Kana's Chronicles

Life in Kana-text (er… CONtext)

My mom, who lives a couple miles from my son’s college dorm, reported this morning that he came over for dinner and laundry last night, but left after only one NCIS episode because he “had some writing he wanted to do.” I’m grinning just writing that. (Christian hasn’t spoken to me in five years, but [sorry, Kid!] he continues to be very ME.)

She noted that he does a lot of research for his fiction, which made me grin again: I spent all of yesterday surrounded by untidy piles of books and my “nerd notebooks” (indexed and topic-tagged!) of information collected for my own piece of fiction. See, Research is part of the FUN! (You did catch that part about being a nerd, right?)

For my story set on a whaler, that means unearthing my sailing manuals; whaling novels, histories, biographies, and news stories; whaling films; websites of whaling museums, historical societies, rigging diagrams, weaponry… I just sent off an email to a model-ship-builder whose website engrossed my attention for two hours last night…

some of the stuff from my (messy!) end of the couch

I know perfectly well that of all this stuff I’m soaking in, maybe only ONE detail will end up on my page.

But man, will that ever be an AWESOME Detail!

And man, do I ever enjoy a good mind-wind tangled through a themed thread of Research. I guess that’s the thing: this Quest is recreational in its own right. Even if I never wrote a word with it.

This evening’s project? FACES! I’m collecting faces. I’ve got a whole ship-crew of blank paper dolls needing features, and I’m pretty sure this is what Pinterest is FOR!

from my “faces” folder on Pinterest…

2 thoughts on “Ready, Set… Oooh! More Research!

  1. Pepper says:

    Great Post — and congrats on son carrying on your – uh … our … destiny! Hadn’t thought about it but the research and learning part of the writing exercise is the joy that only the writer receives. It’s our secret stash of ‘yippee! as we dig and deep dive for that one tidbit that only our character is able to express. Glad to see you back at working on that novel – I’m so jealous of the topic – was temped to steal it, Roomie! But, I couldn’t.

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    1. Kana Smith says:

      SURE you could! (“Steal” it, that is.) Having our novels secretly “talk to” each other could be another layer of that secret stash of yippee! 😉 (Perfectly put, by the way—that phrase feels like a title of its own. Maybe when we collaborate on a book-about-writing? 😁)

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