Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Crossing to Siberia

I have just finished the first, hand-written draft of the chapter, "Crossing to Siberia." Edits and additions will come later, but for now I will let it rest.

Because I have just started working with a cartographer on a map for 1928, when Lillian was in British Columbia and Yukon, I will start writing those chapters next. There is a lot of information known about Lillian during this time, so I'm expecting at least two, or possibly three chapters to be needed.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Wonderful new year

Things are going very well with the writing, it's great fun going over all my research notes and seeing how things tie together.

This is a good opportunity to mention how wonderful some small museums and archives have been in providing assistance (even if it was just to tell me they don't have anything!). The Hazelton Public Library and in particular librarian Eve Hope has been wonderful in providing background and photographs.

Bill Miller, author of the excellent book "Wires in the Wilderness" about the telegraph line through British Columbia, has been so kind and efficient in his role as archivist for the Atlin Archives. The photos he has shared and the advice he has given has been very helpful.

In addition, the staff of the Yukon Archives in Whitehorse, Yukon and the staff of the Carrie McLain Museum in Nome were marvellous in the speed and comprehensiveness of their responses.

And now it is up to me to make sure Lillian's true story (or at least as close as we can get to the truth 80 years later) gets told.