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Or as I like to call it, the Sarlacc pit of writing. Don’t get me wrong, I love research. Love love love. My former life as a burgeoning scientist meant nothing but research. And learning? Who doesn’t love learning! Not this gal! *counts the negatives*

Uh, you know what I mean.

I just often find myself in an inescapable vortex of book after citing after Wikipedia page after online research paper. And man, g-bless Google books online, because that can be a goldmine for research papers that are maybe out of print, or ones you can’t normally access without being an academic or having an in with the author of the published paper as there is only the one copy and it’s on their grandma’s shelf, displayed proudly. (As it should be!)

But my question for you is…

How important is research for you? Do you start off with research then put it aside to dive into writing? Do you take breaks to specifically look up facts or data? Or are you like me, pausing when you try to find the right word, only to google it, leading you to another link, which raises a question you had right before you went to sleep three nights ago, falling into a Academia.edu hole, which leads you to online libraries, who then direct you to museum curators, who then email friends who email you with more links and then you realize you haven’t eaten in two days and you just wanted to know the average rainfall in the Llano Estacado?

…just me?

And question number two: what are you favorite resources/favorite go to places for information? While I realize Wikipedia can’t be considered 100% accurate given the hive-mind nature of data additions, I do love to use the references/sources on Wikipedia pages to send me off on a hunt.

My personal favorite is my best friend, Chrissy, who is a librarian for a small branch, meaning, she has lots of time to help me find things I need. HAVE YOU LOVED A LIBRARIAN TODAY? I highly recommend it. They’re pretty dang awesome, as humans go.

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(And for the record, there is on average less than twenty inches of rain annually in the Llano Estacado. Just if you were curious. Now I’ve saved you that Google search. You’re welcome.)

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