The weird thing about writing a book is all the random details that you end up needing to research or double-check. Like. It got a little ridiculous.
The list of things I researched while writing The Novel include:
- Ancient Egyptian temple practises, and the role of women in organized religion
- Staples of an ancient Egyptian diet
- Seasonal weather patterns in Austin, Texas
- Hair and costume choices in belly dancers, including cultural vs. competitive variations
- Voodoo Doughnut (pastry shop)
- Schedules past and present for SXSW
- The Black and White Years (band)
- Inner-city high schools in Austin
- The closest Starbucks to James Bowie High School
- The driving distance, in hours, from New Orleans, Louisiana to Austin, Texas
- The advertising industry
- Majors offered at University of Texas
- Sports programs at University of Texas
- Gender-neutral names
- Popular names for girls born in the 1860s
. . . and last, but not least, binding practises as they relate to gender-fluidity. Suffice to say, writing The Novel was an interesting ride.
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