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On The Road Again

Posted by armylaundress on July 1, 2017 at 11:15 AM Comments comments (4)

Sometimes I think I need a publicist, just to keep up with everything, including writing this blog and keeping up with my Facebook and Twitter posts.

In January, "Laundress" was named to the Best of the West list by True West Magazine.

Once again, I have been traveling down the book talk and signing trail. Albany County Historical Society welcomed me in February. They were such a wonderful, gracious group, and I was able to work out kinks in my presentation with a friendly a...

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Oh, Those Clothes!

Posted by armylaundress on September 3, 2016 at 1:35 PM Comments comments (0)

The summer meant book signings at various places in Colorado and Wyoming, along with numerous phone calls making tentative plans for signings next summer in the Dakoatas. One memorable signing was at Fort Fetterman, Wyoming on the 4th of July.

We were out on the windswept plains north of what is now Douglas, Wyoming. It was a typical hot, windy day. I wore my long skirt, apron, 1800s working woman's long sleeve, button up blouse, sun bonnet, and heavy, lace up work boots.

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The Adventure Has Begun

Posted by armylaundress on June 15, 2016 at 5:35 PM Comments comments (0)

The past few months have been a whirlwind indeed, starting with my book launch party that was held at the beginning of May. It was a good time, and I got a chance to see many old friends. One of the things that I was totally unprepared for was actually signing books. Silly as that sounds, it was very true!

I was equipped with pens, and the bookstore had plenty of books to sell. I even had my giveaway party favors, handmade clothespin dolls with a business card attached. Howe...

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Posted by armylaundress on April 1, 2016 at 9:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Things can get kind of weird when people find out you have a book published, especially when you share a name with someone famous. Some of the conversations and comments can be quite funny.

"Are you THAT Jennifer Lawrence?" Nope, not even close. It is easy to say that there are a few years separating us. Not only that, we live in two entirely different places. While I can't speak for the other Jennifer Lawrence, I can say that this one is a strictly small town gal. I d...

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Easter Celebrations on the Frontier

Posted by armylaundress on March 27, 2016 at 4:10 PM Comments comments (0)

When I wrote my book, my research indicated that Easter was not a holiday celebrated in the frontier army. Christmas and the 4th of July were the two big holidays, although New Years, Thanksgiving (after it became a holiday) and Washington's birthday were important dates also. I decided to dig a little deeper, and see what I could find out about Easter on the frontier.

I actaully found very little information.  This did not surprise me. The calculation for the actual date of ...

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Humble Pie

Posted by armylaundress on March 13, 2016 at 11:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Some time back, I received an email from a young lady from Gillette, WY.  It went something like this.

"Hi Ms. Jennie Lawrence. My name is Suzy Q. I am interviewing a famous writer. Could you please answer the following questions for me?" The email contained a reasonable list of questions pertaining to the writing craft.

I was flattered to be thought of as a "famous writer," however the child had a slightly different perspective than I did. I had no idea how Suzy Q got ...

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Grandma's Desk

Posted by armylaundress on March 7, 2016 at 3:05 AM Comments comments (0)

My memories of my maternal grandparents include the fact that they lived in a basement apartment. A few concrete steps down brought me to their front door. Inside the door was a writing desk. The desk had a tiny metal cauldron on the top corner that held peanuts for the squirrels that liked to visit. There was also a pony shoe, lost by a pony that pulled a Denver streetcar. (Or so the story goes.)

My grandparents married in 1908. I am unclear whether they purchased the desk, or whether ...

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What A Ride!

Posted by armylaundress on February 21, 2016 at 7:55 PM Comments comments (0)

What a ride it has been! I have always liked writing. I remember in 7th grade writing some long, convoluted story about traveling the Great Lakes with my pet monkey. I do not recall the name I gave the monkey, but I do recall getting an "A" on the story.

My "real" writing career began in the non-fiction world. Because I worked in the pet industry and taught dog obedience classes for the local kennel club, much of my writing was about dogs. I also wrote about horses. I had bylines in som...

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