Of Wolves and Men

This post includes some of my research on wolves, for Moonlight Mistress. I particularly liked Of Wolves and Men by Barry Holstun Lopez, because it featured a lot of observations he and others had made in the wild. The book is from Charles Scribner’s Sons, NY, 1978. Some quotes:p. 53 “Wolves do not get hungry […]

ANZAC Cookies

It is ANZAC Day. These cookies were meant to keep fresh for a long time, to be shipped by boat from Australia and New Zealand to the European front during World War One, but they are also very yummy cookies. I got this recipe from someone in my writers’ workshop. ANZAC Cookie/Biscuits 1 cup all […]

Theda Bara in "A Fool There Was"

As part of my research into the period of World War One, I watched a video copy of the 1915 Theda Bara movie, A Fool There Was. It’s a silent, intended both to titillate and to warn against dangerous women. Interestingly, Bara’s character has no name–she’s simply called “The Vampire.” I did not find Theodosia […]

Excerpt from A War Nurse’s Diary: The General

The following is an excerpt from A War Nurse’s Diary: Sketches from a Belgian Field Hospital, published 1918 by Macmillan and now in the public domain. This sort of first-person account is sometimes more useful than anything else when researching for fiction. # This history will not be complete without telling you about my General. […]

"The Good Old Naughty Days," silent erotica

Several years ago, I saw “The Good Old Naughty Days,” a collection of silent French pornographic films, mostly from the 1920s. I was foiled in my hope of seeing a period brassiere–the women didn’t wear any, presumably because they were too much trouble to take off; ditto corsets, in the couple of pre-1920s films. Oh, […]

Soldiers of the 369th

African-American soldiers of the 369th (15th New York) who won the Croix de Guerre for gallantry in action. I love looking at photographs from the period I’m researching. It reinforces that I’m reading about real people, who lived real lives, far beyond what I can know of them.