I am trying to keep moving forward with my writing, in spite of the pandemic occupying our minds lately. To that end, I spent some time this week researching WWI. The hero in the historical romance I am currently working on fought in the war, so I wanted to have a better idea of what he might have experienced.
In the course of my research, I learned several interesting things, some related to the fighting and some to the home front.
There you go. I hope you found these snippets of history as interesting as I did. Some of what I learned gave me ideas for future stories – something I am sure many writers can relate to. Until next week, stay safe and keep reading.
With so many people staying home currently, I suspect it won’t be long before some will be climbing the walls. I thought today might be a good day to make a list of fun things children (or adults) can do to stave off boredom. Some are old classics, some might be new to you, but all of them use materials you probably already have around the house.
Enjoy the activities, and stay well.
How to Play Children’s Card Games
How to Play Dominoes
How to Play Charades
Musical Instruments to Make at Home
How to Make Shadow Puppets
How to Make Paper Airplanes
Quiet Games for Children
More Indoor Games for Bored Children
I have been sitting here looking out the window, and thinking about the various indicators of spring. Anyone who lives in a place with four seasons knows what I am talking about – the little signs we look for, in a bid for reassurance that winter will end and spring will eventually arrive.
One of the first I notice was the group of daffodils popping up in our front flower bed. (Which also reminded me that we should have separated the daffodil bulbs last fall, but I digress.) The flower stems are quite tall now, and I can’t wait to see cheerful yellow blossoms bobbing on the stalks.
I also saw my first robin of spring hopping on our back lawn last week. Robins are a sure sign of warm weather coming. Of course, the robin sighting was followed a few days later by six inches of snow, which is another common occurrence. Seeing a robin doesn’t mean winter is over completely, but it does give us hope to hang on.
Even now, I am watching snow fall on green grass. I was thinking there was something not right about that particular contrast, and then it dawned on me why I found the sight so unsettling. Our grass never turned brown over the winter. It stayed a nice, healthy-looking green. If I were still in Wisconsin, one of the spring indicators would be noticing the brown winter grass turning green again, but not here.
Most of the signs of spring involve what we see out a window, but one of the biggest spring rites is done indoors. What am I talking about? Going to a fish fry. We recently discovered a church near us which offers a fish fry on Friday nights during Lent. I think we will check it out. A good fish fry will make me think not just of spring, but of home as well.
I write historical fiction, and I invite you to share the journey to published author with me.