Or how my degree is coming in handy…

Let’s face it; degrees aren’t really that helpful for humanities students. The last time I used my classics knowledge was walking round the Uffizi Gallery and identifying emperors for Jon (which was awesome, I should add). But how to study…oh yes, that’s come in handy.

Dresden_homework_2Our GM has the most annoying gift; he can remember pretty much anything in the Dresden Files books (the RPG, now that’s a bit more of a challenge, and I can keep up with him there). But when I’m planning Campaign 2, planning my casefile, helping plot his casefiles – I’m struggling. I can’t remember all the details to back up my vague knowledge, and I can’t remember specifics of the situations that I need.

So: homework! And my choice of study: the Dresden Files.

I’m currently on Book 3 and nearly finished with that (Dresden’s just destroying everything, as he tends to do). I’m hoping to get the next three in the next few weeks, and then I can start post-it’ing them! I’m highlighting anything useful in the lore and theory; any comments on how magic works, how the world functions, and tips and tricks that might help me later on. I’ve read the entire series once already, and so this time I can just skim and look for the facts, the details, the things I need.

Dresden_homework_1The post-it notes are as much for my future memory (and for use in Campaign 2) as they are for my current use. I’m highlighting things that I think I’ll need, which does require some forethought. I am wondering, looking at the mass of pink, if I’ve overdone it slightly…but hey, I don’t have to use every note.

And this is the point that “how to research” and “how to study” come in handy! At least there isn’t an exam at the end of this…

Author: kate

Kate Coe is an editor, book reviewer and writer of fiction & fantasy. She writes the sparkpunk GreenSky series and blogs at writingandcoe.co.uk. When she's not working, she fills her spare time in between writing with web design, gaming, geeky cross-stitch and DIY (which may or may not involve destroying things). She also reads far fewer books that she would like to, but possibly more than she really has time for.