Weird Shit I’ve Had to Google

Bullshitting has its limits.

There is a lot of advice out there that says you should only write what you know, and even more that says to write anyfuckingthing you want.

The problem with the former is that most of us are less exciting than the stories we create, and the problem with the latter is that if you get it wrong, someone is going to be uncannily quick to point it out and leave you a scathing review about how unbelievable it is.

So, here are a few of the things I have had to Google in order to write my current in-progress novel:

  • What does human meat taste like?
    And, when that only yielded a particular result…
    What does raw human taste like?
  • How long does it take for blood to replenish?
  • Intravaneous Immunoglobulin
  • Dogs sniffing out diseases
  • Direct blood transfusion
  • Rolled steel factories in Texas
  • Where is peyote indigenous
    Ways to consume peyote
  • Sedatives
  • Sedatives/Diazepam/Valium
  • Broken jaw symptoms
  • Wiring shut a broken jaw
    Note: After deciding to give my character a dislocated jaw instead, I watched a fun video of doctors popping someone’s back into place. Ugh.
  • Prions from eating human meat

So, yeah. I might be on some kind of watchlist now, but a writer has to do her research.

What weird shit have you learned while writing about it?


17 thoughts on “Weird Shit I’ve Had to Google

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  2. Hey there! In answer to your question, I’ve had to learn about crazy math, Latin American customs by country, books that are really worth reading and a whole lot more –too much to mention. Most of it I have learned in person.
    I think one piece of advice is, in fact, to write what you know. This is upheld by the many Google searches you have made. But I would say there’s more to it than that. Write what you can’t hold inside anymore. Something in you is aching to come out, to be appreciated. Something from your past has spun off into a new universe and only you know what goes on there.
    Your writing style seems free-flowing and uninhibited. That can only be a big plus.
    With admiration, Rich

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    1. Math is probably where I would have to draw the line on research; I’m absolutely terrible at it! (Despite being an accountant.)

      You make a good point, however; I agree that people should write exactly what wants to be written. 🙂

      Thank you for your kind words and thoughtful comment!


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