I know there a lot of people out there who really hate doing research. I am not one of those people. The research part of writing is one of my favorite parts.
Unfortunately it is also a double edged sword. Some times you go into a research project with a particular story in mind, and while you are researching that project you come across something else that is really exciting and you get an idea for a brand new project instead.
This has happened to me, more than once. It happens a lot in fact. For example, While I was working on the first draft of Rocks and Stones I came across an idea, so wild that well, it had to be written down. Understanding of my thought process while I am coming up with stories is way beyond the scope of this post so I won’t go into all that at the moment. Let’s just say that there is a story on the way (someday) about solar activated, steam powered Greek Hoplites.
This morning I was not exactly doing research. Technically I was just getting caught up on the world from my weekend away from the net. As I was scrolling through, I found the video below. Now I am a sucker for time lapse videos of space. Though this is technically of Earth, I still really like it. What struck my “Creative bone” this morning was not actually the video but a comment about the video by son #4. The conversation went like this.
ME: Those are cities at night, see how much light we throw out into space.
SON#4: Oh I though those were volcanoes, but that is cool.”
ME: See that, those are thunder storms
SON#4: Oh cool, I hope no ones house burns down.
And of course now I have ideas in my head about some great stories. I just hope that I can manage to write them. And since this video is so very cool on it’s own and well it gave me some really creative ideas I really wanted to share it with you all. Enjoy.
I highly encourage you to view this in full screen with the sound turned up.