All year around I collect cuttings from magazines, most bought at second hand markets or stores - I use a variety of magazines, not the ones I tend to read. Nothing gets you into the head of a farmer better than reading Australian farmer.
Both of these cuttings come from Runner's World. On the right, this lady was originally heading up an article about "Dressing up to Run". Focusing on the picture, I see a leader from a futuristic world who is determined to preserve her way of life.
On the left, I'm more interested in the narrative and the background than the man in the picture. Astronauts on the international space station should exercise for 2 hours a day to preserve bone density and muscle mass. Without gravity, sweat pools on your skin and doesn't come off until you wipe it. The setting is the bonus here - its clinical, shiny, technology, crammed but not cramped. All useful to know when writing people in space.
So, NaNoWriMo prep is done. Now its time to stop faffing and write the book. See you next week with an update...