This is an exploration not an answer. Throughout the writing of my novel (1993-2009), Morkan’s Quarry, I had the privilege of assisting a lot of historians of the south and of the Ozarks. When, through their own sleuthing or their own kindness, they discovered I was writing a novel set in the past, these historians (and countless others!) reacted in a way that made me wonder. Why is it that so many historians dismiss or worse detest fiction, and yet so many fiction writers revere the work of good historians, especially local historians. Time for a project! Why not a blog?