Homework Time: On Dragons and Space Travel

I’ve been struggling to get back into a writing routine lately. Since November, really. For some reason, NaNoWriMo 2017 just about did me in. Now, we’re on the eve of Camp NaNo 2018, April edition, and I need to kick things into gear.

In an effort to do just that I went to the library this afternoon with my five year old son. I wanted to pick up some research materials for the book I’m trying to write. I very studiously avoided the teen section of the library where I knew I’d find a book (or several) that I’ve really been wanting to read. I don’t need another fiction book to distract me right now. I have enough of those already. (See my 2018 reading list!)

So my son and I went straight upstairs to the children’s section and went hunting for books. As I’ve mentioned before, I love to do my research in the children’s library. I find it’s the best place to start learning about complicated subjects like dinosaurs, sixteenth century sailing ships, and spacecraft.

First, I had to look for a book from the I Survived series for my eldest son. I picked out two of the five or six titles currently available on the shelf, and of course, came home to find he’s already read both of them.

Next, we had to find a book on dragons. My five year old is doing research on dragons. We found a handful of books on the mythical beasts to bring home with us. One is an amazing collection of dragon tales. Another is a deliciously beautiful book on Dragonology that we might just need to find a copy of for ourselves. It’s got information on Western dragons and Eastern dragons, dragon hordes, and dragon eggs. It even has samples of dragon scales to touch! It’s fantastic!

Oh wait, I was working on writing my own book, wasn’t I? Despite the distraction of wonderful dragon books, I did manage to find a few books for myself. Here’s the titles I came home with, in no particular order:

The History of Space Exploration: Space Shuttles, by Robin Kerrod
Life On a Space Station, by Andres Einspruch
Space Travel, by Ian Graham
Machines Close-up: Spacecraft, by Daniel Gilpin & Alex Pang
Home On the Moon: Living on a Space Frontier, by Marianne J. Dyson
Exploring Space Travel, by Laura Hamilton Waxman
Exploring Space, by Martin Jenkins
Building a Spacecraft, by Tyler Omoth
Robots and Artificial Intelligence, by Nicolas Brasch

I haven’t read any of them yet, so I have no idea how useful they’ll ultimately be. But I’d best get started. I’ve got homework to do.

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