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The Most Awkward Things I’ve Had To Google..

Happy Twisted Tuesday! It’s been a minute, hasn’t it?

Writing a book isn’t easy but not just because of how much you have to write. There’s so much else that goes into creating like making sure you have your thoughts together. It’s not always easy either! Sometimes, you have to go to the internet for help. The thing about the Twisted trilogy is that I’ve had to rush to references so much that Google had become one of my top hit sites during just the writing of Twisted Illusions alone!

So, what are the most awkward things I’ve had to Google writing a novel?

Wait, wait. Let’s narrow it down. What are the most awkward things I’ve had to google writing the Twisted Trilogy. Now, don’t laugh at me! Some of these are silly! Anything with a asterisk by it apply to Book II and can contain spoiler alerts so don’t hesitate to overlook them if you’re not into knowing any details about the book before it’s released.

 

  • list of Spanish curse words:

    • In TI, Roselia lets out a string of words from the Spanish language and I was terrified because I took like a semester of Spanish and you wouldn’t believe all the words I’ve forgotten. Sadly, they don’t teach you how to curse someone out in Spanish 101 so I had to outsource for some of the translations.

 

  • what is the definition of a semi-colon?

    • On the very last page of Twisted Illusions, there is a definition of what a semi-colon is. It’s a huge metaphor of what the book is about. It’s described as where something could’ve ended but instead was chosen to continue on. Everytime I try to spout out that definition, it sounds awful and I was afraid that I’d screw up the best part of the book… (Okay, not the best part.) It was important that definition be correct.

 

  • Can you smoke heroine?

    • I think this one was more about curiosity. We all know that Matthew has a drug problem but I never really broke it down to what his problem was. So, I started looking into different drugs he could suffer withdrawals from and that led to.. “Hey, can you smoke heroine?” The answer is yes.

 

  • How to clean a .38 revolver

    • In the first book, Chris was given a revolver, and I have no idea what guns do, are, or anything of that sort. So first, as you can see by the next thing I googled, I had to figure out what kind of a gun. Then, after I figured out how to do that, I had to figure out how to clean it. Obviously, there’s a gun cleaning scene coming.
    • Bonus: Also had to google the difference between a .38 and a .45 because again, let me tell you how much I know about guns…… That’s it.

 

  • Colt single action army revolver

    • In the entire time of writing this series, and in my life I’ve never even held a gun. I’ve seen plenty but as far as like identifying them face to face… That wasn’t happening. So after I decided what kind of gun I wanted to exist, I needed to learn about it. I spent like two hours sitting on google learning about this gun.

 

  • What happens at a rehearsal dinner?

    • I’ve only been to two weddings in my whole life. Both times, I was photographing so I never really had to attend a “rehearsal”  dinner, I’ve only been to the full thing.

 

  • What are the long term effects of Korsakoff’s Syndrome?

    • Finally, the long term effects of Korsakoff’s. First, what was Korsakoff’s. Possible Spoiler Alert: So, as a fan fiction author, often times you’d make an oopsie. When you make an oopsie, you normally cover it up with something like… let’s say… a car crash or a dead twin brother. (You’ve seen this on soap operas too.) The difference between being a fan fiction author and being a professional author, is that when you “oopsie,” you need to have some sort of a explanation to your readers that puts a bandage on said oopsie.

Okay, okay so maybe they weren’t so awkward.

Next time I’ll tell you the most awkward places I’ve written a scene for a novel, but if I do it  now… There will be a lot more spoilers than just oopsie. If this blog post doesn’t make any sense to you, it’s because you have to read Twisted Illusions to understand what the heck is going on! Get yourself a copy!

 

Also for authors: When I started writing my infamous “jump scenes”, I consulted google for a bit of help. While I didn’t learn how to successfully avoid crying for one of your characters because you feel their pain, I did find an interesting article that gave me life on writing violence.  Best line?

 

You’re not writing a sex scene… except it’s almost like writing a sex scene.

So, what’s the most awkward thing you’ve ever had to google?

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