I realized today while reading that redirecting my topic was not actually a painless exercise. I had a very comprehensive outline of my literature review for my prior topic, and reading it over am relatively happy with it. I have no such thing for my new one, and am not at all happy with that.
On the other hand, there is NOTHING specific to the new topic; it appears to be a question no one has asked. This seems both good and bad; good in that it is certainly a unique contribution, but bad in that there is little in the way of a template to work from. Which is making it harder to write that outline….