Strangely enough, a lot of you (and by "a lot of you" I mean more than the usual ten or so) voted to read blog posts about both my research process and some of the facts I discover about the early twentieth century as I research information for my novels. Since I'll be able to give you a few excerpts here and there from my notes, I've decided to run with the Fieldnotes series. This will be much like my friend Beth Cato's Bready or Not blog, where she gives out recipes, only my posts won't make you fat and you'll have citations and a little bit of an explanation as to how the passage relates to the story.
If I decide to write longer posts with cites, those may roll through my newsletter, which you can sign up for in the sidebar.
Wait. Scientists use fieldnotes.
Yeah, I know, but I needed something catchy, because nobody is going to read a blog series entitled HISTORIC FACTS, or NOTES, which is too vague, and NOTES FROM THE FIELD is ... well ... fieldnotes. I'm not good at this marketing bit, so do me a favor and just run with it.
Frankly, in a lot of ways, fieldnotes more accurately describes my process. I'm not exactly doing the same type of linear research that a historian might do, where the researcher sticks with a single subject and connects the dots along the way. My research is more sporadic and focuses on a variety of events or phenomena as it relates to my story and the world of Los Nefilim.
That doesn't mean we won't talk about historical events. As I bounced early drafts of the novel off a lot of readers, I realized how little some people knew about the early twentieth century and (for my American readers) the Spanish Civil War. For example: one reader questioned the indoor plumbing and electricity in the Spanish countryside during the early thirties. This is a perfectly valid question. The answer is that wealthy households would have these things, and that is one way in which I show the reader Guillermo's wealth and also a little bit about his personality: Guillermo loves being on the cutting edge of technology.
The Fieldnotes series will also encompass research in religion, history, Nazi cults (because we all want to know about Nazi cults, amirite?), cars (such as Guillermo's 1930 Hispano Suiza H6C or Jordi's Monastella Cabriolet), trains, planes, battles during the Spanish Civil War, politics, angelology, demonology--frankly, if I have to research it, I'll talk about it a little in Fieldnotes at some point. If enough people request more information, I'll expand on the topic in a newsletter essay.
As an added bonus, if you follow the Fieldnotes series, the posts will give the upcoming Los Nefilim novel a little more meaning for you. Who knows? You might learn something, too. I know I certainly did.
So look for Fieldnotes ... coming soon.