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My blog is intended to show how I construct and write a historical novel. It will be a journal of my daily writing activity, as I write a new historical novel.

Location: Evansburg, Alberta, Canada

I am a retired school teacher with a B. Ed in English literature a B.A. in History. After a long career as a teacher of English and history, I now write historical novels based on Canadian history.

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Gold fever

Daniel has dreams of becoming a millionaire by going to the gold fields of the Yukon, so he goes to Edmonton to learn about the way there. Some of the prospectors do go from Edmonton, but few make it to their destination due to a variety of reasons: ignorance, poor transportation, poor equipment, poor companions, and scoundrels who cheat them.

In Edmonton, he sees an outfit heading out and he knows that they will never make because they are ill prepared for the journey.

He then meets a couple of seasoned prospectors who appear to know what they are doing. He asks to join them, but they do not want a greenhorn as part of their group.

Obviously, gold fever has affected Daniel and his usually sensible think has taken leave. When the malady strikes, it is like any other disease; it has to run its course, whatever that might be.


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