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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Sites for Historical Authors


Like most historical authors, I am always on the lookout for interesting sites (like the one you are presently on), where I can learn more about the way people in the past lived, worked, worshipped, and spent their days. One never knows when, in the process of writing, we will come across a question like Was lipstick invented yet? What kind of underwear did ladies wear back then? What do cartoons have to do with tapestry making? I have shelves full of research books, but sometimes, search as I may, my quest is not answered there. That is when I turn to the internet.
I keep a list of trusted sites, because I frequently give workshops on How to Research for Historicals, like the one I presented last year at RWA National, and what I’ll be giving at the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, ‘Colorado Gold’ conference in September. One site I ran across recently, which offers up a smorgasbord of little-known items from the past, is www.oldandinteresting.com. Another fun site is www.historyundressed.blogspot.com. Have fun browsing these two great sites, and don’t forget to make notes or put the links to them in your favorites.

17 comments:

Penny Rader said...

What fun sites, Joyce! When I get off work I'll bookmark these for future reference.

Lauri said...

Wow, great sites! Thanks so much. I've spent half an hour over there and bookmarked them for future use!
Cheers!
Lauri

Linda Banche said...

Hey Joyce, why not give the course online so the rest of us can get the information?

MarySimonsen said...

I visited both sites. Very interesting. Thank you.

Alyssia said...

These are wonderful, Joyce! Thanks for sharing!

lizarnoldbooks said...

Very helpful.Thanks.
Liz

Leigh D'Ansey said...

Thanks for these great sites, Joyce. Lots of fascinating information.

Margaret Tanner said...

Hi Joyce,
Thanks for the info. Being an historical romance author myself, I am always on the lookout for informative and relevant sites.

Regards

Margaret

Joyce Elson Moore said...

Hi Penny: Glad you stopped by, and glad to help!

Joyce Elson Moore said...

Lauri: I know, we can waste a lot of time there. Had to drag myself away. Thanks for stopping.

Joyce Elson Moore said...

Linda: I should, but somehow I'm always in a time crunch. I need a time management course.

Joyce Elson Moore said...

Mary S: Hi and I'm glad you stopped by historical hussies. Thanks for the comment.

Joyce Elson Moore said...

Alyssia: I'm glad you found the sites useful. Some of the best don't come up with google searches.
Thanks for dropping by.

Joyce Elson Moore said...

Liz: I'm glad you enjoyed them. The bloggers have done a great job, and I'll be going back often.

Joyce Elson Moore said...

Leigh: Yes, I love sites where I can learn new stuff about history. Glad you stopped by.

Joyce Elson Moore said...

Margaret: I'm glad you found them interesting. Always happy to help, and thanks for the comment.

Deborah Swift said...

Thanks for sharing these - fascinating!