The everyday, unsexy book work
Working like crazy on the book, have been for a couple months. Mostly it’s wrangling all the research – the interviews in particular – into a form I can access and pull them into whatever is going to become The Book. So I’m listening to the audio files while reading against the transcripts, making corrections. Noting stories I want to extract. Reacquainting myself with the experience of the interviews themselves.
Amazing how much I’d forgotten, especially (perhaps obviously) the interviews from 12 and 15 years ago. I went through a phase where that seemed to be a drawback but now it’s key – interviews with multiple generations of singers (and others) gives a through-line to the overall story. Still not sure how it will all work out, but that’s the process.
Irritated that I have a trip to the US booked next week – booked a while back, to handle more of wrapping up many years living in one place. I don’t want to interrupt the momentum on the book. Grrr.