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Ask A Question Thursday

July 4, 2019
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Today’s question is: Some writers create a bubble around themselves until they’re finished with their project – how true is that in your case?

For me, once I am writing/crafting a story the outside world disappears. I am within that world of my own creation and all external forces are forgotten. As I write the scenes play like a movie in my head, I experience the characters and their struggles.

How about you? Do you need to lock yourself away, go somewhere in particular or can immerse yourself in your story no matter where?

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Last week’s question. What books do you keep for sentimental reasons?

I shared mine in the post and Pamela shared her love of Pinocchio.

The Adventures of Pinocchio. From the first time my mother read it to me, I was hooked on the little guy. His devotion to his father touched my heart like no other character in any book. I have a collection of at least 10 Pinocchio books in both English and Italian, and each is a bit different due to the various translators. And to add to my Pinocchio fixation, I have quite a collection of Pinocchio puppets, dolls, and figurines scattered around the house. They never fail to make me smile.

Manacles & Author Research…

September 6, 2013
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Manacle – definition: a shackle for the hand; handcuff  – today’s post is number 410…Whew!

I will resist the lure of the obvious link here with a series of particular novels and go another route. Handcuffs have been used for decades and the original design has changed very little.

These were used in the trial for Abraham Lincoln’s assassination.

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Circa 1950’s handcuffs.

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These types are more readily recognizable to the majority of us (form movies of course!)  2010

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And for the ultra modern with different sizes for men and women and youth and also to denote various cell blocks.

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As writers we are always researching for facts to ensure our characters and their setting are authentic. Among my list are healing herbs, the wound inflicted from a dagger, barrel racing, reincarnation and cabin building.

What is the most unusual fact you have researched?

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