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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?

The Perfection of the Paper Clip

I love researching the little details for a story. Yesterday I decided that a particular character in "Down The Tubes" should live next door to a paper clip factory, simply because I liked the way that sounded. But I needed to be sure paper clips had been invented in 1895. I found patent application diagram, which shows a paperclip that is identical to the classic clip we still use today.