Guts of Antarctic Tears rough draft complete

Finally!  After months of working on my book manuscript of Antarctic Tears in Scrivener, I have

Rough draft manuscript
Rough draft manuscript

completed the first rough draft.  There’s the surrounding material still to fill in (foreword, epilogue, appendices, et. al) but the main guts of the book are there, in the computer.

Woo hoo!  There are still endless hours to put in but I’ve at least quarried the marble so that I might make my angel.  At least that’s what my editor tells me.  Without that full rough draft, you are just never going to be able to even begin chiseling out a piece of art.

However, I am no Michelangelo.  I did not give up on my expedition even after so many things went wrong and I will not give up on this.

It was a dark…

Snoopy always started his novels with:

Writing during a dark and stormy night
Writing during a dark and stormy night

“It was a dark and stormy night.”

But that’s about as far as he ever got with his venerable typewriter.  Fortunately for me, I’ve gotten much farther along in working on my book, “Antarctic Tears”.  There is still a heck of a lot of work to be done on it.  The primary concern right now is getting the first draft done.

As my editor told me, “Until you have the block of marble, it is not possible to begin chipping out the angel inside of it.”  It was a nice reference to Michelangelo.  The thing about writing is the first draft of the manuscript is just the block pulled from the quarry.  Not one single chip has been removed from that block.  It is a long way from the final sculpture.

Somewhere in my mind I thought more highly of the first draft.  Yet on other author’s blogs, they say the most important thing is getting to that first draft of the complete manuscript.  No matter how badly it stinks.

As my deadline approaches, it will become a balancing act of keeping up with the book writing and improving my fitness for the two Mexican volcano climbs in November.  There is always something competing for time and now I have two items which both cannot be ignored.

Book development

As I’ve been developing and writing my book, I’ve had to refer back to photographs to

Sastrugi near Colossus Hill
Sastrugi near Colossus Hill

clarify certain things. One place I needed to check on was the location of Colossus Hill at S 87º 21′, W 082º 35’. This south-facing slope had ridiculously large sastrugi, bigger than I had encountered up to the that point in the trip.
This photo was taken right near there.

The conditions made for tough going.