On my “The Next Big Thing” blog hop post, I revealed the subject of my first historical fiction novel.
My head has been in virtual 19th century Edenton, North Carolina, for much of this year. I came across a particular website dedicated to Harriet Jacobs, supported by a Edenton Historical foundation.
Imagine my excitement when I discovered a 3 day symposium on Harriet is scheduled for May. Envision the adrenaline rush when a return email advises me Jean Fagan Yellin, author of Harriet Jacobs A Life, is scheduled as a speaker. Dr. Yellin spent 20 years of her life researching Harriet. She is THE preeminent authority on Harriet’s life.
Cost of the symposium: $25, including lunch. Hard to beat that kind of deal.
Stumbling factor is I live on the East Coast in Vancouver, Canada. I spent the next few days wondering how on earth I could attend this symposium. Then I looked up airfares on Expedia. $600 return.
I’m going to hang with Harriet in North Carolina in May! My very first research trip. I’m going to visit places (Edenton restores historical sites; it doesn’t rebuild them) where Harriet breathed, walked and lived. What an incredible honor.
Edenton, from the pictures I saw on the internet, looks like a lovely town. May can’t come soon enough for me.