Wednesday, August 23, 2017

A Trip Through the Midwest

Gabrielle Here:

Recently, I took an RV trip with my parents and four children from Minnesota, through Iowa, into Missouri and Kansas, and then over to Illinois, Kentucky, and Ohio. We left on Sunday morning and returned the following Sunday night, with a stop in Cincinnati for the Christian Fiction Readers Retreat. Along the way, we saw several historic sites and museums and even visited the Ark Encounter in northern Kentucky.

It was a fun, exhausting trip, but we had a great time and made awesome memories. Here's just a snapshot of our vacation.

Our home away from home: my parents' RV
The Arabia Steamboat Museum in Kansas City, MO.
This museum is filled with original artifacts from a steamboat
that sank in the Missouri River in 1856 and was recovered
in the 1980's. Check it out: www.1856.com
This was taken at the National Toy and Miniature Museum
in Kansas City, MO. Another amazing museum full of
countless miniatures and amazing toys.

Abraham Lincoln House in Springfield, IL.

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in
Springfield, IL.

One of our traveling companions, my parents' dog, Annabelle.

We bought Clue at the toy museum and played it several times
during the trip.
Just before entering the Ark Encounter in Kentucky. Wow!
This was an amazing place to visit.
The Christian Fiction Readers Retreat in Cincinnati, OH.
On Sunday morning we drove home from Ohio and crossed over several more states to get to Minnesota. We had a blast, but we're all thankful to be home.

Your Turn: What summer trips have you taken this year? Do you enjoy flying or driving better?

Gabrielle Meyer lives in central Minnesota on the banks of the Mississippi River with her husband and four children. As an employee of the Minnesota Historical Society, she fell in love with the rich history of her state and enjoys writing fictional stories inspired by real people and events.

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Monday, August 21, 2017

The Evolution of Women's Clothing

Gabrielle Here:

Today I'm sharing one of my favorite blog posts from my personal blog, www.gabriellemeyer.com. I wrote this four years ago, but I still refer to it when I'm researching and when I want to marvel at women's fashion.

I've love using Pinterest as a way to collect pictures of clothing for my characters. I've written stories spanning from the 1790s to the 1920s, so I've gathered images from numerous eras.

I thought it would be fun to watch the amazing transformation women's gowns have taken from 1800 to 2017.

It was interesting for me to find that somewhere around 1930 designers started modifying designs from previous generations and "updating" them. The trend has continued to this day. Since 2000 it's hard to determine what the "style" has been. It's such a combination of many eras.

I was also surprised to find that some gowns were only slightly modified from one decade to another, but there are a few decades that changed drastically (such as the 1910s to 1920s).

Here are some of my favorite gowns from the past two hundred years.

c. 1800
c. 1810

c. 1820

c. 1830
c. 1840

c. 1850

c. 1860
c. 1870

c. 1880

c. 1890

c. 1900
c. 1910

c. 1920

c. 1930
c. 1940
c. 1950

c. 1960
c. 1970

c. 1980

c. 1990
c. 2000

c. 2010
Your Turn: What is your favorite era? If you could choose, which gown would you bring back?

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Gabrielle Meyer lives in central Minnesota on the banks of the Mississippi River with her husband and four children. As an employee of the Minnesota Historical Society, she fell in love with the rich history of her state and enjoys writing fictional stories inspired by real people and events.

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Friday, August 18, 2017

Gilded Age Giveaway: Anne Love

Anne here.
With the debut of my novella, The Gardener's Daughter, included in Of Rags and Riches Romance Collection, and a few proposal stories floating in the editor world yet un-contracted I'm turning my focus to finish up a full length story. But my mind is already turning toward what might be the next story to spin. I like to find images from history that spark interest. Stories start by brainstorming settings and characters, sort of popcorn style--listing the first ideas that come to mind.

Which one is the most story-spinning worthy?

Lets have some fun! Vote on your favorite scene and character brainstorm for a chance to win a free copy of my debut novella. Leave a comment with your vote for an entry!

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1. A colonial story setting along the eastern coast at the start of the Revolutionary War...



2. A Lady's Bookclub story...



3. A pair of lady botanists with a deadly plan...



4. A Cookery school adventure...



5. A Christmas Tree Deliveryman...



6.  The Sisters of Waterfront Street...



7. The Riverman & The Merchant's Daughter...


For more fun feel free to add a story thread if you have an idea for one! Let the voting fun begin!
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Blog post by Anne Love-
Writer of Historical Romance inspired by her family roots. 
Nurse Practitioner by day. 
Wife, mother, writer by night. 
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