Since I’m between drafts right now, I decided to clean up my notes where I write new words fetched from books while reading. I translate them into Russian to see what the hell they mean, then look up their etymology to understand where they came from, then categorize them for future use in my writing. And look what I stumbled upon.
It’s an insect that lives on cacti, is virtually inedible by predators due to the carmine acid it produces, and is collected and crushed to make carmine pigment that is used to color food (ever wonder why some soda is so bright red?) and in lipstick. Yes, ladies, we’re smearing our lips with pulverized bugs. This is so fascinating, I might write it into Rosehead’s sequel.