It is a free week here once again. I decided that I want to talk about some research I will be doing. In fact, I think all of you reading this could be very helpful. Blackout Summer is a contemporary book. With two teenagers I thought it might be fun to write something for them, something that they can have a little input on. I am sure there will be a hint of romance.
On my list of things to do in order to research this story where the power gets knocked out for a good deal of time due to a natural disaster, I will be calling my local power company. I want to make sure that what I have in mind is something that could happen in reality. I would hate to get it all written down just to have someone say, “That wouldn’t happen, they could have fixed that problem within a few hours.”
Now the family is going to their Grandpa’s farm. Grandpa is sort of a pack-rat. Which comes in handy for the family when the blackout hits. They’ll be able to survive, the children will learn what it was like before all of these modern conveniences came to be second nature.
Now on to the fun part of research. I’ll be taking my kids to the Amana Colonies. Where the Amish are close by. I’m also going to see if that little farm in Kalona still allows groups to come through. When I was in about fourth grade I was able to spend a day on their working farm, they have no electricity at all. It amazed me to see how they worked the farm without the modern items that were on our farm. I would like to go back and get a refresher before I start writing.
Luckily, my kids are good sports. So when I decide to make the television, their tablets, the radio “out-of-order” for a few days I doubt I will hear a lot of complaining. This winter we had the power go out within a few minutes we had set up a plan in case it was out or awhile. We had lanterns, candles, board games set up. Only to hear a groan of disappointment come out of my children when the lights came back on. My kids love research mode. In fact my middle child is wanting me to write a story set in the 50s, telling me he would gladly watch shows and movies that were made in the 50s or earlier and read only those books, and then told me I could get some old recipes and try them out.
Now on to how you can help me, if you wish. What do you think would be the hardest part of making it through a blackout in the summer months? Besides the obvious of air conditioning and no freezer, what else would be a pain and how would you try to make it through without that convenience?