Historical Novelist Despairs Because She Can’t Stop Researching

I’m writing, or at least I thought I was until I discovered I didn’t know if a flannel cavalry uniform shirt was made with cotton or wool. Answer, wool.

I had to rename one of my characters (in fact, had called two different characters by the same last name).

I searched for a Civil War slang term meaning “exciting,” (never found it) and had to make sure I knew how many stripes an (Indian Wars cavalry) major wore on his shoulder.

Wait, wait, a friend sent me a Civil War era word meaning exciting: Rousing!

And OK,  for a major, no stripes, gold oak leaves.

NOW I’m going to ignore everything and just continue to write my fifth novel.

You can see the others up there on the banner.

All except one are about men and women who lived in Texas, during the Indian Wars.

This very fine landscape¬†is titled “Cliffs of the Green River,” by Thomas Moran (1837-1926).

Moran was an English immigrant who died in Santa Barbara, California.


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