Time Frame: Just after the hypothesis stage
Amount of book complete: Less than one percent.
Remember science fair projects? I never cared for them. Mostly because I didn't understand or have the patience for the process involved in good science. My projects were always half baked ideas that started with a theory and ended with "Oh crap is that due tomorrow?".
In fond remembrance of my ill-fated scientific career (I once pioneered the discovery that mold will grow on a sandwich if you accidentally leave it in a plastic bag in a closet for a week), I drew a photo of India doing her own version of science. Here are the rough sketches:
As you can see, I had a decent idea of the layout before I began. Once I had that established, I started adding other details like the jars and the car battery. There always seem to be things floating in jars in the movies, though I'm not sure why. Is it so the mad scientist in question can remember all the failed experiments? Is it for sentimental reasons ("Oh, yes," he said wistfully, "I remember the first corpse I dug up...sigh")? Do they keep those things for posterity? Maybe I'm over-thinking this. They probably keep it because it's good for atmosphere. After all, it's important that you feel comfortable in your workspace.
But I digress. Here's the final version:
This might be my favorite of the photos. I love the light, the expression on India's face, and the fact that she's wearing dish-washing gloves. I mentioned this before, but at this point I began to understand just how much fun making this book was going to be. More fun than the first time I dug up a corpse. Sigh.