Sunday, August 30, 2009

It was 80 years ago today

80 years ago, Lillian Alling left Nome, Alaska and headed across the Bering Strait to Siberia. In honour of this, I am now commencing the "Crossing the Bering Strait" chapter of the book.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Lillian Alling in Alaska

Surely not! 10 days since my last posting? What a wastrel I am.
Plugging away with the Alaska chapter on Lillian Alling's trek through there in 1929. She was so efficient in her travel, perhaps because she was such a driven individual.

I manage to write a little bit per day, and it is surprising how it all adds up. But as I've been writing this chapter, I realize that a lot of the stuff needs to be moved to another portion of the book. Oh well, they're not wasted words at least.

One of the best things about writing this book is meeting people from all over the world who give ideas, hints and encouragement. More on this next time...
Susan Smith

Monday, August 17, 2009

At the risk of sounding repetitive...

The Alaska chapter is going well. I'm loving writing it, and I'm making a huge To Do Research list as I go. Some gaps to fill in, but all in all, it's a lot of fun.
I've been spending a bit of time and a little bit of money on ebay, buying some more books on Siberia. I need a whole bookshelf to house them.
Lillian Alling was a fascinating woman, who accomplished a remarkable feat, during interesting times, and met a whole bunch of eccentric people on the way. I will sure miss her when the book is done.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Alaska chapter

I am enjoying writing the Alaska chapter. I'm also going back and forth periodically to the book proposal. And I am so appreciating the help and encouragement of my preview editor, Nellie H.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

compliance with publisher's guidelines

I am having an enjoyable time complying with the guidelines to submit to the publisher. So far, I've got a draft of:
marketing summary
list of photographs and illustratsions
my brief bio
Next: table of contents and two or three sample chapters (of course, this is the most difficult, but it's already written in draft form, and I'm typing it now).

Monday, August 3, 2009

Loving the writing process

I am so enjoying the writing. I have to do it in the middle of the night because it's too hot in the day.
I've just completed a draft summary and a draft marketing report for submission to the publisher. Excellent for thought clarification.
Both of these have been sent off to an editor for improving.
Typed draft of the Alaska chapter is underway.