GRAHAM 3 HAD ME RESEARCHING MOSS
Posted on July 18, 2013
As anyone who has read my novels will attest to, I like creating flora and fauna for my magical and alien worlds that have a basis in real science. Well, Flenn has to prove her innocence to the headmaster by showing her knowledge of certain plants found both on Earth and in Cascade.
A question that came up as I was having her share the seven samples she had on hand was: Does moss have roots?
A quick check showed mosses do not, that they have threadlike rhizoids that anchor them in place. Interesting. I sprinkled that in along with a detail about spore capsules to drop some awesome science onto my readers.
Of course, I also had to throw in the fantastic by describing a moss that Thor used to build a replica of a viking ship that actually floats. The moss was magical in case you couldn't guess.
I even titled one chapter: "Gathering Moss."
Who knew writing about moss could be so much fun?
I can't wait until readers find out what miscue moss does.