Wednesday, June 1, 2011

What up, bfro?

Last Saturday night I did something that I am certain none of you were doing at 8:30pm on a Saturday. I attended a BFRO meeting. What does BFRO stand for? Bland Food Regurgitation Organization? Booming Fart Reverberation Outlet? Buckcherry Fanclub Reunion Outing?

Nope. Bigfoot Field Researcher's Organization.

Why would I go to a bfro presentation besides the fact I wear size ten shoes? (I really do, so shush your giggles now.) Jon Arntson and I are in the midst of writing our middle grade novel which involves the main character having an encounter with Bigfoot (or Sasquatch if you prefer). The research has been fun as has the chats, emails, & Skypes with Jon brainstorming, character building, plotting, and cheering one another on.

The meeting was conveniently held near where I was vacationing with my fam over the weekend. My mother-in-law was reading a newspaper Friday night and happened to show us the ad about the Bigfoot meeting. Coincidence or fate? My husband said, "We have to go!"

So go we did. My father-in-law, hubs and I went to a campground on the Mississippi River where the presentation was held. About 35 adults and 20 children (who probably had trouble getting to sleep in their tents that night) gathered to hear what the bfro member had to say.

Here's a teaser of what I learned. If you want to know more about Sasquatch, you'll have to read our book one day!

1. BFRO has received over 3,600 reports of Sasquatch encounters. Half the reports are goofballs just messing around. They publish only 10-15% of reports after a phone call to verify.

2. Not just one "Bigfoot." Could be from 500-2,000 of these creatures.

3. Signs of Sasquatch: stick structures, intense smell, twisted trees, branch breaking.

4. Best question of the night from a child: "Are they like Wookies?"

5. Lots of info plus read the actual reports at their site. Or you can stop by and read the four pages of notes I wrote.

Have you taken any research field trips? Anita Laydon Miller had to get security clearance to visit NORAD in Colorado to research for her middle grade book, Earthling Hero. I also had to attend many concerts for my finished middle grade manuscript Rock 'n' Roll Princesses Wear Black. I know, someone totally twisted my arm for me to attend those concerts. Spill about your research in the comments!

Lastly, click here for sounds of Sasquatch.


Sara McClung ♥ said...

omg Kelly, that's so much fun!!

You know, so far I have done all my research online. BUT my current WIP takes place in a really cool spot--and my MC does something I've *always* wanted to do. I'm *thisclose* to convincing my husband to take a vacation to my setting, and letting me take lessons to REALLY get what my MC does...

Your guys' book sounds great :)

Jonathon Arntson said...

I researched by kissing a boy for one of my books...that doesn't really count does it?

I'd love to jet up to NoWis and find out lake.

Jonathon Arntson said...


Laura Pauling said...

What an awesome opportunity. That's research! If I can go to the setting or anything like that I'll go. If not, youtube is terrific.

Creepy Query Girl said...

the things we writers do...LOL.

Anita said...

First of all, were there t-shirts for sale at this meeting? Secondly, I'm trying to get Husband to take me to London for Earthling Hero 3 research (the airfare to Kitrino for EH2 was just too much...I'm having to use my imagination only for that one, and that's takes chocolate to inspire and I have to wear swimsuit on vaca...sigh). Anyway, I really need to go to London. Is that tax deductible?

Cynthia Chapman Willis said...

How cool is this, Kelly? I'm still laughing at the Wookie question. I can't wait to read your novel!!!

As for research, I interviewed lots and lots of hunters, took a few road trips, and learned how to shoot a rifle in order to write BUCK FEVER. All big fun, but maybe not as fun as going to concerts. ; )

Matthew MacNish said...

This just goes to show you how awesome research can be!

Kelly said...

Sara - You need to bat your eyelashes and get that trip scheduled! :)
Jon - I've researched by kissing boys too! ;) Thankfully I've spent a week almost every summer of my life in northern Wisconsin!
Laura - I find that Google images and Youtube is very helpful, too!
Katie - Ha! We writers are unique!
Anita - My husband asked the guy if he was selling tshirts! I will be buying a Sasquatch tshirt at one point or another! And I would think London WOULD be tax deductible!
Cynthia - Good for you for learning how to use a rifle. That is hands on. Maybe I should spend a day in the woods looking for Bigfoot?? ;)

cleemckenzie said...

Love it when research is involved. Last year I heard an author talk about his book on Big Foot. He even had an eye-witness in the audience to substantiate his claim.

It can't remember the author's name, but I think he's with the Sasquatch Information Society in Seattle.

I'm a skeptic, but what if . . .?

Fun post, Kelly.

Marisa Hopkins said...

