Tuesday, 9 October 2012

10th October - research

When we write we research. A very simplistic statement but irrefutable. Research can take so many different formats from the dredging up of occurrences in our own memories to actually visiting a person or place that can help support what we produce. These days we can carry out copious amounts of research from our own computers without ever having left the room. In my Steele novels I have usually visited the countries in which I set my books but not all of the time. One aspect of the research you cannot carry out from the comfort of your own home is the atmosphere of a place, that needs to be experienced in my opinion.
The internet is a vast library far greater than any public building holding books and everyone has access. Google is a significant addition in also adding maps, Google Earth and 'street view' all of which can 'put you' into a place that you have never visited and give you real factual views on which to base your writing.
But all this is akin to reading about the Holy Land without ever having visited, not wholly satisfying!
So what did I find out about today when I did in my research? Well here goes.

October 10 is the 283rd day of the year (284th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 82 days remaining until the end of the year and therefore 75 days until Christmas

October 10th 1950 American author Nora Roberts was born. (I was born in April of that year). She has had many romance novels written and has used at least 3 pseudonyms Jill March, J.D. Robb and Sarah Hardesty.

Events on the same date in the following years since my birth:
1956 - Honk Kong mobs attack Europeans as anti British riots broke out in mainland Kowloon.
1958 - 26 Turkish terrorists arrested in Cyprus - Terrorism is not new then!
1962 - The Mariner II space probe reveals the existence of solar winds - SF fodder.
1964 - Tokyo - opening the 18th Olympic Games
1967 - Oxford - 6 students arrested for taking drugs.
1971 - US win the Davis Cup
1972 - John Betjeman appointed Poet Laureate

An example of his work

But most of us turn slow to see
The figure hanging on a tree
And stumble on and blindly grope
Upheld by intermittent hope,
God grant before we die we all
May see the light as did St. Paul.

1975 - Botswana. Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor remarry in a remote village

I could go on there is a wealth of information.

Just by reading what is available we can create our views of the world from which others may derive pleasure. Researching without getting involved though can be like trying to drink coffee without the water!


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©David L Atkinson October 2012

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