I’m in the middle of writing this year’s Christmas novella, The Yuletide Bride, part of Barbour’s The Twelve Brides of Christmas.
Google has allowed me back into their research tool (after banning me for a couple days when I finished writing my World War I novel–overuse. Joke!), and I’ve been verifying facts.
But sometimes, okay almost always, I stumble on other interesting facts or stories. They catch me by surprise and I want to share them too, even though there’s no room in my story.
What’s a writer to do?
Post them on Facebook! You can view my writer page here.
This week I found two very different items I’d like to share before I get back to work.
I found photos and drawings:
Drawn during the time of the invasion, Worrall’s work expresses well the revulsion farmers felt when grasshoppers first ate all their crops (including the wool off the sheep!) and then dug their eggs into the soil leaving the land vulnerable for another cycle of devastation.
What does this have to do with The Yuletide Bride?
Absolutely nothing. It’s just something I’d read and thought interesting.
A research rabbit trail.
Eventually I discovered what I really wanted to know–land policies in 1873 Nebraska–and returned to writing my novella.
But first, I stopped off at Pinterest to look at photos of the Nebraska landscape, particularly along rivers and streams–which is pertinent to my story.
I got distracted there, however, by photos of the Russian Romanov family, which I’ve read about since I wrote an award-winning story based on their horror in high school. I’d not seen a lot of those photo before and wasted far too much time examining them. (All you other fans can admire them here.)
Here’s another photo, however, that Wikipedia allows:
What I was struck by on the Pinterest photo, was how much Queen Victoria’s great-grandaughter, Queen Elizabeth II, looked like her. I’m not sure you can see it in this next photo of the current queen:
Anyway, you can see I had fun examining photos.
What did this have to do with my current project?
Almost nothing. The British royal family has no role in my story at all–except in regards to the bagpipes.
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