Research…Then and Now

I’ve always been kind of a hands-on type of gal. I guess that’s why I focused on forensic anthropology…because it was applied science, not theoretical. In grad school, I loved research. Actualistic studies–doing experiments in real time to make analogies about the archaeological record–was how I learned best.  Below is a picture of me doing research then…

Bear with the photo. It’s coming from a slide to a print in a thesis to a scanner to here. Yup, that’s me–breaking pig bones with a rock. That thesis is a real page turner. You could probably still check it out from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Here’s a picture of me doing research now…

Some things never change. This is me using a WWII-era M1 carbine–the same type of gun Kitty Irish uses to hunt werewolves in Trajectories (coming 3/2012 from Turquoise Morning Press). Yup, research is really the best way for me. How else would I have known that the gun leaves a BIG bruise on your shoulder? Or that it recoils into your jaw if you’re not careful? Or how about that sometimes the shells eject into your head leaving a nice bloody half-moon behind (my hubby got to figure that one out!)?

Ahh, research…gotta love it. How ’bout you?

5 thoughts on “Research…Then and Now

  1. Kate says:

    This is why the main character in my novel (thinks he) is a linguist! 😛 On the other hand, though, I love writing sword fighters, and my swordfighting experience is pretty much nil aside from fencing. Time to sign up for some broadsword classes!

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