Welcome to my little corner of the blogosphere!
My name is Sarah Angleton. I am a wife, mother of boys, and writer of fiction and sometimes other stuff, too. My first historical novel, titled Smoke Rose to Heaven, is scheduled for traditional publication, followed by immediate fame, in October of 2017.
In a way, this blog has grown out of the research for that first novel, because research almost always winds up heading in surprising directions, most of which don’t belong in a novel, but might be at home in a blog post.
What I’ve discovered while navigating the world my characters inhabit, is that what I love most about history is the way it so often becomes entwined with my own world as well. I appreciate history most when I stumble across those little tidbits that inform my experiences living in this particular time.
And so with this blog, I am attempting to share some of those generally quirky, often funny, usually fascinating little pieces of history that may seem irrelevant under a big spotlight, but add flavor to my understanding of the human condition.
This is not a blog about serious history. It is not a blog about politics or foreign affairs. It is a blog about small scale history from an everyday, practical perspective. I promise I will attempt to share factual information, but I can’t promise that I won’t make mistakes. My research will be at times a little shoddy because not every research idea can turn into a novel. I simply don’t have time for that.
The subject matter will vary, sometimes greatly. But my hope is that it will always be somewhat informative, a little bit relatable, and kind of funny, and that you will enjoy reading it as much as I enjoy writing it.
By the way, if you like the blog, you might also enjoy Launching Sheep & Other Stories from the Intersection of History and Nonsense, a collection of essays celebrating the 5th Blogiversary of The Practical Historian.