I had a few lovely days off, marred by terrible Mets baseball. Happy Opening Week of America’s pastime!
A key to writing is good research. It’s why I go to the Writers’ Police Academy every year. It’s why I own books on police procedure, forensics, and serial killers. It’s why librarians look at me funny when I take out books on crime, gangs, and psychology.
A question from a blog post a few months ago was ‘What is the strangest thing you’ve ever done for research?’ I may have a new answer. I hung out in a tattoo parlor for a couple hours learning about the art. It started out poorly with the man yelling at me – telling me I was ‘annoying’ and ‘crazy’. The tattoo artist, Rich, was kidding and was very nice. He answered all my basic questions and I did my best not to hover as he worked. His client, Nick, was also very kind and answered my questions. I tried not to interrupt Rich too much. I feared he’d make a mistake! Overall, it was an enlightening experience.
You can see Rich’s wonderful work on Facebook – Green Apple Tattoo. Tell him AR sent you 🙂 (Or just say the annoying crazy writer:)