…….for a very simple reason – I sprained my ankle. The bad news on that is I’m limping on a weak ankle, using a cane when necessary for extra support and balance. The good news is, my ankle is healing and while it’s doing that, I’m gifted with more time to play around with the hair style that I’ve chosen.
This also puts me in a curious position – until my ankle heals completely, I’m not sure I want to wear the sensible shoes with the thick heel.  So now, I’m looking at my black ballet flats, which will do in a pinch. Not exactly period, but the height requirement on a flat-heeled shoe hasn’t changed all that much in eighty years. Also, the entire process is about learning who this character is – is she someone who wears sensible heels or sexy ones? Or is it dependent on the context of the situation? Does she prefer flats over heels?
And so on.
Now, given my gimpy ankle (short-term though it is), I’m wondering if this character has a minor disability as well, one that requires her to use a cane. It’s still all very ephemeral, so I guess I’ll find out as I go along.
Which is the beauty of research – it’s like being on a treasure hunt and each little nugget of information you gain leads you to more possibilities.
 There is always the fear of turning my ankle again – it’s painful and, if it doesn’t heal properly, I’m setting myself up for serious damage later on. Also, even paved, the sidewalks in my town aren’t exactly level.
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