I'm so thankful for my circle of friends, for many reasons ... but one of them is to do with research. When I'm writing I look stuff up in books and online of course, and I draw on my own experience, but sometimes there's no substitute for asking someone else. Like this week, when I'm writing a story which references MMORPG World of Warcraft. How much research would I have to do on my own before I could answer the question "Okay, if you've got a maxed-out longterm player who's off on his own somewhere killing monsters in a repetitive manner; where might he be, what's he killing and what's the reward? Oh, and what titles might he have earned?"
In fact, as I glance over my
- the world of pro-am opera
- sugarcraft and cakemaking
- Victorian underwear
- dating in Second Life
- what it's like being an extra in a movie
- Arabic culture in medieval Baghdad
- Librarian hierarchy
- Roman armour and army organisation
And that's off the top of my head - I'm sure I've missed some.
What's next? Well, I've got this character, see, and he's very old fashioned. I need someone who can translate into Old English and get the cases right...
And what's more I'm sure I know someone who can help!