Mid-Month Memo 10: Unbelievable!

. We’re sharing our astonishment here, at just how successful the Gateway and the Lancer archives have been over the last year. This post is about statistics, but please don’t blanch and backpedal out of here! Instead, take just a moment to relish the astounding numbers of stories, authors, views, visitors, likes and comments theContinue reading “Mid-Month Memo 10: Unbelievable!”

Mid-Month Memo 09: Christmas and New Year Stories

. The last themed mid-month memo of the year: today, highlighting our list of Christmas and New Year stories. Christmas . All His Christmases At Once   (link to FFN) by PollyVictorian All I Want For Christmas by Susan An Emoji Christmas Story by Suzanne Away in a Manger by Suzanne Bah, Humbug by Starry Diadem Best Christmas Ever Series by EJIt Should Have Been The BestContinue reading “Mid-Month Memo 09: Christmas and New Year Stories”

Mid-Month Memo 08: Thanksgiving Stories

. Another themed mid-month memo today, highlighting topical stories in our collection, this time (of course) our list of Thanksgiving stories: (The) Best Gal Darn Turkey in the Whole Gal Darn World  by Linda B (Kona) First Lancer Family Thanksgiving by Desert Sun For These We Give Thanks by Patti H. Giving Thanks by Laraine Giving Thanks by Winj His Life, His Thanks by Barbara V.Continue reading “Mid-Month Memo 08: Thanksgiving Stories”

Mid-Month Memo 07: Hallowe’en Stories

. One of the best things about organising an archive, is that we can create a host of specialist lists of titles, dividing them up into anything from stories covering specific holidays to cross-overs to episode tags. Today’s post falls into two parts. First, our list of stories themed around Hallowe’en, with all its ghostlyContinue reading “Mid-Month Memo 07: Hallowe’en Stories”

Mid-Month Memo 06: Firearms

Perhaps the most iconic thing in Hollywood westerns, other than the cows themselves, is the six-gun sported by the hero. His fast draw and unerring aim puts paid to rattlers, rustlers and bad guys alike. The western wouldn’t *be* a western without firearms, without the lightning fast draw, and the shoot-out on the streets ofContinue reading “Mid-Month Memo 06: Firearms”

Mid-Month Memo 05: The Lancer Hacienda

Have you ever wondered about the enormous house used as the hacienda in Lancer? Many of you probably know that it wasn’t just a backdrop on a film lot somewhere, but a real house near Carmel. Handily placed for the film industry, actually. While only the pilot episode was actually filmed on location, the houseContinue reading “Mid-Month Memo 05: The Lancer Hacienda”

Mid-Month Memo 04: The World According to Jelly Hoskins

“See, the thing about John Madrid? He’s an ace high shootist. He’s the kinda man who don’t care a continental ’bout facing up to them road agents who fancy they got the bulge on him when they’s facin’ him three varmints to one, and that don’t change none ’cause these days he’s callin’ hisself aContinue reading “Mid-Month Memo 04: The World According to Jelly Hoskins”

Mid-Month Memo 03: Beauty and Homecare Recipes

Back to Great-Granny’s recipe book for more home recipes. Some of the ingredients had us scratching our heads in bemusement, but we’ll share the recipes here anyway. You’ll never know when you need to mention one of these in a story sometime! Measurements are usually given in drams or drachms (same thing, different spelling), whichContinue reading “Mid-Month Memo 03: Beauty and Homecare Recipes”

Mid-Month Memo 02: Valentine’s Day Stories

A special post for the most romantic holiday of the year, with a list of the stories in the archives with a link to Valentine’s Day. . (The) First Annual Green River Boxed Supper Auction and Valentine’s Day Dance by Dori (A) Happy Valentine’s Day Affair by Margaret Schmitz Compton Her Luggage by Margaret SchmitzContinue reading “Mid-Month Memo 02: Valentine’s Day Stories”

Mid-Month Memo 01: Home Remedies

Here’s the first of a new series of mid-month posts about… well, stuff that might be of interest to our readers, and to writers who want to add a note of authenticity to their stories. These posts will cover a whole range of topics on the history of the old West. We hope they’ll beContinue reading “Mid-Month Memo 01: Home Remedies”