I continue to work on my research for my novel. I spent yesterday learning about Maine. I was excited last night when I discovered the amount of people living in the town during the time period I will be writing. I am in the midst of contacting people that are willing to help with research. I continue to find new leads each day. I find all of this work exciting!
Last night I spoke with my eldest son for a little while, and shared some of the things I have been learning about the time period. He didn't seem overly thrilled, but listened to what I shared. :) I know that each little piece of information can be used to weave in the story I am creating. I feel like each bit of knowledge I obtain can be used in the puzzle or tapestry I will be weaving.
My first area of research was on lighthouses. I have read a lot of material. I know I still have a lot to learn, but also feel I have made some decent headway. Next area of interest has been on Maine. I also just received books from the library to learn about the types of ships during that time period. Then there is my book on A Writer's Guide to Everyday Life in the 1800's. I also borrowed paper doll books from my mother-in-law that depict the different fashions through the eras.
I am so excited about how things are coming together. I have on order at the library, books on characterization. I can hardly wait until they arrive! The more I get involved with the fabric of writing, the more I realize that this is such a big essence of how God created me. It gives me such pleasure and joy to be working on the research and the actual writing too. Right now I feel like the joy and excitement is just bursting out of me! :) I just had to share it!