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28 September 2009 @ 06:33 pm
word to the wise  
If, for some reason, you find yourself with the urge to start a research project on sixteenth-century rings, don't be an idiot like me and put "english rings" into the title keyword search. Because you will get a bunch of books on fantasy and Lord of the Rings. Of course. (The sad/hilarious part was that the second I typed it, I knew how dumb that was, and what I was going to get, but my brain couldn't catch my fingers before I pressed Enter.)

The book I was actually trying to find was called British Rings.
 
 
 
cschellscschells on September 29th, 2009 03:51 am (UTC)
Oh, but keep us posted on the 16th century ring research. I know I'm a terrible enabler, but I can never resist side ventures like that. I struggled with only marginal success to write a dissertation that wasn't entirely side ventures.
tempestsarekind: peddlers of bombasttempestsarekind on September 29th, 2009 03:55 pm (UTC)
I have the same problem, obviously. :) Though it might be rather overselling things to call this a "project"; it's more that I find myself writing a scene in which it would be quite useful for the main character to know something about sixteenth-century rings--because he would know, having lived through the sixteenth century! So I just need to know enough to be able to write a sentence or two that sounds right. The problem comes in not *turning* it into a project, I suppose.
cschellscschells on September 30th, 2009 12:07 am (UTC)
I've been thinking about how cool it could be to research things like this for a living. I'm not sure who would have money to pay me to do that, but it would be cool. And really, researching obscure topics is about the only skill I got out of my doctorate...
tempestsarekind: books and flowerstempestsarekind on September 30th, 2009 12:43 am (UTC)
Oh, I've been thinking about the same thing! One of the history books I ran into the other day, written by a whiz-kid up-and-comer, mentioned in her bio that she'd once worked as a researcher for history documentaries, and I thought, "wow, how do you get that job?" Because it makes sense--there must be people who need research done, but how does one get in contact with them?
cschellscschells on September 30th, 2009 04:47 pm (UTC)
I tried researching that kind of job online last night--no dice. I guess you have to have an in, know the right people... Drat! Also, I seriously hate whiz-kid up-and-comers, especially when they also get to have cool jobs on their resumes and stuff. *sigh* I've been thinking about trying to docent at local museums--maybe I could find some interesting work leads that way...
tempestsarekind: very few dates in this historytempestsarekind on October 1st, 2009 01:11 am (UTC)
I guess so--how irritating! Also, whiz kids are irritating as well. Bah.

I think being a docent at a local museum sounds like a good idea, though! If nothing else, you'd get to know the collection really well.