Time for another post for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group, the brainchild of Head Ninja, Alex J. Cavanaugh. Feel free to join us the first Wednesday of every month! Purpose: To share and encourage.

This month’s question: What is the weirdest/coolest thing you ever had to research for your story?

Okay, I’m seriously surprised Big Brother hasn’t come knocking on my door for all my weird internet searches. My 18 Things series include subjects such as the Underworld, spirit guides, angels, demons, demon possession, mind reading, portals and traveling across different dimensions, and lots of odd spiritual rituals. And yes, I researched them all online (no personal experience with those subjects whatsoever). The coolest thing for me was the portals because I really want time traveling across dimensions to be real. That feeling probably stems from from reading all those stories while growing up & wanting to escape my situation at the time. Alice in Wonderland, Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, Harry Potter and Platform 9 ¾, the ‘Gate of Hell’ in Dante’s Inferno, a wardrobe with a secret passageway to Narnia . . .


What do you think? Is portal-based time travel just something from a sci-fi movie, or something that could become a reality one day?

18 comments on “

    • It would be scary. Hopefully whoever went first could come back & tell us what he/she saw or communicate with us somehow (like in Interstellar) before the rest of us tried it!

  1. I heard one of our math teachers was contacted after researching strange quantities of explosives to make questions more interesting for students. That’s just rumor though and you know how those go.

  2. It’s such a powerful idea to stumble across a portal and end up somewhere totally different. There’s evidence of wormholes out there – maybe they could be harnessed or used somehow?

  3. I loved many of those same stories too. When I was growing up, I’d often wish to find such a portal every time I went into the woods behind our house. Never happened though. Oh well.

  4. I missed you last month, so it was great to have a moment to catch up here today. Our searches are truly horrifying and I hope they confuse the hell out of those algorithms.

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