Knowledge Gained #NaJoWriMo

For today’s prompt, write about something you’ve recently learned that you didn’t know before, or didn’t fully understand? How was the new information helpful to you? How are you using that information?

I’ve put off all day doing this prompt. As an overly curious seeker of knowledge, you’d think this would be an easy prompt for me. And really, it should be, but somehow today, it’s not. You see, in the last few months, I have learned tons and tons of new information on a variety of topics:  the basics of horror writing, how to write film noir style whodunits, information on those I’ve chosen here for my People Who Inspire Me on A2Z, stuff on herbs and vitamins, low carb dieting, meditation techniques, and the list goes on and on and on. A lot of it was new information, some of it was just refreshers. All of it has been helpful. Some of it I’ve used and some of it is stored away for a later date. To zero in on one thing and discuss it at length just seems, well… exhausting. Mainly because I would have to go back through my research to dig up whatever information I’d want to share here. And frankly, I just don’t have the stamina today to do it. So, suffice to say, I am an active researcher, I am always seeking new knowledge, absorbing it, saving it, and moving on to another topic of interest.

How about you, dear readers? Have you learned something new recently that you didn’t know about before? Share your thoughts with me in comments.

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02.28.16 – End of Day Notes

What I did today: I went to bed at 9 pm last night and woke up at 2 am. This has made for a more productive day. I’ve completed writing projects, tackled some emails, and read some posts from challenges. I am not caught  up by any means, but I have made some progress.

What I learned today: This and This for research

What I am most proud of today: I’ve managed to stay awake all day and even though I am a bit sleepy, I am hoping to make it until 9 pm.

What did you do today? Learn any lessons? Have a reason to be proud? Share your thoughts with me in the comments!

#MondayMusings – Research Junkie


If research was a drug, I would totally be a junkie. I am obsessed with it and I could get lost in it for hours. And I have many, many times. Sometimes the research is brief. Other times, it is extensive and takes days or even weeks to complete. I don’t mind the hours of dedication though. I would much rather have something well researched than to find out later I’d made a serious mistake.

Lately, my research has been on Film Noir for an upcoming project in March. I’ve been watching old Film Noir movies for a couple of weeks now trying to get down the essence of what Noir really is. Dark. Suspenseful. Twisted situations. Mysterious characters.

I think I get it. I hope I will be able to translate all of that into the written word. I really want my story to be a success. It will be a month-long project, a serial story, a WhoDunIt type of mystery. I’ve never taken on a project like this before and it a real challenge for me as a writer.

Are you obsessed about something? Do you feel like a junkie because of your obsession? Share your thoughts with me in comments.


02.05.16 – End of Day Notes

What I did today: First thing this morning, I spent about 30 mins beating myself up. Last night while watching two Film Noir movies for my research, I got the bright idea to fix myself a Coke Royale (Coke + Crown Royal). Needless to say, it did nothing for my blood sugar levels. It also left me fuzzy-brained for most of the day. I was able to get my writing done though. Tonight I watched “The End of the Affair” with Ralph Fiennes (*swoons*) and Julianne Moore (*drools*) also for my research.

What I learned today: Sugar and alcohol make Lori a dingbat nitwit

What I am most proud of today: I only allowed myself those brief 30 mins to beat myself up. Normally I would have dwelled upon it all day and made myself a miserable mess. Afterwards, I was able to focus and get back to work.