Get There!

I often tell my students, "Use your imagination!" Then, I launch into a mini-lesson on including sensory details. It's true that with a little imagination an author can create entire universes. However, all the internet research, poring over maps, gazing at photographs, and talking with experts can't take the place of actually being there. I had slammed into a research roadblock. The local library and the internet were no longer able to help me. Without much effort, I convinced my husband that a road trip was necessary for me to dig into the details for my third novel. I had been to Fort Laramie many, many years ago. Memories of this important fort have stuck with me, and I included referenc

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