<3<3<3!! I wish I lived near you!!! I'm not writing a big foot book, but OH MAN, do I want to go to one of those meetings! FUN!

Jill Kemerer said...

Of course they're wookies! Puh-lease! :)

Love it!

Rena said...


Shannon O'Donnell said...

Ha ha ha. That Is TOO COOL!!! :-)

Christina Lee said...

"Are they like Wookies?" --> snort!!
Okay I feel so much closer to both of you now since my very first (shelved) unfinished awful book was about Big Foot! YAY lets hold hands and sing Kumbaya (sp?)!!!

Lindsay N. Currie said...

LOL sounds of the sasquatch. That just about made me spit my diet pepsi all over my laptop. Do sasquatch hunters go to sleep to them? Like whale sounds? LMAO

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Now that's some unique research!

DEZMOND said...

you mean your shoes would be too big for me? :))

This research sounds like a useless but helluva exciting one :)

Tina Laurel Lee said...

Awesome. I think the whole coincidence heralds great things for your book! I'm gonna keep my eyes open for one of those meetings.

Stina Lindenblatt said...

Okay, I've never done anything cool like that for research. I'm jealous. *rushes off to find SNI that requires cool research*

Lydia K said...

"Are they like Wookies?"

Here's how to tell. Yell loudly that the Millenium Falcon needs a new carburetor, and see if the creature yells back at you for being a idiot, LOL.

Kelly said...

Matthew - Very! And this opportunity just dropped into my lap!
Lee- I've been researching online as well. Very interesting stuff down to the details!
Marisa- I hope you'll be a reader for our book since you've been one of our cheerleaders!
Jill - I loved the Wookie question!
Rena - It was fun for all of us!
Shannon - It was terribly convenient too!
Christina - I did not know that!! I hope ours gets the bookstore! ;)
Lindsay- I might have to listen at night for inspiration!
Alex - A unique outing for sure!
Dezz - You must have small feet. Oh wait. Or average. Mine are big!
Tina - And the next day we turned on iCarly and it was about Bigfoot! Fate!
Stina - HA!
Lydia - I learned that Sasquatch like to mimic! You are spot on!

Tracy said...

I might be odd, that that meeting sounds fun. "Are they like Wookies?" BHAHHAHAHAHAAAAA!!!!!

Carolina Valdez Miller said...

Ha! I love this so much. Way cool. Seems totally like fate. I so cannot wait to read this book of yours and Jon's.

P.S. just sent you an email. When you wake at a normal human-awake hour, you can read it ;) ha

Kristi said...

This is too cool! I'll bet none of those kids slept at all!

Suzanne Casamento said...

"Are they like wookies?" That's awesome!

I can't believe a bigfoot club exists. And you just happened to be there. That's no coincidence!

I went to my old high school and interviewed a bunch of kids to make sure my WIP was current. Asked them about specifics, "What woud his hair look like?" "What would he wear?" "Who do you think is her favorite band?" It was REALLY helpful.

Donna Earnhardt said...

Laura Renegar and I have been working on our own "bigfoot finding expedition". (check our twitter feeds for confirmation, LOL!)

I am a huge Bigfoot fan. I dunno why. And I think the fact that you got to go to a meeting about them is fabulous!

We have our own bigfoot sightings here in NC. Have you ever heard of Knobby?

(and I'm glad you weren't at a bad food regurgitation meeting!)

Kelly H-Y said...

What a riot! Love the timing of it ... it was meant to be!! It's got to be a good sign of things to come for your book too! :-)

Kelly said...

Tracy - It really was fun!
Carol - Do you ever sleep????!
Kristi - After all this talk of Sasquatch, I'm surprised my own kids aren't having nightmares!
Suz- Excellent idea to go to the kids themselves! May have to run stuff by my son's friends (if it doesn't embarrass him ;)
Donna - I hAVE heard of Knobby! Been doing quite a bit of research!
Kelly - I was so happy about the perfect timing! (and that my fil and hubs would go with me!)

Jennifer Shirk said...

Are they like wookies? LOL Love that!
That's so cool they even had a meeting like that for you to attend.

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

OMgoodness, Kelly! You have the most interesting life!!! What cool research. :D

Missed Periods said...

I know you don't want to give too much away, but you must tell me-- are they like Wookies?

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Looking forward to your game picks for Monday's blogfest!

Theresa Milstein said...

What concerts did you attend in the name of research?

I think most of my research has been book and Internet related, with the occasional interview. Now that I know the lengths you go, I feel like a poseur writer.

vcourtney said...

Thanks for coming to the talk Kelly, it was fun meeting everyone.

Stan Courtney_BFRO_Illinois