Yes, my posting for Sunday.
Here is an illustration of why people who don't put a little research into their fics gets a thumbs down from me. It's also the reason why I get annoyed off when these same writers get pissy when well-meaning people correct factual errors and point them to reasources.
All real-life information on Africa in this story is as factual as I can reasonably check for it. While I can't claim 100% accuracy, I can at least claim reasonable accuracy.
Global Security.org, Wikipedia, CIA World Factbook, Robert Young Pelton's The World's Most Dangerous Places, 5th Edition.
Note that all sources, with the exception of The World's Most Dangerous Places, is online, free, and available without a password. Furthermore, you can pick up a used copy of this edition of World's Most Dangerous Places for $8. It's an invaluable resource that can get you started on writing any fic set in a war zone. Admittedly, it's not my primary motivation for buying it. It's a great backgrounder if you follow international news, too.
Ummm, sorry. I've tripped over a peeve. Please ignore my semi-pissy rant. You don't want to know how much re-writing went into this part to reflect the facts in as much as I could check them. Then I had to re-write it again when I remembered that this fic takes place in mid-2004. Don't ask.
And people wonder why I've stalled on writing liner notes from my Africander soundtrack. I'm a little too obsessive with the research for my own good.
All previous parts can be found here.
Continued from Part 7. (Posted Saturday morning.)
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