So the other day I was thinking about all the weird and seemingly random research I've had to do over the years for my writing. Put all together, it's just....weird. I mean, regularly a person wouldn't ever need or even desire to look up half this stuff, and yet when you become a writer, research is important, even necessary, no matter what you decide to write about. Some people may think that writers of fantasy or science fiction or even romance don't have to do research, but they couldn't be further from the truth (and we know it). So I've decided to compile a list of all the things I've researched (that I can remember), and while I'm at it, I encourage others to showcase their research as well, and maybe we'll remind people about all the work we put into our novels, no matter how ficiticious or ridiculous they may be.
- Future weaponry (I intend to put a thank you to the FBI in that novel; thanks for not knocking down my door and arresting my ass for all the stuff I've looked up)
- Different species of deer
- Poison plants (one of the reaons I'm itching to get my hands on Wicked Plants by Amy Stewart)
- Weapons from past centuries (swords types, distance weapons, the effect of various weapon on various types of armor, metals, you name it)
- Quantum Physics
- Theoretical Physics (Michio Kaku is my hero)
- Human biology
- Medical advances and future ideas
- Cell biology
- Castle fortifications
- Fighting styles (using both my firsthand knowledge and examining other styles)
- Clothing (time frames vary from medieval to possible future fabrics)
- Hiking equipment (making sure they still make 'em like that)
- Mythology (fairy rings, gods, legends, creatures, etc.)
- Magical properties of items (flowers, stones, plants, etc.)
- Rock climbing without present day equipment
- Seafaring vessels
That's all I can think of right now, though I'm sure there are more things I've forgotten.
It can't be tiring sometimes, all that research. And let me say, science fiction is more of a pain in the ass than any other genre I've dabbled in. Especially when you get Earth involved.