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  • May 1, 2017

Weird At My Sea?

I think the cat has proven that weird we can surely go. Nothing is off limits over there. Being a rhyming cat counts as writing, right? From zombie feet to creepy doll island we’ve gone. Oh, right. The IWSG question:

What is the weirdest/coolest thing you’ve ever had to research for a story?

Really thinking about it, I think I have researched more for a few blog posts than most books I’ve written. I mean when you get into the realm of time travel, fantasy and stuff, most of that stuff just demands getting made up.

I’ve used myths like Merlin and Camelot, Greek mythology and the like, but most of that I already knew.

When writing A Thousand Miles I had to use actual roads so I had to look those up, that count?

The Connective takes place a few towns over from where I grew up, so that I knew.

I guess go with what you know and, if not, make crap up is what I go with. Now should I ever write something that isn’t fiction or something that needs boggy dialogue, the science fiction kind(which I doubt it, blah to jargon) I’d research and such. Otherwise I’ll stick with winging it.

Unless the cat wants to gross people out or go on about something, then he may research a bit.

Of course the NSA probably thinks I’m a serial killer or something as I look up words and other little things, but I don’t consider those weird or cool.

Have to research at your sea? Any weird crap found by thee?

Enjoy life, forget the strife.


Denise Covey

2017-05-01 06:23:55 Reply

Hey Pat. In my fiction I research a lot. Maybe that makes me weird? I like to find out things. Like, did you know that writers outside the US are advised by publishers to use American settings and hero/ines and language so we can please the American market? Weird stuff, right? Does that mean Americans aren’t interested in learning about hero/ines in other cultures like Down Under? Imagine how much an Aussie has to research to nail that New York setting! Have mercy! ‘Write about what you don’t know,’ right? Weird!

    Pat Hatt

    2017-05-01 10:34:05 Reply

    Yeah, you can’t know it all. I was never specifically told that by anyone, but I took it as a given. As that is where the biggest market is with Amazon and Americans are maybe more all about me? Beats me. Had to research a bit with A Thousand Miles taking place there. But others I try to remain vague, so they can think it takes place there, but maybe not lol


2017-05-01 13:31:13 Reply

I research mountains on a regular basis for my blog, but nothing really comes off as weird to me anymore after 12 years as a journalist. Now there you’re gonna see some weird stuff. Can you imagine researching Trump or pot?!?

    Pat Hatt

    2017-05-01 13:58:53 Reply

    I bet you’ve seen a ton. I tend to roll my eyes a lot more than find anything weird these days. Would sure be eye roll worthy researching either of those two things. Although pot I’m clued into, all that was at university when I went. Pot heads galore there, ugg.

Yolanda Renee

2017-05-01 14:36:43 Reply

I research a lot of things, especially words and their uses. I’ve used the word fodder for a long time – but was recently told by someone that even after they looked it up – they didn’t understand it’s meaning. I thought it was a well known slang word, but must be regional. Oh, well. Live and learn. But yeah, I research lots of weird things about murder, death, and dying – I’m on someone’s list! 🙂

    Pat Hatt

    2017-05-01 15:40:18 Reply

    haha NSA is watching you. I’ve heard of fodder before. Maybe it was just that area. Weird. Sure I’ve used words that no one knew too. Some british slang I’ve used for a character and had to look up.

Alex J. Cavanaugh

2017-05-01 15:06:44 Reply

Unfortunately the science in science fiction demands that I look up a few things.

    Pat Hatt

    2017-05-01 15:37:18 Reply

    Time travel I winged, that was the main science, which isn’t really science yet, I’ve used.

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