Random Research

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.


I think this goes without saying, but as we live in a world of rampant asshattery, please allow me to state for the record: this is my intellectual property. As such, please do not copy, circulate, edit, alter, take credit for, or otherwise appropriate this material without my express permission. Thank you.


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