We spent most of the hot humid day indoors writing. I had a lot of research to do. If I don't understand how the science is going to work then I can't do it justice. I've been writing around the lack of knowledge but today was the day I had to do something about it.
I'm not sure why all that information: research, medical studies, chemistry and botany made sense but today is the day if finally gelled. And it gelled beautifully. I have come up with a fictional cure for cancer that actually makes sense. I had to create a strain of fern that doesn't actually exist - but that's the beauty of imagination.
Then my hero ran off to meet some characters I didn't know existed until he went to the North Carolina Botanical Gardens. I was there the last time I visited North Carolina but couldn't remember which trees grew near the ferns. So we went on a field trip.
Only a bunch of writers and their generous, accommodating hostess would venture out in 102 degree heat to walk through a garden. I took hundreds of photos. It will be some time before I make it back there and wanted to be sure to capture as much of the terrain as possible. I haven't even looked at them. We went out for dinner at the Carolina Club. That's the first time in years that a young man has given me flowers, let alone a red rose, over dinner. It was a nice gesture.
Another lovely day with great people, good conversation and productive writing. Today's final word count was 2,012. Not too shabby, all things considered.