I am in that in-between stage with my writing. I'm researching and writing one book as I finish up the close examination of pages for the last book that will be on shelves soon. It means I have a foot in each book. My thoughts move from one subject to the other.
Each time I work on a book I discover new worlds, meet new people, and travel to new places. Research is a gift to myself. It widens my world. Just like when you travel on vacation and become intimate with a new place, research accomplishes the same thing. For the last book I travelled a lot -- as far away as Russia. But I also spoke to scientists as far away as Iraq.
I watch the news differently now. I think of the people I have met and worked with. I wonder about their safety. I wonder if they are able to continue working.
I watch, frustrated, knowing that I can't help, but hope that when their stories come out into the world, other people with watch a little differently too.