I normally don’t do a lot of research. Most of my writing doesn’t require more than a little surfing on the web. Which is good, because I love research. Sad but true. I was the kid in school that got excited over the prospect of writing a research paper and scoffed at the audacity of the teacher limiting the number of pages I could turn in. I tend to take it over board. Recently, I’ve jumped into the world of fantasy and world building. I decided a little more information would be prudent. I’m pretty good with Greek and Roman mythology thanks to Riordan ( I slept through a class in college so it doesn’t count) and my knowledge of other mythical creatures comes from Tolkien and a few others. Anyway, I put on a little makeup and standard conservative attire for a mom with tweens and headed to the library. Trust me this bit of information will be important later.
I surfed the web for a list of books I thought would be helpful in my research. Of course, nothing is in the computer or on the shelf. So armed with my list of authors and titles I ask the nice librarian to see if she can get them for me. Here’s my list:
- Giants, monsters & Dragons: An encyclopedia of Folklore, Legend & Myth by Carol Rose
- The Mythical Creatures Bible: The Definitive Guide to Legendary Beings by Brenda Rosen
- America Alligators by Kelly Ouchley
- Discovering Alabama Wetlands by Doug Phillips
- The Fairy Bible: The Definitive Guide to the World of Fairies by Teresa Moorey (at this point the librarian looks up from the computer and gives me an odd look. She then surveys my attire, looking for some sign of insanity, tattoos, or piercings.
- The Complete Guide to Writing Fantasy by Darin Park
- The Tough Guide to Fantasyland by Diana Wynne Jones
- Spirits, Fairies, Leprechauns, & Goblins: An Encyclopedia by Carol Rose
By the time she gets to the last book she is rolling with laughter. I got laughed at by the librarian. The kids weren’t with me, I had my glasses perched at the end of my nose and used grown up manners. She still laughed at me. To make matters worse the system only had one of the books (#1) and #7 could be borrowed from some library in the nether regions and I would have to pay a fee to read it.
The bright side is I made someone’s day a little brighter with a much needed laugh. Next time, I’m wearing my cat woman shoes and alligator earrings. I might even dress my kids up as super heroes to deflect their attention.
That’s life in the South.
What fun have you had recently in the library. (Keep it clean.)