A Little History & Holiday Shortbread

  While searching my cupboards during my Christmas shortbread baking, I realized the cutters I’d used for the Miss Livingstone Book II Release Party would fit perfectly into my traditional cutter tin. I’ve had the tin for more years than I remember, but my cutter collection had outgrown its bounds. Fortunately I kept it for sentiment……

Another Piece of History Fading

Over the years many of my favorite businesses have come and gone, but The Two Bells was special. It was ‘my place’ to stop by and have a cheap but very tasty appie and brew while cycling by on my way home from work – bike clothes just fine. Back in the day I owned a…

I Will Never Forget

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For those of you outside of the US, this day may be just like any other, but for me September 11th is always momentous. On this day in 2001, I was up extra early and caught the news after the first plane had hit the World Trade Center. I saw…

I’ve Got a Brand New Pair of Rollerskates

Well, alright, so they were brand new around 1905 or so. My character Miss Livingstone undoubtedly would have tried these if she could get her hands…or feet…on some. First thing I wondered is, ‘Where the heck are the brakes?” But I would have tried them too. Researching characters is such fun. You never know what…

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…

Wrong Place at the Wrong Time

 When Miss Livingstone’s cross-country journey by train was first written, I had her coming to arrive in Seattle area about March 1, 1910. When I checked on what train she would’ve ridden, I discovered one of the worst avalanches in history. She may have lost her life if she’d traveled as I had written, but even if she made it…

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…