Oooh-da-lolly, Robin Hood: A Plot Analysis

Today my kids and their cousins were watching Robin Hood, which reminded me of this post, which I wrote for an old blog of mine. This one is for the writers and story analysts out there. Enjoy! My… Read More

Records of a Salem Vessel in 1803: Featured Documents from the National Archives at Boston

Speaking of Custom House… This online exhibit from the National Archives about early 19th century merchant shipping and its paper trail is amazing. I’ve referred to it again and again as I continue with Book Two revisions. From… Read More

Story Research: Current Go-To Books on the Bookshelf

I love perusing other people’s bookshelves. Don’t you? As a historical fiction writer, I spend much of my time doing research. Below is a sampling of the books currently sitting on my bookshelf. Have fun browsing! Bulfinch’s Boston,… Read More

Forgive This Emo Moment: The Lumineers and Character Psychology

Fiction writing is a strange process, and fiction writers, strange for it. For me, story writing is largely an analytical process of thinking through cause and effect: If this happens, then this happens next. If this character meets… Read More

Tax Collectors There Must Be: Inside Custom House

Remember that little kerfuffle we call the American Revolutionary War? Remember what started it all? Taxes. In Book One of my current work-in-progress, the male lead character, Josiah, is offered a job as a secret agent, gathering intelligence… Read More

From Nothing to Something: Nathaniel Silsbee

Josiah, the male lead of my historical work-in-progress, is not only first mate on a merchant ship, but a small-time merchant himself. His captain allows him a share of cargo space in exchange for a cut of his… Read More