Tuesday, October 12, 2010

The Life of a Historical Fiction Writer

1) Begin making notes on a book you have inter-library loaned from California.

2) Decide you're going to copy the map of different kinds of stones in Nottinghamshire in case you need to know what they're like for details when your character is walking around.

3) Flip out because you realize there's a map of medieval Nottingham town.

4) After writing half a page of notes think "dang, if it wasn't illegal, I'd just scan this entire book."

5) Mark several other maps you are in fact going to scan, because Google has utterly failed you when it comes to medieval maps of Nottinghamshire. Become relatively giddy.

6) Make more notes, including weird things like the number of villiens and houses.

7) Almost die because you see the name of one of your characters, which you were hoping was legit when you found it on an obscure website, as being, well, legit.

8) Have trouble returning to notes.

9) Run down stairs to try and see if you can find book on amazon, ebay, half.com.

10) Find out that the amazon listing is strange, and that almost all copies are in the UK.

11) Head back up stairs.

12) Make some more notes rather giddily.

13) Come downstairs again and began scanning maps.

14) Decide to scan bibliography as well.

15) Tell mother about maps.

16) Act really giddy and happy until it's time to head for orchestra.

17)Drag book along with you to orchestra in hopes that you'll have a spare moment to look at it.

18) Return home, cut and paperclip maps and bibliography into story notebook.

19) Tell father about maps.

20) Spend another 30-45 minutes studying book, then go to bed at 11.

Yep. That was me, yesterday, from about 4:45 to 11 at night. Thank goodness for David Kaye.



Annie P. said...


*flips out*

Katie Oostman said...

This is mine! :)

1. Read Pride and Prejudice and Emma over the summer to get a written British Accent down. Scare parents in the process.

2. Look for a pattern and fabric all over the store for hours in order to create a period dress. Only after scaling the whole place do you realize they don't have anything remotely related to the time period.

3. Slough through Oliver Twist to understand the setting better.

4. Search for pictures all over the internet of 1800 carriage horses and promptly name it.

5. Practice talking as a character to understand how they say things and how it makes them feel.

6. Wonder why people think you're a nerd.



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