Tina Pinson resides in Mesa, Arizona with her husband of thirty plus years, Danny. They are blessed to have three sons, and five grandchildren with one on the way. Tina started her first novel in elementary school. Her love of writing has caused her to seek creative outlets be it writing poetry, songs, or stories. In the Manor of the Ghost and Touched By Mercy were published through Desert Breeze Publishers.
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I saw this interesting photo not long ago where this Honda crotch rocket had gone completely into the front seat of a VW. I found the picture fascinating and my curiosity getting the better of me I wanted to read the story beneath.
It went something like this: a young man is going at a high rate of speed on his Honda crotch rocket, when this with VW Rabbit with two young girls pulls out right in front of him. He doesn't have time to stop and ploughs right into them. They are all killed instantly.
The story goes on to say that the young driver of the VW was on her cell phone at the time, and had she been paying attention it might not have happened.
Awful story. Horrifying that so many lives were taken in one tragic accident. The story had everyone talking about why we shouldn't talk or text while driving. Granted we probably shouldn't be talking and texting while we drive, but that's not the point I want to make. Nor do I want to distract from the fact that lives were lost.
Another account says. The young man on the Honda was going at a high rate of speed and he'd just received his license. The occupants of the VW, an elderly couple did indeed pull out on him, and because of his high rate of speed and inability to react or inattentiveness, he couldn't slow down and caused the accident.
The last account comes from a police report of the accident. It says that the VW turned left in front of the Honda, which was traveling in the opposite direction on a country road. The Honda hit the car with such force the driver and motorcycle landed in the car and the VW rolled. Then the story didn't even happen in the US as implied, it happened in Sweden some four or five years before. Cells phones were never mentioned
Someone now saw a chance to rewrite history, to skew it to fit their agenda.
As a fiction writer, I insert I my characters in history all the time. Sometimes, when writing Sci Fi or Speculative, I even make up my own worlds. When I wrote When Shadows Fall some twenty plus years ago. My main source of research was the library. I did a little on the internet, but it wasn't the bastion of research it is now. I looked for the older accounts, for diaries and journals and papers. Did I get it right, I sure hope so, given the things I found. I don't want to change history.
Fast forward to now, I went back to the library and asked where the research books were and was told they didn't carry many, most research was done on line. Which can be unfortunate if you a person doesn't weed through the truths and untruths.
It seems that some people want to rewrite history to fit their mold. To fit their idea of the truth. To some the Holocaust is myth, millions of people were never slaughtered. There was a war, but not the major loss of life.
Christ was never born, although ancient scholars and historians write that he was, it's preferable to remove him from history. Our children's history books are being changed to fit ideas and mold new, usually incorrect ones.
The truth is skewed and little details removed or added, until the truth is slanted enough toward the lie. And sadly others believe it is the truth.
So my question to you is this… How do you guard against feeding misinformation and history when you write your stories? How do you research? And what might be some of the things you've found where history has been skewed and no one seems to care?
The Civil War rages, and Rebekah fights to keep her world intact. Loss and sorrow seeps into her heart. Her sights on Oregon, she prays New Eden will be a place of peace for her and her son. A refuge. She travels to Missouri to start her journey and is denied the opportunity to join the train. Matthew battles his way through the war thinking of Rebekah, planning to help her west. He fears his biggest battle lies ahead. Will Rebekah open up her heart and allow him to be the one to hold her When the Shadows Fall?
When Shadows Fall is available through Desert Breeze Publishing. The next two installments of the Shadow Series; Shadowed Dreams and To Catch a Shadow continues the story of Matthew and Rebekah on the Oregon Trail, releases November 2012 and June 2012 respectively.
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