When you leave high school, there is a general sense of euphoria. No more homework, no more books, no more teacher’s dirty looks. Unless you decide to become an author.
Then there’s a lot of homework and books.
I was cleaning out my notebook pile the other day and I was amazed at the different pieces of research I’ve done. Some of it was deliberate. Some of it was done in a ‘start looking for the meaning of a word and end up looking at the life cycle of the obscure insect’ kind of way.
Some of the things I’ve researched in the last year or three include:
- Crystal pyramids in the Bermuda triangle.
- How to take photos
- Camera a professional photographer uses.
- Software a professional photographer uses.
- The mechanics of a helicopter
- The bone structure of a bird
- Oxygen in the atmosphere
- Basic training required for the Australian army
- Greek mythology
- Nephilim lore
- Mermaid lore
- Shifter lore
- Siren lore
- Training required for a tattoo artist
- Mirror restoration
Not bad for someone who left high school…mumble…years ago. I actually have fun with the research. Some of it, you’ll discover when you read one of my books, although, not all of it is used in a book. Some of it just sets off a story spark idea instead. And some of it I just glean the basics to give authenticity to a character.
What are some amazing facts you’ve discovered about something you never thought to find yourself researching?