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Thinking About a Talk

The tricky bit about doing a talk/reading with only a few days to prepare is that I don't have anything big coming out in the near future. I could read some older stuff, and I think I'll bring some, but I think I'd rather experiment a bit.

The idea I'm working with comes from one of my CapClave panels, in which we were talking about researching historical clothing (and using historical and contemporary designs to extrapolate to the future). I told an anecdote about when I was trying to research mens' underwear of the early 20th century.

I think it would make an entertaining talk to bring along some of my research books, share the bit of detail, and then read a bit of my work that uses that bit of research; I'd use all WWI examples. It would be the examples most directly taken from research: a chapter on female canteen workers in "Poppies Are Not the Only Flower"; jam tin grenades in The Moonlight Mistress; the flooding of Belgium and the occupation of northern France in the in-progress "Moonlight Marriage." I also had a bit of the occupation in "Under Her Uniform."

Does this sound like it could be entertaining? Or would it be frustrating to only hear parts of stories?

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mindyklasky
Oct. 17th, 2012 02:06 pm (UTC)
As a researcher, I would find this *fascinating*. (And as an author, I think it's brilliant to leave them looking for more of the story ::wry grin::)
ratphooey
Oct. 17th, 2012 04:09 pm (UTC)
It sounds entertaining to me!

Do you have any vintage underwear samples?
oracne
Oct. 17th, 2012 04:30 pm (UTC)
Alas, no...perhaps that's for the best.
gwynnega
Oct. 17th, 2012 08:15 pm (UTC)
It sounds like a lot of fun!
aswego
Oct. 18th, 2012 03:41 am (UTC)
It sounds like a lot of fun to me! The way I imagine it, anyway, sometimes you used big chunks and sometimes little ones for verisimilitude; it would be interesting to hear about the process of their becoming scaffolding for actual story, including any parts you would have loved to include but had to leave out. (Of course, what I also love is the subset of "stuff that at first glance seems completely anachronistic but turns out to have actually happened." :) )
oracne
Oct. 18th, 2012 02:06 pm (UTC)
This is most excellent feedback, thank you. I'm going to use examples that were pretty directly inspirations for things - "this was so cool, and so unknown, that I had to use it" and "I found out about this bit of tech and had to figure out how to actually have the characters make use of it," and that sort of thing.

I'll try and get myself together enough to have a blog post out of it, later on.
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