radjacee swung by yesterday to crash for the night as she scouts new apartment locales in the area. Had a lovely time gabbing with her. We meant to watch The Brothers Grimm, but we all got to talking so much that it never came about.
Spent a ridiculously large chunk of time trying to map out the Taira family tree from Heian Era Japan. And I only wanted the first few generations even. I did eventually manage to untangle it and extract what I needed, and in the process I learned a lot of Heian culture, socioeconomics, and geopolitics, which yay, I'm glad to know, but I also feel like I've way over-researched what I'm expecting to be a 3-4K story.
My brain is full.
I often get sidetracked when I research, sucked in by all the fascinating data bits. I learned early on to only do ad hoc research when I write, otherwise I get so bogged down, going off on tangents and becoming obsessed by side interests, that I never get to writing the story. But on an up note, whenever I get stumped on what to write next, I just open my research folder and can usually find something that strikes my muse.
'"Kaboom," Eugie cries as she explodes, research spewing everywhere.'
Ow! That sounds painful! You're just getting me back for that TNT prod from canadiansuzanne and me, aren't you? She started it!
As an aside, 'cause this comment made me chuckle, as your comments often do. Y'know, you write funny really well. I've noted it before with your articles for the Daily Dragon, and it's been bandied about before most notably with the recent camel flash, but I think you ought to write more humor. You've got a real flare for it, and humor is both really hard to write and in perpetual demand.
I'm just saying . . .