The joy of research

As Weaving Words is winding down – I got another 900 words written yesterday, so there’s max 2k to go – I started looking properly at Fracture, my NaNoWriMo attempt.

I wrote about 300 words on it last week, to try to get a feel of what Thalia would be like and found out she’s fairly noir. Bit of a surprise, LOL I’ve also started research. I know that you’re supposed to do all your research before hand, but I’m a ‘planster’ or whatever the corruption of plotter and panster is. I plot loosely then discover the real detail when I write, hence I can’t really research. I’m already at a ‘hunt through books and Google’ point, but I have to be careful not to get sidetracked as I’m an information magpie.

Last week I found a study by the University of Liverpool that women with shorter forefingers than ring fingers are somewhat less likely to get breast cancer at a young age. GPs are expected to start using it as a diagnostic technique in the future. Interesting, and comforting, as I stared at my shorter finger…but not helpful with looking for close combat fighting. (See how I can be sidetracked?)

Then I fall into the fanfic trap, which always has the gravitational pull of a black hole for me.

Yesterday, I was on the hunt for evil spirits. I stayed on target for a change. I think I found enough to move onto the end of the scene and create Thalia’s background as a fraudulent psychic investigator.

And now the hobbits are killing each other upstairs. I’ll get them dressed and as The Ent is off today, he’s taking them to the park. Hopefully, I’ll get some writing done when the house is quiet for an hour.