of Jasmine” is that book. I stumbled upon Deanna Raybourn’s book “Night of a Thousand Stars” late in …

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Pearl Harbor

I began reflecting on the Pearl Harbor bombing. The words of FDR are unforgettable when remembering the damage done at Pearl Harbor and the lives lost. When I was in junior high, I had the opportunity to visit Pearl Harbor. It was the 50th anniversary, which means I explored the monuments with survivors of Pearl …

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Women working

There is this iconic scene in the movie “A League of Their Own” when Dottie Hinson (played by Geena Davis) realizes that few people in the stands and media are paying much attention to women’s baseball and chose to catch a ball while doing the splits. It’s that moment when you smile and think “You …

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Old letters

When I was in the fifth grade, my class took a field trip. Well, we took a few, but there was one that stuck with me. My family was living in Grand Forks, North Dakota, where my father was stationed at the Air Force base. There was a local hero in Grand Forks and the …

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Family in tent

I love history. There are many things about studying history that I love. One thing I love is trying to grasp where humanity as been, understanding the way events and knowledge work together. My love of history has married with my love of creative writing, which is why I tend to write historical fiction. In …

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I found this little gem while researching for my novel. It comes from a collection of Caroline Henderson’s writings in a book called Letters from the Dust Bowl. “In reality, education can only be attained by personal effort, and should be for each a continuing process, ending only with life itself, or possibly then just …

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August 31, 2013

You know you’re a history nerd when…you spend fours hours at the historical society flipping through old newspaper microfiche and it still isn’t long enough.

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