I need more time to work on the promised links, so bear with me.
Meanwhile, I just received some happy news from Donna! She had recommended that I write and submit to History Magazine, which I did back in the summer. Not having heard from them, we'd been discussing if/when I should query about the status of my submission and how to phrase it. So today she IMed me and asked if I'd emailed, and when I said no, she said, "Don't." It seems my article on china dolls is in the current issue of the magazine!
Needless to say, I'm delighted and will beat it into town tomorrow to purchase a copy at Books-A-Million! This is a paying market, so I can also anticipate a check in the future! Color me happy and encouraged!
I've spent most of the day taking notes from The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture Volume 4: Myths, Manners, and Memory as part of research for the novel I'm hoping to write for the WRP Crimson Rose series, "Jewels of the Night". Though contemporary, it will rely heavily on antebellum history. Also, in today's mail, I received a nice fat 2009 Official Tour Guide for Mississippi--requested for the same research. I'm about to dive into that.
It's been a good writing day!