Day 9 – an ode to reference books

Not a lot of writing done since my last post, I was unfortunately busy working – dang living requiring money. I have started reading Laini Taylor’s Dreams of Gods and Monsters, reading more Heart and Brain (Heart is just awesome and all The Awkward Yeti’s comics are relatable!) and been thinking about reference books a lot.

I love reference books, even if they’re not specifically helpful to my current topic – stuff is just interesting, that’s just how it is. I have books on:

  • Medieval Castles – complete with floor plans, floor plans are very important
  • the craft of writing (just so many!) – you can never stop learning to better yourself!
  • poisons – makes my husband very nervous, but it’s great for killing characters off in creative ways!
  • religions – from all over the world, throughout history!
  • witchcraft/wicca/druidry – because why not?
  • baby names – dictionaries plus apps, for when inspiration needs a jolt!
  • all my school and university subjects – history (modern and ancient, and especially medieval) features prominantly.
  • and so many others, I just can’t keep track.

I have reference books to thank for realising my dream of becoming a published author – it was while reading Steven Harper’s Writing the Paranormal Novel that I came up with the idea for Unvamped. Harper suggests to think outside the box when it comes to plotting, think of something that’s different. And, I suddenly thought “What if, instead of human turns vampire and off we go…what if, vampire turns human and off we go?!” I was pretty certain it was a novel idea (pardon the pun) – not to say it had never been done before, but I was pretty sure it wasn’t mainstream. And, thus Unvamped was born. Actually…that gives me an idea for the middle of Unvamped 2*! This seems to be a pattern with me of late – I come up with a good starting idea, find the ending, but the middle remains murky for much too long!

Either way! Must go and make notes before I forget my potentially genius idea!

x iz

*working title