So, there I am, reading through Wish Hits the Fan, making edit notes with my red pen in my big spiral notebook, when I come across a :research this: note I left for myself in the manuscript.
Usually not a big thing. I go, I research a little, and bada-bing-bada-boom, I have the answer.
Not this time.
I sat down at the computer and went through about a dozen sites to find what I was looking for - a mythical being endowed with certain specific characteristics that I was absolutely sure I remembered existing*. Nope. Then I dragged out my big book of mythical beings and started the slow search going page by page down the alphabetical listings. Nothing in the As. I thought I found something in the Bs, but not quite right. Sticky noted that and moved on.
This is kind of a crucial point here. Several things I've already written hinge on this particular bit of research.
So, last night I made a realization. If I don't find something that fits, I'm going to have to either make something up myself or cobble that other 'almost right' thing in until it does fit.
And as I was typing this post just now, I had an epiphany. Huzzah! I think I know exactly what I need to do. Bwa ha ha. :rubs hands together in evil fashion: Now I just need to give it a name, so Zeke can tell Jo what she's facing and then put the name elsewhere in the book where I've left little :no name thing: notes for myself.
I wrote the epiphany down, so I won't forget.
Anyway, I wasted about an hour or so last night researching this thing when I could've been making some progress on my edit notes. It was driving me a bit nuts. And then I went to bed and couldn't sleep because I was still thinking about it. Which is really irritating considering it just popped into my head this morning without too much urging.
Ain't that the way?
Ah, the writing life.
*I figured out why I thought I knew this thing existed. I'd read about something like it, but not it, in someone else's fiction and it was something the other writer had totally made up, so I can't really riff off of it.