Just got back from a fantastic summer holiday, exploring the 'wild west' of America. The quantity of amazing short story material was incredible: we did horse rides up and down very steep hills, rode through streams, saw bison, deer, bears and wolves. We sat in a cafe where Wild Bill Hickok was shot, stayed in Buffalo Bill's hotel (where he auditioned Annie Oakley), toured a gold mine and learned why many miners lost fingertips (and most were poor, but the blacksmiths became very wealthy). My little black moleskine is crammed full of story notes and ideas. The problem is, I don't know that period of history, and I don't have an authentic American voice (still think in English - you'd be amazed at the number of differences - did you know a UK cow pat is a US cow chip?). So do I write a story that will be riddled with historical and linguistic errors, or do I stick to what I know...? Over to you, dear readers...

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