Lamenting my lost love

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Photo credit: Kaboompics

I miss reading. I miss setting aside an hour, or two or three, to fall in love with a good book and explore another world for a while. Nowadays my reading quota seems to be taken up with internet browsing, reading random crap that pops up on my Facebook feed and blindly staring at lecture notes I can’t quite seem to decipher. I mean, technically, it’s still reading, but it’s not quite the same.

So when I recently stumbled across Flash Fiction I realised I could finally have my cake and have time to eat it too! For anyone, like me, who hasn’t heard of Flash Fiction before they’re basically super short stories that pack a serious punch.

From the 100 word drabble to the lengthier 500 – 1000 word short, every micro tale gives you a chance to escape into another world for a brief part of the day. Taking just a few minutes to read, they can be devoured on the bus journey to work placements, squeezed in between lectures or read just before your head hits the pillow.

Amazon are currently offering two collections of flash fiction for FREE on the kindle, so if, like me, you miss reading because life no longer seems to allow you the free time, give them a go. I’ve committed to try and fit in just one story a day. I started last night before bed and surprised myself by reading, not one, but three! If you’d like to try them out for yourself the two collections are available right here:

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1930’s drepression era research

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Oklahoma:

http://www.encyclopedia.com/topic/Oklahoma.aspx

Chewing tobacco:

http://www.smokelessaficionado.com/index.php/otp/chewing-tobacco/56-the-history-of-chewing-tobacco-in-america

In the 1930’s though, chewing tobacco began to fall out of favor due to the invention of the pre-rolled cigarette but was still popular in the south where the tobacco was grown.

so is oklahoma south or mid west. much discussion can be found on google about this matter. in order to allow bonnie’s dad to chew chewing tobacco i will need to place the family in the south of oklahoma.

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Sweets:

http://www.oldtimecandy.com/candy-by-decade/1930s-candy?p=2

http://www.oldtimecandy.com/walk-the-candy-aisle/red-hots/

violet mints or red hots (cinnamon imperials)

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1930s clothing:

http://histclo.com/country/us/co-usiw1930.html

http://histclo.com/chron/c1930.html

Children from disadvantaged homes only wore shoes when the weather was cold. Only had one pair of lace up school shoes wouldn’t have afforded the sneakers other children had as play shoes. Below the ankle shoes had been introduced but as these shoes are hand me downs they would be above the knee more like boots. Girls sandals.

http://www.ehow.co.uk/facts_7871172_did-children-wear-school-1930s.html

http://vintagedancer.com/1930s/1930s-men-fashion-guide/

https://prezi.com/dimbyk51c_f6/textiles-in-the-1930s/

https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=E-3MGOMkQiAC&pg=PA13&lpg=PA13&dq=1930’s+backyards&source=bl&ots=bQEd6kTRyY&sig=OiNJpg_PfrQhFsD_au_7HwB6lMI&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj-9afs6KDMAhWBIMAKHe-FAiUQ6AEIOTAI#v=onepage&q=1930’s%20backyards&f=false

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Damp_(mining)

http://www.cmhrc.co.uk/site/literature/glossary/

http://www.amazinggoodwill.com/about-goodwill

http://www.mcintyrepa.com/swanboots.htm

1930’s Pal the Wonder Dog:

Pal, the Wonder Dog, and his Offspring Pete

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poem in progress:

As she embedded the seeds in the soil

She knew it was worth all the sweat and toil

The bed was ready, ‘Time for you to grow.’

She whispered as she tiptoed along the rows

She turned the tap and water began to spurt

Into the rusty watering can peppered with dirt

The sun beat down on her weary head

Blooming her face a pleasing shade of red