One of my favorite things about writing is how much I learn along the way. My favorite writer, TC Boyle, says that he feels he can write about anything, because if he doesn't know about it, he'll learn it well as he goes through the process of researching and writing about it.
Given that, I try to pick subject matter that will open up some avenues for me. Even though I'm no Tom Wolfe when it comes to factual detail, I try not to miss anything glaring. For example, the story I'm working on now centers on a Lakota father and son in modern day America. As I started to make a reference to Christmas, I wondered, "Do Native Americans traditionally celebrate Christmas as we know it?" I looked it up and stumbled upon this lovely overview of how Native Americans honor Christmas, and I found it quite moving. So, even though it's July, I thought this was worth sharing, because it's about how to live every day, not just when struck by a Northern Star.