Greetings everyone! Been a while since I have made a personal post here. Our Dear and Beloved Keeper has been the most industrious of us all in keeping us running with anniversaries, movie announcements and lagniappe (“a little extra” if you happen to be from bayou country). I, on the other hand, have been eyeball deep in researching the history of 2nd century Samarkand for my own book. Suffice it to say, Ive let the technical portions of our site get a little ragged around the edges. So, I wanted to post and let everyone know Ive tidied up a few things on the site.
Being that it was just recently April 21st, a day near and dear to anyone Texan, I couldn’t resist adding a few new links to Chloe’s Field Notes, not only about the Battle of San Jacinto, but a few things about the Texas Revolution itself, including some fascinating information about the archaeological research. One of those sites has personal resonance for myself: the field work done at the Bernardo Plantation, which is close to what was known as Groce’s Landing. This site had significance because it is where volunteers met up with Houston’s army and gave to the Texians the “Twin Sister” cannons that were ultimately used at the Battle of San Jacinto. My personal connection to the site is by way of my husband. See, his g-g-grandfather was a regular in Houston’s commissioned army (as opposed to the volunteer groups that were present) and was most likely with Houston when they camped at the Bernardo Plantation.)
Jump forward over a century and a half, and the Texas Historical Commission works with local archaeology groups to unearth the foundational seating of the Bernardo Plantation house…and having the opportunity to volunteer because I live some 20 miles away, I joined in for a few weekends. Knowing what I did about my husband’s family, it was a really cool feeling to be standing in the fields where the plantation used to be and look out at the farmland around and wonder what my husband’s ancestor saw when he camped nearby.
So I hope you’ll forgive me for indulging in that bit of trivia on the Field Notes. My intention for the page is largely to post anything that has to do with archaeology and forensics, because my OC in “Ashokan Falls” is a part-time shovel bum herself. If you like that sort of thing as well, I hope you will enjoy that page.
Ive also done some rearranging of the way we are cataloguing our stories here at the site. After correcting some formatting problems with Joan’s story “Programmed For Success,” Ive taken it upon myself to create a new page to replace “the Library”. It is now simply “Archives” and under that menu item, you will find two subfolders, one for our stories as categorized by our authors (which you are probably already familiar with) and a new page, categorized by character. Some of our readers have asked me what we have in the way of certain characters, and I realized I hadn’t a clue! So this was a good exercise for me to itemize what we have and don’t have and help direct a person to those characters they really love the best. The only other thing I can add is that there are still quite a few stories that have yet to be transfered from the “old” site, and I am going to try and catch up with that in the months to come.
In the meanwhile, the Keeper and I have been PLOTTING. Your first warning of this “sea change” has shown up in the first chapter of “Changing of the Guard.” We have much more planned!
In parting, I wish to thank everyone who has taken the time to come see what we’ve been doing here, whether you remember Gaslight in its earlier days or are brand new to the world of the Point. Please dont hesitate to contact one of us or ask in our comment feature. And if there is a story that you particularly like, please say so in the comments or write to one of us to pass on to the author! Nothing helps create more stories than words of encouragement and interest!