It is NaNoWriMo again! I am starting up a new series, and it looks like it could be a good one. I'm also branching out into a new genre--mystery/suspense.
But, as with all NaNo projects, no matter how much time you spend researching, there are always those things that you can't anticipate. So, during the month, I will be listing all of those fun, interesting tidbits that I have researched that may or may not get me put on a government watch list.
In addition to the research on biological and chemical warfare and domestic terrorism (told you I was on a watch list somewhere), there are the little things one never thinks about until it comes time to write. Thins like:
Using Google Earth and Google Maps to get a lay of the land.
Learning that the average set of male cremains weighs about 6 pounds and is just slightly smaller in volume than a gallon of milk.
And discovering that, unlike many of the other native peoples, the Umatilla, Walla Walla, and Cayuse Indians got to keep their reservation on or near their ancestral lands.
Oh, and the Arlington National Cemetery website (okay, at least the Wikipedia entry) doesn't keep an entry of races of the people buried there.