For this month’s TCWT Blog Chain, the prompt is:
“What are some of the coolest/weirdest/funniest/most disturbing things you’ve researched for a story?”
I’ve looked up some weird stuff for my story. Some of them have gotten me in a lot of trouble, specifically “How to blow up a hotel.” Don’t freak out; I had a perfectly good reason for having searched that. In the novel I’m writing, a certain bad guy blows up a hotel, and I wanted to think of a realistic way to do that. It’s a perfectly normal thing to google. My only mistake was looking it up while using a hotel’s internet connection.
That being said, if someone read my google searches out of context, they’d think I was some type of serial killer. I rarely write contemporary fiction. The stories I write usually take place in the modern world, and usually involve some type of science fiction quality. And a lot of people tend to die. Because I like killing people.
You see how bad those last two sentences would sound if they were taken out of context? God knows what someone would think if they had only read them and not the rest of the post.
So before I make a list of all the weird things I’ve researched (I’ve literally copied and pasted them all from my Internet search history from a couple months ago. Then I improved the grammar and spelling to be easy on your eyes.), I want you to remember that these are completely taken out of context, and I am not a serial killer.
- How long does a shot to the stomach take to kill someone?
- Cool sounding names.
- Types of meth
- Best ways to get rid of a body?
- Dumps nearby New York City.
- Abandoned Buildings in New York City.
- The Hudson River
- Burning a body?
- What would you need to dissolve a body?
- What chemicals did they use to dissolve the body in Breaking Bad?
- River Song is a cougar.
- Definition of plagiarism.
- Would New Jersians find this offensive?
- Pros and Cons of 1st person narrative.
- Pros and cons of 3rd person narrative.
- Is there such a thing as fourth person narrative?
- How to delete your internet history?
- Is it possible to be your own dad from time travel?
Admittedly, the River Song search didn’t have much to do with any of my work in progresses, but everything else did. There was some more, but those were the only ones I looked up on the computer I’m writing this on right now. Plus, these were the only interesting ones. All the other searches had to do with choosing character names and other boring stuff.
If there’s a lesson to be learned in all this, it’s that you should never let your parents find out you’ve been looking up “How to dissolve dead bodies” in your spare time. It gives them the wrong idea.
Sorry if this post seems rushed. I completely forgot about this blog chain about an hour ago and I can’t use this computer after seven PM, so I had to write it fast.
19th – http://www.mandilynn.com/
30th – http://teenscanwritetoo.wordpress.com/ (We’ll announce the topic for next month’s chain)