I'm sure I'm not the only writer who is afraid that someone will dig through my search history and give me a very questioning look. I swear I'm not plotting murder; it's writing research. A lot of people die in fiction.
My searches can end in a lot of characters in pain. So on a whim I've decided to start my own tag! The Blood Stained Search Bar Tag (quite a mouthful, I know) is designed to help you share what you're currently researching, and to have fun!
Here's a few quick rules:
1) Dig deep into your computer history and list five of your most recent and interesting searches for writing research; how to murder someone, is the sky blue, anything! And if you please, share a little about what you learned from these searches.
2) Thank and link to whoever tagged you. Also if I didn't tag you, if you could link to the creator (me), that would be awesome.
3) Tag at least three other bloggers!
4) Have fun ;)
These are five of my recent searches:
Physical damage from flogging - I'm not the kind of person to cuddle my characters. Apparently the damage is determined by the kind of whip. If the person whipping knows what they are doing, sometimes the whip won't break the skin. But if they're mean...ouch.
Ancient military punishments - This search brought up some gory stuff. The Romans had this punishment where every tenth soldier was beaten to death to by the other nine soldiers that weren't chosen. (Don't worry, I decided not to use this in my writing. I'm not that cruel)
Basil - Oh gosh. This was such a random search, because I have a character called Basil, and I wanted to know how well basil grows in summer. *shrugs* This is my writing research for you: basil and blood.
Dragon legends - Basically, Eastern dragons were treated with respect, and Western dragons were slaughtered. I may or may not be planning a book where mythical creatures like dragons, mermaids, sphinxes, leprechauns, etc. live in an alternate world without humans...
Turkish dating customs - In traditional Turkish culture, the father of an eligible girl would place an empty milk bottle on the roof. Whoever knocked the milk bottle down had the right to date his daughter. I didn't end up using this idea because it didn't work with my world-building, but it's an interesting concept.
Now for the tagging (be sure to check out all their amazing blogs)!
And of course...YOU! You can take part in this tag too. In fact, I'd love it!
What is your research history like? Do you torture your characters or cuddle them? Have you ever started your own tag? (Which I'm sure is awesome)