I'm on a 10-day vacation, visiting my parents and two siblings and their families mainly to catch up on what's going on in everyone's life, enjoy a couple of plays (featuring my sister and two of her daughters), and relax away from home. Yes, that's right. My wonderful husband let me have this time to myself with my family.
But I can't turn off the writer in me and, since the new novel I've started is set in Beirut, Lebanon (where my family spent a few wonderful years), I'm also using this vacation for research. My memory is only so good (or perhaps I should say "so bad") and I intend to cull every little detail my aged parents can call up about our experiences there concerning our home life, neighborhood, etc. Then I'll excavate the memories of my brother and sister for their recollections of school and other social gatherings. Primary sources are always best! The trick lies in turning those facts into credible fiction (without offending anyone).
Wish me luck!