In recent months, I haven’t been as active on WP. I’ve posted on only on weekends. Sometimes not even then. A few people asked if everything was okay. Sometimes, I alluded to being engaged in other creative projects. I was vague on the details. This is the reveal.
Two weeks ago, I finished the first draft of a memoir about the summer I taught in El Salvador. I kept a journal while there. My intention was to try to write a book. I made several false starts. Then last November, I committed to writing a page a day for thirty days. After the month was over, I couldn’t stop.
Converting my notes and pictures into a full-length text wasn’t easy. I’m now working on a second draft. Someone said that the purpose of a second draft is to make it look like you knew what you were doing when you wrote your first draft. There is a lot of truth to that. I’m crafting the this draft into something that someone would want to read. It is a slow and tedious process. I just show up each day and try to push the project along a bit more. I also have a lot to learn about the publishing world.
The working title is A Different Latitude. It’s a play on the name of the blog I published while in El Salvador. I plan to resurrect that blog. Updates on the progress of the book will be posted both here and there.