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Onward and upward

August 13, 2011

After a whirlwind outlining session, I’ve finally finished the first round of arranging all of the content I have to date. The overwhelming majority of this stuff came from interviews I conducted first hand. A small portion of it is some of the older articles and features and interviews I’ve found so far, and an even smaller portion is stuff I drafted myself. As you can see from the cropped screenshot above, it’s just about 222,000 words, or approximately 444 pages.

There’s still a lot more to come. As I mentioned in my last post, I have a couple books and a lot more articles to pore over, and because the Olivia Tremor Control has a tour coming up and Jeff Mangum has one going on as I write this, there’s more to be written. More action is a positive thing for me as both a fan and a historian, but it makes my task a bit more Sisyphean.

On a less whiny note, a friend of mine/de facto News & Fish correspondent drove to Toronto tonight to see Jeff Mangum’s show at Trinity-St. Paul’s United Church. From the flurry of text messages I’ve received from him tonight, it’s pretty clear he was wowed. He promised to write down all his thoughts tonight for me, so I’m thinking he and the folks he brought to the show might make for some good interviews for a later chapter in the book. At the very least, maybe we’re looking at a guest post here in the near future.

So what’s the next step for me?

Everything. For one thing, this is sort of an arbitrary benchmark. There’s still a lot left to outline: I just have to find it first. That means digging for articles and pinning people down for interviews. On top of that, the outline I have still needs tightening. And whenever the mood strikes me, I can work on composing an actual manuscript. Still a long way to go, and it’s less structured now than it was a few hours ago.

But that’s what makes it fun, right?

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