Getting Organised

Well, that’s a good start. I thought: I should make a separate folder in my Scrivener file for blog posts, and I should write about how I’m currently trying to organise various things for the scientists/musicians project. And guess what – there already is a folder called “blog posts”, with inside of it a document called “Getting organised”. There was no text in the document, though. That’s what I’m typing now. It’s a testament to how scatterbrained I’ve been lately, while still *trying* to be organised.

For those of you wondering, here’s what’s happening:

-I’ve done another interview that I’ll put up soon.
-My list of “people I should talk to” is getting longer and longer.
-I’m planning to consolidate all my blogs into one (again), and just sort things by category. That means things will move, but I’ll make sure they’re easy to find.

But mainly that’s all padding and fluff and avoidance of what’s *really* going on:

-I’m…writing a book…?

After a few years of talking to scientists/musicians and thinking about it a lot, I actually have a book-worthy amount of material *and* an angle that I can convert to a narrative. I went into this with the idea of doing a documentary, because sound is such an important aspect of music. But it’s been a few years, and I no longer freelance, I don’t have time, and I no longer have easy access to film contacts. Writing, on the other hand, is something I can do – and have been doing – in the tiny bits of time between other things. Plus, this is the 21st century, and books are no longer limited to silent bundles of paper. You can create interactive ebooks. You can embed sound files and movie clips. Four years after starting this project, my reasons for wanting it to be a documentary rather than a book are no longer valid.

So, writing. It’s not that I haven’t written before, but most of the things I’ve written in “my style” have been less than 2000 words. It’s not that I haven’t written anything book-length before, but one “book” was my PhD thesis, and the other an unfinished novel from NaNoWriMo 2009. Having done a PhD is a HUGE disadvantage when trying to write a nonfiction book. I keep wanting to do more research and find more sources, and I worry when I come across something that I can’t back up with works from the literature. There is an actual non-existing study I’d like to see the results of, but instead of writing about how someone should really do that, because that would be interesting, I start thinking about how I can do it myself. I’m too academic sometimes.

That being said, I’ve made a start, and I’m not stuck yet, so I will be typing away for the next few weeks. Some people can expect email about this as well.

6 thoughts on “Getting Organised”

  1. Awesome about the book! I hope you’ll be able to blog about your progress

    1. Eva says:

      I am now, because I don’t have an actual book deal (yet). I know you’re “supposed” to not start writing a non-fiction book until you do, but I need to write to get four years of ideas on paper, and can’t make an outline/proposal without actually writing parts of it. The words are in me and need to get out, or something.

    2. Eva says:

      (Also, I’m in the process of moving over my music blog to this blog for better visibility, and I see it’s working! This post was already up on the other blog, but I only moved it last night. 😉 )

  2. Khalil A. says:

    Oh great news about the book. I heard writing a book is really difficult but really gratifying at the end. Good luck! Hope you blog about your progress.

    1. Eva says:

      I guess I’ve been blogging about it for 3.5 years. It’s all the posts in the “Musicians and Scientists” category. But realizing that I need to write it up in book form (whatever “book” means in 2012) is new.

  3. Fiona says:

    Awesome!!! 🙂

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