Monday, July 14, 2014

Research Resources - July 2014

Here we are smack in the middle of the heat of summer (at least in the northern hemisphere) with the blazing sun, bright blue skies, and summer storms! Storms are my favorite part of the spring/summer. I know some areas don't experience the same weather patterns, but here in Colorado, we get rain almost every afternoon in a fast-moving downpour or soft shower. Then poof! It's gone. But it serves to cool things off a little as the day plunges toward evening and a 30-degree average difference between day and night.

Summer also means children home all day and parents scrambling to entertain them or find summer camps for them to attend. That usually means research happens in between meal preparation, taxi service, and the hectic pace of vacations or the daily schedule.

So, here's a little help with these top 5 resources for the month of July. Thanks to friends on the 19th Century Writers group and a variety of other sources for these:

Clothing and Accessories - I stumbled onto this site while doing some research. The pictures on here are great!

Critical Past - Some might already be aware of this site, but there are tons of videos and photos from 1900 and later. You can search by decade, location, or keyword. Could be helpful for researching and getting a sense of the era—or even for story ideas!

Names According to Occupations - I found this site to be rather unique. As someone who owns more than one "baby names book" and who uses a lot of resources for finding appropriate names for my characters, this one was a lot of fun.

Occupations - If you're looking for various occupations during the 19th century you might want to check out this site.

Recipes Galore! - Here is an amazing cookbook site. They have dozens of scanned original cookbooks from the 1800s and turn of the century with a searchable database. So you can do a search for chicken and see what recipes come up. All kinds of great finds there.

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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, a speaker, and a director with Nerium International, a relationship marketing company focused on helping others look younger and live better. She 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 literary agent Sandra Bishop. Read more about her at her web site:

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