Penny’s dad has marched off to answer President Lincoln’s call for soldiers. Penny doesn’t dare be sad about that, because Mama is clearly holding herself back from crying, and so is Big Sister Belle. But Penny’s flute teacher has also marched off to war, so Penny will be sad about him instead. 😢 So she will… Read More The sound of Not Sad
Filling the bathtub from the pump is time consuming and back-breaking. From the well, even worse. In 1864, where did water come from? Did Civil War Yankees have tap-water at home, or not? Yes, but finding this information was ridiculously time consuming. *grumble* TOO much time for something that might be just a paragraph or… Read More Civil War Philadelphia: Baths?
Writing a classroom scene. “Next week, on Wednesday, our class will go down to the meadow at the riverside to pick flowers and braid wreathes to give our families and friends. Remember to where clothing that are fit to kneel in the dirt, as that is wear the flowers grow.” Penny’s classmates giggled, and so… Read More Where, wear? There, their.
It took three weeks to write this bit, because when good writing means seeing the world through my protagonists eyes, and this chapter is going to hurt. A lot. Snippet: Penny felt her muscles tighten up. Her jaw clenched so tight that her teeth hurt. Her mouth went dry, and she couldn’t ask any of… Read More Painful scenes are hard to write
Rewriting Takes Place AFTER Writing Hurray, the story has hit its very first “my story is awful” milestone! I know they’re going to come up, but these moments still manage to surprise me. Every time. It’s like it never happened before. So happy, not happy. Is the middle of chapter 7 early enough to decide… Read More Lucky Penny Milestone
Fort Sumter, the battle that started the Civil War. Who started the fight, and why? And where is that fort, anyhow? Where is Fort Sumter? An island fortress with cannons overlooking Charleston Harbor – a place where two rivers meet the Atlantic Ocean. Excellent for shipping = Excellent for blocking shipping. When did Fort Sumter… Read More Fort Sumter: Who attacked Who?
Writing stories… names are important! Mr. Glatzer was originally written as a goldsmith, then the story showed that this is the wrong social class, and he changed into a barber. From 1840 to 1880, Germans were the largest group of immigrants. Before that, white were not ‘menial’ barbers, but the new immigrants did not have… Read More A Rose by Any Other Name II
Civil War: Indoor plumbing? Yes. Sometimes. And sometimes people used chamber pots, or outhouses. 40 years before Lincoln was elected: In 1820, Philadelphia was the first american city to finish building municipal water works and, in 1823, Boston completed the first American sewer system. What happened when people just dumped their chamber pots into the… Read More Tutor vs Civil War Toilets
One interesting bit of writing historical fiction is that I get to Google for information like this: When was Chanukkah 1860?