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Archive for December, 2009

Over the Hills and Far Away

Heading into the final stretch of preliminary work. I’ve added a couple of small nuggets between yesterday and today. There might be some other small details lurking but nothing really major. My energy level is a little lower than it was but I think this is because I’m so near the end.

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Over the Hills and Far Away

I’ve selected a series of photographs for inclusion in the manuscript. I don’t expect all of them to make the final print but one never knows.

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Over the Hills and Far Away

It’s always exciting when I remember a nugget. Such is the case with the CB radio being used to set up a rendezvous down at the Lakeland Forum. I’m adding that to the manuscript now.

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Over the Hills and Far Away

Finally got in contact with Paul Wickert (Pierrepont). Look forward to his followup.

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Over the Hills and Far Away

More tweaking – this time adding some detail recovered from letters home and letters to me, circa 1978.

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Over the Hills and Far Away

It’s funny – I’ve been working on this manuscript for less than a year now with great enthusiasm. Each time I’ve come in contact with someone from back in the day I’ve been very happy and eager to share stories and the like. My whole outlook on the project has been very positive and I couldn’t be happier.

Yesterday while adding some detail to a couple of scenes, I happened to pull up a weather map of Northern Ireland, and I filled with a sense of dread, like being trapped with no way out – utter hopelessness. Not all that strong and not very long lasting, which is good, but it made me wonder. The truth is that’s how I felt back there, back then, much of the time. I just didn’t expect to get hit with that after all these years, especially given how the project has been going thus far.

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Work continues. I thought I was going to let the creative engine idle as I wait for some reviews to come back but just had to add some additional “flavor”. Nothing huge, just a bit of tweaking of a rugby scene.

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