I think I’ll publish what I have for part II early

Although part II of my Senna versus Schumacher story is not yet finished — in fact, I’m only halfway there — I’m thinking about publishing what I have writting up to now. So that’s the Monaco Grand Prix, in which Ayrton Senna returns to his Williams-Renault car after his accident, to take on Michael Schumacher, plus the Spanish Grand Prix that followed, in which the German, in real life, suffered reliability problems for the first time in the 1994 Formula One season.

If you’re interested, please let me know and post a reply.

Chapter 6 now finished; changed some details througout

Yes, it has finally happened: the Spanish Grand Prix chapter of my Senna versus Schumacher book is now finished! I’ve also made some changes throughout all the previous chapters, after having read all my scribblings two weeks ago. I’ll soon update the downloadable version of part I of The Encounter Down Under. Next up is the Canadian GP, which I’ll start writing next Tuesday.

Another excerpt from the Spanish GP chapter

With the Spanish Grand Prix chapter now all but finished, I thought I treat you to a second excerpt, as thanks for your patience.

At the front, though, the first scheduled pit stops started taking place. Senna was the first to stop for fuel and fresh tyres, on lap 19, followed by Alesi, who was running fifth at the time, on the same lap. Before his first stop, on lap 21, Schumacher started experiencing gear selection problems. His Benetton-Ford soon appeared to be stuck in fifth gear. Despite that, the German pitted successfully, retaining his lead. He profited from his experience as a sportscar driver, controlling the car effectively despite being stuck in one gear. However, Schumacher was soon overtaken by the charging Häkkinen, on lap 23, while Senna reeled in both drivers. Then Häkkinen pitted, dropping to third, leaving the order, Senna, Schumacher, Häkkinen, with Lehto in a lonely fourth place, followed by Hill and Brundle.

I’ll re-read what I’ve added to the chapter during the next few days, fixing errors I may have made. Afterwards I’ll make some minor alterations to the first couple of chapters, too.

Next Tuesday: finish Spanish GP chapter

First post of the new year. And my first post in the second year of my blog. In a way that’s sad, because initially I had hoped to finish my book somewhere late 2008. Alas.

I announced late last year that I planned to reduce my working hours from 40 to 36 a week. This allows for a day off every other week, a day that I plan to spend (a) caring for my son Nathan and (b) writing my book The Encounter Down Under.

For the coming months, I have planned this day off every other Tuesday, starting Tuesday next. I plan to first re-read my work for part II of my Schumacher versus Senna story, to get back into the flow, and I hope to finish the Spanish Grand Prix chapter as soon as possible.

And maybe I’ll post some additional excerpts from the Monaco and Spanish GP chapters to keep you happy…