Monday, December 14, 2009

Where in the World is Helen?

I’m here! I’m there!

Actually, I’m here today to let you know I’m over on L. Diane Wolfe’s blog, Spunk on a Stick’s Tips. I follow Diane’s blog daily. She has posts on writing (she’s the author of The Circle of Friends series) and she also hosts guest authors. She has some weekly features, like the Sunday Sillies and Fridays’ Book News, where she links to other blogs. If you’re not already following her, check out her blog.

She invited me to post on Spunk on a Stick’s Tips about research. For the nonfiction books I write, I do a lot of research. And those of you who write fiction know that fiction isn’t all made up. You have to do research for both fiction and nonfiction.

If you’ve got a few minutes, click over and read my post on researching for fiction and nonfiction, including some personal examples of my own research. I’d love to hear a couple of your research experiences.

Thank you, Diane, for allowing me to take over your blog today!

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23 comments:

  1. Thanks for the link. I might be able to click over later.

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  2. Can't find you there yet but will try later...

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  3. I always try to stop by Diane's blog so I'll see you there.

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  4. Ha, Helen! I'm also not quqite sure whether I'm here or there. Or back here again!! :):)

    research horror story: for my current fiction project I'm reading about 15 000 print pages of military history on the South African Border War. Facts. Figures. Details. All written with military precision. To put this in perspective, I *hated* history at school. Positively hated it. So this may not sound like a serious horror story, but it's Hel(l) to me. And that's not counting any Internet or other research!

    No wonder I don't know where I currently am!

    (Win one of five unique prizes from South Africa in the Christmas Contest on my blog)

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  6. I find research to be one of the most engrossing parts of writing, with much of what I find informing the story at hand, giving it authority, weaving through the plot. I'm clicking over to see if you're at Diane's yet ...

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  7. Sorry Helen, had my dates misec up - it's there now.

    I used to be a blonde you know...

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  8. Diane, I'm a blonde. Sometimes. Okay, I'm actually dishwater brown, but my hairdresser puts enough blonde streaks in that it appears blonde. Sorry that I messed up the dates. You really didn't have to change your posts!

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  9. Yes, I found you there. And loved you!
    karen

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  10. Aren't we all blondes at times? Thanks for the links!

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  11. Laura, I think we all are. I've certainly gone the whole range of blonde, from brown with streaks to neon blonde.

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  12. A blonde, eh? Well, that would explain a lot of things. Just kidding. I'll pop over and visit. And I agree Diane Wolfe has a terrific site I consistently visit.

    Stephen Tremp

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  13. Loved your post!

    Never been a blonde or a redhead...always had my regular brown hair. But now I'm getting a sprinkling of white on top, so I'm wondering if I'll look like a witch in a few years....

    Elizabeth
    Mystery Writing is Murder

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  14. Enjoy the sprinkles, Elizabeth. I'm in the steady rain right now.

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  16. Hope you get a lot of visitors there. Nice article.

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  17. Good post! It's always fun to find another research lover :)

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  18. Jemi, it's an acquired love...

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  19. am delighted to have found this blog and will be checking out Diane's momentarily
    Some of the best advice I ever heard was to "embrace your inner blonde".... so though I'm grey on the outside.. I'm blonde where it counts!

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