1905 Boston – A Civilized Setting

I often find it easiest to get a sense of setting visually, so I love the online photo archives of the Library of Congress. Here are a couple of photos of the transportation options and look of the city where Miss Livingstone would have come of age. I was having trouble reading the date, but…

How Amazing to be There!

Another tidbit from researching Miss Livingstone’s fictional life was an event I would have loved to have seen. An outdoor Houdini stunt in her home town. She would have been 21 in 1908, and living in Boston as an adventurous gal, I’m sure she would’ve gone to see Houdini jump from the Harvard Bridge into the Charles River to make his…

In the Same Week-Way Back Wednesday

In the same week that Book I: Journey Key happens, the Boston Marathon was won by a Nova Scotian. Miss Livingstone was from Boston and had settled in the west, in the small but valued Washington town of Snoqualmie. It’s remarkable how the two coasts contrasted in infrastructure. It would have been difficult for her. And…

San Francisco & Seattle Fires 1908 and 1889

For Way Back Wednesday this week, we take a look at the devastating fires of the early 20th century. The mostly wood structures in the American west were vulnerable to these horrific conflagrations. When writing fiction that’s seated in history, it’s key to search the big news of the time. It would defy credibility to…

Way Back Wednesday-Palmer House

One of the most difficult parts of writing a time-travel adventure is also one of the best parts for me. I’ve never been a history buff, so this came as a surprise. When I strike out on a path to find some historical texture or a particular reference for a scene, I lose track of time. When I…