I have to admit that I really enjoy the research part of a new idea. I had done a bunch of research and then my pesky Main Character decided that she was going to take the book in another direction. (I think she was just trying to thumb her nose at me. That's how she rolls.) So I began writing what she wanted (bossy) and all is going just duckily, but I needed to do new and different research. More fun, I totally enjoy it. But let me make one recommendation to you - When you find a New York Times article about your topic, check to make sure that it is not from the year 1900 before you write down all sorts of nifty and interesting things.
Now don't say I never taught you anything.