"Thou shall not covet thy characters' lives." This should be the 11th commandment for all writers. I find when I do research on something, suddenly, I want it! Case in point, I am writing about a Hollywood hairstylist, so I had to research how do you get to the top in this field? what makes someone's haircuts worth $200 vs. $10 down the street? Sure enough, I do the research and find out that these stylists go through rigorous training, and basically live for work to get through the training -- and for them, it's about craft. It's about pursuing the art of their vocation.
Suddenly, I'm thinking I totally need this kind of haircut! If I could get a "razor" cut and bring my hair into shape, I'd be great! Nevermind that it would cost me an airline ticket AND the price of the haircut -- not to mention getting the appt. Completely impractical. Not good.
So while normal people are out there looking at their neighbor's green grass? I'm creating things to covet. I'm sure there's a name for this kind of illness. Maybe if I wrote murder-mysteries like Colleen, I'd be safe. I will say one thing, the hardest thing for me is to come up with heroes, because I think they should all be Stanford engineers with good hair, like my honey. : )