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Friday, February 5, 2016

Only the Beginning

I feel like celebrating. A few minutes ago I finished the grand outline and timeline for the Beest book. This was much more involved than I ever expected it to be. 151 years of an adventurous life is a lot of territory to cover. I now know more about Victorian life, Kipling, colonial India, Irish history, WW1, pre-Depression NYC, HP Lovecraft, WW2, post-war France, and a host of other characters and local histories I may never use again. There's still more research to go (I don't think there'll be an end to it) but most of the time-consuming slogging and major decisions are done. Notes are organized, a binder with 600 blank pages awaits. This is it.

Now comes the fun- and terrifying- part. I'm just as excited to face it as I am scared to mess it up. This is stupid pressure to put on myself. I can tell other people to screw off, but haven't mastered telling myself to shut up.

However, as I fed the looseleaf pages into the binder rings, a flurry of confetti flew from the page holes. It's time to celebrate.


Elephant's Child said...

Definitely time to celebrate.
Happy dances. Wobbly, but very, very happy.

MoonRaven said...

Yay! Congratulations. And I wish you luck with the next part (all the work ahead).

Delores said...

And.....we're off. Good luck. You are going to do a great job.

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

Awesome, sweetie! The research is always my favorite part. Filling up those empty pages with worthwhile words, not so much. But YOU, my dear, are gonna nail it!!! Congratulations for making it this far, and good luck with the next step. :)

P.S.You totally cracked me up on FB with your little rant about Hillary. I totally agree, and any woman who votes for her just because she's female has a screw loose.

Geo. said...

Gosh, this IS really exciting. I am so happy with your compilation progress and look forward to the product because, as I've mentioned before, I sure like how you write. Brava!

Penny the Jack Russell dog and modest internet superstar! said...

Hi human, Laura,

Pawesome stuff, my amazing human friend.

All the Beest!

Pawsitive wishes and doggy kisses,

Penny xx