Monday, August 07, 2017

Chillin' and Discovering treasures

A couple of weeks ago, my two best friends and I met in Sister's Oregon for conversation, browsing, and lots of laughs. These two ladies make this introvert come out of her shell.
Troublemaker, Negotiator, Along for the ride

We met at the Sister's Coffee House, visited, then strolled around town taking selfies, browsing, and some shopping.

I'm behind schedule in my writing but sometimes a person needs to step back from the things that bring on pressure and stop and laugh and visit and remember that work doesn't define your life, it's the friendships and good times that do.

We talked writing and books. One is a writer and the other an avid reader.

While browsing through a book/antique shop, I spied a book. The title caught my attention first: Triggernometry- A Gallery of Gunfighters by Eugene Cunningham. That grabbed my attention. Then I read the copyright and the first copyright on this was 1939. The person who wrote the book actually talked to people who knew or were associated with the gunfighters. So this is kind of a first person account. That is the kind of book I love to get my hands on for really learning about people and places that I write about in my historical westerns. More exact information than what a book published today contains. 

You can bet some of the interesting things I glean from this book will be used in upcoming Silver Dollar Saloon books. ;)

What I've learned so far is most of the time, the people gunned down were innocent and press or writers of Dime Novels idolized the person doing the shooting, making them heroes and famous gunmen. This is the truth I like. My guess as I read this book, I'll discover most of the gunfighters we see in movies and read about in books have all been more fabricated stories than truth.

Another treasure I purchased has nothing to do with writing and everything to do with my love of Candlewick glass and cake stands.


Diana McCollum said...

Sounds like you had a marvelous day with your two friends in Sisters! I really like the different kinds of shops and restaurants in Sisters. You are so right about needing friend time and laugh time and good times. The book you picked up sounds perfect research material for the type of book you write. Stay cool!

Paty Jager said...

Hi Diana, We did! yes, I love the book I bought. Thanks for stopping in!

Rosie Russell said...

Nice post Paty! Thanks for sharing your life and all that's in it. Your horses are beautiful!

Rosie Russell

Paty Jager said...

Thank you, Rosie! I'm glad you stopped in.