I don’t have a great deal of experience with violence and even less with weapons, so I’m sure my search history is suspicious. Is she planning a murder? Or is she planning a murder mystery? The latter of course!
Once in a while I’ve drawn on my actual martial arts experience. Back in the day I received my black belt in Tae Kwon Do. Yes, little 5’1” me with nary a visible muscle and no sports background made it through the arduous black belt test after passing slowly through the ranks. It started with my childhood dream of growing up to become Mrs. Peel in the original “Avengers” and morphed into this idea that if I couldn’t be as tall and glamorous as Diana Rigg I could at least do Karate!
I also played around with fencing and Arnis (Filipino stick fighting). The first was fascinating. As I’d blown out my right knee in Tae Kwon Do, I was fencing lefty. This gave me an intense headache after every lesson. Arnis only gave me a headache when I got clocked in the head, but it wasn’t for me.
For my current work-in-progress, I did a little research on garrotes and in the past I’ve queried friends and the Internet about guns, knives, crossbows and even bombs. Still, I think I’m much more comfortable with cutting words and malicious manipulations so my most nefarious characters are more likely to talk their way into and out of danger than they are to dispatch each other in a violent manner.
Poison anyone? Yes. It’s the classic “woman’s weapon” of mystery fiction and I’ve dispatched a few characters by means of ricin or, even better, digoxin. Foxglove, the natural source, is so pretty! It’s almost an irresistible killer.
So, cutting words and pretty poisons… Maybe I’m being too girly and it’s time to write a gun battle?