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Sunday, July 7, 2019

The research rabbit hole

cj Sez: I think another day of celebrating the 243 rd birthday of the United States of America is in order, so here’s a shot of the July 4 fireworks over Mobile, AL (says the proud mother whose son took the photo).
Click on the picture to get a better view.

Jeff called the tiny, white sliver of moon in the middle of the photo a “waxing crescent moon.” My friend in South Africa took a photo of that same moon at dusk and described it as a “sickle moon.” Yep, that’s how an author/poet shows the lunar shape to her readers.

   It occurs to me that doing research for a story is therapeutic in a way, almost like getting lost in a good book.

   I can get so caught up in searching hither, thither, and yon that hours pass before I realize I’ve just spent half a day or more absorbed in collecting information, a lot of which is just interesting trivia that has little or nothing to do with the story I’m writing.

   Some days all those hours are productive, some days they’re minutes I should not have wasted. There are other days, however, when doing a deep dive into research becomes a kind of meditation. I get so mesmerized by all the words in that research rabbit hole that the mortal worries of the day disappear.

   I don’t think I’m alone in this. Do you? Besides, when the afternoon heat/humidity index in Mobile climbs to a helacious 107° F, I’d rather be meditating in front of the computer in my air conditioned office than outside…anywhere.


Quote of the Day: 

The historian will tell you what happened. The novelist will tell you what it felt like.           E. L. Doctorow


That’s it for this week’s post. You-all guys keep on keeping on, and I’ll try to do the same.

Hurricane Season is heating up along the Gulf Coast, and that brings to mind HOMETOWN HEROES, the Christmas anthology that gifts a portion of the benefits to the “Cajun Navy.” The Navy is that magnificent group of volunteers who help (on their own nickel) people in hurricane-stricken areas. The anthology may have been released at Christmas, but the stories are timeless.

You can order an autographed copy of the anthology (as well as CHOOSING CARTER, DEADLY STAR, and THE POSSE) from The Haunted Bookshop here: The Haunted Bookshop  Angela Trigg, the awesome owner and a RITA Award-winning author in her own right (writing as Angela Quarles) will be happy to ship you the book(s) of your choice.

If you send me a note, I’ll personalize the book of your choice, and drop it in the mail to you (cover price plus mailing).

If you prefer Kindle, at the time of this post, HOMETOWN HEROES, CHOOSING CARTER and DEADLY STAR are free on Kindle Unlimited

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