Sometimes We Must Sacrifice for Our Art

And sometimes, we just get to enjoy that sacrifice a whole lot! Here’s what I’ll be doing this week:  I have gotten quite behind in my research reading for my historical YA. “Behind” translates into, “Oh, boy, do I have a lot of books out from the library that can’t be renewed for much longer!”  […]

Friday Five: What I Learned at the Library

Let’s go back a few years. Okay, a few decades, to the last time I did any substantive research at a library. Let’s call that year, oh…1985. University of Virginia. A beautiful library. With card catalogs and books. Basically, you looked through the catalog and then you went and looked through the book. I vaguely […]

True Confessions: When Research Gets Scary

Remember this photo? I posted it sometime last year (?) to show how big my stack of research books was getting. Of course, that stack has grown since then, and let’s not even count the books that have come home from and gone back to the libraries. I find research at once exciting, inspiring, and […]

Five Historic Tidbits on a Friday

Been deep in lovely research all week. Here are a few things I’ve learned about being an immigrant on your way to Chicago in the early twentieth century You might not make it. The Immigrants’ Protective League kept stats on how many girls were supposedly put on a train to Chicago, from their port of […]

I’m Off!

This’ll be me tomorrow morning—bright, early, and probably surprisingly chipper! We kind of go down, over & up, then down again (if you’re looking down at the map, that is!), with lots of layovers, so we probably won’t get to Illinois much faster than if we WERE in this little plane. But we’ve got books, […]

Friday Five: Chicago Countdown

1. In four mornings, son and I will get on a plane–okay, THREE planes–to Urbana, Illinois, where my older sister & family live. 2. In five mornings, I will hug son good-bye and travel with my sister (in her cool Prius; think she’ll let me drive?) to CHICAGO, where we’re staying for two nights, basically […]

Research: What Do You Need & How Do You Find It

heIn about a month, I’m hopping on a plane to Illinois. I’ll drop my son with his cousins (Oh, yeah, he’ll SO miss me. Not.) grab my sister for a couple of days, and head north to Chicago. It’s research time. My YA WIP is set in Chicago. In 1913. In March. Well, summer is […]

When the Itch Hits

Do you scratch it? I’ve been talking a lot online about the research & planning I’m doing for my YA historical novel. It’s been going great. I’m learning tons about my characters, about their wants and their conflicts, about their back-story and their future. I know there’s more I can learn. Except I’m itching to […]

Research: What You Look For and What You Find

My current WIP is a YA historical novel, about a young girl in 1913 Chicago. This is the first time I’ve written a historical story, and I was very intimidated, when I started, at the idea of all the research I’d be doing. Okay, I’m still a bit intimidated. I cleared off an entire bookshelf […]