Monday, December 09, 2013
Research Resources - December 2013
Can you believe we're only 16 days away from Christmas and 22 days away from saying goodbye to 2013? I don't know about you, but it seems like time is zipping by faster than ever these days. What ever happened to the slower pace and all this modern technology being a *help* to make our lives easier? If anything, I think it's added more stress and more work and more distraction.
In addition, with two little ones under the age of 5, each day is a blur. My daughter started preschool this year, and my son will be there next year when my daughter enters kindergarten! Although, nearing 40 myself and looking forward to the school-age years, it feels like these infant-preschool years have gone poof! Still, I anticipate getting a small break and being able to spend solo time with my son. Before I know it, they'll both be in school all day, and their childhood years will be gone! The same goes for life too. With so much to do and so little time, how do we get it all done?
The answer is prioritizing and being productive, not just busy. I've recently been convicted of converting my "busyness" into "productivity." Truly successful people don't confuse the two. So, I'm reading some new books and working on changing my thinking patterns that far too often get me stuck in a rut. There are books to write, research to do, marketing that needs to be implemented, and deadlines to meet.
So, I'm here with these 5 resources this month. Great for unearthing some fascinating tidbits, or for use if you're ever a contestant on Jeopardy. :) Grab your cup of coffee, mug of hot cocoa, or glass of sweet tea, and delve into the resources for this month. Thanks to friends from the 19th Century Writers group and a variety of other sources for these:
Baby Names - Do you need a name for a character in a story? Are you looking for the meaning of certain names? Names arranged alphabetically, as well as by category.
Early Railroad in the US - Travel from Philadelphia to Washington D.C. was arduous and long, at best. Until the New Castle-Frenchtown Railroad was built.
Great Depression Photos - from the Denver Post. Full color.
How to Wake Up (pre-alarm clock days) - Do you ever wonder how people knew when to rise from slumber before the invention of the alarm clock?
Native American History - occasional posts of all things Native American.
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That's it for this month. As always, feel free to share your own fabulous research sites or resources in the comments. If they're important to you, they're important to us too! We'd love to hear about them. :)
Tiffany Amber Stockton has been crafting and embellishing stories since childhood. Today, she is an award-winning author, speaker, and Nerium Brand Partner, who lives with her husband and fellow author, Stuart Vaughn Stockton, in Colorado. They have one girl and one boy, and a vivacious Aussie/retrieve mix named Roxie. She has sold fourteen books so far and is represented by Sandra Bishop of MacGregor Literary. Read more about her at her web site: http://www.amberstockton.com/.