The older I get, the more and more contemporary my interest in various time periods become. When I was a child, I had a fascination with the Victorian era and the fin de siècle but more and more I’m finding myself fascinated with the early-middle decades of the 20th century. For Elijah’s Chariot, my research consisted mostly of the events/culture from 1912-1921. For Jane Eyre with Werewolves (which still needs a better title), I’ve been focusing on 1928-1932. For The Ballad of Bonny Read or Skydiving Pirates (I really do suck at titling things), I’m looking at 1938-1945.
I have decided that I need to work on something else to give myself a break from revisions. It’s working to some extent; I dabble a little here, a little there, and continue working on Elijah’s Chariot as a means of procrastination from another piece of work. I am loving the world of my skydiving pirates and I’m loathe to give up playing here to return to politically fraught Londinium. Also, this work is the first time I’m returning to California as a setting since my long-since-put-away Chester novel; I’m tired of England for the moment.
As research I need to re-watch TaleSpin because it was awesome. Baloo as a bush pilot! The screwball-comedy relationship between him and Rebecca! Don Karnage! Air pirates! Art deco world! Why was Disney of my childhood so much better than Disney today?