Writing on Research: Cleaning a Hand Gun, Glock Field Strip



(Photo: Pixabay)

How to Clean Your Handgun (gunsandammo.com)

A detailed, step by step article on cleaning a handgun.

The Glock Field Strip Disassembly (glockmeister.com)

A simple, consice breakdown of a Glock handgun with pictures and labeled parts.

There are many other webpages and videos out there for other makes/ models, but so far I haven’t needed to know how to field strip more than a Glock.

If you researched this topic and found other helpful links, please leave them in a comment!

See the (short but growing) complete list of research topics here.

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Writing on Research: Shoes (Italian, Platform vs. Wedge)


Platforms (Photo: Pixabay)

Sometimes I end up ​doing half an hour of research for one sentence. Sometimes the process frustrates me, but in the end I get the satisfaction of knowing that part, at least, wasn’t made up.


Top Ten Italian Shoemakers (italymagazine.com)

A good starting point for researching high-end, expensive, Italian-made shoes. From there I went to the different companies’ websites until I found the one that best matched my character’s sense of fashion.

Platform Vs. Wedge (answers.yahoo.com)


Wedges (Photo: Pixabay)

This may be picking at straws, but I did want to understand the difference. This helped. Doing separate image searches of “platform shoe” and “wedge shoe” helped further.


If you researched this topic and found other helpful links, please leave them in a comment!

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Out of the Archives: Redundant Man (Comic)

Here I am, four months of morning sickness later! Baby #6 is healthy and kicking away, and I am feeling better and slowly edging my way back into routine. And writing. I didn’t do any writing for four months, but it was good to have the break. 

I suppose there was one exception, if you can call it writing. I found myself waiting in the car one day with the kiddos, and the need arose to entertain the four year old a bit, so I pulled out my notepad and pen.

“What shall I draw?” I said.

“Redundant Man!” he exclaimed. Continue reading

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Writing on Research: Car Crash (Broadside/ T-Bone, SUV)

One of my books begins with a broadside crash involving an SUV, but since I’ve never been in a crash or seen much outside of movies, I needed to learn more about the physics involved, common injuries, and how do airbags work anyway?


Crashing SUVs (WickenburgNews.com)

A detailed cross-comparison of SUV crash tests, including but not limited to broadside. Includes specific models and where they rate on the safety scale.

Side Impact Injury (Car-AccidentLawyers.com)
A general list of injuries commonly received in a broadside crash and related symptoms.

Side Collision (Wikipedia)

Contains a general overview as well as charts of how different vehicles scored in the testing and where they fall on the safety scale. Two charts: Newer Cars (after 2011) and Older Cars (before 2011).

How Airbags Work (HowStuffWorks.com)

This covers airbags in detail. It also explains how the laws of motion work on passengers during a crash.

A collection of side impact stories. (Car-Accidents.com)
Some of the personal accounts are quite detailed (consider this as much a warning as anything else), and they all include pictures of the cars involved.

A collection of side impact injury claim stories. (AllAboutCarAccidents.com)

No photos, just a collection of short stories detailing the types of injuries sustained. Beware all the suggestions to talk to a car accident lawyer.

If you researched this topic and found other helpful links, please leave them in a comment!

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Flash Fiction Friday: Ailish and the Rat

Click here to read about my FF Keyword Challenge.

Keywords: Vegan, Beach, Dogs


Ailish and the Rat

“I love running. I absolutely love running!” Ailish exclaimed. Her paws dug into the warm sand, propelling her forward with ever increasing speed. Her tongue tasted sea spray as it hung out of her big, wide, open grin, and her wiry gray hair rippled in the wind she made.

A little brown Chihuahua zipped across her path, heading for the water, and she saw him just in time.

“Oh!” she exclaimed, jumping to the side in a graceful stop.

“You are big,” the Chihuahua commented, pausing to sniff at her ankle. “But you are not a horse. What are you?”

“I am an Irish wolfhound,” Ailish said proudly, her head tall. “My breed used to hunt wolves.”

Continue reading

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Flash Fiction, Keyword Challenge

tmp_5434-book-863418_12801904019198.jpgI’ve been thinking for a while that I need to get some actual writing on my blog, not just “here’s what I’m working on” or sharing research finds. Trouble is, I don’t have much in the short story department, and so I’ve decided to make more.

Anyone who uses the Reader on WordPress knows about the search bar at the top. For the longest time I completely missed the suggested keywords underneath, but there are always three, and they are always changing.

My plan is to take the keywords and run with them, turning it into flash fiction.

And I feel like this is going to be super fun!

Do you write flash fiction? How do you choose what to write about? If you want to do the Keyword Challenge too, I would love to see what you come up with!

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A Snapshot of Where I Write

For 1 hour a day, occasionally 1 1/2 hours.


Because nap time is it. That’s all I get.

You see, I have 5 kids ranging in age from 18 months to 8 years. Before I took on the more daunting writing goals, I decided I wouldn’t sacrifice my family for more time. I had to work with what I had.

It’s not easy. In fact, for 2 months last Fall it was so frustrating I quit writing altogether. I had to find a new method, and that became not just sitting with the 4 yr old while he fell asleep (he wouldn’t otherwise), but also staying in the room while he slept.tmp_11813-img_20170214_142048-463412669

The older kids (who don’t nap) know to Not Bother Mama and do their school or color or play with legos quietly. The 18 mo old sleeps at the same time, so I actually get an hour or so of solid quiet (most the time) to work on the novel or write a blog post.

Sometimes it means stopping before I want to (like the time I was 5 sentences away from killing off the bad guy, then the little man woke up), but I look at the kiddos and my husband as a bigger priority. I love them more than I love my book, and I want to make sure they know it.

In the mean time, I plug away at my literary goals little by little, one nap at a time.

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