Still working on getting Lightning on the Levee published!

I thought I should let you, my faithful readers, know about my progress toward getting Lightning on the Levee published.

It’s been over a year since I first considered the book complete, and I’ve been looking for an agent or publisher on and off since.

I say “on and off” because every time I read back over the book, I find something that needs to be changed. So Lightning on the Levee, although “complete”, has been in improvement for all this time.

How the publishing system works

In case you don’t know how the publishing system works, this is the procedure: read more

Ladies’ Edwardian Makeup

Look what I found for you – An article about Edwardian makeup from 1909!

While writing a post for you about ladies’ makeup in the Edwardian era (you’ll see that post in the near future) I was perusing the California Digital Newspaper Collection online. And there I found this treasure of an article that was in the Sacramento Union, Number 63, 25 April 1909.

The Edwardian makeup text is hard to read on the old newsprint, so I’ve transcribed it for you. You can find the original at the bottom of this page. Don’t you love the way they wrote back then? read more

Interesting Facts About Life in 1908

At midnight on January 1, 1908, a ball signifying the New Year was dropped for the first time ever at Times Square.

We’re still dropping balls, but so many other things have changed since 1908. What a difference a century makes! I found some interesting facts and statistics about life in 1908 for you. Enjoy!

Wages

The average wage in 1908 was 22 cents per hour. It will be 30 more years before there would be such a thing as the minimum wage.

The average worker made between $200 and $400 per year. read more

1908 Ladies Clothing Fashions – Part 3

In Lightning on the Levee, Molly B O’Connor was abducted in 1908 while out for an afternoon walk with her friends. When she arrives in our current time, she’s dressed in the same beautiful Edwardian Afternoon Dress she was wearing then. You can see a photo of the dress, a gift from her father, HERE.

Be sure and read “1908 Ladies’ Clothing Fashions – Part 1”, where I talk about the Edwardian period and La Belle Epoque, and Molly B’s typical clothing choices for daytime wear. read more

1908 Ladies’ Edwardian Clothing Fashions – Part 2

In Lightning on the Levee, it was 1908 when Molly B O’Connor was abducted while out for an afternoon walk with her friends. When she arrives in our current time, she’s dressed in the same beautiful Edwardian Afternoon Dress she was wearing then. You can see a photo of the dress, a gift from her father, HERE.

I talked about the other clothing choices that were important to her, and to her friends in 1908 here: “1908 Ladies’ Clothing Fashions – Part 1”. But that’s not all – I promised you more! So here in “1908 Ladies’ Clothing Fashions – Part 2”, we’ll talk about what an Edwardian or La Belle Epoque woman went through just to get ready for her day. read more