It’s become a tradition. I devote my first post of the year to writing about the historical topics that I expect will occupy my time in the coming year. It’s a way to put my thoughts in order about the projects ahead. You all are kind to indulge me.
This year I could simply refer you to last year’s post. Nothing much has changed, except that a major archive reopened in October. (And will hopefully stay open. Keep your fingers crossed for me.)
I spent 2021 deep in research on Sigrid Schultz, the realities of being a foreign correspondent,* the rise of Nazi Germany, and related topics. As the blog posts of the last year will attest, I went down lots of rabbit holes in the process. (I love a good rabbit hole!)
As we move into 2022, I am still deep in research mode. It is exhausting and thrilling. I am finding some fabulous stuff, and I am wandering down lots of rabbit holes. Which means lots of stories to share. In fact, there are so many stories to share that I can’t keep up. My growing list includes some kick-ass women you probably haven’t heard of, an unlikely German social organization (think a cross between Boy Scouts and hippies), robots, and rocket science.
My hope is to finish my archival work by the end of January** and then fling myself into the writing. I’ll keep you posted.
What historical rabbit holes are on your list for 2020?
*At some level, the real challenge is not finding the story, it’s getting the story to the editors at home. Sigrid Schultz and her colleagues/competitors spent a lot of time looking for the optimum balance between speed, cost, and reliability.
**I’m not sure this is even possible. But a lady can dream, right?