It's IWSG time! The Insecure Writer's Support Group is a large network of writers and we vent our frustrations and questions to the world every first Wednesday of the month. Check out IWSG here.
I'm writing again, what I think will be a full-length novel, a historical romance. I've read countlesss historical romances. I've even read a few where the heroine starts out a widow or married to someone else, but then falls in love with the hero and gets her HEA.
So, I'm not too worried that my heroine's just become a widow in Chapter One. Besides, it's a draft and I may very well trim the beginning next draft. Sigh. Oh well. I'm having fun while writing this, actually since it's kind of like visiting old friends; these are characters I've had in my head for quite a while.
This month's IWSG question: What is the coolest/weirdest thing you've ever had to research for your story?
Oh boy. Let's see: *scrolls down to research tag*
I'll venture to say that British noble titles, mourning customs, vague and archaic inheritance laws...are relatively normal to Google, at least if you write historical anything in Britain. Clothes? Also fairly normal.
Maybe it was when I had to research slavery, the West Indies, and plantations? Then again, when you're writing a story that involves those elements, I don't think the research itself is too weird. Disturbing, in many instances. But not weird in itself.
Or strange 18th century British taxes?
No, wait, definitely the historical epidemics.
Or maybe various New Hampshire ghost and other myths for a short story, "Haunted Lake"?
I think one of the coolest things I've researched, though, was the London theater scene of the 1890s.