Archive for March, 2009

Why Olney?

When I wrote the discovery draft of this novel last November, I created a rural Illinois setting and was careful to select names that were nonexistent, or at least to my knowledge and a Google search. But in my mind as I wrote the story, I pictured real places. Like the church I visited as a little girl for Vacation Bible School, Joe’s Pizza – the original location (I believe it was on S. Whittle, but please correct me if I’m wrong), and the Borah Lake. Some of the places I imagined while writing were located in the nearby town of Flora where I finished High School. And in my mind, it was a mixture of these places as the setting all along.

So, I thought about it some more, and asked myself, Why not Olney?

Olney is a great place with a lot of character. For instance, what other city can boast white squirrels? Ok, so I’ve learned Olney is not the only city that lays claim to the white squirrel, but still, it’s unique. Then there’s the lakes – not one, not two, but three lakes in town offering up boating and swimming for summer fun. And how about mushroom hunting? Morel mushrooms are frequently found in the surrounding countryside in Spring. A delight to find, they’re even better to eat!

I could go on and on, but I won’t. Why Olney indeed! If only to match the picture in my mind to the words on the page and bring back fond memories of a place I once knew.

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New Picture for the Blog Header

I’m so excited about the picture I found for the header on this novel blog and thought I should share some background.

Hope and Faith is set in Olney, IL, and I wanted its rural scenery reflected in the blog header. I went to work looking for an appropriate picture (thanks to social networking sites, this process took only a day!), and was sent a link to this picture of the covered footbridge in Olney City Park.

Having grown up in Olney, I remember playing on this bridge as a kid. Sometimes we called it the bat cave or bat bridge, and rumors were that it was home to many bats, although I personally never saw one. We played in and all around that bridge, as well as the numerous other footbridges throughout the park. Olney City Park was, and to my knowledge still is, a great park for kids to play!

Thanks to Bob at flickr for letting me use this photo, and here’s the picture in its entirety (I had to crop it to fit in the header). Quite the photographer, I have enjoyed viewing my childhood stomping grounds. Here are some more Olney photo’s by Bob.

So, what do you think? Makes a nice header, huh?

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Greetings to anyone who stumbles across this posting as this is an inaugural post for me on WordPress. I’m creating this blog to devote to my new (and first) novel. I’m using WordPress as I’ve been curious how it compares to Blogger, which is the platform I’ve used for other blogs. So far I like WordPress very much!

Be on the lookout for information on my new novel, but for now, consider this a test post if you will.

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