Perhaps I should have warned you that I will be absent more often than I am here. This is actually a good sign, though.
If I am here too often, then it may be a sign that I am suffering from writer’s block. That would not be good.
Don’t worry. That is not why I am here.
a quick sketch
I am researching for my upcoming historical fiction based on the life of my 3rd great grandparents, and things are moving along. I am still working my way through Joe H Smith’s History of Harrison County, Iowa (1888). It is taking me a little bit of time to work through the government sections.
many words I’ve traveled, but my journey is far from over
First, Smith was certainly long-winded despite his promise in his preface to be otherwise. Second, Smith himself had his parts to play in early Iowan government and must, therefore, attempt to clear the air or impart wisdom upon the reader who may be holding any ill thoughts towards his handling of certain events.
That being said, according to my kindle, I am 54% of the way through this first research book. I am hopeful that within the next couple of weeks, I will have made it through.
Allow me to clarify
I don’t mean to imply that Smith’s book is terrible or even a difficult read. On the contrary, I absolutely love his writing style. I feel that if I was to have no choice but to begin work on my novel, I have collected a decent picture of what early Iowa living was like.
I believe that my setting would be beautiful and accurate, and I could nail the political events as they truly happened. From one man’s perspective. That would give it an almost plagiaristic sort of quality, wouldn’t it?
Nah, think I’ll continue my research until I have no voice left but my own.
feeling inspired to such
I have decided that I am going to attempt to contain my research materials to those that were written or produced within the 1800’s. The nearer to my time period that it was written, the better. They had recorders. These recorders recorded things. I’m on a quest to find these records. I already have a “stack” of books in my tbr on my kindle, waiting to see who shall follow Smith.
in other news
My apologies if you came here looking for excitement. Sadly, I have none to give. I am off to stick my head back in a book. Follow me on social media for quotes and historical facts I may stumble upon.