D: You are never up to any good.
A: Yes, I am. I’m up to researching-good.
D: Researching-good? Never mind your abhorrent abuse of words, I thought this was going to be about resolutions.
A: Yeah, that ship could have docked last week. If it had, I was going to mention something about organization, staying tuned because the blog is about to have a baby sister called “author website,” please don’t mind our dust as we reorganize, and that whole thing about only posting on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays (I mean it this time). As it was, that ship found incredibly cold waters, had to take a detour around the Rock of Hibernation and has since sailed.
D: You are taking that metaphor much further than it ever needed to go.
A: Yep, where no man, woman –
D: Or character –
A: Has gone before.
D: Hyperbole, too.
A: I aim to please.
D: Or distract.
A: Don’t look at the man behind the curtain, D.
D: You are a man?
A: (Eye-roll). No. No, I’m not, but thank you, D. That, again, was a figure of speech.
D: Pardon me for being a seventh-century Pict (you know that is not what we called ourselves, right?)
A: (Yes, but no one has determined what exactly it was you called yourselves, so I’m going with Pict for the mo, ‘k?)
D: (Was that English?)
A: (Nope). Anyway, writing Book 2 to completion and drafting all of the Catherine books is my first resolution of the year, and organization is my second. My third is research. Hence, researching-good.
D: Any research in particular?
A: At the moment, anything on Pathfinder Group 8, Squadron 109 and the Battle of Berlin, specifically the attack on Nuremberg on March 30, 1944. I took one look at the Mosquito planes and knew that was the plane Patrick O’Malley and James McAndrew flew.
D: Oh, you’re going there. Oh, joy. I thought you were waiting until my story to tell that part of the tale.
A: Try to contain your excitement, D. I was going to wait, and then I realized I needed to know why you were kicked out of Faerie. The readers will need to know, too. They need to know what the kids are up against. It eases the transition between the first book and the second book. I’m excited.
D: Or you just thought the Mosquito plane looked ‘really cool’ and you wanted to write about it.
A: . . .
D: Don’t deny it. I heard you.
A: Okay, fine. I’m not denying it. But, considering I know nothing about planes (besides wanting to fly one), or WWII (beyond the basics) I was actually hoping to postpone the research, but I just can’t. So, off to the library I go!
D: Can I make one request?
D: Don’t turn me into Captain Jack. I know you have been watching an awful lot of Torchwood lately, and I’m a bit concerned . . .
A: I would never!
D: . . .
A: His name starts with a J, and your alias’ all start with a D. Any other similarities between you are coincidence.
D: (Mutter, grumble) Bloody woman.
A: Cheers, D!
With that, I’m off to the library – tomorrow, when it’s not below 0° Fahrenheit! Wish me luck! Good night, folks!