...and how to commit arson in the remote Africn bush.
Wait. How to commit arson? In a place where there are no explosives? Where I need a long, slow-burning fuse to ignite the fire that will destroy the safari lodge where children are traded for sex?
Well, it turns out that it can be done, except that the process of creating the saltpeter that the process requires takes months...much like composting...and my protagonist only has a couple of days to make this happen.
Which is how I arrived at the idea of siphoning gasoline out of the bad guy's safari vehicles...gasoline that can be used to burn his infamous lodge to the ground...by setting the whole conflagration off with a Molotov cocktail. Who knew how easy they are to make?? YouTube is full of instructions and demonstrations! Only...as I learned...you have to provide verifcation of your age before you're allowed access to those sites. After all, we wouldn't want Molotov cocktails to make it into the hands of children, would we?
Needless to say, I've enjoyed doing this research. I imagine the ad execs scratching their heads wondering why an unassuming woman "of a certain age" wants to know about childhood prostitution and international aid organizations. Why she needs to know how pythons kill their prey. What she plans to do with a Molotov cocktail!
I can hardly wait to see what ads appear in the margins on my facebook page!
Have you ever had to do research that made you nervous? Have you ever entered a restricted site?
"Every production of an artist
should be the expression
of an adventure of his soul."
--W. Somerset Maugham--
If this post picques your interest, wish me luck as I work on the last couple chapters, the revisions, the queries, the edits, etc., etc. Thanks.