This little piece about research by Abby Geni, which appeared in the Glimmer Train Bulletin No. 23 (from December, 2008--sad to say, it is still in my in-basket) is so true. I'm just starting research on Egypt for a new project. Or, rather, a project I've been thinking about for nine years or so but have just started doing something about.
I've owned that book about hieroglyphics (mine calls them hieroglyphs) for a number of years.