I am rapidly approaching deadline day for my MA in Creative Writing and have found myself researching, in depth, some of the strangest things.
I am currently writing the good old ‘first novel’, the first 15,000 words of which will form part of my dissertation. Despite it being a science fiction piece I have spent several hours googling the following things:
- Vintage lawnmowers – specifically those powered by a two-stroke Villiers engine
- Past and present members of the Rolling Stones and full band history
- How to spell ‘balalaika’
- Moons beginning with the letter ‘D’
- Popular types of tea
- John Coltrane
A fellow student recently told me that she had spent a full day researching Victorian underwear.
So, as well as working towards finally getting the first draft complete, I feel I can now hold my own in the world’s strangest conversation.