Martini Club 4 Kickoff ~ Kathy L Wheeler

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So I’m kicking off the official Martini Club 4 blog with some of the planning issues the four of us ran into, last minutes freakouts, and promo ideas we ran into along our 1 and ½ year journey of getting this series going from conception to publication. As you may have realized, all four stories were released on Thursday, February 26th.

So here we go.

In a message dated 12/30/2013 11:52:07 A.M. Central Standard Time, amccabe7551@yahoo.com writes:

I’m getting started on my story opening, which features everyone on the ship going to NYC!  What I need from all of you right now is a physical description of your heroine, and her reason for being on the ship…
Thanks!!
Ammanda

Sorry I’m just now responding. My  heroine was hanging around the docks, she’s been on the street since her mother, who was a servant, passed away and the owner of the manor, a duke or whatever, tried to rape her. Maybe she tries to steal something from one of the girls, they catch her but feel sorry for her and take her along. She wants a new opportunity in america.

She has long dark hair and light brown/sometimes hazel eyes. With a beauty mark on her right cheek. Here is her pic, which I’ve also attached.

from Alicia Dean

1/4/2014 10:13am

Subject: Links that might help

http://all-that-is-interesting.com/new-york-1920s

http://www.1920s-music.com/

http://www.last.fm/tag/1920s

http://www.thepeoplehistory.com/20sfood.html

Alicia Dean

1/4/2014 11:02am

Subject: Transportation

From Kathy L Wheeler

Subways
subwayTo ease New York City’s demand for rapid transit, city authorities determined to build a subway that would meet two objectives.  First, it would quickly and efficiently move people about in crowded Manhattan.  Secondly, it would move them out of crowded Manhattan.  Subway lines would extend out to vast tracts of undeveloped land, where new neighborhoods could be created, helping to turn a cramped island city into a sprawling metropolitan area.

The IRT (Interborough Rapid Transit Company) began construction on the first subway line in 1900, and less than four years later, the IRT began whisking New Yorkers beneath city streets, carrying over 100,000 riders on its very first day.  Subways, traveling at close to 40 miles per hour, were much faster than trolleys (6 miles per hour) and elevated trains (12 miles per hour).  Passengers appreciated features of the system, including choices between local and express service, fewer weather-related delays than street transportation, and the single fare they had become accustomed to on other modes of public transit – five cents regardless of the distance they traveled.

Most of the subway system we know today was built swiftly during a great burst of construction from 1913 to 1931.  To encourage rapid growth, the city divided subway contracts between two companies.  This arrangement, known as the “Dual Contracts” or “Dual System,” awarded rights to the IRT to expand existing Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Bronx lines.  It awarded what later became known as the BMT (Brooklyn-Manhattan Transit Corporation) contracts for new lines in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens.

Trolleys
trolleyFor seventy years trolleys ran in all five boroughs of New York City.  Trolleysoperated by electrical power delivered through wires running overhead or in underground conduits.  They were faster and cleaner than horsecars and cheaper to build and operate than cable cars.  However, the rapid increase in fuel-powered cars and trucks in the 1920s doomed the trolleys.  Running on fixed tracks in the middle of the city’s streets, trolleys became a nuisance in traffic and getting on and off them was dangerous.

Next month I’ll go through our process of finding titles!

Happy reading, everyone! ~~Kathy L Wheeler

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5 thoughts on “Martini Club 4 Kickoff ~ Kathy L Wheeler

  1. winonabennettcross

    History has always fascinated me. Loved the post and looking forward to reading all four plus the other decades to come.

  2. Haha, fun stuff! I’d forgotten some of the early things we discussed. I didn’t stray too far from my original thought, except Eliza didn’t steal from them. Turns out she’s not a thief, she’s a liar. 🙂

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