"It is not the critic who counts; not the one who points out how the strong man stumbled, or how the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is marred with dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; who, if he wins, knows the triumphs of high achievement; and who, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly; so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat."
S. L. Matthews is an 18th & 19th century living history reenactor, hobbyist photographer, and avid writer of the Victorian Era and the Old West.
She grew up in the past, weaving on a loom and producing period rifle and accoutrement straps for reenactors, museums, movies, and television worldwide. She bought a quarter horse in high school with her earnings. Now she weaves three-dimensional characters through unusual plots and focuses on stories largely untold through history.
When she’s not dressed in Victorian Era and Old West attire, you can find her outside photographing landscapes, nature, or living history, tackling her garden, scouting shops for old books and historical treasures, or playing with her Welsh Corgis.
S. L. Matthews is the author of Nickel’s Luck, “Ravens in the Graveyard” (in the Untamed West Anthology), “Lest We Forget” (in Bourbon and a Good Cigar: 52 Western Short Stories by Scott Harris), and “The Hourglass” (in Time to Myself: 52 Western Short Stories by Scott Harris). She lives in Sparta, Tennessee with her family.