I have a number of cool books waiting for me to read them -- in the name of research, of course!
Research is definitely the Step 2 in my writing process. Step 1 is inspiration and a rough outline of an idea.
Research tells you if your original idea is possible. It also opens up new possibilities.
So I have a ton of reading to do (and that doesn't count the fiction I want to read!) and a ton of writing. "Dark Oasis" is turning very interesting -- thanks to characters with strong beliefs and a readiness to live them. At the back of my mind, a steampunk story is stewing -- that's the one that needs the research.