In an effort to stimulate creativity or see how an object I define in my story truly feels, I often have props near the computer. All kinds of oddball things. For example, many times my characters have dialogue over blue civet coffee, mostly because I was brewing Bold Sumatran Dark coffee at the time. Its aroma filled the kitchen where I work. Over the past few weeks I have not only handled my Zero Tolerance folder, but a CZ 83, a micro-fiber cloth, waterstones, Eldorado StarFire cartridges and I detailed my little Sportster. I also managed to find a picture of the exact bike my lead rides, and I can pull it up from my pictures anytime I need a niggling detail. You might not know how titanium feels, but I do. I know this borders on "method acting," but it helps me. Do any of you do this, and do you find it helpful, or does it bog you down into minutiae?