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Friday, February 17, 2012

Another Fabulous - And Useful - blog

Many years ago, when I was writing fan fiction, a fannish doctor, Mary G.T.Webber, read one too many stories in which characters suffered such agonising - and improbable - injuries as a broken spleen. It wasn't limited to fan fiction either. In the BBC SF series Blake's 7, anti-hero Avon was knocked over the head so many times with no apparent ill-effects that she speculated it might be a cause of his craziness in the final season. She wrote an article called "How to hurt your hero" and oh, my, how we all hunted for a copy! This, you understand, was pre-Internet, when you just had to look it up in books. Not everyone had that patience and people continued to give their heroes broken spleens.

 Well, my fellow writers, I have discovered an entire BLOG dedicated to "how to hurt your hero"!

 The blogger is an American writer whose day job is paediatric emergency nursing, so she knows what she is talking about. Jordyn Redwood is running this blog for the benefit of those of us who want to get it right in our fiction and she deserves a round of applause for it. She is planning, as a part of the blog, a timeline of medical discoveries so that you don't, for example,have your hero treated with penicillin in 1915. I've offered my assistance as a librarian, as Jordyn is, after all, a writer who wants to get on with that as well as blog. I'm now following and will put up a link on the side of this page as son asI get back to my laptop (too fiddly on iPad) Meanwhile, why not check it out?

 Here's the link.


Redwood's Medical Edge said...

Thanks Sue so much for this post about my blog. I'm glad you think it would be valuable to your readers.

Sue Bursztynski said...

Hey, I found a useful resource! I had to share it with my readers.