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AnomalyCon 2016 – The Mad Science of Victorian Cooking

I wanted to share the notes that I used at AnomalyCon 2016 in Denver, Colorado during my featured hour. Remember, this isn't meant to be a formal article. It's a collection of information. If you find something in particular you'd like to know more about, I encourage you to hit google and I'm betting you will find dozens of articles on anything mentioned here. I did!

Pyrography! It’s What’s Hot!

Am writing along on a series of short stories set in the Brassbright universe, when I arrive at a scene where I wish for a father to give his son his wood-burning equipment. Since I write in a setting grounded in the Victorian era, I popped out to Google to do some 'quick research'. Two hours later, I know a lot more than I needed, but a lot less than I wanted to!

Mary, Maria, Murray, no, MARK! Wait. Jim.

“What's in a name? that which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” That's cute, Shakespeare... now, can anyone tell what those other names actually are?

Did you just blink and draw a blank? You're in good company. Let's say you're a writer. You've just conjured up a skinny teenaged boy with an incredible backstory, anger issues, perfect hair and an allergy to squirrels. That's all well and good, but what's his name?