A few quick facts about me: I love reading, I love writing, and I love learning. Thus, writing research is one of my favorite things in the world.
Even writing picture books leads to quirky fun facts and fascinating ideas. When venturing to write a mid grade novel on a Christmas theme, I became so immersed in the winter solstice, bells, Planet X and the Yule Cat, it took me a good long while to drag myself away from studying to write the actual story.
Here are some favorite research tidbits I've dug up:
Isn't that cool? Nothing like a creepy Christmas. I know this fabulous legend has helped my own children to work hard year round and show proper appreciation for those gifts of socks and underwear.
Is it real, is it not real,
and what does it have to do with Babylon? And Atlantis? And the end of the world? And
is it the 11th planet or the 12th planet even though we’re apparently
down to only 8 planets?
Yes, Planet X. A whole treasure trove of unending research. OCD research junkies like me should avoid the topic entirely.
But, you know, if you can control it, here's a link to get you started: Planet X.