Currently I'm reading through Catharine Sedgwick's Hope Leslie, mainly because my heroine is reading it. I'm not sure what she sees in the book, it's pretty slow-paced until the last quarter of the novel. Well, considering home entertainment in her day, quilting and the like, I suppose the story seemed rather fast-paced. Otherwise I'm listening to The House of Seven Gables while I haul corn to the elevator. The price of corn is up momentarily, so I thought I'd sneak a few bushels out of the bin. Of course corn didn't go up until after I'd contracted a bit. I hope all the other farmers appreciate my sacrifice.
The first draft of Saved by the Bullet is finished, but there is a lot of touching up to do. Addy does spend time in Nebraska City, staying at the Nelson House (built 1857) which I've visited twice to get the layout. I have to return, though, because I didn't pay attention downstairs in the cellar/kitchen to see if there was a door at the base of the stairs.
Sylvie and I also toured the Wildwood Historic Center, which is a later Victorian house (1869). Fantastic tour guide, especially if you love to know the history of every little object in the house...and there are many.
We also made it to the gift shop where local artists display and sell their work. I told Sylvie that one painting there resembled my grandmother's red barn, which my cousin John, current owner, has wonderfully restored. She agreed with me, which wasn't hard for her to do...because it actually was a painting of my grandmother's barn. She bought the painting for me as it was my birthday.
My heroine also makes it into Omaha and Saint Joseph, as well as stopping off at Bellevue. I've left room in the first draft to expound on those locals, but I'll need more information on them. It may be challenging.
At first I thought finding newspaper articles for the big cities would be easy since Brownville's (population 148) newspaper is fully accounted for and digitally accessible. Apparently not every town kept copies of their newspapers or hasn't had its newspaper digitized.
Anyway, I hope to get the book finished before heading back to campus on August 1st. We'll see.
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