It looks like I almost completely missed today's Insecure Writer's Support Group. I am out of town in a land of bad internet connectivity.
I spent my morning in the archive room of the Scott County Historical Society in Huntsville, Tennessee. I found some very interesting facts, but mostly it was super overwhelming being surrounded by a billion records and not knowing where to start.
My daughter is with me, and we spent the afternoon in Knoxville at the East Tennessee Historical Society in the special collections room. All I have to say is they were super rude and treated us like we were going to steal their records and books.
There weren't many people there despite the fact the place was enormous and had so much information. It's really too bad, because they had lots of information there. They made us lock up our belongings on the way in, let us know there are papers and pencils available at each table, and only on our way out told us we could have made copies despite the fact there are signs everywhere forbidding the copying of documents. Why even have books and records there to share if you don't actually share them? Very annoying.
We just returned from walking the family cemetery, which is coincidentally less than a mile from our hotel. We found the headstone of my grandmother's sister, who died when she was a toddler after she fell into a tub of lye when her mom was doing the laundry. So sad. She was buried near her grandparents. The flowers next to her grave were knocked over, so we fixed them up for her.
I don't really have any writing insecurities to share except that it is quite difficult to do research for historical fiction. Despite the difficulty, it has been a fun trip, and we've found some cool things unexpectedly, like this sign near the river where my ancestors used to hang out:
I'll do my best to check in on the other IWSG posts this weekend when I have a better connection.