Who ever said research was boring?
I love researching stuff for my novels. If all I ever had to do was research cool stuff and someone, like, paid me for it, I’d be in my slice of heaven.
At the moment, I’m learning about ships. And in particular, 15th century ships. I’ve got a book waiting for me at the library and I’m psyched about getting it. (Yes, I’m a nerd, remember?)
I’m also reading about the history of money in Spain, as in maravedís and reales (only those didn’t come into use until 1497, five years after the events in my novels).
All cool stuff that gets me excited about the events in my story. I don’t know why, as I often use very little of it when I write. But I find it sets the tone in my mind, allowing my characters to act appropriately because they know not only their limitations, but the limits to their environment. You know, how much money could Andreas possible carry in a pouch? Would it be enough to pay for a trip on a boat? Or bribe the local bailiff? Or buy the safety of one girl?
And once they are on the ship (will they get on a ship?), where the heck will they sleep? Will they be in the way? How long is the trip? Would Andreas be expected to help out on the ship? If so, what would he learn?
Oh! Fun! 😀