There are various schools of thought about adding historical detail to fiction. Sometimes you want more detail, sometimes less; partly, that depends on the book’s genre. For example, in a Tom Clancy novel such as The Hunt for Red October, there is a lot–a lot–of detail about nuclear submarines. But if you’re reading that book, […]
I’ve begun basic research on the history of the American West for a western steampunk novel. My book isn’t going to be a historical, but I want it to be informed by history and in dialogue with history.I chose Frontiers: A Short History of the American West as my basic overview book. The Encyclopedia of […]
I actually stole this topic from a discussion I read…somewhere, a while back. The question was, “when do you stop researching?” I have two answers.My first answer is never. You never stop researching because everything you read or look at might eventually find its way into your fiction. If you stop researching, I think your […]
French soldiers with a bicycle. A bicycle ambulance. Belgian soldiers on motorcycles.
Here are a few links I’ve found useful in my historical research. These are all collections/archives of contemporary materials. Contemporary to historical periods, I mean.Old Magazine Articles, edited by Matt Jacobsen. “OldMagazineArticles.com is a Los Angeles-based website; privately owned and operated, it is the effort of one old magazine enthusiast in particular who believes deeply […]
Women served in many capacities during World War One. Nurses. VADs. Drivers. Radio Corps. Fundraisers. Factory Workers.
From The Great War Diaries of John Bruce Cairnie of the 5th Seaforth Highlanders, 1915, transcribed by James Bruce. # 06-Jul-15 A fine morning. Had to wait on after stand-to (3 a.m.) in case the Briggie comes along. Shaved, breakfasted and to bed. The redoubts were shelled while I slept and one high explosive landed […]
Today’s post is picspam – these are all photos of soldiers from World War One. They weren’t all white. Not by a longshot.
I have learned one very important thing during my recent World War One research. It is that Albert, King of the Belgians, was a total hottie. Particularly when he wore spectacles.Also, he looked great in uniform, whether with helmet in this late photoor kepi in this earlier one. Check out the differing details of the […]
It is so satisfying with the perfect research material for a work-in-progress drops from the sky. This blog is syndicated on Facebook, and after seeing one of my posts about World War One research, a Facebook friend recommended a couple of additional research books to me. One of them was already on my list, but […]