You're writing a novel, you know you'll need to spend some time doing research, and you do. But then, as the plot begins to form, and your characters go in some directions you did not anticipate, you suddenly find yourself ignorantly staring at your computer, not knowing what's the correct way to describe their actions. You write about a person in a fantasy world lighting a cigar. But what tools did they use to do that in a technologically backward world? You write about a person in a fantasy world getting up and making breakfast? But how did they do that in a technologically backward world? There are two solutions. One is to make MORE things up in your fantasy world. You don't know how they used to light a cigar? Decide that elves in your univers have the possibility to magically create a small flame on the tip of their finger. The other way is to pick up a history book and find out a bit about the past for its technologies (or, in some cases, the future for its technologies). You might be thinking to yourself "well, what's the problem then? You presented a problem and two solutions. Why am I reading this crap?" Here's the deal: as I write, and it flows, sometimes I get bogged down in one tiny little technological detall about a world more advanced or a world less advanced (or our world, at times) and I find it time consuming to go through thick physics and/or history books just so I could write two paragraphs. So before I google my butt off, do you know of a specific website that is effective in dealing with this? Or, if you don't, do you have any idea how people make breakfast a thousand years ago?