Category: Stuff I researched while writing

Things I’ve researched while writing lately

So this has built up over a few days, both because I’ve been editing, because I’ve been playing Grand Theft Auto V more than I should be and because I’ve been kind of waffling on whether I should keep posting these or not, as the story is establishing, I’m worried that it’s getting easier to…


Fun with photoshop

For the upcoming Jack 4.0 originally had just the actual Elizabeth Short mug shot, which is a pretty famous (and public domain) photo related to that case. But I was never really happy with it, because it was a little too on the nose. I mean, it’s clear who the subject of the story is…


Stuff I researched while writing recently

That drawing of the Zodiac Killer (Found the picture, plus another picture. I briefly considered making Jack responsible for the Zodiac killings, just because that getup with the hood and sunglasses would be a way for him to commit those murders in the day time, but it’s so far from his Jack’s M.O. and honestly,…


Stuff I’ve researched over the last few days

Most of my time lately has been dedicated to prepping the next Charlie story, so I haven’t been writing a lot of new material. But what I have written has required the following research: Trench knife (the 1918 Mach 1 marine issue trench knife specifically, with the knuckledusters. BADASS)Look at that thing! Some bastards could…


Stuff I researched while writing last night (and today)

The word “psycho” (early 1800s doctors started throwing around the word “psychopathy” and its related variations) 1930 Mercedes Benz SSK (the other night I was researching a car for a character and decided on a 1931 Cadillac. Then the next day I stumbled on a tumblr post full of super cool vehicles from the 30s…


A thing I researched last night

Didn’t do a lot of writing yesterday. Mostly just rereading and fixing awful, fundamentally basic grammar and spelling errors that I’m apparently incapable of grasping. Vallejo, California (I got it confused with Valencia, California. What made it even more confusing is that I knew it (or thought i did) based on the fact that Six Flags…


Stuff I researched while writing tonight (and today and last night)

Getting close to done on the first draft of my next volume. I’ve got others that are basically done, but now that I’m starting into the bi-weekly pattern, I want to make an effort to stagger the characters a bit. So I’m writing a new character (new to the story thus far) and will probably…


Stuff I researched while writing tonight

Victorian underwear (what would Jack the Ripper call panties? I’m certainly not saying “pantaloons” even if that’s acurrate just because no. Knickers was actually appropriate. So that works. Drawers also works. I wonder if a prostitute in that time wouldn’t wear “open drawers” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_drawers ? Or no underwear at all? I dunno. It doesn’t matter…


Stuff I researched yesterday while writing

Electric lights in Victorian London (They existed, but only just barely. This character is rich so has probably seen them before)Bank of England (ooh. It’s nicknamed The Old Lady because the ghost of a nun named Sarah Whitehead supposedly haunts its garden. Thanks Wikipedia!) Jack the Ripper murders (I knew it was the 1880s but…


Stuff I researched while writing today

Today I broke open Danny, which is one of the chapters I wrote a long time ago and then put away to focus on other things, and it’s always just sat there mostly untouched, while I tinkered and played with Charlie and Patricia. I knew I had a good introduction to her, and I established…


Stuff I researched while writing last night

Versace black dress (Had to go back and research Versace dresses again. I was rereading the Devon book and realized that I forgot (again) that it was set in 1998 and not now. He makes reference to the fact that he believes the black dress a character is wearing is a Versace knock off (it’s…


Stuff I researched while writing yesterday

Forgot to post this last night. I didn’t do a lot of writing. Was tired and not feeling it, so I did some rereading of what I’ve already written and editing and fixing things I didn’t like. So here are a few things I did have to look up. What the fuck that thing is…