Doing research for your novels can get you in trouble, did you know?
At the moment, I wan't to believe that the FBI is closely monitoring all my activities. You see, I spent a good amount of hours looking into their infrastructures, locations, ranks, and many many more details of all things FBI. Obviously I needed it for my books. But like I said, I want to believe I've raised some kind of flag . . . the reality, however, is they saw me looking, they did a two minute check on me, laughed their butts off, rolled their eyes, and went out looking for the bigger scarier fishes out there. Pffft. I can be dangerous . . . ish. Ask my kids :D
So when I say research can get you in trouble—unless you're a real criminal—I don't mean with the big guys. I mean with more important people, like your family . . .
. . . or you know, people like your husband. Why are there so many half-naked men on your desktop, Darling SK? Oh, for my covers. And why are there detailed descriptions of romantic scenes with your name and theirs? Well, I'm a writer. I have to put myself in the character's situation and . . . kidding, this didn't happen. But he has wondered if I'm working or enjoying myself when looking for casts. Like for Kevin. It wasn't my fault half the internet guys came up shirtless when I was looking. Or that it took a couple hours to find the right set of abs, I mean guy. But to answer his last question, of course I was working AND enjoying myself . . . it's the reward for the tough writing moments I go through.
You can also get in trouble with your kids. Umm, I may or may not have forgotten to make their dentist appointment the other day. Why? Well, I went online to look for the number and suddenly thought . . . hmm what if I have a fighting scene in a dental office? I need to know what equipments they have, the proper names, descriptions, etc. So then I spent the whole time researching and never make the appointment. But let's be honest, as writers, we all know this: by the time I'm done absorbing all the dentist-related information I'm a master and I can deal with my kids teeth check-up on my own. In fact I WILL call that office and demand they hire me . . . err, anyway . . . (Yes, I did finally make the appointment. Yes, I'll be taking notes while there. And yes, I'll be offering tips to the dentist, based on my knowledge.)
I can't imagine I'm the only one who gets sidetracked with research or who has questionable history in their browser. I mean, so what if we forget to make dinner because we're watching Netflix? It's research. What if you see an attractive person and you want to take a picture of them? It's for description purposes. What if you jump in and offer advice to complete strangers during their conversations? It's nosey-experimental research. Based on how your writing would go, you need to give them options and then listen in to see what happens. Or you know, run before they put a curse on you.
What are some of your funny experiences that happened because of research?