On the other hand, it's always gratifying when a book comes out confirming that I got something right. Fact-checking about some tiny detail in the new Ben January, I ran across another example of what were called "County Seat Wars," something you'd mostly find in the West but in this case was in Alabama: where there was competition between two towns to be the administrative center of a new county, and gangs of men from Town A would literally go raid Town B, steal all the county records, load them in a wagon and carry them bodily back to Town A. (Which is a major plot element in the Ben January book "Lady of Perdition" - only on a much larger scale). Some of these raids ended in bloodshed and deaths. I'm glad I got it right - that it evidently wasn't as unheard-of as I'd thought - but it's pretty horrifying all the same.
In other news, George's collection of short stories - Budayeen Nights - will be downpriced to $1.99, digital, US and Canada, on Monday, June 28. The Budayeen books were his most popular series, partly I think because of the setting, the Budayeen itself - essentially an s-f version of the French Quarter. In a novel, you have to stick with the main plot-line. This is what's going on in the background, day-to-day.