I typically do my research on Saturday mornings at a local cafe called Venue. I'm there almost every weekend and it's become a weekend ritual. I love it - no dogs, no one to bother me, nothing except the research. It's surprising how much you can get done in an hour and with two dry cappuccinos. One thing that I am adamant on during these morning research sessions is the lack of screens, with the exception of my phone.
What's on my playlist in the photo? Sisters of Mercy's album "Floodland". It's one of my favorites.
As you can see in the photo, the book I'm going through (for the hundredth time) is:
Overton Fuller, Jean. The Comte de Saint-Germain. Last Scion of the House of Rakoczy. East-West Publications; London, 1988.
What kind of information am I looking for?
- Tendrils. Little things that don't have much information listed, but might be an interesting path to follow. Examples: particular jewels, mentions of communications between people, art, music, etc. At this point, no one has uncovered any of the Count's artwork, that I know of, but it is frequently mentioned. That's a tendril.
- Places of Interest. If I'm going to plan a trip to Europe to do research, I need to make notations about places of interest. This could be places where the Count lived, places of historical value towards my research, places that hold artifacts, etc.
- Names & People Known. I always make note of names the Count used and people the Count knew. Sometimes the best way to know someone is to see who they associate with.
My bibliography - I feel like I need to say this due to a lot of the emails that I get. If there is something listed in my bibliography, I have it (either physically or digitally) and have read it - the exception being all the music. Chances are I have gone through it a number of times. I am always looking for new reference material, especially primary sources.