Friday, July 31, 2009

Getting excited

I'm pretty excited about the writing process. I hope that I can do Lillian justice and write the best account of her journey that I can. I realize there will be gaps in the information, but I'm hoping that the interesting context of the time, plus the fascinating people Lillian meet, will make a rich narrative.

And something I always found daunting - a book proposal - actually seems to be helping me get organized. So there!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

On a roll now

Handwriting is over, and typing begins August 1. Should be able to power through a first typed draft in a few months. All the experience working at a hectic weekly paper has helped me not believe in writer's block. Just write!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Old newspapers

I have spent this month going through old newspapers. 1926 and 1927 were fascinating years, so much of our popular culture starts at this time.
I was really happy with the service that Library Archives Canada provided, they photocopied 120 pages of old newspapers for me, at a reasonable price and on huge paper. It didn't take very long and it arrived in the mail all in one piece.
I was also really pleased to find out that BC Archives is able to provide duplicate copies of microfilm for purchase, so I will start going through those soon. Would love to have a table top microfilm reader so I don't have to go to the museum to use their reader. I'm slowly extracating myself from a number of volunteer organizations that I belong to, so I can spend the fall and winter writing the first draft of the book.
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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

1927 - a very good year

Going through newspapers for 1927 today. Wow, what an interesting time, it's amazing that some of the things that happened that year are still very alive in our popular culture. I only got three hours of microfilm in today, I am booked for three more tomorrow.
Lillian Alling, where are you?

Research blitz

Wow, if I was a follower on this blog, I would have given up on it a long time ago. No posts for almost three weeks? How slack-assed.

Anyway, I'm on a research blitz, having ordered microfilm from at least five different sources. Trying to jam time in to scroll through it all. Got three hours booked this afternoon, hope something interesting comes out of it.

The writing has slowed down, the usual summer beauty and weather has taken its toll on my productivity. Once again, I'm re-arranging the office having recently been the lucky recipient of an antique roll top desk. This will allow me to take out the card table that my computer is presently on. I can also get rid of the strange credenza that I got for free at the re-use centre. It is a dust collector. I hate dusting.

I'm excited about Lillian, I've found some things that confirm Lillian's presence in a few places, so that makes me happy. The more I research, the closer I feel a connection to her, and this will give me the mental push I need to write this book on her behalf.

Not that I think I'm speaking for her, you understand. But it's just that there are so many fictional accounts about her floating around and in production, I just want to keep it as close to reality as possible. That being said, I reserve the right to creatively speculate on Lillian Alling, because it's almost impossible not to. What a gal she was!