Anybody else test their stories for veracity? I made cheese today, the way my characters make it in the books. I have made something similar, out of cow's milk but my characters have goats. Considering I live half a block from a Pilgrim's Natural Foods, you'd think I'd've done this earlier but today I made a batch, exactly like in the books (minus yanking on goat teats). If you've ever had Boursin or Rondele' cheeses, it is like that. Exactly like that and delicious! Next batch will be cow's milk again but with the addition of thin sliced green onion added to the dill and basil. I know the sailer idea will work (the characters made a sailboat out of a motorcycle trailer to sail on the empty freeways) and the rest of the stuff *should* work. I've made the Swedish Torch fire thing and buried a dutch oven, from the army-navy store with a small fire that had burned down to embers. That worked too! The traps worked and catching crayfish the way they do in the book worked. Anybody else go out and test your ideas to make sure they are realistic or feasible? I hate reading books that have illogical or mythical concepts in them which are supposed to be realistic. It is hugely distracting (for me).