I understand what I am doing, why I am doing it: the key to understanding the character who is the grandfather - whom I do not enough insight into - lies in the books about that period. I shall have to decide what he thinks about the situations and can only do that if I have a better understanding of the period.
Am taking notes regularly and processing them daily. Avoid looking at the time spent at this, though I compare: J has finished his latest novel - within a year, and the publisher is delighted with it. He keeps at his writing daily, rising early early - 5: 30 am.