1519 First Draft Completed!
Posted on August 27, 2014
I have just written the last piece of narrative in my new Mexico book after 5 months of writing 7 days a week. It is a jigsaw of my journey, the personal difficulties of recovering from cancer, and the historical narratives  As usual the result is nearly half as much text again as I actually need: target is 100,000 words which makes a 300 page book.  I let it bloat in this way, because when I cut back, I cut the flab and leave the highlights.  At least that's the theory.  I'll give myself a break before I start that; editing is not as much fun as writing.

It has panned out much as I hoped, trying to interweave the themes, but I think the balance needs tweaking.  The history tends to take over near the end.

Because of the cancer, the journey, following the footsteps of Hernán Cortés, was twice cancelled, and I wrote the desk-based book Forgotten Footprints to keep myself going.  There's a bit of a feeling of loss at putting the two ring-binders of the manuscript on the shelf.  I feel much more settled when there is a long project ahead.  Where next?  Goodness knows!  But I have an idea about India.

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