As a writer I’m constantly trying to learn new things. Often they come about as a result of an obstacle in my writing. For example, I recently learned how tattoos were created in the ancient world, I also learned about what foxes eat and how they hunt!
One of my favourite things about being a writer is the constant state of learning I find myself in. There’s always a topic to research and master and I never get bored of it.
That being said not all of my research is so innocent.
Below are some of the things in my search history likely to get me flagged by some clandestine government agency.
1. How to inflict the most amount of pain on someone. (Others on this topic included: Torture Techniques, Torture without leaving a scar, Ancient torture techniques.
It’s for a book, I swear!)
2. How to pick a lock. (I’ll admit, beyond my needs as a writer this one I’ve always been curious about. Is there a Boston based Thieve’s Guild?)
3. Places to get stabbed that won’t kill you. (Surprisingly, not a ton of helpful info here. Further physical research DISCOURAGED.)
4. Body Decomposition and what slows or speeds up the process.
(Oh god I’m going to get arrested aren’t I?)
5. How to care for a horse. (See F.B.I! I’m a normal person, I swear!)
6. Butchering and skinning an animal - Step-by-step guide. (Well not that normal.)
Hopefully I don’t get arrested, I’m sure there are horror, fantasy and action authors around the world who share my fears. “I’m a writer, it’s for a book!” may not be the strongest defense.
And for those of you wondering, there are some parts of my books not filled with pain, murder and violence. But those parts are boring so I make them as short as possible.
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