Honest Honey, It’s Research!


Honest Honey, it’s research:

Or Why writers pull apart owl pellets to inspect the bones within.


One of the reasons I landed the contract to write a spin-off series in The Human Legion Universe was because I was active in the fan forums and on Tim C. Taylors blog.  As part of the process, I’ve had to research a lot of weird things and even some cringe worthy one.  See my article about my run-in with the law because someone heard me interviewing a nurse over the phone and thought I was planning mass murder!  LOL!!  Luckily it ended well… and not with me on the evening news!


Seriously though, one of the best parts of being a writer is the ability to follow these rabbit trails to places unknown.  When I read a book about the history of clowns or vampire deer, I don’t KNOW if I will use it in a book but I might.  So it becomes an issue of constantly learning and growing as an individual.  This growth allows you to flavor your worlds and stories in unique and unexpected ways.  My friend and fellow author, Tim C. Taylor recently did a blog post on this very topic.  Part of this title came from his post, so go on over and check it out!  You’ll be glad you did… and say hey while you are there because your momma taught you manners! So go ahead, click the link below… I TRIPLE DOG DARE YOU!


Why writers pull apart owl pellets to inspect the bones within


–> As usual, all images are found from Googles cache of open source images.

15 thoughts on “Honest Honey, It’s Research!

  1. I love this post. I always have the intense fear of people seeing my internet search history which has at various points in the past included ‘what would happen if you boiled a body’, a variety of serial killer profiles, ‘quickest way to knock a person out’ and ‘how much blood could a person lose and still be able to crawl away’
    I’m not even sure how many of them I got answers to…


  2. Quintessential Editor

    Between life as a police officer, my studies in college in homeland security, and my book being about s nuclear apocalypse, I’m pretty sure I’m on every government watch list possible. Great post, I need to subscribe to Tim’s blog!


  3. I’m a nerd enough that I did actually dissect an owl pellet when I was a teenager, and I thought it was neat (still do). I was always a little odd though…
    I second the internet search thing! It wasn’t for me, it was for my character!!! I swear!!


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