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The reason I bring all this up? It's because this blog is a bit of "letting the goat out to play" (in a definitely safe and benign way!) The simple act of deciding the CRB will be my 2013 project is my way of letting go and being my own person. That's because, if I'm honest, I know that many people would "rationally" think this project is NOT the best one for me to take on -- especially considering my age, lack of income, and low probability of success.
But, as I explained in other blogs, my self confidence as a book writer has returned after 10 long years of hiding in a cave. Cominging out of that cave is my way of returning to being my "own person." And that person now "knows" with an unshakable certainty that I will produce something good and readable and worthy of those who served in the CRB.
So, what have I actually done so far on the project since I last posted? Four important things:
- Started typing up my nearly 1,000 3x5 index cards (deadline: Jan. 15). I haven't done many because I'm waiting for the Avery forms I've ordered to show up so I can confirm the template I'm using will work.
- Started typing up the legal pads of handwritten research notes. My god, it's a lot of left-handed writing! (Have you ever had to decipher left-handed writing? I can barely read my own handwriting!)
- Email reconnected with a great guy, Matt Schaefer, archivist at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library in Iowa. He's once again offered to help in any way he can if I need to do more research. Thanks, Matt.
- Email reconnected with another great guy, Branden, who is a legitimate scholar (as opposed to my semi-pro status), and university history professor who is writing a significant book on the CRB. No word back from him yet.
However, if I'm to make my second self-imposed deadline (Jan. 15), I have to really start cranking on typing the index cards once the Avery forms show up.
Lastly, thanks to those friends and family who have taken time to read my postings and to make comments. I'm especially appreciative of Blake, who gave me some great recommendations of books to read. Thanks!