Good Monday Morning my lovelies. I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. I won't bore you with the details of mine, oh wait, yes, I will.
I was buried under research. Piles and piles of it. Well it would have been piles if I were in the library. I have six new "favorites" on my tool bar. I believe this would be translated to 342 books. OR at least 342 pages from books.
I ran the gamut from Who's Who in the Regency to etymology (gosh, hope I spelled that word right). Did you know that the contractions for was not, should not, and would not, were not used until the 1830's? Well, I didn't. And that means I cannot use them in my books. But I can use bloody and bugger. (And let me tell you how much I lurve those words.)
Now most of you know I've been writing Regencies forever (at least 3 years now) and I have done research out the wa-zoo. I pretty much know all the major players and what's going on in the world view (in the early 1800's anyway). Problem is I had to change my timeline two weeks ago, I only moved it up 5 years but those 5 years were big. Lord Nelson's action at Trafalgar, the Princess's death, the King's madness, the Prince's Regency, and of course, the murder of Lord Percival Spencer. (Or was it Lord Spencer Percival...oh way too much research!)
Anyhow, I read and read and took notes until my eyes bled. Six hours on the internet Saturday morning. But on Sunday, I took it easy and watched the A&E version of Emma by Jane Austen. (Starring Kate Beckinsale -- *waves at Alex*). I watched it three times. (Should probably also mention I was sick as a dog and could not be anyplace else but bed so it was a good day.)
I love Austen for her quirky characters. I love Austen for her turn of phrase (found two new ones -- Depend upon it -- and -- I have done thus -- I love that word thus) I also love the way Austen changes Emma -- in the beginning Emma was a spoiled little rich girl with no apparent yearning to see people as people (instead of where they are in the class stucture). And at the end, Emma fully realizes her mistakes of the past and corrects them. Huzzah! No wonder she's the most oft quoted romance writer of the time...world...forever...
Question -- When you research, do you just get what you need and get out? Or do you keep going even when you know you don't need all the extra information?
Have I posted this before? I'm still not 100% well so if I'm redundant, sorry. I hate being redundant.