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Weird book research

Not long ago, I was discussing with a fellow author the various sorts of odd research we’ve done that might raise a few eyebrows (or perhaps suspicions of wrong-doing) if someone who didn’t know we were writers looked at our web history. How odd? Well, I’d say these are the most eyebrow-raising topics I’ve googled in the past year (for five different books):

-where to shoot someone so they die instantly
-Japanese swords and other weaponry
-how to draw your own blood (there are Youtube videos!)
-famous Middle Eastern rebels
-common foal deformities
-least painful ways to commit suicide
-the gas mileage of army trucks

It’ll be interesting to see what new and bizarre things I’ll need to look up this year…

If you’re an author, or do research for other purposes — what’s the strangest topic you’ve ever looked into?

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


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Jan. 5th, 2012 06:44 pm (UTC)
Lately, I have looked up:

woody vines in Kentucky
plagues and epidemics since 1600
how to survive a bear attack
how does Disney evacuate a park
does rhinovirus exist in the wild
how to brain tan a deerskin

Which, only the Disney one is going to make the CIA look at me funny, but the whole list amuses me. :D
Jan. 5th, 2012 07:01 pm (UTC)
I looked up the brain tanning too! Isn't it cool that each animal's brain provides exactly enough to tan its own skin?

My dubious research so far has involved the range and potential damage of longbows and crossbows, whether you can get blood out of a corpse after the first few hours, how to get involuntarily committed to psychiatric hospital, how to safely wean yourself off anti-psychotic drugs... and more recently I've been looking at sites dedicated to exploring abandoned mines, which is OH SO ILLEGAL and also ridiculously dangerous so I'm glad I don't actually plan to do it. :)
Jan. 6th, 2012 09:41 am (UTC)
I'm working on a quickie story for a forum contest. I'm just waiting for the knock on the door, seeing as I keep having to google rates of pay in drug smuggling, cities that create certain drugs, how to get past border control and the ingredients that make up ketamine. Most of my searches are extraordinarily dull - I'm determined that no one can read my entry and say "you realise there's no train from [city] to [city]?" or "you realise that trip would be 28 hours?" so I'm becoming quite the expert on Eastern European train and airport timetables.

Foal deformities, that has to be a first :)
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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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