- food www.foodtimeline.org/foodpioneer.html
Another invaluable tool I’ve discovered is Yahoo Groups. There are thousands of groups for almost any subject. When we owned goats, I belonged to groups for veterinary care, goat breeding, dairy goats and show goats. There are over 18,000 groups to do with horses. Mind you, some are for horse farms with horses for sale, but that’s only a small part of them. I did a quick search on numismatics because it’s of interest to me and found 94 groups. Anyone need to know about medieval coins? There’s a group for it. What about you fantasy writers… I typed that in the search box and it came back with 843 groups. And yes, there is even a group to discuss the price of tea in china.
eHarlequin has a new thread called Medication Station where you can go for medical help from other writers. It started as help for prescription ideas but I see other medical questions appearing. Writers with medical experience can at least guide you in the right direction if they can’t help you themself. You’ll have to become a member of the http://www.community.eharlequin.com/ first but there are so many valuable threads under the Write Stuff forum, it’ll be worth it.
If I need ideas for my western heroines, a visit to the Legends of America site soon sparks my imagination. This list shows American women in all walks of life including bandits, gamblers, painted ladies, pioneers, physicians and real-life heroines.
What are your favourite research sites?