When I was ten I wanted to be an archaeologist. I’m not sure if it was the idea of climbing through ancient ruins or the thought of making a world-shaking discovery that became my carrot; whichever it was, it didn’t happen. Instead I fell in love with the power of words and went on to become a writer. . . . keep reading
I sell a lengthy essay (a bit more than 5,000 words) on Kindle for $0.99 called How the California Gold Rush Changed the Face of America. I converted the book to audio and it’s also available on Amazon for $6.95. Sales have been good – which makes me happy as the history of the American frontier is truly a passion for me.
But that’s not what I wanted to write about.
I received an email about a month ago from an historic site in Long Beach, CA, called Rancho Los Cerritos. It’s an historic site that at one time contained 27,000 acres. Someone there had seen my Gold Rush essay and invited me to be a speaker for their lecture series. Of course I accepted. I’ll be talking for about an hour or so with a Q/A afterwords – am already preparing some handouts and images I want to take with me.
The reason I’m sharing this is – 1) I’m trying to break out of my Hermit shell a bit and share more of my professional and personal writing life; and 2) I wanted you to . . . keep reading
I read an article today about 40 blog post ideas for writers. You’d think, as writers, that our brains could create dozens of blog ideas, but yes, we do get stuck. That’s why I picked #1 on the idea list – writing about a vacation. I choose a trip along the Santa Fe Trail to Bent’s Old Fortin Colorado.
You see, Bent’s was a famous landmark on the Santa Fe Trail, visited by just about everyone who traveled the area – from trappers and traders to soldiers and Indians. I went on one of their Living History weekends because I love talking to reenactors. The slide show above is just a sampling of the folks I chatted with over the weekend.
By the way – if you write any kind of history, either fiction or non-fiction, – you won’t find people more informed about the period than reenactors. These folks pride themselves on the authenticity of their costumes as well as their knowledge about the period in which their “persona” lived. . . . keep reading
My Facebook friend and colleague, Michelle Campbell-Booth and I just released a book we’ve been working on for the past several months.
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I’m so proud of this book – Michelle and I worked hard to fill it with everything we know. And, wouldn’t you know it – as soon as we launched we already had new things to add for the next edition. Anyone who purchases the group can access our Secret Facebook Group – that’s where we’ll announce new platforms and techniques. That means anyone in the group will know the good stuff before it hits an update.
At launch we’re pricing this at $0.99 but the price will go up on November 14.