Lately, most of my fiction assignments have been of the historical, not hysterical, variety.
In the past three months, I have fought in the War of 1812 and the War Between the States. I've also participated in the Oklahoma Land Rush of 1889, only to have my hopes blown away in the Dust Bowl of the 1930s. Somewhere in there I searched for Klondike gold and labored as a wee lad in a textile mill. Then after surviving the Great Depression, I did without sugar and butter on the home front during WWII.
Unlike the stuffy old history classes you may have suffered or slept through in high school, today learning history is loads of fun…
And a great jump-starter for great stories.
Thanks to many fabulous folks in cyber world, access to firsthand accounts of times gone by is just a click away.
For example, would you like to travel along with Lewis and Clark in their grand expedition? Check it out here. But I’ll warn you, it’s not for the squeamish… They dined on dog, you know.
Feel the need to read some Civil War letters? Look here.
Perhaps you want to find out what it was like to be a soldier in WWII. Well, this is a great place to start.
Looking for Klondike gold? Dress warmly and go here.
And while you may not strike it rich —
story gold is guaranteed!
PROMPT: Spend some quality time with a person from another time today by snooping around in their diaries or reading their old love letters. Come on — you know you want to.