My brain is tired. I've been doing research for my book. Yes, every once in a while a writer needs to stop making things up and check the facts. The best lies contain a grain of truth and when you're planning to twist the truth, you need to know where to start. Especially when you're writing a novel in the political thriller/romantic suspense genre.
I'm convinced having to do all this research is karmic payback for not paying attention in history class. I even dragged out my daughter's high school history books today. If he could see me now -- and if he were capable of it, the dour old fart -- my AP American History teacher would be laughing his ass off.
Have you ever visited the website for The State Department? Or the CIA? Or the Defense Department? It is amazing just how much stuff is available for public consumption. Of course, I probably just got myself put on several watch lists. Sigh.
In the course of my wandering through the internet, avoiding any real work, I found an article about free will and whether it exists. Scott Adams, creator of the Dilbert comic, occasionally discusses this topic on his blog and that's where I found the link. Here it is, if you're interested:
Geez. Talk about thinking too much. Even I will admit that thinking about this theory made my head hurt. But I also find it rather fascinating.
I think I'll use it as a defense if anyone ever wants to know why I was doing all that other research. It was simply the result of random neurons firing in my brain.