Archives for the ‘history’ Category

Female World War II Pilots in Historical Fiction – Excerpt Seven

By • Aug 28th, 2019 • Category: history, Honors Thesis, Research

My early beta readers all asked me to write something happy, so I wrote parts of the ending to my novel, when Stella and Sasha are reunited after Sasha is shot down and presumed dead. I knew as soon as I conceived the idea for my story that I wanted it to have a happy […]

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Female World War II Pilots in Historical Fiction – Excerpt Six

By • Aug 28th, 2019 • Category: history, Honors Thesis, Research

I’m very much interested in the psychology of culture and cultural interaction. I wanted to highlight Sasha’s complicated feelings about her homeland: how does her cultural immersion and interaction in Czechoslovakia influence her attitude toward herself and her native culture? What does “home” mean to her? The second excerpt comes from near the end of […]

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Female World War II Pilots in Historical Fiction – Excerpt Four

By • Aug 28th, 2019 • Category: history, Honors Thesis, Research

I learned about Jewish history when I studied abroad last summer, and it’s always been an important and interesting subject for me because of my personal background. I felt my story would be incomplete without some reflection on the Holocaust and its impact on European Jews. I also wanted to explore how my characters would […]

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Female World War II Pilots in Historical Fiction – Excerpt Three

By • Aug 28th, 2019 • Category: history, Honors Thesis, Research

I usually find myself struggling to write scenes in order, so I was proud of myself for managing this as a direct continuation from my second blog post. I have the story’s basic plot planned out, but sometimes it’s hard to decide where or when a particular scene should take place in the context of […]

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Female World War II Pilots in Historical Fiction – Excerpt Two

By • Aug 28th, 2019 • Category: history, Honors Thesis, Research

I struggled to write the actual details of Sasha’s mission and crash because, like most of my readers, I have no experience flying a plane, but I wanted to make it as authentic as possible. This scene introduces my other protagonist, Stella, who narrates the second half of the book. People always ask me how […]

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Female World War II Pilots in Historical Fiction – Excerpt One

By • Aug 28th, 2019 • Category: history, Honors Thesis, Research

Here’s an excerpt from the beginning of my novel, tentatively titled Sasha Phoenix, Lucky Star: Sasha is getting tired of Ukraine. She’s not ready to die just yet – not now, when there’s still so much work to be done; not here, in the middle of nowhere – so she waits, and prays, or tries to. […]

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What I’ve Learned This Summer!

By • Aug 20th, 2019 • Category: history, Honors Thesis, Research

How to I begin to summarize all that I’ve learned this summer?   I started my research with the premise of exploring American women’s political influence during the early Federal era, specifically focused on capital cities of the 1790s. Now, I find myself drawn more and more to Rosemarie Zagarri’s expanded definition of ‘politics,’ including…
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Material Culture and Museum Visits

By • Aug 11th, 2019 • Category: history, Honors Thesis, Research

As the summer starts to draw to a close (I can’t believe it’s gone so fast!) I’ve been fitting in my last couple of museum visits. They’ve been incredibly useful in allowing me to experience Federal architecture and furnishings in situ; I then take a step back to understand why the owner of the house…
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Material Girls (looking at extant garments in Philadelphia)

By • Aug 6th, 2019 • Category: history, Honors Thesis, Research

I’ve been listening to a lot of 80s music during my drives to museum and archives, so forgive the Madonna reference in the title of this post… Last week, I had a wonderful visit to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Though I spent a lot of time in their American art galleries, paying particular attention…
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Partying (visiting archives) in NYC!

By • Jul 23rd, 2019 • Category: history, Honors Thesis, Research

It’s my second night in NYC, and I have thoroughly enjoyed my ‘partying’ days here, aka spending countless hours in libraries reading eighteenth and nineteenth century documents!   Yesterday, I visited Columbia’s Rare Book and Manuscript Library, where I was able to read more of Sarah Livingston Jay’s letters. I’ve already done quite a bit…
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