Writing books has been the most humbling experience of my life for so many reasons. SO. MANY. But today, I’ll just talk about one: The things I don’t know!
Oh, the things are vast, and many.
Silly things. Important things. Interesting things. Things I SHOULD know. Things I know I learned once upon a time.
Some of these things can be easily researched online. Some require experts (Hellooo Dr. Husband, you have been a life saver!). Sometimes I find a book on the subject. Some things require good hard study and mathematical equations (and then I’m back to seeking expert help . . . hellooo Father and Sister Mathematicians!! You’re the best!).
So before I bore you to death, here are some of the things I have had to research in the name of writing, though I won’t tell you why (bwahaha!):
The shortest number of moves with which you can win at chess
The history of cameras (Brownie’s, etc.)
The history of Peanut Butter
Names and types of knives/swords
Regional names (first and last, for various regions)
How 911 dispatchers answer the phone (and no, I DID NOT call 911 to find out)
What EMT’s do when they arrive on the scene
What substances on the periodic table are most unstable
Weird science experiments
Science experiments/substance combinations that might cause explosions (And everytime I did a search, I worried the NSA would be after me! Book research, I swear!)
How to qualify for a Nobel Prize (including nomination process and timeframe)
The Randall Sundrum model of string theory (it’s actually pretty fascinating!)
Horse grooming techniques
Names of horse parts and wagon/carriage parts
Time it would take to travel to the moon/mars
Calculating rocket paths for meeting an object in space
How tasers work
Substances that are bad for dogs
Methods for extracting the essence of something
How to qualify for the Olympics as a snowboarder
Official rules of croquet
Anyway, I could go on for a good long while. So many things I don’t know! And fascinating to discover that writing isn’t only about English and Grammar. Wasn’t I wishing I’d taken a few more math classes?
So how about you? Are you an expert in any of the above (And if so, please inform me so I can pick your brain!)? Do you want to learn about any of these things? What is the weirdest research you’ve ever done?