It's cold and rainy in Seattle today. The wind was whipping around this morning, rippling Puget Sound like a leaf blower on a puddle. I could see the snow-capped Olympics in the distance. Gosh, it's beautiful here.
I spent the day with a couple of my current hobbies - IMAP, Blogging, and avoiding work. Still, I managed to get a fair amount done with my grandfather's files. I have set aside everything related to his actual writing or to marketing of the book. That leaves his research-related files accessible to me. In the not-too-distant future, I'll take another pass at these, weeding out duplications, re-filing, and mining for research gems. At this point, though, I can focus on finishing Korngold and digging in to some other books so I can get my balance with this Toussaint character.
I've been thinking about this blog, too. In trying to explain the reasons behind it to my girlfriend, it became clear to me that I want it to do the following for me:
- (1) I want a place to track my progress and let others follow along with the project as well. I'm hoping that this might then impose some outside accountability to keep me on task.
(2) I want a big searchable database of my research and thoughts related to this project.
(3) I want a place to capture other thoughts and musings, and, essentially, to practice writing.
It has occurred to me that anyone just stumbling across this blog might be a bit at sea as to what I'm talking about, so I should plan on writing up a background on the Toussaint project as well as who I am and what I'm all about.