Wednesday, June 1, 2011

YA Highway: Research!

I haven't participated in a Road Trip Wednesday in a while! This week's topic: What is the strangest/weirdest thing you've ever researched?

While I can't think of a single thing that's weirder than all the others, I'm pretty sure my Google search history has me on some kind of government watch-list. I tend to write high-action urban fantasy, so I'm always researching strange weapons and injuries. Things like how long would it take for a deep burn to heal on its own? Or fighting styles that employ medium-length blades.

Or where is the Syrian embassy in Washington DC, how many floors does it have and does it have a fence around it?

Yeah, that's probably the worst one.

I search to find out how it feels to get shot in the leg, to find haunted historical sites, to learn about the speed and efficacy of plant-based poisons, to find the most isolated place in Ireland, and more.

Though I haven't done too much research in the way of going places or strange activities, anyone paying attention to my google search history might become worried about my mental health.

What's the strangest thing you've ever researched?


  1. For my second novel I researched things that could be used to render someone unconscious, what it smelled like, what the effects were, and how long it lasted. I remember thinking I could end up on a watch list if the FBI was keeping tabs on things like that. Oh well. I needed to know to make the scenes work.

  2. Lol... sounds familiar. For WANDER I did a lot of research into the Middle East, including a ton of Google-maps spying, which was fun. Google maps is a lifesaver if your story has any travelling in unfamiliar places. You can go down to streetview and see what everything looks like. (Note: You can't actually do this in places like the Middle East, but people have uploaded pictures so you can get a feeling for what cities are like.)

    And I totally researched electrocution for one story, like how you get electrocuted and what you look like afterwards and exactly how it kills you. The government is probably after me, too... :P

    Great post!

  3. You mean you didn't done any physical research? I would have shot myself in the leg to really describe the feeling. ;) haha

    I'm like you, my search history is full of ways to kill people, how to break out of a maximun security prison, and components of (and how to produce) chemical weapons.

  4. The Syrian embassy part made me literally LOL.