Research is Hell

Yesterday, I forced myself to go to the diner for Nita’s breakfast. Today, I made the huge sacrifice to go back for Button’s lunch. It’s not Nita’s lunch because Nita’s lunch is insane, but Sandy’s Diner (and my diner) still serves a damn good regular burger. So here’s Button’s lunch:

And once again, here’s Nita’s breakfast:

The things I eat do for my art. It’s mind-boggling. (I’ll put the breakfast rewrite up on Sunday. Tomorrow is more research, and Saturday is Cherry Day. The days are just packed here on Argh.)

29 thoughts on “Research is Hell

  1. Dear Jenny,
    You will gain ££s. All in the name of research. So now I, timidly ask ” What research did you do for Sam in DaG. Sniggger

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    1. As I remember, it was cookies I researched in Dogs and Goddesses. And painting. And, of course, dogs because Wolfie and Milton were real. (Milton still is real, just not a puppy any more.)
      The guys I just make up.

      Also that’s a Diet Coke. Give me some credit. And I saved most of the bacon for the dogs and I didn’t finish the fries or touch the cole slaw and scraped about half the icing off the cake. So practically a low fat meal.

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      1. Well, geez, of course, you skipped the cole slaw. LOL I have a limited amount of space for food, so I generally eat the meat, nibble on the potatoes, shun the salad (Bleh), and hope there’s a little bit of space for dessert. But I always eat the bacon.

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    1. So, since it’s research for a book, and you’re a writer, do you get to write off the meals as tax expenses?

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      1. Well, I can try.
        If Krissie had been there, I definitely could have since we always talk about writing and publishing, that that would make it a business lunch. I did make notes on the book while I ate.

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  2. And I thought I was taking risks, trespassing in the ruins of a house and garden, with all sorts of hidden stones and holes to trip over.

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  3. You didn’t find the diner first, and move to a house nearby, did you? Cause those pictures make that look like a reasonable plan (might want to blur out the name of the restaurant on the placemats).

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    1. Nope. Krissie and I went to look at the house. I’d told her to talk me out of it because it was derelict and was going to be a real money pit. So when we were done looking at the house, we asked the realtor where the closest restaurant was and she told us that one, and then Krissie and I got in the car, and I said, “Tell me why I shouldn’t buy it,” and she went down all the reasons–there were many–that it would be a disaster. And then she said, “But you should buy it because it’s wonderful.” Then we went to the diner and talked about it some more. I think we both had fried chicken and mashed potatoes and gravy, which was decadent. And then I bought it.

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  4. I know that in theory I only stalk you at conventions (with chocolate) but I might have to start stalking you at diners with bacon.

    We can talk about writing, so we can both take the deduction.

    Or we can talk about bacon and pretend we’re talking about writing.

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  5. It’s a dirty job, but somebody’s gotta do it. But if there are dead grapes in the carrot cake, it won’t be me. Or my friend Lisa. But it may be Tall Boy.

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  6. We appreciate your diligence, Jenny. Do you gird yourself with a “Hail reader, we who are about to die salute you?”

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  7. Baca use I am a planner/all around notebook nut, I am fascinated by the glimpse to the left in the first picture with the flurry of – post-its possibly?

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    1. That’s the edge of a daily planner/calendar book from 2014.
      One of the things I have to do as I work on a truck draft is block out how many days the story takes, how much time has passed every day, etc. And the easiest way to do that is on a calendar. I have a lot of different options for that one–there’s a great Post-It calendar–but for just noodling around with pages I can rip out and throw away, and old day planner or calendar journal with a week spread across two pages is really helpful.
      The little tabs that look like post its mark the months and sections like “notes,” “contacts,” and “sources.”
      Basically, it’s a paper version of Curio.
      If I remember, I’ll post a picture of how the notes work, although it’ll be REALLY sloppy.

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  8. I love american diner food, I love greasyspoons in the UK, but they are dying out.

    One author went for lunch on the Orient Express in the name of research,

    Oh how you suffer for your art 🙂

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