In the Slip in Time series, a museum is the vehicle that takes my heroines back in time to find their true love. Readers have asked me…why a museum? So here’s the scoop and it’s pretty simple–I love museums. It all started when I lived in Chicago, Illinois and discovered Art Institute Chicago had free admission one day a week. I spent many lunch hours roaming and still don’t think I made it through every exhibit. Here’s a few of my favorite museum visits.
Let’s start our tour with the Denver Art Museum – http://denverartmuseum.org. When I visited in September 2012, the main exhibit was “Spun, Adventures in Textiles.” Opportunities abounded in interactive exhibits including a quilt block making corner where people like me, who love quilts, but have never learned to quilt could glue together our own quilt blocks. I used black and white fabric, red triangles, buttons, ribbon, and made my very first quilt block. It sits on my writing desk, a decorative splash of color and design.
A much smaller museum and closer to home in Seattle is the Klondike Gold Rush Museum – National Historical Park Service – http://www.nps.gov/klse/index.htm. I visited with my Mom as she prepared to walk the Chilkoot Trail in Alaska. It was inspiring to read stories of the miners, native people, and settlers. A park ranger taught us how to pan for gold using the actual tools from the gold rush.
The next one has NOTHING to do with my writing but I loved my visit on recommendation by Minnesota cousins, Nick and Helen. The Spam Museum – dedicated to the canned meat product known as Spam http://www.spam.com/spam-101/the-spam-museum. The museum is currently closed as it moves into downtown Austin, MN but will reopen in spring 2016! Did you know the classic version is made up of only six ingredients?
And last, there’s something precious about a hometown museum, mine is in Tomah, Wisconsin called The Tomah Museum- http://www.tomahmuseum.com. When we were school kids we looked forward to an annual trip to The Little Red Schoolhouse. Built in 1864 and moved to Gillet Park, this is the actual schoolhouse and gave us an idea of what it was like to go to school in the “olden days.” They also have a museum exhibit site in downtown Tomah which I must admit I’ve never been to. And that brings me to the conclusion…
What’s next? Here are some museums I’m looking forward to visiting: National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma http://nationalcowboymuseum.org – If I was a baby museum, this is the museum I would want to grow up to be, it looks amazing and I can hardly wait to visit. Last, The Museum of Idaho, my Idaho Falls museum is fictional but this museum is appealingly real and also on my “Can’t hardly wait to get there” list. http://museumofidaho.org
What about you? What’s your favorite museum? Have fun finding out!
Best to you,
DeeDee Lane, Romance Writer–Saucy Stories with Western Settings
A Time Travel Romance Novella
Heat Level – Spicy
Addy Spencer, Assistant Curator at the Cowboy and Western Museum slips through time into the heart of the rugged West and into the arms of a mountain man. Big Jake’s sizzling green eyes and gorgeous physique are a dream come true, just what Addy has always wanted.
When Big Jake saves Addy from a randy group of trappers set to rendezvous at the Snake River their love seems possible. But can Addy open her heart to this mountain man knowing that at any moment she could be whisked back to her own time? One thing’s for sure, Addy can’t resist her mounting desire as she uncovers more cowboy delights than she ever imagined.
DeeDee Lane is a Seattle author and a member of Romance Writers of America. Her mystery scenarios and characters turn up on boat cruises and many corporate and private events around Puget Sound. She and her husband love to go on road trips, especially if there’s time to check out a tinfoil rooster or the largest truck stop in the world. Originally from central Wisconsin, DeeDee was raised on a farm and surrounded with great stories of the West.