Okay…so if you’re a lover of all things historical then you can totally spend hours looking at innate objects from any time period and love every minute of it. Sometimes words just aren’t needed for a post. Pictures tell it all. So from time to time you’ll see a (as I’m calling it) “Historical Eye Candy” post! I present to you our first post of this new series: Fire trucks! Come enjoy these photos! They were taken at OSV in July during their “Fire & Ice” day. People brought in their antique firetrucks and displayed them for the public to enjoy! And enjoy them I did. I hope you like them as much as I did.
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Gruel is very easily made. Have a pint of water boiling in a skillet; stir up three or four large spoonfuls of nicely sifted oat-meal, rye, or Indian, in cold water. Pour it into the skillet while the water boils. Let it boil eight or ten minutes. Throw in a large handful of raisins to boil, if the patient is well enough to bear them. When put in a bowl, add a little salt, white sugar, and nutmeg.
…presented to you from The American Frugal Housewife – Dedicated to those who are not ashamed of economy, by Mrs. Child…
In ninth-grade English, I had an assignment to re-write a fairy tale from a different point of view. My partner and I chose “Snow White” from the point of view of the mirror. While it’s interesting on its own to write from the view of an inanimate object, that exercise was an eye-opener. Each character in a story, no matter how large or small a role they play, sees the story’s events from a unique perspective. Perhaps the most important of these perspectives, next to the protagonist’s, is that of the antagonist.
The well-done antagonist has a mind of their own. They participate in many of the events that the main character does, but they see them in a completely different way. Sometimes the antagonist is just plain evil–the various stepmothers and kingdom usurpers of fairy tales, villains of fantasy stories, outlaws in westerns. But sometimes the antagonist isn’t so much evil as just using their point of view to see things differently from the main character. Because of their past, or their present vantage point, they want something that’s in conflict with what the main character wants, putting the two of them in conflict.
My work in progress is more along those lines. The antagonist of the book is actually the protagonist’s grandmother, to whom she is very close. The grandmother loves the protagonist as any grandmother loves her first-born grandchild. She wants the best for her–but her view of “the best” comes from a very different place than the protagonist’s. And it goes deeper than a teenager trying to strike out on her own. Events in the present parallel events in the grandmother’s youth, and the grandmother sees the current events through that lens.
As I forge ahead with my third draft of this book, I am forced to look at every scene from those two points of view. My protagonist’s view of her grandmother doesn’t take into account all these past events because she doesn’t know about them until much later. But, unlike in my first draft, the grandmother can’t suddenly start seeing things that way when the main character makes her discoveries. She sees things her own way from the beginning. Not only that, but she deals with cultural shifts toward matters such as divorce, high school dating, and abusive relationships. These things are handled differently than they were when she was young and dealing with them. It’s been a wonderful challenge for me to keep these things in mind even as I’m writing a contemporary novel.
Have you ever thought about your story (or someone else’s) through the eyes of another character? What do you discover about the story?
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Sixteen year old Maggie Bennet is looking forward to her debut as part of Newport, Rhode Island’s high class society. Her dreams are put on hold though, when her father drags her halfway across the country to Yellowstone National Park in search of her mother who disappeared the previous year. When she learns her father plans to stay in Montana, Maggie is furious with her father for dragging her away from her family, friends, and the only life she’d ever known.
Maggie’s not a character that is always easy to like, but she’s real. Born and raised with the expectation that she was above most people her attitude at times can make the reader want to shake some sense into her. She’s got her flaws, but Maggie grows throughout the novel. She learns to look at the world from others’ points of view and realizes that she’s not better than anyone else. It’s not just about her attitude toward people, it’s also about Maggie discovering just who she is and who she wants to be.
While most historicals, this one included, are about the protagonist’s journey, the use of setting in this novel was wonderfully done to help aid the plot of the novel. Many times settings can bog a novel down and prevent the story from moving forward, but the author managed to work in a vast amount of information on 1904 Yellowstone by using it to create conflict. What I also loved about the setting was its uniqueness. While I enjoy reading novels set in the more popular historical settings, it was so refreshing to get lost in a new setting that was so well researched and so integral the story.
The pacing is great. I practically flew through the novel. I would read at night and not realize how much time had passed because I was so easily caught up in the story! Faithful is a wonderfully descriptive novel that is a heartwarming tale of one girl’s ability to learn to love, grow, and understand the true meaning of faithfulness.