Really Awesome Research Vlog (not mine)

I know, I know…two posts in one week?!?! And I’m not done yet. There’s a book review coming on Saturday. :-)

I just wanted to tell you guys about this amazing vlog on researching for a historical fiction novel. Emily Ann Putzke did a really nice job making the video clear and concise. It was very informative and helpful for me, so hop on over to her blog and take a peek at it! (And look around while your there. Her blog is absolutely amazing.)

Pinterest: Tool or Trouble?


The first thing that comes to my mind is addictive.

Anyone who has used Pinterest knows what a procrastination station it is. For some authors, (yours truly), it can be one of the worst distractions to writing. Others use Pinterest for inspiration…or so they say. Pinterest can be a death trap if it is allowed to become one. But is it truly possible to utilize Pinterest as a tool for writing, without being sucked in?



In fact, when used correctly, Pinterest is an amazing resource for writers.

When I realized just how much time I was spending on Pinterest, and how little time I was actually writing…let’s just say I wasn’t pleased with myself. Here are some guidelines I used to cut down on my time spent on Pinterest.

  1. Set a time limit, first daily, then weekly. I was shocked as how much I could get done in 15 or 20 minutes.
  2. Research just one topic in one sitting(or look for photos of one character) to make the most of your time. Pinterest is famous for those little rabbit trails; “ooh, look at that! Wow, that’s cool!” Clickity clickity click. It can go on for hours (speaking from experience).
  3. DELETE THE APP FROM YOUR PHONE!!! This was the biggest one for me. It’s so easy to just whip out the app while waiting in an office or just to kill time. DON’T DO IT!!! Just get rid of the app.

Can Pinterest be a good resource? Absolutely. One of the best, in my opinion. Just use your time wisely. Time is far too valuable to spend hours and hours looking at funny dog memes or searching for just the right photo of your beloved character.


What thoughts do you have about Pinterest?  Do you think it can be a good resource?

Old Photos

Through writing Clara’s Story, I’ve had the privelage of digging through box after box of old family photos trying to find pictures of Clara and her family.  It seems so sterotypical…I tell relitives that I’m writing a book about an ancestor, they give me permission to dig though their attics and basements for pictures…I find boxes of old photos…I take them home and sort through them, trying to match faces with names…


It’s SO stressful!!

And SO MUCH FUN!!!!!! :)

Whenever I come upon a photo that I can connect to a family member, I tend to give a giddy scream and giggle insanely….wouldn’t you?  :)


I’m not exactly sure who these kiddos are but aren’t they precious?

Have you ever looked through old family photos?



Researching for Clara’s Story

A few days ago, I went to the library with one of my younger brothers and we did some research of the Spokane area for Clara’s Story.  It’s frustrating that all the books about Spokane cannot be checked out.

Actually, it’s not really frustrating.

It’s kind of nice.

That means I have a REASON to go sit in the library for hours and hours.


This might be fun.


Oh yes, I must tell you this because I think you’ll all sympathize.

The most embarrassing thing happened when I was at the library the other day.  You’re not going to believe it.

My cell phone rang.




I thought I was going to die.  It was so humiliating.

I still cringe to think of it.  Please tell me I’m not the only one who’s cell phone has rung in the library?