The outlook for the coming weeks and months

It is now late September 2011 and almost 4 years since I started work on my Senna versus Schumacher story. In the mean time I’ve become a father… twice, changed jobs… twice, and joined my church board as vice-chairman and later chairman… and quit, last month. Primarily the latter should give me more time to get back to writing ‘The Encounter Down Under’.

What’s my plan?

  1. First of all, I’d like to come up with some sort of plan to assign, e.g., one night per week and perhaps every other Sunday afternoon as well, to work on the story.
  2. Second, I’ll re-read all my work up to the 1994 Canadian Grand Prix, which is halfway through part II of Encounter, and make any (small) changes and correct errors where needed.
  3. And third, I’d like to give the concept that I’ve chosen in the summer of 2007 — i.e. writing a free e-book — as well as the talk I had in February of 2009 with a publisher — this was for a Dutch-language version of the story, although the publisher was critical of the way I’d been writing up to that point — a good thought, too.

So, I’m not sure you’ll see any new work appear on the site any time soon. But I’ll re-start keeping you updated on what I’m working on, even though it may not yet be the writing itself.

Any questions or remarks? I’m more than happy to receive them and reply to them. Just leave a comment.

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A frightening thought: should I quit?

Last night, my wife had a frightening, yet understandable, and not entirely senseless remark. Since I haven’t done too much work on my Senna versus Schumacher story for some time — I’ve effectively added only a single chapter to part II in all of 2009 — she said:

“Why don’t you quit writing your book?”

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Terrible, just terrible…

… that I don’t seem to be able to find the time to write my Senna versus Schumacher story. I haven’t given it too much priority of late — or rather, at all, in 2009 — due to all kinds of commitments in my personal life, work and church-related voluntary work.

So, sadly I haven’t done very much research on the 1994 French Grand Prix, let alone write the chapter. Realistically speaking, I won’t finish it in December, either, so I’ll have to aim for January at the earliest.

One day dedicated to writing every other week

From January 2009 onwards, I will dedicate a day every other week to my writing. I will reduce my working hours from 40 to 36 per week, and thus have a day at home every fortnight. On that day I will be with my son, Nathan, but he will be asleep for a large portion of the day, of course, so I hope to have some 2 hours in the morning and 2 to 3 hours in the afternoon to spend on my Senna versus Schumacher story. That way I hope to gather some more speed than I had the last few months.