January 14th, 2007

Captain Jack

Hippo penis size and the joys of researching on the net

Thought you guys might enjoy this.

God I love the internet.  I don't know how writers ever got anything done before it.  I'm an inveterate researcher for fics.  Everything from looking up the etymology of a word to make sure it's not too modern (I have a great website link on my desktop for that), to how to apply kohl properly (it's not done the way one would think), to how fast a Spanish galleon and/or Viking ship can sail (i.e. how long would it take Erestor and Glorfindel to sail from Umbar to Lindon, a distance of about 1200 miles according to my Atlas of Middle Earth).  Sometimes I have to curb myself as I have a tendency to start researching some little point and the next thing I know I've spent a couple hours finding out about something that I would NEVER have thought to look up otherwise, and wasting valuable writing time in the process. But it is worth it, as sometimes, in the pursuit of verisimilitude, one finds oneself googling the god-damnedest things.  

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