Romance Writers Weekly is a group of romance authors who have joined forces to help each other in this crazy publishing business. Each Tuesday we host a blog hop where we answer a set of questions or maybe share a piece of flash fiction. RWW also has a Website, Blog, Newsletter, and can be found on Facebook and Twitter (@LoveChatWrite). If you hopped here from Leslie Hachtel’s post, welcome!
This week the lovely Sarah Heggar asked: “What did you Google? The internet is an invaluable research tool for writers, but sometimes we google some searches that would raise more than a few eyebrows if seen out of context. So this week I challenge the Romance Weekly writers to ‘fess up on what the strangest thing they googled was, and then give them a chance to explain why they were grubbing around in that particular search string.”
Because I write 18th century American historical romance/fiction, I frequently Google for specific details for all aspects of life and war during the American Revolution and the 1700s in general. Most recently, I searched on how a woman would have nursed an infant given the layers of clothing she had to wear for propriety’s sake. To see what I found, visit Maternity Fashions at Colonial Williamsburg. Why did I need to know this detail? Because Evelyn, the heroine in Evelyn’s Promise (coming spring 2016) has an infant and I needed to understand her reality so I could portray it accurately in the story. I mean, how did a woman breastfeed wearing shifts and stays and such? Turns out that they fashioned a gown or two with flaps over the breasts for access by the baby.
I also learned from that search that diapers were called “napkins” or “clouts” and were typically fastened with straight pins. Um… Ouch! In fact, a frequent gift was a pretty pin cushion with pins stuck into it for the new mother’s use. Some women sewed ties onto the diapers to avoid pricking the child. I like that idea much more than pins, I have to say! For my story, I didn’t use this detail but it was interesting to finally locate the information. Who knows when I might need it for another story?
Be sure to hop on over to Collette Cameon’s blog to see what she’s been hunting up on the Internet.
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