Did vasty gobs of research on early steel manufacturing and consolidated my notes on the Qin Dynasty, Emperor Qin Shi Huangdi, and his terracotta army. Ad hoc research win! 'Cept I have to force myself to remember not to get too caught up in the research and neglect to write the story.
It seems to be acquiring Pygmalion overtones, too....
So, I read this, and my mind immediately makes the jump to My fair Lady, and I'm picturing terra cotta warriors jumping about the couches and singing....
It's chaos inside my head. Sorry.
If you're interested, I have 1 or 2 episodes of Ancient Discoveries from History Channel that deal with ancient China's tech and the *incredibly* high level of ability they had - Blast furnaces, automata no one believed existed until recently, etc.