Rereading Research

Sometimes when I research my attention span will last long enough to get through it all in a few goes. When this happens I can remember most of what I want to remember (probably because I’ve had a pen and paper next to me the whole time and was able to write it down thus cementing it into my memory for at least a week if not longer). There are other times, however, when there are long gaps in my researching because I’ve gotten side-tracked for whatever reason.

Do I remember anything I’ve read or written down when this happens? Nope. I believe I’m safe in saying that I remember perhaps 10% in those cases.

Sometimes you just have to throw your bookmark out and start from the beginning.

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That’s what I’ve had to do with my Norse mythology research. When I first started toying with my Norse mythology idea about 2 years ago, I started reading The Norse Myths by Kevin Crossley-Holland. It was awesome but I didn’t get very far because my NT manuscript was coming together and needed my absolute full attention.

So I started again but skipped the intro and reread the myths I had originally gone over. While that was helpful and I ended up getting my entire idea strictly from those few myths and another book that told of the life of people back then, I should have read the intro again.

Acknowledging my laziness to myself, I sat down on a recumbent bike and read till my legs and attention couldn’t take it anymore. 5 miles in 30 minutes. Not bad for someone who was trying not to bounce around on an old bike while also having the inside of her elbows drip sweat from holding a book in front of her face for 30 minutes. Two sessions of that and I was done with both activities.

What do I have to show for it? Other than sweaty elbow creases I mean. Lots of information to use in the story! And, of course, I couldn’t write it down so I’ve forgotten most of it.

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I’ll probably reread it all again later at home but not right now as I have a needlework project that I’m currently torturing my finger pads with.

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Books Books Everywhere and More Illness

2 days back in school and my son was out the rest of the week with a stomach bug. Puking Pastilles. As bad as it was, it could’ve been worse so for that I’m thankful. He’s back to his normal adorable, annoying self so it’s all good.

I got a lot read this week though mainly because I got a cold Monday morning and felt downright awful so I wrapped myself in a comforter, snuggled down into my recliner, and listened to Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin.

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Off topic, my dad recently pointed out that his name is GRR Martin. I laughed because of how true it was. I’m now finishing Season 4 of Game of Thrones and he just killed one of my favorite characters. Right before I went to bed. Sucked. Seriously.

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Grr Martin. Grr.

That man is evil.

So with my week off from doing anything remotely useful in the way of writing, I managed to make a lot of headway in my reading.

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Currently Reading:

I don’t normally get so much read in so little time but The Guardians books are for kids and are therefore quick/easy reads. I don’t normally read anything in one sitting either but I was able to with those books. And the other two books, which are disgustingly long, I started a loooooooong time ago so the fact that I finished them around the same time only looks impressive.

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It feels good to be able to mark off books that I put up on Goodreads ages ago. I can’t believe I finished Clash of Kings before March. I thought for sure I would’ve been at it in the summer still. I should start Book 3, Storm of Swords, but I’m exhausted and need a break. There are a lot of other books I want to get around to reading and/or finishing. Too many to keep track of but I have Goodreads for that, thank goodness.