Hey, all, this is just a little idea that popped into my head earlier this week. Considering it's going to be some time before I have anything substantial to share with regard to Crimson Hollow, I thought I'd post this here! I hope you all like it, and who knows, maybe I'll come up with more things like this to share. (Some may only be available to my subscribers on Patreon, so consider clicking the link at the bottom of this post and becoming a Patron!)
The dirt is cool and soft under
her hands as she digs her fingers into the soil, releasing a delightfully
earthy aroma. They tell her she ought to wear gloves for this – they usually
tell her that a lady shouldn’t do things like this at all – but she likes the
feel of the dirt, likes being on her knees in her garden as she tends to her
They – the society ladies, the
gentlemen callers, the old women at church with their black lace gloves who
sneer when they see dirt lingering under her nails – tell her to hire …
There's a misconception about published authors that continues to linger, that once a writer is published, they've made it; they must be rolling in money. It's a very weird misconception to me, but I can kind of understand it, since there's a lot of mystery surrounding books and what goes into publishing them.
Some authors make it big. They're the names you hear all the time: Stephen King, J.K. Rowling, James Patterson, just to name a very small few, but they're the exception to the rule. As much as a lot of us would like to, we can't yet quit our day jobs to write full time.
I had someone send me a message once, saying they were intimidated by me because I had a book published, and I sat there like, ...what? For me, publishing a book was no different than posting a piece of fanfiction online; it just took a little more time and effort, and a small amount of money, and I was charging for it.
I have three books out now, and I'm certainly not rolling in m…
So, as you may or may not remember, I was planning a research trip to Virginia for Crimson Hollow purposes. Well, I went last week, and got home Saturday, and I'm definitely glad I went. We stayed in Newport News, as it was sort of centrally located to a lot of the places I wanted to visit.
Sunday we ended up checking out Endview Plantation (it was set during the Civil War era, which is later than the time in my flashbacks, but it was still very useful for me) and Rosewell Plantation (which is actually a ruin, so that was kind of cool).
Monday we went to Smithfield, largely known for its ham (though we skipped the meat processing plant...), but also with a very neat historical area that has now become the model for Barstow, the fictional town in the series.
Tuesday was spent at Historic Jamestowne, and this was probably my favorite place we went to. There's very little I can find online regarding American history, specifically history in this part of Virginia, before the 1700&…