The top image is from the SONO Switch Tower Museum. A treat little place to visit in South Norwalk CT. I occasionally volunteer there from time to time.
I think that I need to update the sticky post. And add some rules. First the rules.
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A while back I wrote a post about doing research for fiction. since I’m actually writing something right now I thought that I would share some of the things I found. I didn’t choose the early 1930’s they sort of chose me. Still the period of the early Depression is sort of an early one. A large chunk of the things of the things I’m putting in the book are the result of a lifetime of talking to people who were alive back in the 1930’s and their experiences.
Any way here’s some of the stuff that I have run into while writing the mermaid story. while this is urban fantasy, being able to use the historical landscape as a template can make things easier when inserting my story into it. While I still have to do some world building I can use what already existed to give it verisimilitude. The idea is to add just enough atmosphere that you can have a reader relate. The interesting thing is that to us the 1930’s could be as alien a world as the wildest science fiction universe. I’m enjoying finding stuff like this to fill in Tom and Chrissie’s world.
Here’s the end of chapter six. I’m up over 180k words now and I keep writing. Anyway in this section tom goes to church, Sal closes the deal, confuses the enemy and discovers the perfect hotel for merfolk on Long Island.
Here’s the next part of chapter 6. I’m sorry about skipping Monday’s and Wednesday’s posts, but Chapter seven has been a slog and I’ve been doing a lot of editing this week to make the whole thing more readable. Anyway in this part, Tom meets Andy and the werewolf that isn’t and Sal starts to plan how to make life miserable for the sharks and close the deal with Sillia.
Sorry about the lack of posts but I can’t stop myself from writing the mermaid story. I’m over 150 thousand words now and while I can see the end, I’m not there yet.
In this post Chrissie discovers some of the downsides of farm life, sisters and skillets, Josh and rest take the boat back to the Cape, Sal sees the big Boss and they have an encounter with the not quite dead, Chrissie dances for the family and more .
Turning and turning in the widening gyre | The falcon cannot hear the falconer | Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold | Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world | The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere | The ceremony of innocence is drowned | The best lack all conviction, while the worst | Are full of passionate intensity. -- W.B. Yeats, The Second Coming