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I'm going to Alaska!!!!

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In a month! Yay!!

If you read this blog at all, then you probably know that my current WIP, Tainted Frost, is set in a small town in Alaska. Why? Several reasons...

1) I've always been fascinated by Alaska. It's gorgeous, it's wild, it's scary, it's awesome. It's basically the last frontier after Antarctica, and I've always wanted to explore it.

2) My story is a fantasy, and because so much is unknown about Alaska, it seemed like the perfect setting for a story in which weird and sort of spooky things happen.

3) I needed a cold and remote setting for my story, and voila, Alaska!

4) I needed a place with some Russian influence that wasn't actually Russia...Alaska!

5) Not a lot of YA novels are set in Alaska so that's cool. Alaska!!!!

Anyway, I'm really excited because I'll get to have an awesome vacation, go to a place I've always wanted to visit, AND do research for my WIP. It's win-win-win, as Michael Scott would say. So far all I've done to prepare is buy a Polaroid camera. You probably think that's weird, but I got so tired of storing all my digital photos on my laptop and never looking at them that I decided to buy a camera that instantly printed all the pictures you took. Hence, the Polaroid purchase. The pictures are the size of a credit card and they're so fun! I plan on making a collage of all the pictures I take in Alaska and putting it up on my wall for inspiration. 

As for my research, I plan on taking a bunch of tours and wandering around and just absorbing everything. I might even go hiking. I've never actually been hiking in my life. I don't even own a pair of sneakers, or whatever kind of footwear people usually hike in. I'm not at all an outdoorsy person so I hope I don't die. Not dying is definitely high on my list of things to do in Alaska. 

I also plan on talking to the local librarians because I recently read somewhere that if you have questions about a particular city, your best bet is to ask the local librarian. Not sure how true that is, but I intend to find out. I would also love to have some conversations with local teenagers to get an idea of what their lives are like, but I hope they don't get freaked out by the weirdo with a Polaroid asking them what they do for fun. 

I probably won't tell people that I'm doing research for a book because then they'll undoubtedly ask me what my book is about, and I still can't quite articulate what my book is about without sounding like a huge, stuttering dork. 

No matter what though, I know it's going to be a great adventure. 

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redjaywrites
Jul. 12th, 2012 04:24 pm (UTC)
Ooh! So excited for you, enjoy it.

Though be wary of doing any whale-watching - they still hunt for whales in Alaska, and people often lie about it being for cultural/sustainance needs just to make a profit (that's the only way you can get a license to hunt whales, that, or like Japan 'claims', science). *has been having lectures on cetaceans all week*

Post photos of your trip, please? ;)
maggie_writes
Jul. 13th, 2012 10:16 pm (UTC)
Of course I will post photos!

Thanks for the whale-watching tip. It's definitely on my to-do list, but I'll poke around and ask lots of questions before I do it.
writerjenn
Jul. 12th, 2012 11:24 pm (UTC)
If you do hike, get some decent hiking boots and break them in before your trip. Also look at a good guidebook for the area and pay attention to the lists of gear you'll need, and don't hike alone in wild areas.
Have fun!
maggie_writes
Jul. 13th, 2012 10:14 pm (UTC)
Do hiking boots have to be expensive to be good? I don't want to buy crappy ones and trip all the time, but I don't want really expensive ones either because this is probably the only time I'll ever use them.
writerjenn
Jul. 13th, 2012 11:23 pm (UTC)
No, they don't have to be expensive. I've found very good boots at good sales. It's more important that they be sturdy and fit well.
maggie_writes
Jul. 14th, 2012 03:44 am (UTC)
Thanks for the tips, can't wait to get my first pair of hiking boots!
nataliesee
Jul. 13th, 2012 03:34 am (UTC)
Fantastic. Enjoy the trip!!
maggie_writes
Jul. 13th, 2012 10:13 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :)
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