Monday, May 14, 2012
GPS and the Spy Master
After swerving into lanes in the wrong direction last Saturday, trying to reverse frequent mistakes, and generally depending on sheer luck to find myself home without becoming hopelessly lost, I decided it was time to make the GPS purchase.
Plus, how can I ever aspire to write a spy romance if I don't hone up on my gadgetry. James Bond was briefed on the latest and greatest wizardry in his sexy cars so that he was prepared to casually flip switches to the ray guns and navigate complex roadways with multiple hazards to catch or outrun the bad guys.
I figure if I can't even pass GPS 101 I will be unprepared to write my own intense chase scenes. Of course the modern GPS has little to do with the black box tech of Bond's automobiles, but a girl has to start somewhere. And if I don't get to the meeting with Q because I got lost on the way over, I'll never get my 00 assignment to start.
I may be confusing myself with some potential character, but I do like to submerge myself in my heroes and heroines. (grin)
Perhaps buying a GPS qualifies as "research" and can be written off as a writing expense? Nah, but you have to consider all the angles.
I know once I make this leap I will come to depend upon the damn thing like everyone else. So it's time to compare options and make an educated choice. I can only hope that the choice comes with a sexy male British voice in the computer. Then I'll truly be inspired to write that novel. All I need now is a plot.
What sort of real life gadgets made their way into your favorite novels? Ones you've read or ones you've written?