My critique partners and I have a running joke that the FBI has us on a watch list because of the things we lookup in the name of research. I certainly hope that isn’t the case but I have to admit I’ve looked up some pretty strange things for research. Here are just a few.
The history of carrier pigeons. I did a M/F stories and needed a pigeon. I needed to know how far back in time they were used. Just so happens? Quite awhile back LOL
In the same book I needed to know the ancient language in Greece. It’s called Koine, or at least it was in the time period I needed.
I’ve looked up Werewolf lore. Which probably doesn’t surprise anyone.
Prince Alberts The piercing not the man. <blink blink> Yup, you read that right 😜
Molotov Cocktails. Uh huh, see why I think the FBI has me on a list?
Flying helicopters in bad weather. You can do it, but they advise against it.
Equine encephalitis. Nasty virus! Get your horses vaccinated, people.
Regency era townhouses. Very interesting. Check out my Sci-Regency Pinterest board.
The Mexican drug cartel. <whispers> “FBI watch list.”
Southern sayings. I know several of them. My family is a font of information in this era, but there were a couple I’d never heard. For the life of me, I just don’t understand how anything could “taste so good you’d slap your granny.” I mean really! And what exactly does Katie bar the door mean? Is it like “Hey, Katie! Bar that door!” Or is there a bar called a Katie Bar? I don’t know, but if you want a good laugh check these out.
Baby Names. The FBI probably thinks I have about 25 children LOL
Mexican swear words. I actually know a few of these too 😏 but I learned a lot more by looking them up.
Regency Era Dances. Surprisingly the waltz we know now is not the waltz they did.