CAROLYN'S COMPOSITIONS

December 3, 2008

THE WRITING LIFE CONTINUES


CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

THE WRITING LIFE CONTINUES    

 

     When I wrote THE WRITING LIFE: There’s a World Out There? I had just completed a historical journal article, and found I needed to renumber the footnotes. A simple task. However, I discovered I had numourous errors, including having two items footnoted in my article but not locatable in my list. Thus, I was unable to complete editing the footnotes before Thanksgiving. Sad, since one of my landmarks was to return a book to my son, who had checked it out from the library where he teaches almost two years ago. It was a reference book in any other library, a book on Manasseh Cutler’s journals, letters and correspondence. When I initially contacted the library, I was preparing to go to the library while visiting my son. At the library, I intended to make good use of their copying machine, as I had in many other libraries in Pennsylvania and New England. I was flabbergasted when the librarian suggested the book could be checked out. Apparently, another library had copied the reference book, so it was in a circulating volume. I immediately asked my son if he would check it out for me, which he did, and he brought it to me for what I thought would be about six months. It is still not returned. As a faculty member, he can recheck it out when necessary.
     I look at the book, which now has the appearance of a well-read volume. When my son brought it to me, it looked like it had never been opened. I really do appreciate the library that copied it for circulation, and the other library who allowed it to be checked out for such a long period of time. The archivist at our local library also appreciated the opportunity to review it for materials she did not have.
     However, I digress. About 10:30 this morning, I completed a review of the list of references, which did take FOREVER. There are numerous ones to check locations on, and I have to fine-tune the list. But it is done.
     The article has been reviewed by several persons, some of whom have made good suggestions. These critiques and reviews are proving invaluable.
     Meanwhile, I have really come out into the living world. I’ve cleaned house and cooked (please, don’t spread that around—it might ruin my reputation!). Thanksgiving was wonderful (I’ll write something about that in another post). I feel human again.
     And there’s real hope that I can mail this journal article to the publisher on December 26, take a week’s vacation, and on January 2, 2009, I can return to working on my historical romance novel, with the historical research done (OK, so it will NEVER be truly done!), and allow my creative juices to flow.
     Hmmm. I recall that it was January 2, 2003, that I first began writing this novel. Being thrown into the amount of material that I had no background on took me six years of research. The journey has been fun. I’ve been many places I would never otherwise have gone—historical societies, libraries, courthouses, scenic tours—and met many persons (some not in person, but on the Internet) I would never otherwise have met—from my hometown in Southwestern Pennsylvania to Downast Maine to Australia, Sweden and the Netherlands.
     The book cometh. Watch for it. Enjoy the background information I will continue to post on this site in the categories “1790s BACKGROUND,” NEW ENGLAND, and 2008 NEW ENGLAND. I invite you to follow me on my journey.
     One of my Thanksgiving blessings was realizing how many people have supported CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS, even during the times when I was so busy that I could not post regularly. Thank you one and all!

ADDITIONAL READING (Selections from the categories 1790s BACKGROUND, NEW ENGLAND AND 2008 NEW ENGLAND):

THE PENOBSCOT NARROWS BRIDGE AND OBSERVATORY

THE SPECTACULAR PENOBSCOT RIVER A Natural Wonder in Maine: Part 1

LOBSTER-TALES

CHILDISH CHARACTERISTICS

KILLED STRANGELY: A NEW ENGLAND MURDER STORY

LIZZIE BORDEN—A REENACTMENT

IN NEW ENGLAND, HISTORY CONFLICTS WITH PROGRESS

LEAF-PEEPING: Autumn Leaves

IT WAS MEANT TO BE: A Meeting with Travelers from the Netherlands

SNAPSHOT ENCOUNTERS: Brief Meetings with People #4

VOICES OF WILDERNESS: PEACE MEETING

IS THIS “CHEERS?”

NORTHERN BAYBERRY YIELDS READY-MADE CANDLES

BLANCHARD: THE FIRST PROFESSIONAL AERONAUT

Moose, Goose, Deer

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