The Seeker

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Thesis Blues pt.4

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I’ve done some great research the last two weeks; fact-finding stuff more than anything. The difference the small details make can be significant. One such detail is in regard to the economic status of Goshen, Indiana in the late 80s and early 90s. I found what I needed, for the most part, on the US Census Bureau website. It’s awesome! You can dig through more information than you could ever imagine being collected; in fact, you can even download spreadsheets full of information– and you can customize the information you want displayed. I was floored by what I could find. The only drawback was that it took a good deal of time. But I like to dig and muck around in the mess.

The sheer variety of information I’ve needed to find has helped keep the writing process fresh and interesting. In addition to the economic information mentioned above and details of a particular football game mentioned in a previous post, I’ve been digging around for lyrics to certain songs from Rent, plot notes for Les Miserables, the purpose and process of corn detassling (look it up… it’s interesting!), and substance abuse assistance programs offered at the Elkhart County Minimum Security Facility. These all fit into the complicated puzzle that is this story, regardless of how random and unexpected they seem to be.

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Written by seeker70

December 15, 2008 at 4:17 am

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