Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Crossing to Siberia

I am currently having a great time writing the chapter "Crossing to Siberia." I'm also enjoying going through all my old notes, and sorting my research into chapters. I've started to write the book by hand, and found this actually much more efficient than using the computer. This is because I can spread my papers all over the place, take time out to be social and not get such a stiff neck from sitting in front of the computer screen.

A great friend of mine, Noon, encouraged me to write my chapters and outline on pen and paper, and I'm grateful for her suggestions and her constant encouragement.

Friday, December 26, 2008


I am having a great time reading books about Siberia. Fascinating how close, geographically, we are to Russia, yet our focus has always been towards Western Europe or the U.S.

It has been wonderful having this time off work, enjoying Christmas with friends and family, and working on the Lillian book.

Thank you to everyone who has been so encouraging!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Book proposal

Now that the cold weather has arrived, it is a great opportunity to do some writing and organizing. It was minus 20C last night, and today the sky is startlingly blue and the sun is shining on the snow. I hope to get out later and take some photos.

I've started on the proposal for the Lillian Alling book. I want it to be good, so it will take a while. Depending on my free time, maybe it will take a few weeks or a few months. People keep telling me I should fictionalize it which is the last thing I want to do. I want to write about the historical, true Lillian, not some romantic version of what I think Lillian should have been.

Besides, there have been (and are) enough people working on fictionalized accounts of this (or a version thereof) story.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Lillian Alling book progress report

After an absence of a few months, during which I researched and wrote a museum exhibit (River of Memory for the Quesnel Museum) and completed a novel (OK, it was a short, but I did "win" according to the contest rules of Nanowrimo!), I am back full force at Lillian.

The Lillian research continues, and details are hard to glean about this intriguing woman's life. That's why whenever I find out the tiniest new piece of information, I am spurred on all the more.

The chapter headings are all fleshed out, and I am writing every day. Given the amount of information (and speculation) this will probably be The Search for Lillian Alling: Volume I.