If you’ve seen those clips of cats chasing a laser light, you know what I mean. Oh look! It’s shiny. No matter what is in front of them, they will chase the shiny thing. That’s me.
I write historical romance, and research is a given. In my case the dollop of history is a bit heavier than in some romance writers’ playbooks, but that may be an excuse. I begin to pursue information for a particular situation, to understand, for example, the government of East India Company and the territories they controlled in India. Once I begin, though, and when faced with piles of interesting facts, I will chase first one thing, then another, then another, wandering farther and farther from my original question, until I look up and hours have passed. When it comes to productivity, this is a big weakness.
Sigh. Back to work. Oh look—did you know intermarriage declined sharply in Bengal in the 1830s? I wonder why? (Wanders off muttering to herself)