It's true that the research inspires me, but sadly it's been mostly that it inspires me to dream about my finished product, not actually work on it. A side project I have been working on is cataloging all my mom's old family photos. She's been tearing everything out of the old, falling apart albums and organizing them into piles and I'm working on scanning selections of them. I'm planning to put a Blurb photo book or two together highlighting these old family photos for her. Something simpler and easier to showcase a lifetime of photography. Then I got the "brilliant" idea to include blurbs of memories or sentiments with the photos. So after I get them all scanned, I'm going to ask family members to look at some of them and tell me what they remember. This way there will be a smattering of stories put together along with associated photographs that I can self publish for my family. Of course, I'm also thinking ahead to having material for when I decide to write about this generation of my family! Sigh... the distractions!
At least I can say that even though I'm not currently writing, I am still fully immersed in my family history! The writing will come, I know it will. I am dedicated to this story, come hell or high water.