With everyone but me doing the A-Z challenge, or so it seems, it's like a ghost town around here. But I figured I'd shout out into the blogosphere and see who's listening :~) I'll probably just do one post a week until May for this reason.
Sooooo, I've been going through some nice, sticky procrastination. After receiving feedback on my novel from two different blog critiques and an agent critique, I was feeling a bit overwhelmed. Excited about all the awesome and very useful feedback, but feeling like I was standing at the bottom of a very large mountain. I've also been sick for over a week so that didn't help any.
So, on Sunday I kicked myself in the butt and started working on some research for my book. You may recall that the agent at the conference had said I needed to enhance my setting and subculture in New York City, where most of my novel takes place. So I settled down on the sofa with my laptop and spent a few hours poring over maps and learning about the different neighborhoods and looking at apartments for rent (for my MC, not me, alas).
Also over the weekend I did a lot of brainstorming on the third book in the series. I had been told that I needed to explain a little bit more about why my villain wants to kill my MC, and so I did a brief outline of the third and final book and wrote out all the details of the big secret that gets revealed at the end. Monday I wrote a page in first person from my villain's point of view, to get deeper into the scene that my books opens with. The next step is to weave in all the NYC juiciness, flesh out my first chapter a bit with villainous motives, and then go through my book and search on weak verbs and strengthen up my sentences. I'm hoping to get this all done by the end of the month, and then it's back to QueryLand.
What have you guys been working on? What is the coolest or most fun thing you've researched for a book?