An unusual kind of story research

Jeroen Steenbeeke  
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Last week I wrote that my next writing project will be an urban fantasy project set in the region I live in. I'm sure many will agree that writing a good story requires a fair amount of research, and I usually spend quite some time checking facts and making sure my stories are consistent. But all my books so far have been Epic Fantasy, set in a world of my own creation. With Urban Fantasy, the story takes place in a variation of "our world", which has its own set of problems. It has to resemble our world as closely as possible. Now, as a resident I am quite familiar with many aspects of this region, but when writing I need to keep in mind that the reader may not be, and will not take things for granted like I do. In addition to this I will also need a cover artist who is able to capture the atmosphere of this region. But words alone cannot capture the "feel" of the region, so I decided a series of photographs might be better, both for my own inspiration and for conveying the look and feel of the setting to artists.

So, last Saturday, when the weather was exceptionally good and I had a few hours to spare, I took my bicycle and photographed a few points of interest. Disclaimer: I am not a professional photographer, and these were made with my cellphone. All images are CC-BY-NC-SA, and a mention of my name and a link to this blog are required if you repost them.

https://www.jeroensteenbeeke.nl/images/0fec0ab176aa11a509dc74685309b30defe59fe3fd29d3f60ef4a0aca8603189 Old Borne

https://www.jeroensteenbeeke.nl/images/1a2ceef1955ba918ca4aa8b5e2de72372bf2721b8aeeddbbfcbeff137b83815d Grotestraat, Borne

https://www.jeroensteenbeeke.nl/images/dd294bb93dbf733986d15b92d202db3c531bb3bc50577d13b7e83c94ec4fe8ac

https://www.jeroensteenbeeke.nl/images/3104ed892d2fd62ef1ed76f0859bbc384c920ab3792a42d6f92f3e97e2001357

https://www.jeroensteenbeeke.nl/images/e6781b6ab235baa2a04539d053276d6da08b29fce1dd5bbbec0aa6633609bc64

https://www.jeroensteenbeeke.nl/images/ecd073fa409fa7d55d4df72ae4a7f114398a971e6763c1d23f19c3c3dcd8c513

https://www.jeroensteenbeeke.nl/images/d4f04f3674badad94172426bc52bd5657e2abbda8006213dea7028f6da5e6432 Water Mill, Delden

https://www.jeroensteenbeeke.nl/images/2b299df8bfc986adf3acec654d3f24d9ab63894264618e437547382eba1f3284 Water Mill, Delden

https://www.jeroensteenbeeke.nl/images/5afe8bc8848110103fcf28452714f78316fc0bc58b1fd5e10be9c33d449692c5 Creatieve Fabriek, Hengelo

https://www.jeroensteenbeeke.nl/images/c589d1de50b871683ebc8fe83fe077c757110a54e47f421b1a3a5253e24a3f38 Creatieve Fabriek, Hengelo

https://www.jeroensteenbeeke.nl/images/43ae83066d3d9be0aa79b795b48a7812f05c3db3553b43a518ae0f67f8b73b55 Hengelo Train Station

https://www.jeroensteenbeeke.nl/images/925e9c929b377e0508e88bfe5217f5fd4132ae3d366374660056362e5be453ae Old brewery, Hengelo

https://www.jeroensteenbeeke.nl/images/68b72c2867dd364ca14b98cfb19a3571eabef01207eb4825813b5c4dd8b21ed6 Old Brewery, Hengelo

https://www.jeroensteenbeeke.nl/images/89cbee7db30f380cf69d5b008c30756fd5baeec28aefc5e3f3496d218d8c2c4d Hengelo

https://www.jeroensteenbeeke.nl/images/7b99ee247c43547ba94847dce08817caba080b028726622ff5b2959ae5e65302 Hengelo

On an unrelated note: Gift of the Destroyer can be freely downloaded from Amazon until (and including) Saturday.