Ever wonder what the FBI would think if they hacked into your computer and saw the weird topics you’ve been researching for your next great novel? Would they send you to the prison or the funny farm?
That thought crossed my mind the other day, with all the weird and wacky stuff I’ve researched, online and/or in person, while writing. Here’s a rundown of some the topics:
- Mace, online for the effects and personally to see how it smells
- Hot air balloons
- Irish Shillelagh (you know, the stick leprechaun’s shake when they’re mad)
- Various poisons
- Charlemagne’s Baby Mama
- Female undergarments from the turn of the century
- Time travel theories and terminology
- Cool new guns mobsters might use
- Gunshot wounds, with really gory pictures
- Banjo music from 1860
- What Schnapps tastes like mixed with beer and pickle juice (so NOT tasty)
Lumped together, they do sound quite odd, huh? Hmm, the feds might think I’m building a time machine for the mob, so I can force a drunken Charlemagne to wear lady’s underwear and play the banjo in a hot air balloon while I torture him with mace and a shillelagh. Then I guess I’d get a one way ticket to the dangerous ward at the closest nut house.
What are some of the stranger things you’ve had to look up or try out for your writing endeavors?