Yes, it’s the first Wednesday in May, and that means it’s IWSG day.
I didn’t have a hope of posting in April, I was just about treading water through the Easter holidays. (Riding the wave, but pleease don’t ask me to think about anything!)
Then I got back from a girl’s weekend in Bucharest at 1am this morning, so please ignore the matchsticks propping up my eyelids, while I tell you about the weird places that research can take you.
There was the time I wanted to work out what the elapsed time difference might be if someone travelled between two points in space by FTL (Faster than light travel – but you knew that, didn’t you?), versus if they travelled at ‘normal’ speed.
After several websites, scribbled calculations, accidentally downloading a virus (well, no-one does that on purpose, do they?) and my head threatening to explode, it dawned on me that I’d been reading sci-fi for years without bothering to check up on anyone else’s specifications. What was good enough for McCaffrey and Heinlein ought to be good enough for me too.
(And nobody has ever picked me up on it either).
Similarly I tried to look up the max warp speed recently, and found such truly geeky sites that even I was scared off. (I think I just used ‘faster’ instead).
And then, for Quiet Neighbours I wanted to check how soon headstones could be erected on graves. (At least six months). I stumbled across a discussion thread on ownership of grave plots and how often through remarriages and wills, people can wind up not being allowed to be buried in their family plot, or to look after their parent’s graves, whilst ownership ends up with someone completely unrelated.
So, research; – tread carefully, you never know where you might end up!