Hunkering Down…

It’s amazing how the time flies when one sets his mind to “the long haul”. We started the re-build project on the port side saloon and just like that it’s been two weeks and now we have a great big hole where there used to be a port side saloon… My birthday has come and gone. The winter seems to never want to give way to spring but the inevitable longer days are forcing the old man to give a wide birth to the beautiful sailing weather ahead. We are seeing India pass from the now to the safety of our distance memories and I can’t help but hold on with all my remaining strength to that beautiful place that taught me so much about reality, life, myself and the mass of humanity that invades my dreams. The future… …Is coming soon!!!

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The Circumnavigators

We have entered a contest to photograph the entire planet Earth under sail! gnment.com/the-ideas/popeye/the-circumnavigation-of-every-land-mass-on-the-planet-earth (Dead, old link) Please go to the above link and vote for us! It’s a way for us to win $50.000.00 bucks for the adventure and a bunch of photo/video equipment! Please help!

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Synopses Are Difficult

I’m trying to bring my 400 page manuscript down to a compelling 2-5 pages that capture my writerly voice and the important issues and situations of the book. It’s hard. I’ve done it twice before.  I wrote a synopsis and edited it for a long time before giving up.  I found some online tutorial-type methods for writing a synopsis and edited that new one for a long time.  I’ve given that version up as well. Problem is that I have a hard time avoiding telegraphic style while summarizing.  I can’t seem to get away from some version of “and then she, and then he, and then they”.  And when I try, those phrases are lurking silently before and after the telegraphically short sentences of my attempt. So I’m trying yet another tricky method.  I’m using MS Word’s autosummarize feature to highlight main concepts (or whatever they call it).  Now I’m going through the whole damn book, sentence by sentence, bringing the highlighted bits closer together by summarizing the rest.  It’s a mess and I think some of the highlights are silly, but I have managed to get each chapter down under one page. That’s the best I’ve done so far while maintaining voice and story. Once I finish this go-round, I should have a document of between 30 and 50 pages.  I can then read that document and decide whether or not I’ve captured the story in all its abbreviated glory.  Once I’ve cut the book down to 1/8, I can run the autosummarize again and kick some more page-ass.  I need to get this down to 5 pages. I’ve heard that you can have 2 synopsis pages for every 100 manuscript pages.  That puts me at 8, but I’ve also read that fewer is better.  And I’ve seen literary[…]

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