What is the weirdest/coolest thing I ever had to research for a story?
My answer: The caves in BC.
I did quite a bit of research for a little piece called: Mirrors of Ash.
The world building:
There wasn’t too much world building. The majority of the setting was either underground or following a road that leaves my hometown and loops back after several miles. I took the liberty of creating a mountainside called Swallow’s Cliff that could be seen from that loopy road.
I’ve never been underground. Well, that’s not exactly true. I’ve been in a basement, the SkyTrain when it traveled into downtown Vancouver, the lower floors of a store or mall. But I’d never gone into a mine, or followed a cave into a mountain.
Luna Farris, my hero, not only goes deep underground, she goes back to her old childhood playground–the caves of Swallow’s Cliff. However this round she goes deeper than ever before to face a family nemisis.
Since I’ve never felt the need or curiosity to do this, I had some research to do. I found YouTube posts on the local caves around my neck of the woods. I’d watch one in the dark to get into the right state of mind.
Skaha Caves/Fissure in Pentiction.
Cody Caves Provincial Park
Not for me
I actually felt claustrophobic as my character worked her way through the gaps; and not being as thin as she was, I knew I wasn’t as physically fit either.
Luna used earbuds and listened to music as she move within mountain but I listened sounds of a cave. It bumped up my imagination as Luna squeezed into places that I wouldn’t dare go.
Sounds of a Cave
Other tidbits of research
- I looked up some detail about shotguns
- That the name Faris meant Knight (I was torn between Faris and St George.)
- Swallow banks (Just because they looked cool and I wanted labyrinth of sorts that my hero needed to work through to find her prey.
Still like listening to the sounds of caves as I work. It helps me focus on the story and not be distracted by all the going-ons within the house. Lucky discovery that.
Checking out all the posts
I’m looking forward to the other posts this month. So curious on what all of you discovered. No doubt, I’ll be taking notes are more than one subject. Thanks in advance.