Category Archives: Ozarks

READERS SEARCH ME OUT

I stay up late at night and, as a consequence, sleep late. This morning my hubby arose at his usual teeth-gritting 6 a.m. and by 7:30 had left to go to town. Bobbi, our cat and I curled up and … Continue reading

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Timelines

For the past few days I’ve researched timelines for my latest book, The Boston Mountains: Lost In The Ozarks. Since the stories cover a variety of dates, it appeared to be a daunting task to make sure I knew what … Continue reading

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Researching Uncovers Exciting Finds

In the background are the bluffs where the mines are located. Several old millstones stand against the rocks from an old mill in the area. A couple of weeks ago we traveled to the site of a gold mine here … Continue reading

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Chasing Leads

If you’re a writer then you know that a large portion of our work consists of research. That is especially true of historical writers, but none are exempt. Did you ever run across something in a fiction book that was … Continue reading

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One of Arkansas Most Scenic Routes

The title may not sound like the subject of a blog about writing, but it is in a roundabout way. For I’d like to talk about the opportunities we authors have in locating beautiful places as we conduct our research. … Continue reading

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Drafting Two Books at Once

Though I consistently write fiction, for some reason my nonfiction finds more success. And so it is that I’m working on two regional nonfiction books at once, I suppose. Even with six published historical romances under my belt, and four … Continue reading

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Thought today I’d post an announcement for my April 25 workshop on top of beautiful Winslow Mountain in the Boston Mountains of the Ozarks. We always have a great time at these workshops, which I give twice a year, and … Continue reading

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Old Recipes make me hungry

I saw a cartoon this morning in the newspaper. The gist of it was that the stores need something to urge women to shop for raw food instead of prepared food. One of the young women was aghast that anyone … Continue reading

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Ozarks Writers League Calls

It isn’t often that we learn just how far we’ll go to attend a writer’s meeting, but that’s exactly what happened last Saturday when my husband and I set out to attend the quarterly meeting of Ozark Writers League held … Continue reading

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Icy Destruction

That’s our house behind the downed limb Above is the split off a very old wild cherry tree This was added by mistake, but it is a community building prior to the ice storm.

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