Word count: 23,116
For the first time, I’ve done some research for this novel beyond asking my husband questions. I got some information from one of Sandra Markle’s books in the Animal Predators series for children and looked online for other details. About rattlesnake winter denning behaviors.
And I think I’m about done with holiday shopping for the kids. I think I controlled myself fairly well this year, although I still bought more than I probably ought to have in order to remain consistent with my stated views on material consumption. But I like buying things for my kids. At least I’ve confined my purchasing to good-quality wooden and fabric items. Except for the little doll stroller I bought for my son. That’s plastic. And fabric.
I got into the habit of checking some mainstream news websites because of the trial of Elizabeth Smart’s accused kidnapper. I had a nightmare about one of the news stories I read last night. I think I’ll go back to avoiding those websites again. There’s a fine line, it seems, between informing oneself and scaring the pants off oneself.
Speaking of scaring the pants off myself, I decided to pre-read Coraline by Neil Gaiman to see if it’s something my daughter would enjoy. I’m not quite through it yet, but I don’t think I’ll read it to my daughter for at least a couple of years.