I'm on the first step to researching for Suns now. It's casting the net - using Google-fu and library-fu to find what I need, what I don't need, what I never knew I needed, what I won't possibly use, and what fits precisely and exactly with what I wanted, even though I didn't know it existed.
I'll have a lot of material when I'm done. Most of it will be not precisely trash, but allowed to compost in the back of my brain as not quite necessary just now. For instance - do I want to put my story at the collapse of the Old Kingdom? It has some attractions that fit with the plot, and I could through Exodus in there, which would tickle me. Or do I want to set my story in the New Kingdom? It's glitzier there - faster, fancier. Do I even want to put it at the end of the New Kingdom, and get to play with all the gradeur that was the reign of Ramses II? Or, would I rather make Hetsapsut my backdrop, and imagine what her country was like? What about Ankehaten - the monotheist pharoah? All fascinating time periods, but, like reality tv, all but one will be eliminated, and I won't need the research on that time period - this time around, anyway.
The first round of books and DVDs are winging their way to my home even now. I suspect I'll need a second round, and then I'll make my decision and move on to Step 2. (Which is lacking a good metaphor right now. But it's the step where I'll exhaustively research what is relevant to this story. And start talking to the voices in my head.)
Consecutive days of writing: 001
Longest previous streak: 007
Word count since 4/30/09: 4975