One lovely way to pretend to be working is to look for visual references to help ground your words in something tangible. I’ve been looking for character and landscape references, so I’ll share those as they finalize for me. While poking around on Google image searches for French actresses (to tie into my current “let’s just pretend it’s 17th century France” worldbuilding default), I came across the movie poster above, for the grim but excellent film by Agnes Varda. The actress is Sandrine Bonnaire and this image evokes Vedette, who grows up in a city slum, steals the wrong purse, and then …. but that would be telling.