IWSG POST 20: Weird Writing Research and Book Launch #IWSG #MysteriesOfDeathAndLife
[I wrote this post as a member of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group where we share our worries and also offer support and encouragement to each other on the first Wednesday of every month. If you’re a writer like me and you’re looking for a bit of support, you can click the link and sign up here]
Thank you so much! And thank you founder Alex J. Cavanaugh!
Research has always been my foundation for writing. I’ve loved history. As a kid, my mom gave us the best gift, a real set of hardcover Encyclopedias. I loved staring at those glossy pages. At the time, the dog section was my favorite. I pulled the “D” Encyclopedia out every night and dreamed about my own perfect dog. At the time it was a Pomeranian. Now, I’m more of a short-haired dog fan.
This month’s IWSG post asks me to think of the weirdest/coolest thing I’ve ever written for a story. In honor of the new release, Hero Lost: Mysteries of Death and Life, I’ll pick old farm equipment. And here’s what I incorporated into my own story “The Wheat Witch,” set in the middle of Kansas in the year 1989.
After interviewing my father about farm life in Kansas, I came up with this list of equipment my main character Ethan had to clean up and use:
- International 560 Diesel Tractor. 1963. Pull Combine.
- Disc Plow (4) and Harrow
- Tiller for weeds
- Old Farm Truck with bed (Ford)
- A broken down shed.
A scene in my story involves the repair of an old tractor. I relied heavily on YouTube to get the visuals going in my mind.
Here’s the Youtube video I watched to get the background on troubleshooting a tractor that isn’t starting up right.
The picture to the right is just for fun. It’s Ethan’s man car, his only prized possession, a 69′ Mustang. My dad told me he and his family were only allowed to buy ford vehicles since the ford dealer went to his family’s church. The church was the pillar of the community and tying into the community was pivotal.
Hero Lost: Mysteries of Death and Life
Today is the day! Thank you to everyone who made this book such an incredible success, from the talented authors, the judges, those folks taking part in the blog tour this month, the IWSG, and Dancing Lemur Press, LLC. Friday I’ll post the list of blog tour stops. 🙂
Question? What’s your strangest item you had to research in school, life or writing?
Thank you and have a lovely day 🙂