It’s not even a surprise when I’m late for my TCWT posts anymore, is it? Since I don’t have a regular blogging schedule and I’m not used to having to write something on a particular day, it is super easy to completely forget. Especially when the 23rd was the day after my exams and I was celebrating by sleeping all morning and going to see Star Trek in the evening. (We need the email schedule back. Seriously. I’m too useless to be expected to remember this.)
It’s been a busy week of watching too much Supernatural and finger painting Les Miserables fan art.
Still, better four days late than never (and thanks to Nevillegirl for reminding me that I had a post to write). Now I just have to write this quickly before JARVIS runs out of battery, as he has been playing music while I paint all morning, as well as putting up with two episodes of Spn, and I’m too lazy to bring the power cable downstairs.
“What are some of the coolest/weirdest/funniest/most disturbing things you’ve researched for a story?”
Ha ha ha. You probably don’t want to know. But that’s what the post is about, so let’s get on with it.
There’s the research that scares people: how long would it take to dance to death; injuries sustained from being thrown off a cliff; pattern of bruising from broken ankle; sacrificial rites; laws regarding human sacrifice… (these were all from one project, an abandoned novel called Rite.)
I once did an inordinate amount of research into insanity pleas (to get off murder charges by pleading insane); I know how to pick locks; I know WAY too much about swords; I know quite a bit about blood spatters and bullet holes…
Oh, and fan fiction is totally research. Really. In every way. Always research.
There’s also the research that just comes across as weird and possibly-illicit-but-we-don’t-like-to-ask. I write a lot of stuff based on Celtic mythology, which means I read a lot of legends. Now, legends are fairly weird. People see a page of information about ‘fairy lovers’ (lennán sidhe) on your laptop, and they immediately assume the worst. But in just the last couple of days, I’ve had a few things that have been particularly fun. (So it’s really just as well that I was late with this.)
My current project is a prequel to my Death and Fairies trilogy, so it’s largely set in 17th century Ireland. One of my unexpected minor characters, Fyodor, prompted some interesting questions, which I put to my Tumblr followers in the hope that someone could give me some answers. (pay attention to the tags)
My research led me to spend an hour reading about Hadrian and Antinous. Oh, and then I was reading about King James I: 1606 — King James I of England began a relationship with Robert Carr, 1st Earl of Somerset. Carr happened to break his leg at a tilting match, at which the king was present. The king instantly fell in love with the young man, even helping nurse him back to health all the while teaching him Latin. Entirely devoid of all high intellectual qualities, Carr was endowed with good looks, excellent spirits, and considerable personal accomplishments. These advantages were sufficient for James, who knighted the young man and at once took him into favour.
Yes, because when you fall in love with an injured young man, the first thing you do is teach him Latin. Right. Super romantic, guys. Super romantic.
I also have a habit of writing things I need to research on the back of my hand: this week it was “RUSSIAN FAIRIES” (underlined twice), because I needed to find out if there were fairies in Russian folklore. Turns out there aren’t, so that’s one question answered. For once, the internet actually gave me a straight answer!
Sometimes it won’t fit on my hand so migrates to my arm because it’s a combination of research and plot points. I’m really worried by the fact that this picture from last year says “necromancy” in the middle, as that’s not actually a feature of my book. Hmm… Also, ‘salt’? Dude, Supernatural is a more recent obsession than this.
So, there are a few of the things I’ve had to research. I daresay if I had longer to write this post I’d be able to think of a few more, but alas—JARVIS only has 11% battery left, and I don’t much fancy him dying on me before I can get him to the life support that is the charger upstairs, so I must end here.
However, if anyone knows anything about life in 1600s Ireland (whether related to LGBTQ issues or not), I’d be very happy to hear it, so leave me a comment.
Here’s the rest of the chain!
5th – http://theloonyteenwriter.wordpress.com/
6th – http://deborahrocheleau.wordpress.com/
7th – http://bloodoverithaca.wordpress.com/
8th – http://charleyrobson.blogspot.com/
9th – http://musingsfromnevillesnavel.wordpress.com/
10th – http://nonconformistwriter.blogspot.com/
11th – http://dearsaul.wordpress.com/
12th – http://missalexandrinabrant.wordpress.com/
13th – http://insideliamsbrain.wordpress.com/
14th – http://cinderscoria.blogspot.com/
15th – http://emilyvaneaton.wordpress.com/
16th – http://www.brookeharrison.com/
17th – http://thespasticwriter.blogspot.com/
18th – http://veewhoa.wordpress.com/
19th – http://www.mandilynn.com/
20th – http://theteenagewriter.wordpress.com/
21st – http://avonsbabbles.wordpress.com/
22nd – http://realityisimaginary.blogspot.com
23rd – http://miriamjoywrites.wordpress.com/ – hahahahahaha. Yeah. Next time I’ll be on time, guys. I promise. (You know I won’t.)
24th – http://anomalous93.blogspot.com/
25th – http://thelittleenginethatcouldnt.wordpress.com/
26th – http://ktlemonhead.wordpress.com/
27th – http://dreamerheadquarters.wordpress.com/
28th – http://paulinaczarnecki.wordpress.com/
29th – http://www.lilyjenness.blogspot.com/
30th – http://teenscanwritetoo.wordpress.com/ (We’ll announce the topic for next month’s chain)