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06 November 2011 @ 10:39 pm
I just texted this issue to a friend, but I had to air the frustration here, too, because I felt many of you might understand.

Do you know why a Ravenclaw-minded person can't write quick, cracky novels about erotic lesbian mermaids?

Because they keep researching little, inconsequential things. (Like, oh, how these no-we're-not-magical merfolk breathe, but let's just ignore that for the moment because having a mammal with two respiratory systems is totally reasonable for evolution, *sigh*...)

Did I really need to learn about different techniques of shark respiration? About 'buccal breathers' that can rest and those with spiracle slits that help supplement buccal breathing or obligate ram ventilators who must keep swimming to respire and stay alive?

No, not really. It is not in the novel. I don't know why I remember it now. I just recall that I got sucked into research about shark gills and respiration techniques for far too long when the scene with the shark was not very long at all.

This could also read as 'I Am A Silly.'

My friend responded, "And that is what makes a Ravenclaw so fabulous." I sent back, "Fabulous and frustrated - the makings of a racy novel."

Or, at least we can hope.

At least now I get to introduce the Eccentric Old Lady Mermaid with a collection of human things and stories of the human women she's seduced and convinced it was a dream. I believe she will have a monocle, because they are cool and shiny, and because she will be inspecting the pipe my main character just found. Oh my brain at this time. Oh my brain after this day. Remind me to post about the actual day - cars are funny things.
minervas_eule: lost in a bookminervas_eule on November 7th, 2011 03:48 am (UTC)
So you "got sucked into research" - well, how nice for you: this is exactly what makes having time on ones hand so wonderful ;-) ... now you did your reading on something which you will probably remember for a very long time, and one never knows when the knowledge might come in handy *gg*

"Cars are funny things" .... funny things? sounds intriguing :-))
Kiwi Crocus: Mermaid || Swimming.cranky__crocus on November 7th, 2011 04:02 am (UTC)
I got sucked into research that I never intended or planned to do, so I'm not quite sure how that happened...but that's just about the story of my life.

It was nice, I'll admit, but not the sort of thing I want to be doing when I'm supposed to be writing to catch up to the NaNo WriMo wordcount! I'm supposed to have 9,996 words by tonight; I have 3,240, which is rather dreadful for me. Once I've caught up and possibly worked my way ahead then I can start taking my time and lollygagging around with random research. :B

Cars are funny things, in that sort of 'funny' that actually means 'for goodness' sake, why do you even exist if not to make my life difficult?!' But it was at least a touch humorous and I got through the day, so everything's all good. (:
well well wellahkna on November 7th, 2011 04:56 am (UTC)
TELL ME ABOUT IT. I love and loathe getting distracted by research.
Kiwi Crocus: H&M || Sets self on fire.cranky__crocus on November 7th, 2011 05:02 am (UTC)
It's such a strange thing to experience. I remember once I was revising for an exam and I was like "WHOA, I just learned loads about plant alternatives to common house-hold things!" and then I was like "WAIT WHAT? I was supposed to be researching mammals' sex lives! How did this happen?!"

Also, I was somehow lead to my old fanfic.net page by a Google search for a character, and I just winced all over the place. Every instinct I have just said, "Delete this mo-fo page, delete, delete!" Writing from when I was 15? Not exactly what I want to see on the Internet with my present-day online penname in the author slot...

How are you doing with the writing? (BB or NaNo.)
Chevy Eliot: Ravenclaw - No Evidencetattooedsappho on November 8th, 2011 01:42 am (UTC)
nothing helps a story seem more realistic than research! :) course maybe i say that cuz im a claw and i notice details like that and dont want my fic making another ravenclaw go "but how?" or "why?" or "that is just completely historically inaccurate/physically impossible even with magic!" lol

i remember spending hours looking up when jeans were introduced, how much stuff cost back in the 40s, when the appearance of different brooms came onto the market and all sorts of random crap for that old kittyhawk i wrote back in the day.
Kiwi Crocus: HP || McHooch || Kittyhawk away.cranky__crocus on November 9th, 2011 06:26 pm (UTC)
I'm not so sure how realistic a story about a mermaid hooking up with a human scientist can be... :B So it's funny that I'm even trying for research with a crack novel! *Grins.*

But yeah, you're right, I tend to notice details and also when a writer doesn't have a huge grasp on a concept (provided I do and would be able to notice, or things are too unexplained). I'm sticking with the 'how' and 'why' in my novel, because given there are merfolk and a species of half-human-half-fish people really wouldn't evolve, the 'that's inaccurate/physically impossible' is just going to be how it goes. :Þ

Oh, that would have been fun to research! I don't think I ever wrote intricate/long enough Kittyhawk for that. And they never went shopping. They mainly just had lots of sex.
tt: Muriel OLSBtwisted_twister on November 9th, 2011 04:55 pm (UTC)
The more research you do, the better your writing is. It is that simple. People can tell stories from here to the moon, but it takes only one knowledgeable person to say: 'this doesn't make sense' and the whole house of cards collapses.

I wish I had the patience to do serious research. Then I could really write anything worthwhile. Well, at least I don't want to be a serious author when I grow up...
Kiwi Crocus: Lesbians || Mermaid love.cranky__crocus on November 9th, 2011 06:29 pm (UTC)
*Smiles.* Thanks, TT! Although I'm sure there's a point where Too Much research becomes a problem for the quality of writing! I think I've managed to improve my skills at keeping out the interesting-but-not-required information out of a piece to better help the flow and keep the interest.

But I think there has been many a piece that didn't make sense - and never set out to make sense / intended not to make sense - that I've very much enjoyed! Given that I'm writing about a merwoman hooking up with a scientist...I think it's pretty well settled that my novel isn't going to make the most sense. :B

You write lots of worthwhile things! I love your fic!

(I don't want to be a serious author when I grow up either, thankfully. Well, perhaps an author someday, but never a serious one. I'll take silly any day. (; )