After the holidays I got bitten by the decluttering bug, resulting in a massive cleanup effort in my office. Removal of some furniture gave me a new view of my beloved books, plus some favorite objects in purple, the color of suffrage.
My Favorite Thing
But I awarded pride of place (the spot above my desk) to my timeline, which records important events in the Anthony family from 1783 to 1950. The first date marks the birth of Lucy Anthony (Susan and D.R.’s mother), while the last reflects the death of D.R.’s daughter Maude.
In between lie other births and deaths, important Civil War battles, dates of significant technological advances (completion of the Transcontinental Railroad in 1869), and events of great personal consequence to the Anthonys. These include the evening when D.R. was shot in the neck and the day Susan was arrested for voting.
Displaying my timeline gives me fresh inspiration every time I walk in the room, making it easier to write. (Less hunting for facts.) Here’s what this handy reference looks like.
For the second novel in my series, I marked off an eight-year period ending in 1872. Wishful thinking! I’ve discovered way too much material to compress into one book! So I guess we’ll have more than a trilogy in the Dauntless Series. (Is there a special term for a series of four or five books?)
What’s happening with Book Two in the Dauntless Series?
Readers are asking for a progress report on my Anthony saga. I’m happy to respond that the rough draft is about one-third complete. In the meantime, I’ll be sharing plenty of fascinating tidbits ranging from christening gowns to newspaper tycoons to feuds among Leavenworth’s editors.
Want to help with research?
If you can recommend a website about upper-class women’s education in 19th century America, I’d love to have a link. Not 18th century or middle-class, and not in England. To reach me, scroll down to the very bottom of this page and “Leave a Reply.” Thanks!