I just finsihed reading a short story sent to The Cactus Line at Wild Rose Press for our Holiday shorts. The only reason I could find that it was sent to the Cactus Line (western historical) was the hero wore chaps and they rode from town in a horse drawn wagon.
Granted it is a short story, but there was no setting to let the reader know when or where the story took place. The heroine was a mail-order bride, she stepped off the train with a bag that had a shoulder strap. There was mention of a tavern, and they drove to the hero's home in the horse drawn wagon. There was a refrigerator in the house. So there had to be electricity or did they have an icebox?? But there was no mention of anything else electrical and the hero brought the heroine a tub of water to wash in?? Are you as confused as I am??
If this is in the 1800's as it should be for the Cactus Rose line there could be an icebox if they were in town, but this was in a secluded valley. Tavern - maybe if they were in the East. A bag with a shoulder strap. If it was a rucksack or something like that, but it was mentioned like a large purse.
Historical accuracy - I don't want the facts shoved at me like a text book, but I would like to have a good grounding as to when and where the story takes place.
How do you feel about inaccuracies in writing, be it historical, geographical, or sceintific?