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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

RTW: When You're Strange

Researching Song of the Day: "People Are Strange" by The Doors

Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where YA Highway's contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question that begs to be answered. In the comments, you can hop from destination to destination and get everybody's unique take on the topic.

This Week's Topic:
What is the strangest/weirdest thing you've ever researched (for your novel/WIP)?

We often find ourselves typing in questions and topics to Google or Bing pretty much every time we sit down to write. Seriously, what did people DO before the Internet? Anyway, even though we do this often, there have been a couple times where we realized: hmmm, this is pretty strange...

Pam's Answer:

While writing Wants, I had to look up the proper spelling of painkillers--that may look a little strange to someone browsing my computer history. Oh! And when I wrote (and completed, thank you very much) my NaNo WIP on fairies, had to research mythical fairy homelands--and of course how to kill a fairy. So, to an outsider looking through my computer, I look like a painkiller addict who wants to kill fairies. Nice.

Picture Taken From: http://www.foreveryoungadult.com/wp-content/upload/2010/08/fairies.jpg

Quita's Answer:

While writing In Limbo, I had to look up causes and cures for the Spanish Influenza. I had to look up how it spread, what kind of symptoms one would show etc. The symptoms were pretty gross--and I looked at pics of victims *shudders*. But, I guess the strangest thing I had to research was how to kill someone with a blunt object. In The Blues, Blake has to figure out who murdered his best friend who was killed with a blunt object. I had to make sure that was possible. So, if the police were to search my computer after someone is killed with a blunt object, I might be in trouble...

Picture Taken From: http://images.sodahead.com/polls/000904139/GO187_answer_3_xlarge.jpeg

Tell us, what the strangest thing you had to research?


Alison Miller said...

I'm shuddering with you, and I haven't even seen the pics!

I've researched some pretty whack stuff too - it's a very interesting world we live in.

Jennifer Hoffine said...

Strange stuff, indeed...lets hope no one has cause to look into any of our internet histories.

Kara said...

LOL at the blunt object...sometimes I worry the cops are going to come after me too!

Alicia Gregoire said...

Medical pictures gross me out. I had to research hitting people with blunt objects recently too.

Sarah Enni said...

"I look like a painkiller addict who wants to kill fairies. Nice." LOL.

And researching death by blunt object, while totally necessary, would definitely give me the shudders. That kind of research is intense!

Rebecca B said...

"A painkiller addict who wants to kill fairies." Ha! Love it.

M.J. Horton said...

Ugh. I remember when I had to look up info on the Spanish Influenza awhile ago. *shudders too*

"A painkiller addict who wants to kill fairies. Nice." Hehe.

How to kill people with blunt objects, eh? I think we'll all look like potential murders if the people ever come knocking on any of our doors.

Tracey Neithercott said...

Pam, it's more like a pain killer addict who hallucinates fairies and therefore needs to kill them. Haha

Quita, thank you for sparing us the photos of Spanish Influenza symptoms. I think I speak for all commenters when I say we're eternally grateful.

Ninja Girl said...

Lol, that thing about the fairies made me smile!
Thanks needed that,
Ninja Girl
P.S. I'm a new follower :) Looking forward to reading about more about y'alls journey through the publishing process

Carolina Valdez Miller said...

What a hilarious topic. Writers are probably all on the FBI's watch list for our google habits.

Kate Hart said...

I just learned the other day how Spanish Flu started! /random

Pam, folks will probably think it's the painkillers making you see faeries that need killing. O_o

oh crap I just saw Tracey said the same thing. #originalityfail

Angelica R. Jackson said...

Maybe the painkillers are to STOP those desires to kill fairies? And let you enjoy them in a euphoric state?

Racquel Henry said...

Looking up how to kill a fairy sounds kind of fun...I'm curious now. Lol. I recently looked up things that cause sudden death for What's in the Fabric. :)

Josip said...

Medical pictures gross me out. I had to research hitting people with blunt objects recently too.