In the Entropy of Everything, we found out Jane knows the lyrics to the Parting Glass (and that Jane can sing--another bit of improvisation). Working on The Indestructibles spinoff book tonight, I unexpectedly found a way to reference one of my favorite poems. Tennyson's "Ulysses." "Come my friends / Tis not too late to seek a newer world."
That one line is a talisman for me. "To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield."
(Ulysses, the mythological figure, is also an important character for me, because I like tricksters over standard issue heroes, and because he was a thinking man in a world full of warriors.)
Anyway. I'm entering the third act of the new book, and the characters are coming together for me in ways I didn't expect. This is the best part of writing, y'know. When it surprises you.