Today was dedicated to one of my favorite kinds of revising, fact-checking. I'm basically ready to send off the manuscript, but one of the last things I do (before rereading the whole thing and finding more things to do) is double-check all those tiny details that probably don't matter all that much but that might signify to an agent or reader that the author didn't cross his x's and dot his j's.
So here's the list of things I googled today:
- Otter Pops--Do they still exist? (They do. And thank God.)
- Handheld game consoles for teens (The itouch would be the most realistic, but my character isn't allowed a cell phone, so I went with the PSP even though it's a little old school.)
- Image search: 2003 Nissan Sentra dash (I was trying to determine if they have SEEK buttons or just SCAN buttons on the radio. The images weren't detailed enough.)
- Will and Grace men kissing
- Shock Wave soda (Doesn't exist, except in my manuscript.)
- Ho Hos (Come in boxes of 10. Not sure why I didn't know this.)
- Schwarzenegger spelling (I had it right. Just sayin'.)
U.S. Naval Observatory Sunrise/Sunset
It's what you think it is. You give it the year, city, and state, and it gives you a table that shows the sunrise and sunset times for every day of the year. Very Handy** for the anal retentive.
* It should be stated that I draw a distinction between revision that I think I should do and revision that others want me to do. The former is far more enjoyable than the latter.
**I've started something new for the new year. In Every post there will appear randomly capitalized words. I do this to annoy.