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February 1, 2011

Two For Tuesday: Buckets & Birds, Bank Robbers & Brad Pitt

Kate Hart
What is it? Post two of anything: book reviews, pictures, quotes, poems, songs, videos, rants, shout outs, whatever floats your boat. Just connect them somehow. That's it.

Today: So it turns out, writing something with even a small basis in historical fact is a s-l-o-w process. Particularly if you are an internet magpie like me. ~okay research you are going -- ooh, shiny over here... wait, what was I doing? right, RESEARCH, okay, here we-- ooh, look over here...~

Anyway. Sometimes research is taking forever and then all of the sudden, you find something that makes everything! come! together! The heavens open up and smile on your plot and angels come down to sing and

See? Total magpie. The short version: I keep finding cool stuff that I want to share.

This is Cutthroat Gap, a location named for exactly what it sounds like-- a battlefield where heads were removed from their owners and places in buckets for their families to find. I KNOW. My characters needed to meet up in a town nearby, so I pulled out the Google maps, found Cooperton, Oklahoma, and decided to look up a picture or two. Turns out it's basically a ghost town. A GHOST TOWN.

"Here, take this super creepy plot detail," says the universe. "No really! We want you to have it!"

Sometimes you have to manufacture the creepy, though. Hence: Some crows.


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Jesse James and his band of outlaws hid treasure all over the Wichita Mountains, so the other night I watched "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford," in which Jesse is played by Brad Pitt. (The sacrifices I make for my art.)

The upside is that the movie was pretty cool, if a little cheesy in parts, and the character study was tremendously helpful with my own characters.

The downside is that while everyone else saw this in the Golden Globes coverage:
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All I can picture is this:
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Maybe I should tape that to my monitor.




  1. I think everyone needs that Get back to work sign.

  2. I'm not sure what's creepier: the black-and-white photo of crows in the fog or Brad Pitt.

  3. i loveddd the assasination of jesse james. more because of casey affleck than brad pitt, but yeah.
    and that get back to work sign--EPIC.


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