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Before I sent my most recent book off to my trusty beta readers, I had a bunch of fact and detail-checking to do, things I hadn’t wanted to stop writing to look up or couldn’t look up once I was at the retreat. My rough drafts are always littered with square brackets around things like [last name] or [car type] to remind me to fill them in later. Some of the things I looked up for the current book:

-universities and community colleges in New York City
-different types of alcoholic drinks
-skiing locations near Boston
-how to release the safety on a pistol
-when the third Lord of the Rings movie came out
-the procedures that usually follow an arrest

Yet another reason I am so grateful to have the internet at my fingertips!

Originally published at Megan Crewe - another world, not quite ours. You can comment here or there.


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Sep. 1st, 2010 02:47 pm (UTC)
You wouldn't believe how many seismology reports I read through for Dahlia's story...oh, and I sent that off to you last night -- did you get it?
Sep. 1st, 2010 05:28 pm (UTC)
No, weird. :( I don't know why your mail isn't getting to me all of a sudden. Try my yahoo e-mail: melusine33@yahoo.com.
Sep. 1st, 2010 03:06 pm (UTC)
Without the internet you would have had to go to New York, get drunk at a college bar on as many different drinks as possible, find a pistol, undo the safety, shoot it and get arrested, thereby going through the legal process.

How glad we are the internet exists! ;)
Sep. 2nd, 2010 06:07 pm (UTC)
Exactly! It really would have been a lot of hassle. ;)
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My Books

Earth & Sky
(Earth & Sky #1, science fiction YA)
Skyscape/Razorbill Canada, 2014

The Clouded Sky
(Earth & Sky #2, science fiction YA)
Skyscape/Razorbill Canada, 2015

A Sky Unbroken
(Earth & Sky #3, science fiction YA)
Skyscape/Razorbill Canada, 2015

The Way We Fall
(Fallen World #1, apocalyptic YA)
Disney-Hyperion, 2012

The Lives We Lost
(Fallen World #2, apocalyptic YA)
Disney-Hyperion, 2013

The Worlds We Make
(Fallen World #3, apocalyptic YA)
Disney-Hyperion, 2014

Those Who Lived: Fallen World Stories
(Fallen World #3.5, apocalyptic YA)
self pubbed, 2014

Give Up the Ghost
(paranormal YA)
Henry Holt, 2009

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